Archive for October, 2014

D.N.P & David Duell’s ‘Extract from Szickness’ is amongst good company on the Midnight Radio vol. 29 compilation. Check it out. Free download too. Thanks again to Glasklinge for including us.

D.N.P…Dona Nobis Pacem…Grant us peace

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Big thanks to Glasklinge Zeitenlicht for his dedication to the cause

Big thanks to Glasklinge Zeitenlicht for his dedication to the cause

While not exactly new, this 2014 release caught my eye by being based on the sounds of the ANS synthesizer, that mysterious vintage synth of Russian origin that has such a distinctive sound (see the works of Astrowind for an example). Using the sampled sounds, D.N.P. has crafted a murky, mysterious dark ambient album (dark ambient is this artist’s thing). The drone works “Inside I’m Screaming”  and “Death of Personality” are perfect examples of claustrophobic but still eerily beautiful sound art. I’m not sure if the album made me feel like a gulag victim or one of Stalin’s purgees, but there’s definitely a musty air of irrational horror pervading these recordings, and it’s no surprise considering the peculiar Soviet origin of the sounds. D.N.P. proves expert at creating dark ambient atmospheres, and in a very crowded subgenre, that stands out.

Big thanks to http://makeyourowntaste.com/ for the kind words. The review can be found here on their site.

Gigjunkies live review

Posted: October 9, 2014 in Gigs, Reviews
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First up D.N.P aka ‘Little’ Chris Downing the dude who’s behind the much missed Brumcast series of podcasts. In the intervening year or two he’s clearly been busy copulating with Satan…as least that’s what his ‘black ambient drone’ sounds make you think of. The video projections behind him neatly hammer (House) the point home.

Link to review on Gigjunkies

It was an honour to be asked to record some tracks exclusive to the superb PhantomCircuit.com internet radio show. These tracks appeared on Show #136.

During the summer of 2014 D.N.P created 4 remix EPs for Futile Escapist Front’s collaborative charity project to raise money and awareness for ‘The Eye Fund’ who provide much needed counselling and aid to those who are losing their sight due to degenerative diseases. D.N.P’s remixes are free however please donate any amount no matter how small to www.eyefund.info as this is what the remix project is all about. Their Paypal link is on their homepage.

For full details and if you wish to be involved please check out the source tracks at soundcloud.com/flesheatingfoundation/sets/futile-escapist-front-for-eye-fund-source-tracks

The overall theme is one of the oppressiveness of losing your vision. The sounds are not meant to be pleasant.

Dona Nobis Pacem….Grant us Peace….

Whilst The Stones famously celebrated their 19th nervous breakdown in surprisingly chipper fashion this new release from D.N.P (aka Chris Downing, aka Little Chris) and David Duell (ex Bombers / Fade To Sepia) sounds more like the soundtrack to a man’s 119th nervous breakdown with Duell providing the haunting words and vocals and D.N.P the eerie post industrial wasteland atmospherics. Easy listening it ain’t but there’s actually something strangely hypnotic and womblike (albeit a womb pierced by barbed wire and choked up with the stench of cordite) about the work that makes emerging from its embrace both a trauma and a relief. It all reaches its peak…or trough…with the almost unbearably bleak Sunday On Tuesday, Duell surrendering to the “drink and cigarettes I need to function” against a fragile soundtrack pockmarked by an untuned electrical device, echoing the disconnected state of mind it…and many of its companion tracks…so ably seeks to replicate no doubt. Overall an unsettling but rewarding ‘roar-dio’ visceral treat.

Link to review on The Hearing Aid

“The elusive D.N.P has worked magic once again, to provide beautifully bleak, relentless soundscapes to the spoken word of David Duell (ex Fade to Sepia/Bombers). While Duell delivers his nightmarish prose and poetry calmly, but inexorably, D.N.P has created a haunting world of industrial isolation, that truly makes the experience an immersive one”

David Duell’s prose can be found at http://dcduell.wordpress.com/

Cover art – Unchanging Window (acrylic on canvas 2011), by Robin Pugh robinpugh.wix.com/slinky-art creator of the darkest paintings I’ve ever seen. Buy his paintings…make him a star….

A live recording made 27/02/2014 straight off the mixing desk. This was the final rehearsal for the D.N.P live debut at City Tavern, Birmingham, UK the following evening.

A few small glitches and errors notably a desk overload at about 15 mins in for a few seconds but that’s the fun and unpredictability of performing live and rehearsing to get it right.