Archive for December, 2014

Big thanks once again to Glasklinge Zeitenlicht and Julia Z for featuring a new D.N.P track, ‘Fri 3am’ on the annual Midnight Radio Christmas compilation. It’s a free download. Help yourself! Merry Christmas people!

D.N.P…Dona Nobis Pacem…Grant us peace

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A new D.N.P track ‘We buy anything…’ has been included in this year’s Petroglyph Christmas compilation. 126 tracks in total. Free download from https://archive.org/details/petroglyph290PetroglyphMusic-The_xmas_compilation_2014

Merry Christmas.

D.N.P…Dona Nobis Pacem…Grant us peace

The invaluable site for sound creation using the Android platform ‘Musical Android’ have asked me to write about using my main weapon of choice ‘Caustic 3’ in creating the album ‘Rotting Away’. So I did. The article can be found right here.

Thanks to Musical Android for their interest and support of D.N.P

D.N.P…Dona Nobis Pacem…Grant us peace

Big thanks to John.E.Smoke for the inclusion of ‘Hades Drive-By’, a track from the recently released ‘Rotting Away’ on his most recent Dark 3rd show. Also on the show is raxil4, Tunnels Of Ah, Swarm Intelligence and John 3:16, a great yet dark selection.

It’s a great shame that Phantom Circuit has decided to give the show a rest for the foreseeable future. A superb show that I for one will sorely miss. The last show #152 went online yesterday and features a track from D.N.P’s latest album. Fingers crossed for a return of Phantom Circuit sometime next year. In the meantime, listen in to the last show.

D.N.P…Dona Nobis Pacem…Grant us peace

A great review of D.N.P’s latest album. George De Bruin at The Cerebral Rift  had this to say…..

D.N.P ‘Rotting Away’ 7/10

D.N.P. stands for Dona Nobis Pacem (grant us peace).  Most of the time I associate Latin, and a phrase such as Dona Nobis Pacem in particular, with the church.  Call it the curse of having been raised in a house with a Roman Catholic parent. But, in this case, I think the phrase takes on a different dimension…  Rotting away: grant us peace to return to our past.

Rotting Away: Grant Us Peace

D.N.P. is Chris Downing, an artist from Birmingham, U.K.  On this release he is bringing us a work about darkness, per the release notes:

The absence of light occurs everywhere. Every day we feel the impact of its unsympathetic tendrils….and with the darkness….fear, revulsion and horror reveals itself….

But this release seems to me to be more about decay than about the lack of light.  It’s the rotting that turns the once familiar shapes and structures around us back into formless things that we no longer recognize. It happens to things all the time: the human body ages and decays, buildings grow old, disintegrate, are condemned and torn down (lke the Birmingham Central Library pictured on the cover of this release).

Industrial decay is a part of our society today.  Here in the United States we see massive examples of it in Detroit where many of the old automobile and large equipment manufacturing plants have been abandoned and left to rot.

And how do we interpret this?  As a sign of death.  We don’t see it as a sign of the change that is occurring in our society, we don’t see it as a shift to something new and different.  We see it as a loss.  We see that something that was a part of us is no longer there in the same manner, and we feel that there is a part who we are that has died.  And with that death we see the darkness, or the lack of light becoming more pervasive.

And that’s what he hear on this recording: structures that have been decayed or rotted until they have reach a dark and primitive form.  These are the recordings of the building blocks of our society as they are turning to dust, and in the process of dying before our ears.

This points to one of the bigger problems that we see today.  No one wants to take these basic elements and transform them into something else.  They just let them rot inot near nothingness, and then sweep away the remaining dust.

In this way this is an interesting work: we can hear the underpinnings of other songs, the elements that can become something else if we put the effort into them.  But, there is little hope of that happening in these pieces.  The will for transformation just isn’t there, and that’s the message of this work.

Conclusion

This is a work that is designed to make the listener think.  And it succeeds well in that regard.  We hear the elements of form and structure that have been reduced to barely recognizable elements. It’s like looking at the girders and beams of a building protruding from the ground: we know it was once a building, but only the basic structure is left.

(Aside: I do have to mention that I found one of the titles on this work to be quite amusing: ‘An Unfortunate Typo That Impacted The Future of Humanity’.  Every time  read that title I can’t help but think that’s something out of a Douglas Adams novel.  It makes me think of the Vogons in Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy – the intergalactic demolition crew.  Which is a darkly funny way of looking at Rotting Away, whether intentional or not.)

Free download at 
https://archive.org/details/petroglyph270D.N.P-RottingAway

Link to the review at The Cerebral Rift

Thanks George for your time and analysis.

D.N.P…Dona Nobis Pacem…Grant us peace

The invaluable android music site ‘Musical Android’ has been kind enough to feature ‘Rotting away’ in its pages. As mentioned in the post I’ll be writing a piece around creating dark stuff in the software weapon of my choice ‘Caustic 3’. Read on at http://www.musicalandroid.com/blog/dnp-rotting-away-dark-ambient-album-made-in-caustic

D.N.P…Dona Nobis Pacem…Grant us peace