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Midlands Metalheads reviewed a rare live D.N.P performance last week. Here’s what they had to say…..

 First up is Birmingham’s black ambient drone performer, D.N.P. (Dona Nobis Pacem) (7). He is an unassuming figure in the corner of this basement room; being set up with a assortment of electronic gadgetry from which he produces some hauntingly absorbing noise. The D.N.P. experience is reminiscent of being trapped in a wind tunnel with nothing but your own anxiety for company… in a good way, if you can imagine such a thing!

​Kind words indeed. Truly appreciated. To read the full review of the whole evening head to http://www.midlandsmetalheads.com/review-adam-probert-and-john-e-smoke-perform-the-battle-for-tomorrow-with-mutate-sandy-thomas-stanton-and-d-n-p-six-eight-kafe-birmingham-24-march-2017/

Thanks to Jon E Smoke for the offer of performing.

​Owlbinos of Northfield’s ‘My Spirit Animal is a Goth Teenager’ remix album in which D.N.P contributed 2 remixes is reviewed. Good too! https://andrulianblog.wordpress.com/2016/10/13/review-of-my-spirit-animal-is-a-goth-teenager-remixes-album-on-romeda-records/

​ Those throughly decent folk at ‘The Sunday Experience’ have reviewed the Phonic Entrails compilation in which D.N.P was recently involved. Some very kind words. 

The collection opens ominously with DNP. I think its safe to say its been a while since we had the pleasure, or should that be displeasure, of having groove from DNP morbidly sucking to its dark lair where once there was light, a brooding encounter, ‘pigeon park’ glowers with calculated menace issuing forth pulse waves of dread born drone.  

Read the full review at https://marklosingtoday.wordpress.com/2016/08/14/phonic-entrails/

Listen to Phonic Entrails

Raffaele Pezzela, curator of the Unexplained Sounds group had this to say about ‘237’.

New release on Petroglyph Music from D.N.P. I appreciated a lot this work, an exploration into abandoned industrial landscapes, where noise reduces itself almost to the silence. This is a great quality for a musician into the electronic area: reduce the sound almost to the silence, making that the simple sonic waves talk themselves, without adding too much. Fascinating and oppressive. Recommended!

D.N.P…Dona Nobis Pacem…Grant us peace

Super chuffed to receive a glowing review of ‘Transmissions In Extremis’ by freelance writer and dark author Casey Douglass. Here it is ….

Transmissions In Extremis is a dark ambient album from Birmingham based Dona Nobis Pacem and came to my attention awhile ago after I reviewed Metadronus and Ager Sonus’ great album Shortwave. I was particularly impressed with that album’s use of transmission noises and signals and was put onto D.N.P’s Transmissions In Extremis for the same reason.

The ten tracks that make up Transmissions In Extremis do all indeed contain these same kinds of audio sources, but it is a credit to D.N.P that each track has its own feel and sound that doesn’t make the whole thing sound boring to the ear.

Some of the tracks, like the first, might feature a strong drone and little else for the first segment but then expand to include whooshing static and beeps that make you think of hulking machines and their operators. The beeps evoke images of deep space satellites bouncing their signals from the planetary bodies of far distant star systems, and at times make the listener ponder what eyes or equipment may be watching our own as it floats past their planet.

A particularly nice effect is the distorted vocalisations that emerge in more than a few of the tracks, some sounding a little demonic, as if travelling from a long way only to fall at the last hurdle when they hit whatever equipment recorded them. There are also instances of voices more audible, such as female voices in track 4 listing lots of numbers.

At least one track seemed to feature some kind of morse code in the body of the sound which, in the spirit of full disclosure, I will admit made me entertain the notion of learning morse code to see what the message might be. I also got lost in the fantasy of how cool it might be to know morse code. Not that it would change my life or anything, or help me pull women, although you never know. Anyway, moving on.

Transmissions In Extremis has a very dark feel to it, but I found most of the tracks to be quite relaxing to listen to. The mixture of transmission noises, human vocals and drones creates a real sense of listening in to distant communication, and takes the mind out into space on eerie flights of dark fantasy. Maybe it speaks to my love of codes, encryption and the transfer of information, or maybe it just tickles my dark sci-fi loving gland. Either way,Transmissions In Extremis is a great dark ambient album that I highly recommend for anyone that might have a taste for dark things and technology. For this reason, I give it 4.5/5.

Thanks Casey! This review can be found on Casey’s site at http://www.casey-douglass.com/2015/06/dark-music-review-transmissions-in.html

D.N.P…Dona Nobis Pacem…Grant us peace

Andy Dodds in the Altered State Reflections Facebook group has provided the best comment about the new album so far. This made me smile…

‘Delectable, sounds like being alone in an underground Antarctic missile silo after everyone else has died. That’s a compliment!

D.N.P…Dona Nobis Pacem…Grant us peace

Wow that was quick reviewing by Rafaelle Pezzella aka Ra Sonologyst in the Unexplained Sounds group. He made my day with this.. 

Sometimes musicians are so in love with their gears, expecially analogue ones, that the music is in the background, like an accessory. Looking at this post by Chris Downing, the man behind the project D.N.P. (already on board of UK experimental underground 015 survey – volume I), I was afraid of that. So I started this 45 minutes trip through voltage control oscillators, low frequency oscillators and voltage control frequency stratifications. Well, instead of being a simple and no sense noise succession, the sound is like a solid organism in motion, with an internal musical attitude. Obviously it’s recommended to listeners with a deep taste for electronic, or better electrified, stuff. They will taste the exquisite flavor of circuits in musical action.Unexplained Sounds at all. ***1/2

D.N.P…Dona Nobis Pacem…Grant us peace

Thanks to Sonologyst for reviewing ‘The Nikolayev Effect’ in the ‘Unexplained Sounds’ Facebook group

Minimal ambient noise track made in collaboration between D.N.P. and David Duell. Music fits very well, not just for spoken words, the atmospheres we could expect from a movie soundtrack, based on the controversial hypothetic russian experiment, known as The Nikolayev effect. Here’s a link to know something about this experiment. Very cinematic and enigmatic. Unexplained Sounds ! ***1/2

Thanks to fellow artist Ra Sonologyst who keyed a short review of the ‘Transmissions In Extremis’ album preview in the Unexplained Sounds Facebook group. He wrote ‘I like a lot this dark release from Birmingham. Based on a series of samples coming from short wave transmissions, it’s the kind of research I prefer, cause it’s similar to sculpting process. And in this case the sculptor makes a very good job. Recommended. ***1/2’
Thanks very much Ra Sonologyst!

D.N.P…Dona Nobis Pacem…Grant us peace

Thanks to Matthew Sweeney at Make your own taste who wrote the following….For The Only Way is Down, sound artist D.N.P. worked with a software simulation of the now ancient Russian ANS synthesizer. Here is yet another worthy release to take the plunge into the absolute extremes of isolation ambient and dark ambient. It is refreshing too, of course, to see how employing such a deceptively simple sonic template can create very evocative musical spaces, in this case a pitch-black waking nightmare. 
Link to the review.

D.N.P…Dona Nobis Pacem…Grant us peace