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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

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

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.


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.)

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Link to the review at The Cerebral Rift

Thanks George for your time and analysis.

D.N.P…Dona Nobis Pacem…Grant us peace