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Soundscaping already


If you’re looking for lyrics, they’re not here, but there’s music in the sounds, and you probably wouldn’t guess how it got there. PG takes some time to interview Daniel Ditlevson and Ariana Robin, who collaborated on Already Always.

Both of you have favorites on this album. Can you explain to me why each stands out to you?

Ari: I think everything meshes together really well in “Space Cafe,” and it really transports me to, well, a cafe in space, like out of Star Wars or something. I close my eyes during the piece, and that’s just where I am, and I’m imagining all different kinds of aliens and weird space drinks, and it’s awesome! Few songs really transport me like that…a lot of it has to due with the melody of the saxophone, which is really compelling and alluring.

Daniel: I really love “Galactic Birds,” because the way it was created was super simple, but appears so otherworldly and beautiful. Plus, Ari made some great tape chirping/whirling sounds on this! Continue reading “Soundscaping already”

Noise Annoys: Q&A with Experimental Noise Artist Daniel Ditlevson

Almost 10 years ago, I got lost in the Nashville suburbs driving with my boyfriend. We were listening to Psychocandy. I sat in the passenger seat, commenting about the album casually, not really caring that I had no idea where we were. My boyfriend declared that he couldn’t handle the “noise” and needed to turn it off. The feedback disrupted his ability to navigate. If we weren’t going to break up again (at least at that moment), I needed to mind the road.

After I relented and turned off the stereo, he asked, “How can Dan sleep through this?”

I don’t think either of us knew the answer to that question, but this Q&A might clear up a few things. Dan likes noise, and he makes it very well. It’s beautiful, scary, and sometimes even a bit funny. Let’s get to know him.

Continue reading “Noise Annoys: Q&A with Experimental Noise Artist Daniel Ditlevson”

“Hands on Honesty”

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This song was written in 2010 and recorded by J Soleil for their first album Summer Sang. The band J Soleil consists of Daniel Ditlevson and Haley Capizzi, who are based out of the Cleveland area. The duo is working on a second album. Stay tuned.

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“Pulsar” is a song written, played, and recorded by Daniel Ditlevson some time in 2006. Nick Morr directed this video about 3 years ago and it was shown in Chicago in 2010.

Since then, Dan has continued to write music, and Nick continues to direct films.

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