Equally influenced by diverse artists like Devo, Talking Heads, Scratch Orchestra, Raymond Scott, and Conlon Nancarrow, electronic music composer Dan Deacon studied electro-acoustic and computer music composition at Purchase College in New York.
While he was a student, he issued his first recordings in small runs on CD-R, including Green Cobra Is Awesome vs. the Sun, Silly Hat vs. Egale Hat, and Meetle Mice, all released in 2003.
He later moved to Baltimore, MD, and became an instant figurehead of the city’s fledgling electronic music community, joining the Wham City collective and evangelizing his and his fellow whimsical peers’ “future shock” output.
Dan Deacon | Paddling Ghost
Linking up with the Carpark label, he released Spiderman of the Rings and Bromst, two albums filled with hyperactive and often challenging electronic detritus. In 2012, Deacon signed on with indie label Domino Records, who released his most mature and wistful album, America, later this year.
America is Dan Deacon’s most powerful work to date, the culmination of years spent playing both DIY venues and concert halls across the world, of exercises in the power of the individual and a coordinated mass, of a disenfranchised mind questioning notions of cultural identity and values.
Dan Deacon | Prettyboy
The ecstatic, celebratory sounds found on America are in compelling contrast with the darker thematic undercurrents. The album demonstrates anger, confusion and apocalyptic anxiety over corporatism and war, but finds consolation in the geography of the United States and in recent social movements both domestic and international.
UMA is an experimental electronic pop duo from Berlin. Debuting with 5 songs between sound-tinkering avant-garde and soothing catchiness this Berlin based project has forged a daring mix of deep electronic rhythms & bass sounds with haunting and beautiful choir-like vocal chants.
UMA fest Silver Apples | Drop Your Soul
Forming in late 2011 their first EP was recorded in the couple’s idiosyncratic home studio in Berlin using analogue synthesizers/drum machines and digital recording equipment as it aims to sonically and lyrically capture the most elusive everyday moments.
The ‘Drop Your Soul’ EP was written in Berlin and Los Angeles and features notable guest musicians such as legendary Silver Apples and Japanese field recording artist Yosi Horikawa. Their collective influences spans classical to Throbbing Gristle, by way of Bjork, Laurie Anderson, Bowie, Beck and Animal Collective, to name but a few.
This event is recommended by Digital in Berlin! We are giving away 2 x 2 tickets. Just send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Dan Deacon” as the subject.
Dan Deacon & UMA LIVE
presented by D/B, Byte FM, Electronic Beats
Thursday, 20 September 2012 | 20:00 CET
Festsaal Kreuzberg | Skalitzer Str. 130 | 10999 Berlin/Kreuzberg