Multi-instrumentalist Dino J.A. Deane releases an extraordinary collection of new music called "Without Desires" that takes electro-acoustic improvisation to a new level of sonic sculpture. No stranger to innovation Deane performs on a self designed lapsteel dulcimer with guitarist Ava Mendoza and long time collaborator, Blu Cube. The resulting futuristic sound is haunting, diabolical and rhythmically soothing.
Over his career Deane pioneered the use of live-electronics & live-looping in Indoor Life a popular art/punk band from San Francisco during the early 1980's. There he played trombone controlled synthesizer that emulated the sound of an electric guitar. Soon afterwards he was touring the world as the electro-acoustic live-sampling percussionist with Jon Hassell. That collaboration resulted in the ground breaking Power Spot recording for ECM in 1986, produced by Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois. During that same period Deane became a close collaborator in Butch Morris's real-time composition creations called Conductions and in 1995 co-produced Morris's epic 10 CD box set Testament for New World Records.
The current disc makes use of a lapsteel dulcimer designed by Deane that is influenced by the ancient Chinese guqin, modern amplified guitars and the most recent innovations in digital modeling of string acoustics. The sound is also modified through a palette of the latest digital effects. Deane performs all of the percussion parts as well and Ava Mendoza (DoubleSpeak, Mute Socialite) performs on electric guitar.
The sessions took place in November of 2009 at OTR Studios and were recorded by Cookie Marenco (aka Blu Cube), known best for her audiophile work with Blue Coast Records. The music was recorded to analog tape, mixed to Direct Stream Digital (DSD) and mastered for release on CD and as high resolution downloads.
Dino has been there for it all. He was in the studio with Tina Turner before she dumped Ike. He recorded with Brian Eno before Eno transformed the studio into an instrument of infinite dexterity. Dino was a foundational force supporting the ensemble innovations of composer/conductor Butch Morris and curator/musician John Zorn.
You should have been there when Dino showed up at OTR Studios with Ava Mendoza, one of the most exciting electric guitarists working today. Polarized collisions of electrified tonality begat a Mardis Gras of quixotic distortion. The producer/recording engineer, she of acoustic audiophile renown, was seized by harmonic tentacles and drawn into a centrifugal vortex of aural irony. Cookie Marenco became bluCube. Currents of time proclaimed surrender as frozen moments sped toward improvised inevitability. A conclusion unordained, yet logically resoluted. Tone Science indeed. You should have been there.
— Gene Bryan Johnson
review © 2011 Artist Connex