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SoundCloud Heroes | Collaboration | Save the Pollinators
“Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.” - Maya Angelou
Voice is a powerful tool. Washington DC SoundCloud Hero Benjamin Dauer wants to raise awareness of two diseases affecting bat and bee populations which has a direct impact on us.For example, how would you feel living in a world without peaches, avocados, chocolate, almonds, or flowers?
Head to http://www.savethepollinators.org/ for more info and to get involved by sharing your thoughts.
SoundCloud Heroes are inspirational leaders who bring people together around sound by cultivating and engaging unique communities.
SoundCloud Hero Introduction
Welcome Benjamin Dauer of Washington, DC! Benjamin is an experimental musician and great community leader. He’s an active member of the Disquiet Junto group and runs a music project called Save the Pollinators to raise awareness of a plight affecting bees and bats, and in turns, us humans!)
Benjamin believes the community can come together to raise awareness for global issues. How? Read on.
I am honored to be named SoundCloud Hero for Washington, DC. I am also excited to kick off some collaborative projects very soon. Stay tuned and thanks so much for listening!
Ask That I Walk Easy [disquiet0011-motoring]
This particular Junto submission has a bit of background. Those familar w/my Dwindlers project (http://www.thedwindlers.com) will know that our latest release, Allegories, is a collection of songs that are, in part, a response to Michelle’s current loss of mobility. As such, a daily rhythm for us is the sound of her crutch hitting the ground as we walk. I used a field recording of this sound, sped up, as the base layer for this song.
I wanted to create something simple and repetitive (as much of walking is) but also beautiful and uplifting. She put a reminder on our refrigerator to everyday “Ask That I Walk Easy”. I want nothing more than for her to fully regain mobility and to be able to dance, rollerblade, and yes, even walk, without pain. So, over the course of this piece the base layer of her crutch slowly fades away. This one is for you love.
As always, thank you so much for listening.
More details on the Juno project here:
Shortly after completing the music for my album, “Burning of Wine”, I began writing towards what would become this album.
“Saturation Event" is a sonic exploration of the place that exists between being awake and asleep. Space and time seem to fold in on themselves and elements of reality become distorted. Experimenting with analog tape saturation I wanted to capture some of the feeling, that haze or cloud, that descends upon your mind just before letting go and drifting off. Slow, steady, and enveloping - layers of music peel away and seem to crumble, or fall apart, separately from the whole.
Headphones recommended. Thank you for listening.
Available now as a FREE DOWNLOAD: Benjamin Dauer - Saturation Event
This is a track off my upcoming release, “Saturation Event”, due out mid-June 2011 on the Feedback Loop label.
Thanks or listening, I hope you enjoy it.
This is a long, slowly evolving, meditative piece that I put together using some of my favorite Reaktor ensembles, reverbs, and delays. Please download/share. I hope you enjoy it.
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Online music publication, futuresequence, interviewed me recently about my music and tech setup. Head on over to read the full article and if you like it please help spread the word. Thanks for your support!
Benjamin Dauer is a musician, composer and designer based in Washington, D.C. With many ongoing projects and finished works, some highlights of Benjamin’s include a recent release named Circular Drift with Scottish artist Dominic Dixon under the pair’s Offsets project and a debut solo work named Burning of Wine - both of which are available from the Distance Recordings netlabel. Most recently, Benjamin released Dreams, an EP created with poet Michelle Seaman as The Dwindlers on Feedback Loop.
Hi Benjamin, with your solo release, the Offsets collaboration and an EP from The Dwindlers, you’ve certainly made 2010 a busy year for releases. Is it typical for you to be this productive?
Hi Adam, thanks for inviting me to speak with you. I do try to stay productive with my compositions, but I don’t necessarily release this much music in the form of EPs/LPs - the type of output has varied over the years. For example, while I lived in Chicago I was performing 2 or 3 nights a week with various bands ranging from hip hop to folk to jazz to funk/rock but only releasing an album every year. After moving to North Carolina I began focusing on composing scores for modern dance companies, performing as part of an improvisational modern dance collective, and later performing w/a trio called Last Night in Glasgow. During that time, a period of almost 4 years, I did not release any albums. I did, however, self-release a great deal of those scores earlier this year - paired up with some incredible remixes by friends from all over the world. Total, there is nearly 2 hours worth of free music you can grab them from my personal website under the Remixes section. Overall, I would say this year has been particularly special.