Beneath The Earth There Are Machines
“This new collaboration between guitarists and composers Álvaro Domene and Dane Johnson aims to explore the possibilities of electric guitar-generated sounds to create a sonic tapestry of granular textures, glitch, metallic drones, and electronic soundscapes influenced by the works of Xenakis, Scelsi, Autechre, and La Monte Young. Their repertoire features a mixture of algorithmic and spontaneous compositions full of nuance, high density, and forward motion, on which they treat sound much like a living organism, rather than simply a means to an end."
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Dane Johnson (Berklee College of Music - Composition & Film Scoring) has been composing and performing since the mid-90s starting in Boston with groups like Jonathan LaMaster's Saturnalia, Prelaspe (w/John Zorn), studied Hindustani vocal music with Warren Senders and also collaborated on various sound sculpture installations in the Boston area (Cyclorama, deCordova Museum). He currently lives in Kingston, NY and is working on projects with The Fretless Brothers (Jon Catler, Hansford Rowe, Brian Chase - a microtonal fusion jazz/rock group playing FreeNote Music's just-tuned guitars), Beninghove's Hangmen (Bryan Beninghove, Rick Parker, Eyal Maoz - horn and guitar driven noir jazz noise rock fun), He also plays lead guitar in BongoSurf (instrumental surf band playing your favs by Link Wray, The Ventures and Dick Dale, etc.) and composes his own solo microtonal drone based recordings for acoustic guitar, electronics, cSound and tape media.
“Total facemelt music. Just what I needed today.” - Nate Chinen (The New York Times, NPR)
Álvaro Domene is a Madrid-born, New York based guitarist and composer operating at the convergence of various styles of contemporary creative music. His sound and compositions are influenced by the avant-garde jazz and modern classical traditions, as well as metal music. He has released 12 records as a band leader and co-leader and is an active performer in New York’s creative music scene, leading various groups in addition to working with numerous artists.
He has performed and taught internationally, and recently worked with Joe McPhee, Karl Berger, Elliott Sharp, Vinny Golia, Henry Kaiser, Briggan Krauss, Michaël Attias, Jim Black, Ben Goldberg, Michael Bisio, Sam Newsome, Colin Marston, Mike Pride, Ches Smith, Scott Amendola, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Mat Maneri, Tim Dahl, Weasel Walter, and Billy Martin.
released September 4, 2020
Dane Johnson: electric microtonal guitar, bass, and electronics (right)
Álvaro Domene: seven string electric guitar and electronics (left)
All music by Dane Johnson and Álvaro Domene.
Recorded on 23 July and 23 August of 2019 at Asbestos Head Recording (Kingston, NY), mixed, and mastered by Dane Johnson.
Published by Dometone Music BMI.
Cover art and layout by Álvaro Domene.