Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Sea of Tranquility has a review of Blue Microdot Breakfast: " Short atmospheric bursts of birdsong and piano are merely included on this album to break up the relentless, if at times subtle electronic beats and rhythms, which are continually embellished with plaintive keyboard and synth melodies - some of which are captivating, some of which are unnerving."
Sunday, June 26, 2011
A song Daniel Crommie wrote in 1984 and recorded in 2009 has been released at CD Baby as a digital download which will soon be available at iTunes and many other online vendors. "Living in the Dark Ages" features Daniel singing and playing acoustic & electric dulcimers and hammond & mellotron samples. You can find this song as a special two track EP (one version features Glyn Havard on bass guitar) plus video combo at Band Camp for the special price of $3.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
In 1990 Daniel Crommie built his first studio - a Fostex Model 80 8-track, Fostex 12 channel mixer, numerous affordable outboard effects and of course numerous acoustic & electronic instrument filled the room lovingly dubbed "The Living Room". Two albums were culled from a year of recording and both were released simultaneously on cassettes. "Shadowgraph" was the primarily song-oriented album and "Skybridge" was entirely instrumental. "Shadowgraph" is now available for download from Band Camp and "Skybridge" will soon follow. Here's a review from KCMU in Seattle:
In “Small World” there is quite a competition between the “techno” and “ethno”. Crommie plays the flute as Eddie Van Halen plays the guitar. Wind instruments transform “Moon Circle” into a space-age oriental love song. “Reconstruction” is a jump in the “ethno” direction and reveals the diversity of Crommie’s talent. The furthest removed from electronics, it is a soothing, well-crafted instrumental piece. To contrast his two styles, Crommie follows “Reconstruction” with its “techno” antithesis, “Touching Tongues”. “Hall of Fame” expands on this style but sounds like nothing more than a synthesized experiment.
Crommie consistently states rather than sings his songs, which adds to the impersonality of the “techno” side of his music. Generally, the album is dominated by pulsing synthesizers which overshadow the contrast of the wind instruments to such a broad range that the album is left hanging without a definitive style.
Jacqueline Koch / Wire (KCMU program) June/July 1991
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Daniel Crommie was invited to contribute to Thomas Filardo's "Enter the Edit Suite" playing flute on two tracks "I Can Love You More" and "Obsessive Behavior". You can find the album available for download or as a limited edition cassette at Band Camp. Click here for further details. Thomas Filardo played on the "DC Sound Collective" album "Direct Current" which was released in February on New Weave.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
Direct Current is an adventurous collaborative music venture which took root in December 2008 as an acoustic / electronic hybrid project between violist/violinist Leslie Gray (Saturnalia Trio) and flutist/keyboardist Daniel Crommie (Group Du Jour, Saturnalia Trio). As the recording progressed other musicians expressed interest in contributing: Jon Miller (guitars), Brian Davis of Pink Martini (congas), Thomas Filardo of Total Noise (guitars), Larold Will (Theremin), Bo Parker & Paul Parker from Group Du Jour (percussion & guitar / fretless bass respectively) and Paul Evans (alto sax) all came in to add their unique sonorities and textures to the mix. In summer of 2009 Glyn Havard (vocalist & bassist of Jade Warrior) agreed to add his talents to the proceedings and two albums were slated, “Between the Darkness and the Dawn” became a Crommie / Havard collaboration and the remaining tracks coalesced into the all-instrumental “Direct Current”.
This album is available for download only on iTunes, Amazon and many other online vendors.
Pacific Time (Crommie)
December Daydream (Crommie / Gray)
Snow on Bare Branches (Crommie / Gray)
a. Java Sea (Crommie / Filardo)
b. Arabian Sea (Crommie)
c. The Caspian Sea (Crommie / Gray)
d. Coral Sea (Crommie)
FreQ Rez (Crommie / Gray)
Road to the Atlas Mountains (Crommie)
Ballet from “Swan Island” (Crommie / P. Parker)
Flint & Fuel (Crommie / Filardo)
One Monkey Year Between Us (Crommie)
Psyclones (coda) (Crommie / Havard)
"Strangely though, while the similarities are easily drawn between the two albums, the end results are quite startlingly different, with Direct Current eschewing the more song based approach of Between The Darkness... for a far more repetitive, electronic feel where the rhythms dominate, but seldom change for the entire duration of the songs." - Steven Reid, Sea of Tranquility. Read the review here.