Cnidarians I

by Dissonant Dessert

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Cnidarians is a continuing series about embracing the many timbral qualities that can be found in every one instrument. Each instrument is made up of a colony of small different sounds, not unlike the polyps that make up members of the Cnidaria phylum, such as coral and jellyfish. Each track on this album is made up of little polyps of sound that come together to form a breathing, organic whole. Each of these installments is meant to be listened to as an experiment in sound rather than a fully formed whole.

The electric bass, commonly known for its pivotal role in creating Mowtown, funk, and many other types of popular music is instead examined here for its cerebral and calming qualities, using mostly the high register of the bass. These fleshy mechanical sounds have a very meditative quality that I hope is heard by anyone who listens.


released March 8, 2016

Eric Novak: electric bass
Ryan Donlin: electric bass (2)



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Dissonant Dessert Bloomington, Illinois

Jazz music filtered through an ancient lens. Inspired by an intense vision in which Eric Novak heard the screams and cries of ancient civilizations, this music attempts to provide something that is both ancient and timeless, dispelling all borders and constrictions.
Inspired by the John Lurie National Orchestra
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