Sunday, March 30, 2014

Through the Window and the Wood Review

Brain Olewnick, who writes insightful, long-form reviews on his wonderful blog Just Outside, has written a very generous and thoughtful review of my new release Through the Window and the Wood. 

Read it here: http://olewnick.blogspot.ca/

To purchase the new release, head my Bandcamp site!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Pre-Orders now available for Through the Window and the Wood!

Exciting news! Pre-orders for the new release of Through the Window and the Wood, beautifully realized and recorded by Andrea Young, are now available at, http://danielbrandes.bandcamp.com/

For $15 you get a beautiful limited edition book of poetry by my brother Benjamin Brandes, which includes the poem used for Through the Window and the Wood. The book also comes with liner notes and a digital download of the record. Laura Brandes, did an amazing job with the layout and design…it’s a lovely little book.  I will post some pictures soon!

For $5, you can purchase a digital download of the piece — which comes with pdf liner notes. 

This project has been nearly 4 years in the making! Amazing to see it going out into the world. 

Monday, February 17, 2014

World Premiere/New Release!

On March 15, 1 pm, at Victoria’s Open Space Gallery, LA-based voice artist and composer Andrea Young will be giving the World Premiere of Through the window and the wood.

Consisting of 16 sonic dwellings, each defined by a unique quality of vocally generated white noise,  Through the Window and the Wood is a deeply immersive sonic experience, described by Michael Pisaro as “beautiful and transparent”. The concert will be followed by an artists talk with Andrea, Benjamin Brandes (my brother and the poet whose work is used for Through the window…) and myself. 

To celebrate the premiere of this work—which has been four years in the making—a limited edition dual release of poetry by Benjamin and a recording of Through the window and the wood will be available. This beautiful release includes “49th and Chester”, a debut collection of 7 poems by Benjamin, as well as liner notes and a digital download for Through the window and the wood.  

100 numbered copies will be available at $15 each. A digital download of just the piece and liner notes will be made available for sale via Edition Wandleweiser Records/Band Camp. Stay tuned!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Interview

The Victoria Times Colonist launched a new section, “The Islander”, in today’s Sunday paper. Part of this section will be a series of interviews with local artists. I was featured in the inaugural edition. Read it here:

http://www.timescolonist.com/entertainment/music/q-a-experimental-music-host-shares-bliss-1.785512

Monday, October 28, 2013
Heavy Fog releases: Bespoken Plays Nick Storring and Daniel Brandes


This past spring my friend Nick Storring (a wonderful composer and cellist and all-round great person) and his new ensemble/band Bespoken recorded their debut record “Bespoken plays Nick Storring and Daniel Brandes”.  It’s a strange and beautiful record with two long pieces, one by Nick and one by myself.  


Though Nick and I inhabit (somewhat) divergent sound-worlds as composers, there is an unexpectedly large amount of philosophical overlap between our approaches and sensibilities as composers. We both seem interested in (to use Nick’s words) creating scores/musical situations that encourage “a community-based form of ensemble music” which “invite the contribution and awareness of the performers into the fabric of the music”.  The two pieces on this record make for a wonderful and unusual listening experience. 




After months of trying to find a label to put out our record, Darcy Spidle of Halifax (founder of the fantastic label DIVORCE MUSIC) gave our record a home.   ”Bespoken plays Nick Storring and Daniel Brandes” will be the first release on Darcy’s new classical/experimental music label "Heavy Fog: Deep Currents in Classical Music".  A limited edition of 100 pro-duped cassette’s along with a digital download release will be available on November 1st.  




More info on the record and how to (pre)order can be found on the label’s website: http://www.heavyfog.org/
Heavy Fog releases: Bespoken Plays Nick Storring and Daniel Brandes

This past spring my friend Nick Storring (a wonderful composer and cellist and all-round great person) and his new ensemble/band Bespoken recorded their debut record “Bespoken plays Nick Storring and Daniel Brandes”.  It’s a strange and beautiful record with two long pieces, one by Nick and one by myself.  

Though Nick and I inhabit (somewhat) divergent sound-worlds as composers, there is an unexpectedly large amount of philosophical overlap between our approaches and sensibilities as composers. We both seem interested in (to use Nick’s words) creating scores/musical situations that encourage “a community-based form of ensemble music” which “invite the contribution and awareness of the performers into the fabric of the music”.  The two pieces on this record make for a wonderful and unusual listening experience. 

After months of trying to find a label to put out our record, Darcy Spidle of Halifax (founder of the fantastic label DIVORCE MUSIC) gave our record a home.   ”Bespoken plays Nick Storring and Daniel Brandes” will be the first release on Darcy’s new classical/experimental music label "Heavy Fog: Deep Currents in Classical Music".  A limited edition of 100 pro-duped cassette’s along with a digital download release will be available on November 1st.  

More info on the record and how to (pre)order can be found on the label’s website: http://www.heavyfog.org/