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Dissonant Creatures

by Aaron Kerr's Dissonant Creatures

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Humanity 02:43
Nine 01:59
Daniel K. 03:02
Shabadequa 03:35
The Skryer 03:53


"His tunes encompass a four cornered room of Classical and experimental Jazz, using some very minimalist tendencies with operatic sensitivity. The simple nature of the tunes trapped inside the digital disc coincided after I spent much of the weekend before restoring an older stereo vacuum tube amplifier for my living room. Personally I like that tube sound to really hear details, and after about 4 or 5 conscious repeated hearings it became very intoxicating, and slightly hypnotic. Only then I was able to engage in the subtle improvisation of it all. Not intended for the weak or frail, this is a mentally stimulating experience."
- Radionic KKFI 90.1 FM Omaha

"atmospheric rock with a nod toward jazz...the group's music could have served as a soundtrack to NASA's Apollo films from the 60s and 70s"
- Torleif Sorenson, The Metropolitan Online

The original plan was to have 10 minimalist pieces written for cello and piano with a large gap in the middle of the song for a performer to improvise through in a live situation. What happened in the end though was that Aaron gave his recordings to musical collaborators, Jeff Crandall and Tyson Allison. They immediately had strange and otherworldly ideas come to mind to accompany Aaron’s music. They suggested letting them do some recording over his pieces, and Aaron agreed to see what would develop. The end product is what you hear now-- dark-textured, rhythmic ambient music with a flair for gothic and avant-garde undertones. No idea was thrown out until tried, and every experimental door that was opened led down a crooked hallway to yet another door and another door until it eventually opened to the weird and wonderful world of which this CD now exists. Thank you for listening and we hope you enjoy!


released August 14, 2013

Aaron Kerr--cello, piano
Tyson Allison--synth, analog synth, bass, percussion, chimes, tone box
Jeff Crandall--guitar, bass, vocals, engineering
Randy Gildersleeve--mixing, mastering


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Emperor Penguin Records Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Emperor Penguin Records began in 2003 in St. Paul, MN and later moved to Milwaukee, WI in 2015. The label is run by musician/producer Tyson Allison. EPR enlists and caters to singer/songwriters, introverts, experimental weirdos, bookish people, and crafters that paint pictures with words and toy with your emotions on a well-placed chord. Thank you for your interest! ... more

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