Multi-instrumentalist Dino J.A. Deane releases an extraordinary collection of new music called "Without Desires" that takes electro-acoustic improvisation to a new level of sonic sculpture. No stranger to innovation Deane performs on a self designed lapsteel dulcimer with guitarist Ava Mendoza and long time collaborator, Blu Cube. The resulting futuristic sound is haunting, diabolical and rhythmically soothing.
Over his career Deane pioneered the use of live-electronics & live-looping in Indoor Life a popular art/punk band from San Francisco during the early 1980's. There he played trombone controlled synthesizer that emulated the sound of an electric guitar. Soon afterwards he was touring the world as the electro-acoustic live-sampling percussionist with Jon Hassell. That collaboration resulted in the ground breaking Power Spot recording for ECM in 1986, produced by Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois. During that same period Deane became a close collaborator in Butch Morris's real-time composition creations called Conductions and in 1995 co-produced Morris's epic 10 CD box set Testament for New World Records.
The current disc makes use of a lapsteel dulcimer designed by Deane that is influenced by the ancient Chinese guqin, modern amplified guitars and the most recent innovations in digital modeling of string acoustics. The sound is also modified through a palette of the latest digital effects. Deane performs all of the percussion parts as well and Ava Mendoza (DoubleSpeak, Mute Socialite) performs on electric guitar.
The sessions took place in November of 2009 at OTR Studios and were recorded by Cookie Marenco (aka BluCube), known best for her audiophile work with Blue Coast Records. The music was recorded to analog tape, mixed to Direct Stream Digital (DSD) and mastered for release on CD and as high resolution downloads.