Ricardo Donoso ~ Quintessence
Ricardo Donoso has established a sublime symbiotic relationship with Denovali. After the success of Saravá Exu and Machine to Machine, the label rewarded his talent with a compilation of early works and a remix set. Now the artist has returned with an ambitious EP. Quintessence is the glass representation of a HUGE installation from Florence To: a dome containing 157 speakers, comprising a 39.4 channel surround sound system. And while this exposes the paucity of most home systems (four channels at best), there is a way to get around the dilemma: play the music really loud.
An industrial influence is clearly felt, as it was on prior albums. But on Quintessence, the crunchy beats and aggressive drones feed into a larger system. The set is meant to be viewed as a single organism rather than a series of tracks. The center cell is the most active, but even…
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