“The astounding aspect of what Dane is creating, is it's physical quality. Some how breaching into the limitless void, rhythms and anti rhythms tangled like glowing monofilament fishing line. The strength intensified by an asymmetrical web of sonic fluctuations.” - Lost in a sea of sound
“You can say that drums need to accompany another instrument, but on "DIVIDE", Dane Rousay says otherwise.” - Raised by Gypsies
This set of recordings is improvised almost entirely and has a certain thoughtfulness and immediacy behind it. I do not believe a composed album of any sort would be able to capture the emotions and emotional release that I feel this album grew from and provides (for the listener).
“Percussion lovers will undoubtedly go gaga over this new Rousay effort which, although easily enough drawing comparisons to a variety of previous solo-banging efforts, really can't be compared to any of those John Cage or Marcel Duchamp efforts that used to pop up on the old Finnedar label. There seems to be an underlying intensity to it, though the performance may come of slightly nonchalant. Whatever, the resultant music does make you draw attention away from whatever you're doing so you can enjoy Rousay's little intricacies and fills here and there which you might miss if you happen to be reading old comic books (like I was when this had been spinning) of doing the connect-the-dots.” - Blog to Comm
“An incredible combination of experimental percussion and field recordings” - Loose Lips
“I admit it, I get squeamish dicing up chicken when we are making a curry – so to hear a strangers heartbeat was not something that I was over excited about approaching. However, “ENV” is the stand-out track on this EP for me. A masterpiece.” - The Parish Review
no one wants to think about the fact that siri's entrance into our lives was a further interfacing between the human and the machine. but here we are. this artificial thing borne of human speech and logic is carried around with us everyday. you can talk and siri will respond but the response is limited. siri sounds real but isn't. this doesn't have to be bad. we are still human and technology is beholden to us for now but the gap closes faster and faster these days. "Of Siri" is a brilliant album. it makes me think about what it means to be human but also what it means to be artificial-to be manufactured to sound human...to sound "real." Dane is my friend and on this release they make their full fledged debut into the world of electronic composition. it is a funny and moving foray that truly goes somewhere new in free jazz and improvisation.
All sounds on tracks 1,2,3 were sampled from the iPhone 7, Casio SK1, and the GarageBand MIDI keyboard.
”Blank screen equals blank slate. Blank expression. We are cybernetically infiltrated, fully assimilated, and we cannot remove ourselves from it, nor do we want to.” -Tiny Mix Tapes
“The sound is incredible, and makes the idea of a fully “percussion” album less avant-garde-y and more accessible than it probably has any right to be. Because it exists on the nexus of acoustic instrumentation, rigorous composition, and virtuosic playing bordering, as I’ve said, on the unbelievable (it’s actually injected with way more humanness and feeling than any technological composition whose feeling is sheened away by processing)” - Cassette Gods
“Blip is many sound samples from a mind with high vibrations resting outside of the body. Listeners will need "clear" minds in order to absorb the depth of blip.” - Lost in a sea of sound
“Whether this is jazz, free jazz, new music, classical, etc. is actually beside the point. The point appears to be the sound itself.” - New Music Buff
“Slowing things down to a crawl before a truly beautiful snap & squelch freakout, you'll be hitting the REW button many times over.” - Auxilary Out
Audit is the collaborative improvised effort of Dane Rousay and John Alan Kennedy. This recording showcases the various sonic environments one can create with solely using percussion. Two drummers. Two drum kits. And a shit ton of objects.