Dan Deacon (born 1981) is an American electronic musician and performer, whose project originated from Baltimore, Maryland. He is best known for the 2007 single, "The Crystal Cat."
Dan Deacon attended the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College in Purchase, New York, where he played in many bands, including tuba
for Langhorne Slim and guitar in the improvisational grindcore band Rated R. He completed his graduate studies in electro-acoustic and computer music composition. He studied under composer/conductor Joel Thome and Dary John Mizelle. He is a member of Wham City, an art collective in Baltimore, Maryland.
The first two albums, Meetle Mice and Silly Hat vs Egale Hat were relased on CD-R on the Standard Oil Records label in 2003 while a student at Purchase. The albums are both collections of computer music and live recordings of ensemble pieces. They are markedly different from his most popular record, 2007's Spiderman of the Rings, in that they contain almost no tracks where Deacon sings or uses vocal manipulation. Most of the pieces are instrumentals or sound collages.
Following those two albums came another set of records that were pieces for sine waves. 'Green Cobra is Awesome Vs The Sun' is a 42 minutes piece for 6 sine waves that slowly drift. 'Goose On The Loose' is a 60 minute piece for Wavetek 180 signal generator being processed through a Digitech Whammy Pedal and a Line 6 Loop/Delay Pedal.
His next two releases were the EPs Twacky Cats on Comfort Stand Recordings and Acorn Master on Psych-o-path Records. These were the first releases that contained material that most listeners who associate him with.
Spiderman of the Rings was Deacon's first commercially distributed full length album, released by Carpark Records in May 2007. The album was well received by the press and was included in the Best New Music section of Pitchforkmedia.com. The album was also ranked as number 24 on the website's "Top 50 Albums of 2007"
Ultimate Reality was released as a DVD in November 2007. It was a return for Deacon to composing music for others to perform. The pieces for percussion and electronics were performed by Jeremy Hyman of Ponytail and Kevin Omeara of Videohippos. The pieces were set to collaged and heavily altered video created by Deacon's long time friend and collaborator Jimmy Joe Roche.
Deacon has performed at several leading art centers including Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, Getty Center in Los Angeles, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC. According to this news story, a new album called Bromst will be released in Fall 2008 on Carpark Records. However, Carpark has delayed the release until March 2009 (via Wikipedia, read more)
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