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All Music Guide - Phil Freeman
Haitian-born classical violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain has made a name for himself across the musical spectrum, performing with DJ Spooky, Emeline Michel, and Lady Gaga, composing work for dance companies, and, under his own banner, combining violin with electronics and programmed rhythms in a way that's no mere grafting of classical instrumentation to hip-hop à la Miri Ben-Ari, but a genuinely new sound. His beats are sparse and stuttering, and the occasional outbursts of turntable scratching are equally subtle and restrained, more in the style of DJ Krush than the Invisibl Skratch Piklz. His violin is both bowed and plucked, and subjected to various types of distortion ...
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All Music Guide - Phil Freeman
Haitian-born classical violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain has made a name for himself across the musical spectrum, performing with DJ Spooky, Emeline Michel, and Lady Gaga, composing work for dance companies, and, under his own banner, combining violin with electronics and programmed rhythms in a way that's no mere grafting of classical instrumentation to hip-hop à la Miri Ben-Ari, but a genuinely new sound. His beats are sparse and stuttering, and the occasional outbursts of turntable scratching are equally subtle and restrained, more in the style of DJ Krush than the Invisibl Skratch Piklz. His violin is both bowed and plucked, and subjected to various types of distortion and electronic manipulation. Some tracks erupt in bursts of outright noise. Occasionally other instruments, most notably piano, enter the mix, but there are no co-leaders and (mercifully) no vocalists; this is Roumain's show, and it's overwhelmingly a melancholy and quite beautiful one.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/30/2010
  • Label: Thirsty Ear
  • UPC: 700435719323
  • Catalog Number: 57193
  • Sales rank: 199,769

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Daniel Bernard Roumain Primary Artist, electronics, 6-String Violin, Effects Pedals
Jim Robertson Bass
Peter Gordon electronics
Elan Vytal Turntables
Kenny Grohowski Drums
Wynne Bennett Synthesizer, Piano
Technical Credits
Eric Aceto Instrument Design
Tim Conklin Engineer
Yuki Nakajima Graphic Design
Jim Robertson Arranger, Composer
Anthony Ruotolo Engineer
Daniel Bernard Roumain Arranger, Composer, Producer
Peter Gordon Arranger, Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Elan Vytal Arranger, Composer
Kenny Grohowski Arranger, Composer
Wynne Bennett Arranger
Farrah Crane Photo Assistance
Ann-Marie Burns Photo Assistance
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