Listen to Daniel Wohl's 'Source' - premiered via NPR Music's Songs We Love + NYC Shows January 21/22

NPR Music premieres
Daniel Wohl's "Source"
featuring Caroline Shaw and Olga Bell

Listen here

from upcoming album Holographic
out January 29, 2016
pre-order via Bandcamp


NYC album release show
and World Premiere:
January 21-22, 2016
Baryshnikov Arts Center

New Amsterdam Records is excited to share "Source" from composer Daniel Wohl's highly-anticipated sophomore album, Holographic. "Source" premiered via NPR Music, who noted that "with its thicket of intriguing noises, "Source" may sound a bit like a Jackson Pollock painting...[Wohl is] an innovative supplier of colorful sounds applied with a painter's touch." Watch the trailer for Holographic (by Daniel Schwarz and edited by J.M. Harper) here, and pre-order the album here.

The NYC album release shows and world premiere of Holographic will take place at Baryshnikov Arts Center on Jan. 21 & 22. The event will feature virtuosic ensembles Mantra Percussion and the Holographic String Quartet (featuring members of Flux Quartet and String Noise). A visual component by artist Daniel Schwarz will blend with Wohl’s rich electroacoustic creations to bring this spellbinding multimedia work to life. More info and tickets for both shows here.

Holographic will see a release on January 29, 2016, and was co-produced with Paul Corley (Oneohtrix Point Never, Tim Hecker, Ben Frost) and features contributions from Lucky Dragons, Olga Bell, Caroline Shaw (Roomful of Teeth), Bang on Can All-Stars, Mantra Percussion, Mivos Quartet and Iktus Percussion. In a groundbreaking new model, Holographic was commissioned by pioneering organizations Liquid Music (of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra),MASS MoCA, Baryshnikov Arts Center and Indianapolis Museum of Art. Watch the video trailer and listen to a track from the album here.

Acclaimed as one of the young artists “shaping our contemporary music scene and defining what it means to be a composer in the 21st century" (NPR), Wohl creates a remarkable hybrid of music that is part mechanical and part organic. Instead of exploring the gap between his classical composition background and his collaborations within the ever-evolving electronic music scene, Wohl strives to close it.

"Holographic is about exploring different worldsimprobable combinations of soundshidden and imaginary sonic landscapes both acoustic and electronic," explained Wohl, "By processing or re-sampling more traditional instruments like strings, percussion, or the human voice, I wanted to create music that has a strong link to the past while at the same time being rooted in what I listen to on a daily basis. I was hoping to retain the warmth and inconsistencies of human playing while interfacing with the technologies that are available to all of us."

On Holographic, Wohl pushes his varied sound sources to their limits, and it can be difficult to distinguish between the electronic and the acoustic. Indeed, the first sound heard onHolographic is a deep static drone, which sounds as if it might have been created by a modular synth, but in fact, was captured by placing a microphone on a resonating snare drum. From this murky, warm texture, Wohl creates a percussive exploration that ends with bursts of arpeggios in the vibraphones (tracks 1 and 2:  "Replicate, Part 1" and "Replicate, Part 2").

Similarly, "Pixel" (track 6) investigates the sound that results from the unconventional playing of an instrument: this time a glockenspiel (as heard in the opening). Toy pianos, piano, and percussion collide with Wohl's noisy electronics to create a joyful clatter. On "Formless" (track 3), Wohl uses the strings of the Mivos Quartet to create a weightless texture that is perfectly complemented by dark, pulsating electronics.
The title composition on the album (track 5, "Holographic") stuns with its combination of propulsive rhythms and densely layered melodies.  The instrumentalists of the Bang on a Can All-Stars are merged completely with Wohl's interleaving samples of vocals, bubbling water, and decaying electronics.  

Track 7 ("Source") is a gorgeous piece (featuring vocal contributions from composers Olga Bell and Caroline Shaw) that sets a new standard for how vocals and electronics can work together in music.  In Progression (track 8) Mivos Quartet and Mantra Percussion are locked into intricate polyrhythmic interplay with a prepared piano - harmonies get progressively darker over the course of the 7 minute piece. Meanwhile, album closer "Shapes" (track 9) – a collaboration with L.A.-based experimentalists Lucky Dragons – is a shimmering and mournful piece that concludes the album with a somber, elegiac tone.

The live premieres of Holographic will take place in New York City (Baryshnikov Arts Center) January 21 & 22, Philadelphia (FringeArts) February 5, Indianapolis (Indianapolis Museum of Art) February 6, and Saint Paul (Liquid Music) February 11, 2016. Wohl will call on the talents of Mantra Percussion and the Holographic String Quartet (featuring members of Flux Quartet and String Noise), blending the virtuosic talents of his performers with a newly commissioned visual component and rich electronic creations to bring his spellbinding multimedia work to life. All live performances of Holographic will also feature projections from Los Angeles-based visual artist Daniel Schwarz, engaged and commissioned by The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul.

Holographic track list:
1. Replicate, Part 1
2. Replicate, Part 2
3. Formless
4. Holographic Intro
5. Holographic
6. Pixel
7. Source
8. Progression
9. Shapes

Holographic upcoming performances:
1/17 - MASS MoCA - North Adams, MA
1/21 - 1/22 - Baryshnikov Arts Center (Album Release Show)
New York, NY
2/5 - FringeArts - Philadelphia, PA
2/6 - Indianapolis Museum of Art - Indianapolis, IN
2/11 - Ordway Concert Hall (Liquid Music Series) - Saint Paul, MN
2/27 - The Broad Museum - Los Angeles, CA
w/ Tyondai Braxton