dadala collageAndré DariusPaul MimlitschRoger Sundström

dadala began in 2004 as a remix project, originally a way to recycle earlier material from RDunlap's archives (solo projects and 
collaborations recorded 1985-1996). As acquaintances were made online the project began to include material from other artists but 
through 2008 continued to use only already existing materials in the process. The project was and is a continuation of RDunlap's long 
history of exploring alternative methods of creating music and audio-art, going back to the days when he bounced recordings from one 
cassette tape deck to another, performing live overdubs on the fly. 
As of 2009 dadala has evolved into a long-distance ensemble of four core members blending improvisation with digital alchemy, collage 
and serendipity. The members live in three different states in different corners of the US and with a few occasional exceptions 
involving brothers Richard and Frank Dunlap, the members don't ever actually record together in real time. Unlike it's earlier 
incarnation the project now features original material recorded for dadala, and the band members' interactions with that material 
(overdubbing). 
The way dadala tracks come together varies widely in process, combining improvisation and collage. Improvisation occurs not just in 
the instrumental performances but also in the mixing and production process. Unlike conventional and intentional composition dadala 
is an exploration of coincidence and synchronicity, including arbitrary elements and chance along with careful craft and 
manipulation. All the members of dadala get to enjoy novelty and surprise in the process, unlike the more static and predictable 
results of more conventional techniques.
Three of the core members contribute a wide variety of recordings ranging from unprocessed acoustic instrumental solo improvisations 
to elaborate experimental digital alchemy created with sophisticated cutting-edge software, equipment and techniques. Founding member 
RDunlap uses these recordings as raw material (along with his own occasional contributions programming and performing on a vintage 
Casio CZ-101 digital synthesizer) to arrange, combine, remix, edit, layer and otherwise manipulate to produce dadala. Sometimes 
members perform overdubs to existing recordings (of their own, from other members, or premixes from RDunlap), other times completely 
unrelated recordings are combined, and many other permutations.  
The listener is often not going to be able to tell what was intentional and what was happenstance, what was "live" and what was 
manipulated, or in what sequence parts were recorded. In dadala what sounds intentional was probably serendipity, and what sounds 
random was probably played that way on purpose.
The current core members:
RDunlap - http://www.last.fm/music/RDunlap - Producer, arrangements, mixes, Casio CZ-101 synthesizer. Has been recording alternative 
and experimental music and sound-art well outside both the commercial and academic mainstreams since 1985. One small semi-private 
release on cassette in the early 90's, otherwise no serious releases until dadala began in 2004. 
Loopy C - loopyc.com - Virtual improvisations, synthesized soundscapes, rhythmic transient electronic hyperrealisms, imaginary six-
string curled dimensions, DSP performances, gestured noise, expanded palettes and miscellaneous conceptual software automatons. Has 
extensive experience in the music industry, both as an artist (was a member of Jesus Wore Dickies, among other things) and on the 
studio/engineering/software side of things in the background.
Frank Dunlap - http://www.reverbnation.com/frankdunlap - Alto sax, clarinet, flute, trumpet, other winds, bass, guitar, violin, 
rubber 2 by 2, kalimba, keyboard, percussion, etc (and some premixing). Self-taught improviser, has recorded with brother RDunlap 
sporadically over the years, currently also plays in a local band (Still Lookin') that actually jams together in the same room at the 
same time, playing Grateful Dead, Neil Young, originals and other stuff.
Johann Meier - jopyjopyjopy.com - Piano and keyboard, guitar, bass, software synths, samples, sequences and beats (and some 
premixing). Has a background in jazz piano and has branched out into other instruments as well as electronic and electro-acoustic 
works of his own (several free DL releases as Jopy).

dadala began in 2004 as a remix project, originally a way to recycle earlier material from RDunlap's archives (solo projects and collaborations recorded 1985-1996). The project was and is a continuation of RDunlap's long history of exploring alternative methods of creating music and audio-art, going back to the days when he bounced recordings from one cassette tape deck to another, performing live overdubs on the fly. With the second dadala album the project also began to incorporate material (already existing recordings) from a growing list of eclectic and experimental artists. Five albums were released in this mode from 2004-2006.

With the album 'candy fish barrel' in 2007 dadala settled into a core set of contributors and began to incorporate material that was newly recorded specifically for dadala's use.

As of 2011 with the album 'Spaghetti Wall' dadala had become a long-distance ensemble of four core members blending improvisation with digital alchemy, collage and serendipity. The members at that time lived in three different states in different corners of the US and with a few occasional exceptions involving brothers Richard and Frank Dunlap, they didn't ever actually record together in real time. But the project had expanded to feature original material recorded specifically for dadala, and also band members' interactions with that material (performing overdubs, remixing, etc).

Also key to dadala's transformation at that time was the addition of core member Loopy C (Chris R. Gibson) who brings vast amounts of raw material to the dadala table via his blog as well as private contributions, including material processed from earlier dadala tracks and member recordings. Gibson has extensive experience in the music industry, both as an artist (he was a member of Jesus Wore Dickies, among other things) and on the studio/engineering/software side of things in the background.

Starting in 2014 some new members began to come aboard and dadala became an international ensemble. As of early 2016 the current active members include Roger Sundström of Sweden (aka Erocnet - guitars and various other stringed instruments, drum kit, soundscapes and more), the ensemble's newest member Paul Mimlitsch in Colorado (aka r369improv - bass and contrabass clarinets, contrabass recorder, guitar, electronics and more) and André Darius of France (basses, vocals and more). Frank Wilke of Germany (aka brass-lines - trombone, trumpet and more) is a featured guest on many tracks. These contributors are active in online communities involved with improvisation (for example http://sound-in.org/) and also performing at real world venues. Darius, Mimlitsch and Wilke can be found on numerous releases in various collaborations from a long list of netlabels (Pan y rosas discos, Haze, Nowaki, Plus Timbre, Modisti, La bèl, Picpack, Camomille, Bruits, Ilse, TVK, Petroglyph Music, suRRism-Phonoethics...).

The way dadala tracks come together varies widely in process. Improvisation occurs not just in the instrumental performances but also in the mixing and production process. Unlike conventional and intentional composition dadala is an exploration of coincidence and synchronicity, including arbitrary elements and chance along with careful craft and manipulation. All the members of dadala get to enjoy novelty and surprise in the process.

The members contribute a wide variety of recordings ranging from unprocessed acoustic instrumental solo improvisations to elaborate experimental digital alchemy created with sophisticated cutting-edge software, equipment and techniques. Founding member RDunlap uses these recordings (along with his own occasional contributions programming and performing on a vintage Casio CZ-101 digital synthesizer) as raw material to arrange, combine, remix, edit, layer and otherwise manipulate to produce dadala.

Dunlap uses basic techniques in creating dadala mixes. While pitch shifting and/or speed changes are sometimes employed and individual notes or phrases may get moved around in the editing process, nothing is ever automatically quantized or locked to any grid, nor is any sort of "auto-tuning" applied. Everything is done "by ear" and intuitively.

Sometimes members perform overdubs to existing recordings (of their own, from other members, or premixes from RDunlap), other times completely unrelated recordings are combined. Sometimes overdubs end up being used in a different mix than they were recorded to. Sometimes material is used pretty much "as is" and combinations are left to play out as they will. Other times there is extensive editing and manipulation. It can be like building sculpture as an assemblage of disparate parts or like chiseling a statue out of a block of marble, sometimes both.

The listener is often not going to be able to tell what was intentional and what was happenstance, what was "live" and what was manipulated, or in what sequence parts were recorded. In dadala what sounds intentional was probably serendipity, and what sounds random was probably played that way on purpose.

 

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Reviews

"The guys never stop creating music and thank god because it is some of the most original material I have heard... an organic experience that fans of experimental free jazz will fall in love with." The Even Ground

 

ain't yo momma's minimalistic electronic improvisation... The soundscapes are vast and lonely, begging for 
exploration and discovery... an impressive statement to art's defiance in the face of geographical 
separation... Fans of free jazz artists such as The Chicago Art Ensemble and Sun Ra should take the time to 
check this one out."

"...you wouldn't even know it if these guys were conjoined quadruplets when listening to the album... this ain't yo momma's minimalistic electronic improvisation... The soundscapes are vast and lonely, begging for exploration and discovery... an impressive statement to art's defiance in the face of geographical separation... Fans of free jazz artists such as The Chicago Art Ensemble and Sun Ra should take the time to check this one out."  The Even Ground

 

"The atmosphere of the songs is adventurous and carefully composed. Bodystairs is a beautiful CD in which jazz, electro-acoustic music and soundscapes come together and enter a fascinating amalgamation... accessible elements associated with abstract sounds."  Vital Weekly  

 

"...guitar played in a loop with a moving sax like a jumping bird. Or like a lullaby of a kind of tones and sounds which are coming up and fading away. Spaghetti Wall is a beautiful experimental album in which different musical worlds melt together in a pleasant bath of structured improvisations."  Vital Weekly

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UPDATE 2015: dadala's free albums are now becoming available from CD Baby in the lossless FLAC format!

 

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