With "Voices in the Void," DR.MiNT presents their futuristic approach to powerful rhythms, warped electronics, roaring horns, and infectious spontaneity with a sci-fi cinematic aesthetic that’s as innovative as it is fun. This video showcases its powerful NYC rhythm section of Sam Minaie - Electric Bass and FX, and Caleb Dolister - Drums performing the band's new single "Fanfare Mécanique."
ORENDA RECORDS is proud to announce the special limited edition vinyl release of Voices in the Void, the latest production from bi-coastal improvisational rock ensemble DR. MiNT. (www.drmint.com)
With Voices in the Void, DR.MiNT presents their futuristic approach to powerful rhythms, warped electronics, roaring horns, and infectious spontaneity to produce a sci-fi cinematic aesthetic that’s as innovative as it is fun.
Voices in the Void is the fifth release by the LA / NYC outfit, DR.MiNT and is designed to play with the emotions of its listener. Its arrangements often burst into a fiery energy, only to resolve into a dark peace. Each tune is spontaneously conceived, as the band employs a potent combination of skeletal composition, extensive improvisation, and rhythmic themes from a multitude of genres; improvisation, electronica, and heavy rock influences lay the foundation for the horns to shape winding melodies and dynamic solos. As a whole, the album’s arc weaves a rich musical-tapestry born of the band’s decade-long association and collective musical experience.
“With unswerving focus and expansive vision…Dr. Mint present a thoroughly modern view of jazz.” —Troy Collins, All About Jazz
DR.MiNT formed in 2007 when Los Angeles musicians Daniel Rosenboom (trumpets), Gavin Templeton (saxophones), and Alexander Noice (guitar and electronics), joined New York City rhythm section Sam Minaie (bass and electronics) and Caleb Dolister (drums). They instantly forged a signature sound through their collective synergy towards pure long-form improvisation. In fact, their first album, Visions and Nightmares (pfMentum), was recorded in two complete, unedited takes just moments after Rosenboom and Noice were introduced to Dolister, a long time friend of Templeton and Minaie. A few short months later, the band quickly followed up with 2008’s A New Symphony (SNP Records), recorded as a single, continuous improvisation in a five-movement symphonic form.
The project later evolved with their next release, Ritual (ORENDA), as frontmen Daniel Rosenboom and Gavin Templeton integrated a series of hand cues and began sketching rudimentary charts in during recordings and performances. This new strategy opened up an unexpected gateway to produce a much more intelligent recording as new and repeating thematic ideas were able to be added to the music in real time.
With their 2013 follow-up, Kingsize Sessions (ORENDA), the band experimented for the first time with short-form improvisations. It was also the first album that the band did not record in a live concert setting, opting instead to discover a different kind of creativity in a studio environment.
And with 2017’s Voices in the Void (ORENDA), DR.MiNT has evolved yet again.
“I think it was a turning point for the band when we decided to build Voices in the Void by focusing on the overall "arc" of both the tunes and the album through a process we’re now calling “archistration,” (arc + orchestration). We knew that we wanted to create something more exciting and engaging than yet another improv record, and embracing this process allowed us to to do that while still maintaining our dedication to spontaneity.” —Daniel Rosenboom
Since recording the album, DR. MiNT has adopted this term, “archistration,” to describe their method of improvising compositional structures in real time. It’s a multi-faceted process that allows the line between improvisation and composition to remain blurred while creating cohesive, thematic musical experience. Or as Jay Batzner of Sequenza 21 wrote, “[DR. MiNT creates] a wonderful trajectory…that almost denies the idea of it being completely improvised.”
Voices in the Void features a series of both long and short pieces, but for the first time DR.MiNT also embraced the idea of writing skeletal compositions and layering multiple tracks. The result is an album that often voyages between structure and exploration. For instance, the opening track “Kingdom in the Middle” builds cyclically on a short seven bar composition sketched just moments before hitting record, while the second track, “spacerobot[dance],” showcases the band’s classic and furious approach to spontaneous composition, with grooves funky enough to literally make a robot dance.
For drummer Caleb Dolister, Voices in the Void also represents something more. “I think the depth and growth that we have all experienced over the years is really apparent in this album. We’re all involved in so many different projects, but I think it’s safe to say that DR.MiNT is the only one where we show up and literally record the musical conversation as it happens. What ends up coming out is a direct reflection of who we are and how we’ve changed and adapted to different directions in influences. It’s an honest representation of our collective experiences.”
Each member of DR.MiNT is an accomplished bandleader, improviser and composer in their own right, and it’s precisely this depth that allows the band to spontaneously create pieces that to constantly evolve, twist back on themselves, break into new directions, and somehow resolve at the last moment. One could say that Voices in the Void is an experiment in musical architecture, where DR.MiNT leads the curious listener towards a rewarding discovery, overflowing with intricate details expertly woven through familiar structures. The music can get pretty wild, but somehow the band always maintains a subconscious connection to the joy, wonder, and adventurous spirit at the root of our human love for music.
Clearly DR. MiNT envisions a musical world with no boundaries, no unreachable horizons, and with Voices in the Void the band boldly supports their belief. It’s an ethos that is the very foundation of the Orenda Records, and we couldn’t be more proud to present their vision.