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Dan Deacon On Q2 Music's 'Spaces'

March 12, 2013Spaces is Q2 Music's new series of documentaries that capture creative composers in their practice studios. The first installment focuses on the always eccentric Dan Deacon, who turned a former Baltimore concert venue into his personal studio.

The music of electroacoustic composer Dan Deacon is defined by its extreme eclecticism. A tangle of sputtering beats, Disklaviers and homemade instruments, Deacon's compositional style draws as much from Conlon Nancarrow and electronic music pioneer Raymond Scott as it does from the worlds of pop, electronic and dance music.

His Baltimore studio was one of our first stops for Q2 Spaces, a new video series from Q2 Music that explores where musicians live and create, as well as the objects in those places that give more intimate meaning to their music. An unassuming brick building a short walk from Baltimore's Penn Station masked Deacon's unique and inspiring work space, literally colored with the touches of friends and collaborators.

He gave us a tour of his studio in August, before he left on tour in support of his latest album America. Deacon's touring with fellow Baltimore band Animal Collective in spring 2013.

Credits
  • Video: Kim Nowacki & Hannis Brown
  • Music: Tracks from Dan Deacon's America appear courtesy of Domino Recording Company
  • Special thanks: Pushkar Ojha and Domino Recording Company

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