Ümlaut

Ümlaut is Jeff Düngfelder, a U.S. electronic music composer who is based in Queens, New York. The thematic concepts distinguishing his work are absence and silence; the ineffable exchange between viewer and image; random moments of stillness within a landscape in flux. The listener sets out on a richly layered journey into the unknown. With computer-as instrument, fragments of sounds, textures and a warm palette of noise patch together. Found acoustics will tweak the listener's inclination to reflect and discover. Manipulation of sound seamlessly juxtaposes the digital world with field recordings. The universal assimilates with the personal. As Rajneesh once said: “Sit very quietly, and when the scenery shifts, slip between it.”

MUSIQUE DE FILM

MUSIQUE DE FILM is a collection of soundtrack compositions for a series of short films created by me. The films and the sounds exist on 2 planes: first: the sound breathes life into silent images of motion; and second: pure sound invites the listener to conjure his or her own mental imagery. When I create a film, I first strip out all sound. I want to first tell a silent visual
story. A point of inspiration is Brian Eno’s song Spider and I: "Spider and I / Sit watching the sky / On our world without sound.” Once my filmic story is complete (my world without sound), I create a complimentary audio world - the soundtrack to this silent world - as standalone music. By means of shifting sounds and textures, my goal is to touch upon beauty and emotion, through the use of loop-based repetition, textural nuances, hushed tones and droning backdrops that fade off into considered silence. These swirling masses of sound and beat-less borders transcend, at times, my weightless approach. All the more, if I add
industrial noise, this layering process helps to retain the delicate beauty of the sound.

Cat: AB083

Release date: January 2019

 

Reviews

  1. Toneshift

    Likely my favorite this month, the expert blend of incidental chords and left turns, ultimately listenable and off-putting. If you indulge, like me, in works that blend the lymphatically drained side of beauty, this is for you. In one hand it has some in common with Kenneth Kirschner, in the other, warped exploratory drone that is fiercely defiant. It’s an enchanting work of minimalism, that taunts and teases with bells and other devices. These are a collection of soundtrack compositions for a series of short films (some of which you can see here) by the artist (NY’r Jeff Düngfelder) and you can expect this record out on January 9th – so consider this an early sneak peek!

  2. Igloo Magazine

    Minimal textures surrounded by swaths of brittle sonic noise, Ümlaut (aka Jeff Düngfelder) is new to these ears, but a welcomed retreat into a beat-less world. Fading loops, subdued clicks, and minuscule tones drift in far away places, the drones broken into layers of emotive debris. The Queens, New York-based musician creates randomized and weightless sounds that dither away with each listen on Musique De Film.

    With slight manipulation of harsher audibles (ie. “Without End”), one can find rugged distortion and undulating low-end shards in the background. There are also more organic streams as evidenced on “How Silent The Trees,” where abstract notes are carefully fractured and seamlessly expand the subconsciousness. “Sleeper” is an evolved transmission where the listener is treated to a harsher hypnotism—its foggy vibrations are both eerie and somehow transcendental. Delicately woven melodies flicker as “On The Feelings That Stay” maneuvers elongated glitchy strands through its microscopic elements. Field recordings left astray, a flowing collection of static blips and irregular whirs inhabits the closing piece (“Sinister”) as it launches into a surreal atmospheric organism.

    In all, Audiobulb sets yet another fine blueprint for exploratory electronic music as Ümlaut’s Musique De Film revitalizes a new year for one of our favorite long-running digital imprints.