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.
Release date: January 2019