Ümlaut is Jeff Düngfelder, a U.S. experimental sound artist 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. Sit very quietly, and when the scenery shifts, slip between it.
“INSIGHT” can be described as an inward journey of the self through the universe of sound. The album explores personal growth through the vessel of memory and emotion. The unexpected and the familiar are turned inward. Environmental sounds, manipulated field recordings, electronic processing and acoustic sourcing contribute to the compositional pastiche.
Realities surface and interweave with overlapping electroacoustic textures. Hypnotic loops, hushed tones, delicately percussive electronics, whispers and their synapses, interplay in a realm of silence. The past captures the future in the matrix of the present moment. The element of chance dances in a dynamic soundscape. With each color, the music comes alive.
Technology is humanized. Taking its time, “INSIGHT” unfolds through arpeggiated sequences, melody and ambience, and breathes meditatively through eclectic sound design.
Release date: June 2020