AMN Reviews: Paul Dolden – The Golden Dolden Box Set; Part 6 (2022; Bandcamp)

View Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5 of our coverage of this set. Welcome to Part 6 of this beast which will cover Paul Dolden’s “Nature” period (2004-to present).  If you’ve been reading this series and have gotten this far, CONGRATS!  If you were previously unfamiliar with his music, I sincerely hope I … Continue reading AMN Reviews: Paul Dolden – The Golden Dolden Box Set; Part 6 (2022; Bandcamp)

AMN Reviews: Paul Dolden – The Golden Dolden Box Set; Part 5 (2022; Bandcamp)

View Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 of our coverage of this set. Paul Dolden’s fourth period falls under the “Nature and Historical Imagination” (2004-present) umbrella.  This period has brought some significant changes to Dolden’s music.  Most notably, his return to working with microtonality. After the Twilight cycle I realized I needed new input … Continue reading AMN Reviews: Paul Dolden – The Golden Dolden Box Set; Part 5 (2022; Bandcamp)

AMN Reviews: Paul Dolden – The Golden Dolden Box Set; Part 4 (2022; Bandcamp)

View Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of our coverage of this set. Entering the new millennium, Paul Dolden continues some of his experiments that began with his Post-Modern period, albeit with very different results.  This write-up will cover his “Romantic-Twilight Cycle” (1997-2003). Leaving all micro-tonality behind, Dolden’s “Entropic Twilight” suite finds him looking … Continue reading AMN Reviews: Paul Dolden – The Golden Dolden Box Set; Part 4 (2022; Bandcamp)

AMN Reviews: Paul Dolden – The Golden Dolden Box Set; Part 3 (2022; Bandcamp)

View Part 1 and Part 2 of our coverage of this set. This write-up will focus on Paul Dolden’s “post-modern” works or, what he calls “The Resonance Cycle” (1992-1997). Embracing, or maybe I should say succumbing to the idea that creating a “new thing” in music is impossible because “we are all conditioned by historical … Continue reading AMN Reviews: Paul Dolden – The Golden Dolden Box Set; Part 3 (2022; Bandcamp)

AMN Reviews: Paul Dolden – The Golden Dolden Box Set; Part 2 (2022; Bandcamp)

In part 1 of this series, I mentioned that Paul Dolden splits his career into four distinct periods.  The Golden Dolden Box set is laid out in reverse chronological order so it’s easy to see his evolution in terms of changing “artistic concerns” on the composer’s part.  Additionally, his included essay “Artistic Practice:  Changes in … Continue reading AMN Reviews: Paul Dolden – The Golden Dolden Box Set; Part 2 (2022; Bandcamp)

AMN Reviews: Paul Dolden – The Golden Dolden Box Set; Part 1 (2022; Bandcamp)

Let’s get the necessities front and center first:  To quote Paul: Forty years of full-time work writing and producing new music reduced to a box set: My entire life’s work reduced to 28 gigs containing: 1) 44 works totaling 10 hours of music at 44.1 khz/24bit.  Seven of these works were done since 2016 and … Continue reading AMN Reviews: Paul Dolden – The Golden Dolden Box Set; Part 1 (2022; Bandcamp)

Paul Dolden’s The Golden Dolden Box Set Released Next Week

Tentatively to be released on Dolden’s Bandcamp page on 12/1/2021. This is a truly massive release of his entire musical output, both released and unreleased, remastered and sounding great! Here is Paul’s release announcement: The Golden Dolden Box Set.  Forty years of full-time work writing and producing new music reduced to a box set. My … Continue reading Paul Dolden’s The Golden Dolden Box Set Released Next Week

AMN Reviews: A Paul Dolden Update – The Dance of the Firing Synapse, Marsyas’ Melodies, Who has the Strangest Melodies (2021; Bandcamp)

Paul has been releasing a steady stream of one-off pieces that have not made an album appearance.  They’ve all been extremely strong, and this makes me wonder how large his pipeline of unreleased material is.  Based on the super high quality of these works, I am going to play catch-up and put down some thoughts … Continue reading AMN Reviews: A Paul Dolden Update – The Dance of the Firing Synapse, Marsyas’ Melodies, Who has the Strangest Melodies (2021; Bandcamp)

AMN Reviews: Paul Dolden – Seuil de silences (2003; empreintes DIGITALes)

Since there has been a considerable stylistic and compositional shift in Paul Dolden’s music between this, his first album for empreintes DIGITALes and the last one I reviewed, (Histoires d’histoire), I would like to explore this release and possibly / hopefully give some insight as to how his sound evolved. Seuil de silences has a bit of a tangled … Continue reading AMN Reviews: Paul Dolden – Seuil de silences (2003; empreintes DIGITALes)

AMN Reviews: Paul Dolden – Histoires d’histoire (2017; empreintes DIGITALes)

In my label introduction, I mentioned that the music on empreintes DIGITALes generally falls into the Acousmatic/Electro-Acoustic/musique concrete style. Well, I’m going to have to take issue (with myself at least) because, as the good Captain Beefheart said, “Labels are for cans, man”. Paul Dolden’s 2017 mega-epic does not really fit the mold. I realize … Continue reading AMN Reviews: Paul Dolden – Histoires d’histoire (2017; empreintes DIGITALes)