Diamond Terrifier Cipher is a freak-jazz experimental supergroup combining saxophone, electronics, guitar, synths, effects and ghostly vocal samples. Consisting of Sam Hillmer, Don Devore, Michael Beharie and Miho Hatori (the original voice behind Gorillaz’s Noodle), the supergroup have spent the past two years improvising, jamming, and melting throughout New York's venues before getting knee deep in the processing of record their debut EP Chapel Master, released last November via Styles Upon Styles.
Cipher maestro Hillmer fingerprints the EP with echoes of free-jazz and drone, conducting space for Miho's alien vocals, Beharie's textures and Devore's riffs to birth a distinct, warped, New York now-wave recording resistant to any singular form. Chapel Master rules a place of impermanence made quantifiable for the first-time care of Styles Upon Styles.
Today, we’re premiering the group latest video for the track ‘Action Fortress’, made by the ART CAMP collective, and the result is a distorted, collage-like visual that is thrilling and engaging. "This video mirrors the dissociated sound worlds present in 'Action Fortress,'" Sam Hillmer tells Dummy. "As a saxophonist working with this quality of dissociation, inherent in computer or sample based electronic music, it is the primary learning curve. The language of the acoustic instrument, especially those that are monodic and breath driven, is the language of the voice, and therefore subjective and narrative, whereas the language of electronic or sample based music is that of the situation.
"Often an imagined, imploded situation, comprised of disparate threads of experience and other sound artifacts. Venturing into this space as an expressive instrumentalist is a lot like that Chapelle's Show episode where he visits the internet, but hopefully less dehumanizing."
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