Dean De Benedictis, known to the electronic music world as Surface 10, A Lone
Reply was a stylistic turn, yet not unfamiliar territory. After expanding
the proverbial, musical horizon during his early travels, connecting with
the land and native people of the North American West, Dean was moved to pay
a solitary homage to these discoveries by creating a full-length CD of tribal-style
ambient music. Such instruments as American Indian flutes (Mayan), ocarina,
Balinese flutes, piano, synth, hand drums, slit drums, and Dean's voice can
be heard throughout A Lone Reply, ninety percent of which was played by hand.
Some of these instruments were accumulated during Dean's travels through the
American West and abroad. Field recordings and various samples were
also utilized to create slowly evolving layers of sound, merging into a deep,
blissful, chasm-like sound setting. Dean states, "In a time of overwhelming
technological advancement, this is simply a lone reply to it all; one with
deep serenity, and, perhaps, a subtle longing."
Amounts of all proceeds from A Lone Reply are donated to various American Indian charities.
If it is difficult to believe in worlds that exist beyond the physical realm, consider at first your own mind and all it holds. One of the countless vessels for that which lies unseen, yet one that remains alone, in this vast sea of material being.