Daniel Menche

Daniel Menche is an iconic experimental musician from Portland, Oregon. His extensive history of recording and performance spans three decades and counting. Menche’s sonic abstractions manifest through intense noise, immersive drones, dense ambiance, poly-rhythmic percussion, turbulent nature field recordings, abused acoustic instruments and many other sources. His music is adventurous in execution as well as presentation, creating an absolute, abstract sonic world.

Marked with a restless enthusiasm and preternatural expressionism, Menche’s compositions typically arrange themselves through organic, seemingly subconscious systems of logic. Menche eschews narrative based chronologies in favor of perpetually active stratification of noise and drone. The immediate detail of his work can be tangles of overblown electrical chunks of chainsaw dissonance as easily as a calming and elegant ocean of sound. His compositions reveal the stately grandeur of an astute minimalism amplified. Both intense and serene pieces offer a wide spectrum of emotion. At times, a Menche composition can be a cathartic experience of obliterated sonic particles; at others, a heavy mantle can descend upon his rough tones to offer a darkly immersive introspection.