2018 press for Polytope

Riting: “Polytope embodies ‘the gold standard’ of ambient music — it can hover in the background and cast a subtle vibe, but will also stand up to closer inspection: delicately layered overtones cascade and recede, forming a spellbinding latticework. In moments, it’s not unlike water drops on a windshield, dripping and streaking reflected light with each movement of the wiper.”

Sequenza 21: “Polytope is an extraordinary piece of musical and visual art… that is both accessible and compelling.”

Vital Weekly: “Whatever it is, it sounds simply wonderful… worth your every while.”

The Stranger: “After five minutes of this silvery, undulant tintinnabulation, I was ready to evaporate into another more sparkly and stimulating dimension than the one in which we currently suffer. This piece sounds like gamelan from Pluto—or maybe ’70s Philip Glass as interpreted by Harry Partch on his Cloud-Chamber Bowls.”

New Classic LA (Interview) “Daniel Corral’s latest work, Polytope, premieres at Automata as part of this year’s MicroFest, who have named their season after it. We were lucky that Daniel had a minute to answer some questions about this piece…”

24700: “Composer, CalArts faculty and alumnus Daniel Corral (Music MFA 07) presents the live debut of his latest release Polytope to Automata in Los Angeles on Sunday (March 18). The concert is the featured performance of this year’s MicroFest 2018.”

SF Gate: “A mesmerizing visual and musical spectacle”

MetalJazz “Musicians who know the turf”

The Rest is Noise Miscellany

2017 press for Refractions

Christian Carey “this slowly evolving piece of music is spellbinding in its execution. Rather than foregrounding the incremental shifts of material, the listener is encouraged to bask in a wash of sounds, varied and lovely timbres that are deployed with enough independence to seem to have minds of their own.”

Sequenza 21: “The cool ambient tranquility of Refractions is a much needed antidote to the raucous confusion that infests our daily lives; this music works to elegantly recharge us in a moment of restorative calm.” 

National Sawdust Log Journal: “A sublime study in anxious stasis and fleeting repose for string quartet, electric guitar, music box, and digital treatments…” 

Textura: “The music blossoms in the most peaceful of manners… the piece… presents an ever-mutating weave of softly glimmering electronics and fluttering acoustic timbres, and as it advances the impression forms of a spacious, ambient-styled composition that’s rooted in both pre-formed structures and improvisation.” 

MetalJazz: “Open-aired, shivery…” 

Avant Music News: Pick of the week 

The Rest is Noise: Nightafternight playlist of “New and recent releases of interest”

24700: “Refractions is a 45-minute electro-acoustic chamber piece that expands on Corral’s 10 years of exploring the sonic and sculptural possibilities of music boxes” 

Talk Classical: “Experimental yet attractive new music” 

Chicago Reader: Today’s Playlist 

Best of 2017 Lists: Bandcamp DailyAvant Music News (Honorable Mention)National Sawdusta fool in the forestAsociacion IntonarumoriSteve Hoffman

2016 press for Comma

New Classic LA: “Comma’s multiple paths of engagement and balanced blend of cooperative elements worked to hold audience attention consistently, slowing time against a steady stream of activity. Enthusiasm for the concluded piece reverberated palpably, as a sense of music’s abiding power to enchant and challenge was affirmed once again.”

24700: “The compelling score is inspired by the additive process of minimalist music as grids of light turn on in response to the musician’s movements. “

Los Angeles Downtown News: “A minimalist musical composition using colorful, illuminated buttons on a soundboard. The dark silhouettes of his hands against the backdrop of the light show provide the visual component.”

2015 press for Collapse

Vanity Fair: Can the Mississippi River dead zone ever be alluring? … the “multimedia glam-rock meets classical baroque concert” seeks to start a bold conversation about our effect on the environment

Blouin ArtInfo: Glam Rock Environmentalism

Brooklyn Rail: The Rocky Horry Picture Show for the coming Apocalypse?

Gothamist: …Dark and satirical performance… 

Exeunt: When writing about the genre-defying sound of LA band Timur and the Dime Museum, you might run out of hyphens—their charming glam-rock-cabaret-punk-opera-mischievous magpie-style requires experiencing first-hand to fully appreciate the influences embedded in their eclectic approach to music.

Neat Beet: On the vanguard of both drama and rock music is Timur and the Dime Museum, an experimental rock band out of LA that aims to fuse the two together into an explosive combination.

arts.meme: an art-rock tour of the daily dump of ecological disasters, with songs composed by band member Daniel Corral

2014 Press for Collapse

LA Times“nastily seductive… popsy, preachy, beat, grungy or ferociously apocalyptic, with texts to match.” 

Fusion TV: “Think: revival tent-type screamer about the perils of Atlantic salmon. Think: a New Wave-style dance number about algae clumps brought together by rising oceans. Think: The kind of environmental message you can seriously not forget.” 

Miami Herald: “Collapse” is so full of dark intensity and black humor that you’ll feel fine for experiencing it – but maybe a bit pensive as well.” 

Miami New Times“Intelligent, binary breaking, issue-driven entertainment that breaks binaries and reforms them into a multi-verse of music.” 

Artillery Magazine“It’s a coherent, even cogent, but stylistically unwieldy sequence of songs.  It takes a special talent to impart that cogency, that urgency.”

NewMusicBox: “Daniel Corral, the Dime Museum’s accordionist and composer-in-residence, takes an inspired, unexpected approach, turning the whole thing into a psychedelic rock opera of sorts, with catchy hooks, doo-wop harmonies, and a pantheon of stylistic references. This spoonful-of-sugar tactic works wonders for the show, which is more likely to generate delight than despair. I almost feel guilty for enjoying it.” 

Artificialist: ” I am well aware that ‘organic unity’ is not the sole criterion by which the quality of musical works ought to be judged, but when it is aimed for and achieved so impeccably, it’s hard not to ooh and ah.” 

LA Downtown News: “Collapse has all the elements of high opera with elements of a twisted cabaret and rock and roll” 

Stage Rows: “Stage Rows was among Thursday’s opening night’s audience and can testify that everything about Timur’s stage presence and Corral’s new tunes positively reeked of coolness.” 

The Constance Gradual: “That which is apprehended by intelligence and reason is always in the same state; but that which is conceived by opinion with the help of sensation and without reason, is always in a process of becoming and perishing and never really is.”

Stage and Cinema: “the sort of music you would love to dance to if not for the guilt-trip inducing lyrics about bee colony collapse, radioactivity, flooding, nuclear disaster, atmospheric hypoxia, and the gradual trash plasticization of our oceans.”

2011 press for Sigils

LA Times: Daniel Corral’s commanding “Sigils,”  with its  tension and symbiosis of seeming contradictions, was the recital’s strongest piece. “Sigils” boasts a fascinating — and somewhat split — personality, with its mixtures of rhythmic data-dancing systems and more visceral, clustered fistfuls-of-notes, hazy keyboard cloud activity, and a deceptive “resolving chord” (with a flatted second in the bass).

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2011 press for Zoophilic Follies

LA Stage Times: “We relish the comedy involved, and also pause to consider the transcendent power of hopes so large. 

Out West Arts: “It is hard to ignore the musical energy of the piece… Zoophilic Follies cries out for further development and performances.” 

Times Quotidian: “This thrilling, precious project was as entertaining as it was unique, driven by ever-engaging songs, instrumental solos, and tight ensemble playing.”