This show was 10th in the global ambient chart.
Every month we ask a pioneering musician to mix together an hour of their formative electronic influences for the Synth Hero show on NTS. This month it is the turn of Dan Deacon, a Baltimore-based producer, performer and composer who has released 8 albums of innovative electronica since his 2003 debut, Meetle Mice. As well as co-founding the indie arts collective Wham City, he’s also scored a horror thriller by Francis Ford Coppola and performed at Carnegie Hall with Matmos to celebrate the 100th Birthday of John Cage. His live shows are the stuff of legend, with Deacon performing smack bang in the middle of his audiences with a table full of machines, circuit bent devices and of course, racks of synths.
Currently touring American in his "vantastic" school bus (which runs on vegetable oil), this Synth Hero mix showcases everythig from synth country remixes of Missy Elliott to the noise rock of Mindflayer and everything in-between.
– Tim Noakes