The experimental rocker went from discovering classical albums in a dumpster to playing Carnegie Hall.

Baltimore composer, electronics wizard and all-round rocker Dan Deacon has released a highly charged, minimalist-is-the-new-maximalist record, America, out now on Domino. Here he selects the contemporary classical music that shaped his own musical style and ideology.



Dan Deacon: Desert Island Discs


Harry Partch Delusion Of The Fury: A Ritual Of Dream And Delusion


Harry Partch, Various Musicians
Innova 726708640620


Meredith Monk

Turtle Dreams

Julius Eastman, Steve Lockwood, Robert Een, Andrea Goodman, Collin Walcott, Meredith Monk, Paul Langland
ECM 8115472

I found both of these records in the dumpster of my college library. The first hearing of both of them was completely unreal. I had never heard anything even remotely similar to their sounds. The artwork that accompanied them was also very inspiring and knowing that the performances of the pieces were just vitally important to both the composers got me so fired up.