1432R026 Alien D – Nature

Alien D’s latest record, “Nature’s Pencil,” reflects on the concept of revision and transformation. Inspired by William Henry Fox Talbot’s early text on photography, “The Pencil of Nature,” the record explores the temporary and evolving nature of creation.

“CHANGE TAKES TWO WEEKS” – JUDITH

Enter the world of Alien D, the creative persona of Daniel Creahan, an artist whose work navigates the tension between the solitude of creation and the communal experience of the dance floor. His productions are intricate, nuanced, and meticulously crafted.

The sound is woven from a far reaching array of influences.

Musically, he draws inspiration from luminaries like Theo Parrish, The Loft, Can, and Powder’s seminal set at Sustain-Release. The avant-garde compositions of John Cage and Toru Takemitsu, alongside the pioneering sounds of Yellow Magic Orchestra and Beta Librae, shape his auditory landscape. Intimate moments, such as his friend Jenn playing sheet music on the piano, also fuel his creativity.

Spiritually, Alien D is guided by profound teachings and literature. Krishnamurti’s “On Fear,” Henry Miller’s “Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymous Bosch,” and the Heart Sutra provide deep philosophical insights. Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way” and William Gaddis’s “The Recognitions” further inform his artistic journey. Recently, nurturing a collection of plants has taught him patience and the beauty of growth, influencing his creative process. His favorite movie is Mr. Klein by Joseph Losey.

Prayer vs Practice

Revisiting and reworking tracks that are 3-4 years old, Alien D captures his growth and changing approach, creating new associations and forms within his music. The record symbolizes nature’s continuous act of drawing and revision, much like Alien D’s own artistic evolution.

Collaboration has been a cornerstone of Alien D’s career. He was the driving force behind Sweat Equity, a record label that played a significant role in his early development. Working closely with Andrew Nerviano, aka Plebeian, he honed his skills in mixing and post-production. Currently, he is a resident at The Level Party and previously hosted the eclectic club night False Peak alongside Amelia Holt, Deep Creep, Yumi, and Ben Bondy. These collaborations have been instrumental in shaping his sound and vision. His work has garnered attention from prominent platforms like Resident Advisor and 5 Magazine. He also draws inspiration from “Any artist who has taken the long way to get where they’re at: worked hard, built their family around them, found something worth saying, which takes time and patience and a wellspring of inner strength. People who say yes to cold emails. People who say no to easy answers. People who just come to dance. People who email a person they’ve never met to tell them they respect their work.”

Alien D also spins on The Lot Radio, exploring and sharing his sonic journey. His discography includes releases on Sweat Equity, Budget Cuts, Lillerne Tapes, Fixed Rhythms, and Sorry Records, with an upcoming record on First Second Label. Additionally, his musique concrète/ambient/downtempo project, Dekalb Works, has seen releases on Where to Now? and a forthcoming tape on 29 Speedway. \

Embracing Change with Nature’s Pencil

This release for 1432 R is dense, layered, and dripping with detail, crafted to transform dance floors into spaces that stick with you forever.  Revisiting and reworking tracks that are 3-4 years old, Alien D captures his growth and changing approach, creating new associations and forms within his music. The record symbolizes nature’s continuous act of drawing and revision, transient and evolving. The EP’s title comes from an early text on photography by William Henry Fox Talbot, the first book to use commercially printed photographs in it as illustrations. Creahan was drawn to the expression the pencil of nature, which alludes to the idea that the human hand is not present, rather it’s the light that draws these images. This idea juxtaposed to the imagery of nature drawing in a pencil, the act of revision and fungibility and the temporary as essential aspects of creation, seemed a fitting symbol to these four older tracks.

Stay Connected with Alien D

To dive deeper into Alien D’s world, follow him on Instagram at @freeimaguploader, explore his releases on Bandcamp, and listen to his latest tracks on SoundCloud.

Credits: All tracks mixed by Daniel Creahan. Mastered by Dietrich Schoenemann at Complete Mastering. EP art by Joyce Lim.

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