Creator of the Utopian Ear
Photos by Dante Fontana, © Style Media Group.
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When you first hear the works of Placerville artist and musician Daniel Trudeau, you may stop to tilt your head a moment, musing, while trying to figure out just what exactly it is you’re hearing.
His explosion of noises, beats and tunes, repeated through loop pedals, creates a most unique sound. “Most people have really specific ears and stick to one genre of music while I incorporate many,” Trudeau says. “I’m trying to create a utopian ear amongst my listeners.”
More than 10 years ago as a teenager, Trudeau would sit in his room mixing and remixing computer tracks of electronic music and sounds. With no formal training, he continued to teach himself more traditional acoustic instruments and soon added those sounds into the mix. Somewhere in the midst of his exploration, with the help of his brother, Matt, on bass guitar, the band Pregnant was born. “I was this crazy musician dude,” Trudeau admits. “Not knowing what I was doing at all and just experimenting with music.”
The informal recipe consists of using loops (a repeating section of sound material), keyboards, shakers, saxophone, melodic guitar, vocals, and any sort of gadget or “thingamajig.” If Trudeau finds it makes music, he tries to incorporate it into a track. With four albums, the artist often takes his organic loop pedal project and DJ sets on the road, performing in local venues such as Cozmic Café, Sacramento’s Bows & Arrows and as far as Nevada City and Los Angeles; as well, he takes on the role of producer for other electronic artists who don’t have the means to create their music.