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    4 / 7 / 2014

Two Charity Albums That include New Music By Surface 10

                         

Many recording artists are now turning much of their profit-seeking intention towards charities and causes that they have personal connections to.  For Dean this would be many, but he's starting with a good solid one. His grandmother passed away from cancer in 1998, and he was very close to her.  Recently Dean created one track and two remixes, as alias Surface 10, for a very small label called Touched, which raises money for a cancer support company called Macmillan.  Touched recently released two CDs: a compilation, and a remix CD.  The two releases have simple CD covers but they contain amazing music.  On all three Surface 10 tracks, Dean outdid himself a bit, in drastically differing electronic genres.

If you go to the following two links, you will find these contributed tracks and you can check them out. One is called "Dukefire Skyballs," one is called "Pictures In Her Mind (Surface 10 remix)," and one is called "Abereiddy Astronomical Society - The Outsider (Surface 10 remix)." Two of these tracks are towards the bottom of the playlists, but the remix called "Abereiddy Astronomical Society - The Outsider (Surface 10 remix)" is towards the top of one. Go and check them out for an S10-style experience, and while you're there, be sure to hear the many other legendary artists who have been involved in ambient/IDM/glitch/electro-acoustic genres for years, and whom also contributed tracks to these compilations. It was a full-on charity project, as potent as they come, complete with over a hundred good artists, an entire collection. The best part: to buy it it's only $5 per CD. A $5 donation to charity gets you some of the most interesting new instrumental IDM out there. Might be worth a ponder.

  1. http://touched.bandcamp.com/album/touched

  2. http://touched.bandcamp.com/album/a-distant-rainbow

    2 / 20 / 2014

Mark it off on your calendars: another in-studio performance by Surface 10 followed by The Stratos Ensemble, March 8th. All from 2-5pm Pacific, live on Stillstream.com and Livestream.com and at PenthausLA (Shetech). Another large simulcast. Visit the below links and stand by for more on both appearances.

http://surface-10.wix.com/stratos-ensemble#!Live-At-Shetech-Studios-Internet-Radio-Again-On-March-8th/c30l/BDEED255-2D31-4190-B1A1-B1AF704DFE10

https://www.facebook.com/events/443908655740752/

http://penthausla.com/


    2 / 11 / 2014

There is a Soundcloud page for Fateless Flows that hasn't been publicized yet because Dean was waiting for the Fateless relaunch. While we are still waiting, you can enjoy the many new tracks already posted on that page, mostly Dean's projects and collaborations such as the Stratos Ensemble and Surface 10. Go and check it out when you can. There are even free downloads.

https://soundcloud.com/fatelessflowsrecords

    1 / 17 / 2014

Surface 10 (aka Dean De Benedictis) and ambient fusion band The Stratos Ensemble will be playing live this Saturday the 18th on Internet radio Stillstream and Livestream, broadcasting from LA. Visit ALL of the below urls for info and artist websites, as well as the Stillstream and Livestream sites. The Surface 10 live set will start at 2pm Pacific, and The Stratos Ensemble set will start at 3:30pm, lasting until 5pm Pacific. Interviews will follow each set. Be sure to tune in to this rare 3-hour broadcast, and don't forget, all listed broadcast times are Pacific time.

Stratos Ensemble Website:
http://thestratosensemble.com

Stillstream Internet Radio Site:
http://stillstream.com

Livestream Video Broadcasting Site:
https://new.livestream.com/
shetech/partyindapenthaus

Event Page:
https://www.facebook.com/events
/626401860757606/

Surface 10 Website:
http://www.deandebenedictis.com


    1 / 06 / 2014

FROM DEAN:
If all goes according to planned, this is what my 2014 will consist of. I laugh as I write. Still some pretty unrealistic work amounts:

  • finally launching Fateless Flows and all of it's unfinished music
  • releasing the next Salvaging The Past CD for Spotted Pec Rec
  • doing a few videos and blog entries to update Travels Rendered
  • mini gig tour in Fall
  • 9 months on the road for Travels Rendered and Summit Music, starting in March (and all of it's prep)
  • climbing Mt. Shasta, Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Rainier in the Summer

Look for more on everything, and pray for me. ;))


    11 / 04 / 2013

New tracks up on Dean's (Surface 10's) Soundcloud page, some for free download.

Dean has been hard at work on his next CD for Spotted Peccary Records. While working on the CD, he's been discovering new programming capabilities and creating new sounds, thus cranking out a few really cool extra tracks in the process. He has also been slowing reforming and recording his progressive jazz ensemble, the Stratos Ensemble, and has been cross pollinating with musicians between the band and his solo efforts.

https://soundcloud.com/dean-de-benedictis


    7 / 19 / 2013

Percy Jones - Guest Musician On Next CD
Dean has been working hard on his next ambient solo album, this time using the talents of friends and colleagues, including Percy Jones from 70s-fusion-band Brand X. Percy is a big fan of Surface 10, specifically of the CD In Vitro Tide, and Dean, being a keyboard player, was a huge fan of Brand X (also having briefly played in the band), so this was a natural progression. In the 70s, Percy recorded with such artists as Brian Eno, but only pop styles, so he never actually played or recorded ambient music. This will be an interesting genre debut for him. Stay posted to Dean's many walls for updates, or stay posted to the Spotted Peccary website, which also includes info on his last CD release.

http://spottedpeccary.com/artists/dean-de-benedictis/

Brand X Wiki Page:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brand_X


    3 / 27 / 2013

Last St. Patrick's Day, Dean De Benedictis and Vic Hennegan recorded an improvised ambient music session together at Hidden Valley in Joshua Tree National Monument, CA. To hear or download a copy of the piece, and to read about how they did it, visit the following Soundcloud page.

https://soundcloud.com/dean-de-benedictis/vic-hennegan-dean-de


    2 / 26 / 2013

They will be showing one of Dean's short-film trailers for his project Travels Rendered at the Arivaca Film Festival in Arizona. The festival happens on the very first weekend of March.

http://www.arivacafilmfestival.com/

http://summitmusicproject.blogspot.com/


    1 / 9 / 2013



Dean on Astreaux World

Dean's music was recently featured on the famous Live-365 radio program Astreaux World. known for it's ambient new age and space music. Put aside an hour for this one.

http://www.astreauxworld.org/html/program__010.html


    12 / 27 / 2012
Dean on Soundcloud

For those who have not seen it yet, go check out Dean's Soundcloud profile. It has a minimal but circulating amount of both rare and released tracks. As always, be sure to leave likes and comments if you stop by.

    10 / 02 / 2012
Surface 10 (Dean De Benedictis) teamed up with 3D-fractal artist Jeremie Brunet to do a spacey and surrealistic music video. It's based on the futurist theory of the Singularity. You can view it at the following link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3eU3xb6LKs

    04 / 26 / 2012
There is an electronica recording artist from Russia named C.J. Catalizer who attributes his involvement with this genre to the music of Surface 10. C.J. Catalizer recently created a piece in dedication to Dean and to Surface 10, swiftly named "The 10th Surface." It can be heard on SoundCloud:
http://soundcloud.com/cj-catalizer/cj-catalizer-the-10th

    04 / 03 / 2012
This Sunday, April 8th, Dean De Benedictis will interview live on fm radio KSBR (88.5 in Orange County, Irvine, CA) about his travel project and other concurrent projects and performances. The interview will take place sometime between 9am-12noon. Pick up the broadcast stream at this link.
http://www.ksbr.net/KSBRCDwmp.html


    03 / 11 / 2012
Table Of Element Vol. 2​.​0

There's a free music compilation from an industrial/IDM label in France that features an unreleased Surface 10 track. The second half of the compilation is IDM, so if you don't like industrial music in particular, you may want to skip ahead to track #15. That's where the IDM starts. The Surface 10 track is one of Dean's best/most-intense fast pieces of the 2000s, and will likely be remastered and re-released sometime in the future.
http://m-tronic.bandcamp.com/album/table-of-element-vol-20

    02 / 20 / 2012
TRAVELS RENDERED NEWS

Coming soon will be collaborative electronic/ambient music sessions out in the California desert by Dean De Benedictis and Vic Hennegan. They had their first session at Red Rock Canyon State Park the other day, and it came out epically well. Look for more postings by them at different online locations.


    02 / 14 / 2012
SIMPLEXITY REMIXES

Check a couple of these remixes that Surface 10/Dean De Benedictis just made for California jazz ensemble Simplexity. One remix is a new take on techno/house and the other is a form of alternative jazz that Dean has been contributing to.

http://soundcloud.com/fatelessmusic/sets/simplexity-remixes-by-dean-s10/



    02 / 07 / 2012

 

AN EMAIL/LETTER FROM A FRIEND OF DEAN'S THE OTHER DAY:

"The true nature of a musician is if people listen to his music. My son, your friend Rory, goes to sleep each night listening to your CD. He says hello. If that doesn't make you feel successful nothing will. Hope you're well! Nigel"

 




    01 / 21 / 2012
SURFACE 10 ON YOUTUBE
If you haven't seen the Surface 10 Youtube page yet, go and audit a few computer graphics videos that Dean De Benedictis custom made over the last 4 years. He is still learning, but these were the first phase of his adventures in computer graphics adaptation. The videos are abstract, ethereal and apropos for some of his new, unreleased Surface 10 material.
http://www.youtube.com/user/Surface10RelatedVids


    12 / 05 / 2011
Fateless Records




Dean and friends recently created a Blogspot page for Fateless Music/Records. They are on Blogger.com now.

http://fatelessrecords.blogspot.com/2011/11/fateless-on-blogger.html

 

 

 

 

 


    08 / 29 / 2011:

Read about how Dean is making mobile-music history at the top of the Cascade Mountains in the Pacific Northwest. His project is called The Summit Music Project.







  Dean's music, among other mediums, is the result of his will to tie an essential common thread together between opposing genres and mentalities, as well as draw from them a natural sense of emotion, expanse and mystery. This Southern California-based producer / performer / musician / visual and conceptual artist (otherwise known to the electronic/ambient community as Surface 10) has always utilized his interest in a variety of styles and cultures to enrich the quality of his musical expression.

  Beginning his deep exploration of music in the 80's, De Benedictis covered a wide gamut of musical experience; moving through many jazz-fusion and progressive rock bands, music theory classes, and producing/performing source music for network television over 12 years of his career.

  Like many other artists, much of De Benedictis's non-commercial (personal) music was composed as a dedication and a utility for his own life experiences; one of many examples is how some of his pieces were created, at first, only to carry with him and listen to at specific outdoor locations (in deserts, canyons, jungles, mountain regions, coastal regions, unpopulated areas in general), thus permanently marking the region with the music in his memory. He dedicates his work to people, places, memories, etc., and aspires to communicate and suggest a similar functionality for the experiences of his audience.

  In 1996, Dean De Benedictis released his debut ambient/electronic music (borderline space rock) CD on Hypnotic/Cleopatra Records, which was self titled under the alias SURFACE 10. Following that was Dean's collaboration project with George Sara (of THC) called Cathexis, releasing the CD Exempli Gratia, in 1997 (also on Hypnotic/Cleopatra), a gift to the techno trance world.

  Just after these initial releases, Dean appeared on various compilations, and in various genres, for labels like Hypnos, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Cleopatra. In the new millennium, 2000, Dean put out a technologically edgy/progressive/IDM style Surface 10 CD called In Vitro Tide on DiN Records, followed by his tribal ambient CD release A Lone Reply debuted under his own name, on Fateless in 2001. Dean then formed the Fateless Flows Collective and appeared on their compilations for 2004 and 2005.

  In 2004 the Surface 10 CD Borrowed Time 2000 was made available by Space For Music Records as a compilation of previously unreleased Surface 10 material, and in 2005 Dean De BenedictisSpotted Peccary Records put out Dean's previously unreleased mix of all ambient vibes and time zones, Salvaging The Past. After those mid, new-era jaunts, Dean focused his attention on his space/rock/jazz quartet, The Strato Ensemble, releasing their CD, "Drawn Straws."

  Right around that same time he released his second Surface 10 CD on DiN, "Surface Tensions," this time as a glitchy/ambient far cry. The latest Fateless release was under Dean's birth name and it was entitled "A Cambient Variations, an ambient CD that was performed and recorded solely with Dean's voice.