RENATO DIZ | PETER TRAUNMUELLER
Keyboard & composition - Renato Diz
Drums & composition - Peter Traunmueller
Mixed and mastered by José Diogo Neves in Tallinn, Estonia
Tracks 1 - 6 and 9 recorded by Renato Diz at Dreammiller Studios (Astoria, NY) in October 2018.
Tracks 7, 8, 10 - 13 recorded by José Diogo Neves at The Bunker Studio (Brooklyn, NY) in April 2019
Original drawings (book) by Pedro Marnoto
Album and final artwork (book) by Renato Diz and Pedro Marnoto
Combined poetry (book) by Renato Diz and Peter Traunmueller
Graphic design by Lizzie Suh
Produced by Renato Diz and Peter Traunmueller
Executive producer W&J Productions
© 2023 by Renato Diz, Peter Traunmueller and Pedro Marnoto
All Rights Reserved.
DESCRIPTIONS OF USELESS SUBTITLES AND MEANINGFUL SUBLIMATIONS is a multi-sensorial living ecosystem comprised of 13 interdependent organisms. Each organism contains three biotic components: a musical soundscape, a poem, and a visual artwork. As with any ecosystem, you are free to travel through its topography, form associations between the different components inside each organism, and create personal meanings. Each component is a distinctive being, and each organism (sound+poem+artwork) a self-contained world. At any point, you can zoom in on a particular component and focus on details that catch your attention. Every viewing and/or listening will generate multiple interpretations, resulting in a dynamic, immersive experience that invites numerous dialogic relationships between art(ist) and the audience.
This project was initially born out of a need to document the telepathic musical connection between Renato Diz and Peter Traunmueller. An irresistible Darwinian impulse to diversify led to the inclusion of José Diogo Neves, who oversaw the recording sessions and mixed & mastered every sonic event into audiophilic perfection. All tracks were created using a keyboard and a drum set exclusively, and recorded in real time with no interruptions - no repeated takes, overdubs, or post-production artificialities. José’s mixes unearthed new strata of poetic and cinematic dimensions in the sound, inspiring Renato and Peter to respond with automatic-writing poems. These poems were edited and combined during music listening sessions under pandemic-era restrictions (videoconference). The combination of sound and poetry suggested entirely new visual universes, and Pedro Marnoto was invited to bring them to life. Immersed in the music and poetry, Pedro drew away, then teamed up with Renato to combine the sketches into dynamic black-and-white compositions. From the genesis through the conception of each component, the artists maintained an unwavering commitment to follow the same level of spontaneous creativity and freedom. Radical spontaneity is the main common thread that fuels and links all elements and organisms across this ecosystem.
As you prepare to enter this synesthetic bubble of life, you are invited to befriend the question mark with an open spirit and utilize it as a reminder that we are impermanent, plural, liquid, open, and in continuous mutation.