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A prolific musician and multimedia artist born in Caracas, Venezuelan RUBÉN D'HERS has taken part in various experimental and avant-garde projects, while developing a very interesting recording solo career. His unique aesthetic vision is reflected in his musical compositions and also in his two dimensional work, usually translated into slides in his live shows and occasionally used as CD covers. The use of visual complementation to music was already present in KRÉ, the avant-rock band where he plays guitar and violin.

His approach to music is characterized by his autodidactic development and his experimental attitude, which allow him to face music and arts with irreverence and determination. His music is not stuck on one specific genre, as he has proven himself to be a genre-defying and boundary-leaping artist. What makes his work unique is the rupture of established forms, taking elements from RIO, post-rock, electronic minimalism, musique concrete, fusion and psychedelia: in this way, he generates new aesthetic possibilities and thoughts in the current "contemporary" music scene.

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The albums by RUBÉN D'HERS are particularly recommended to those who love the most abstract aspects of chamber-rock, RIO and post-rock, and generally speaking, any experimental music that is based on atmospheres and ambiences with a definitive post-modernist orientation and a highly cerebral attitude.

Todo está en descanso, studio album (2004)
El Reflejo en las Hojas, studio album (2007)

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 Todo Está en Descanso by D'HERS, RUBEN album cover Studio Album, 2004
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Todo Está en Descanso
Ruben D'Hers RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Cesar Inca
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

— First review of this album —
4 stars Ever active, ever adventurous, Venezuelan musician Rubén d'Hers gathered a host of pieces he recorded between 1999 and 2003 in those moments when he wasn't busy in kRé activities, and so his first solo album became a reality. Titled "Todo Está en Descanso", this album is a catalogue of ideas conceived from the outside margins of the usual standards of the art of music. Minimalism, RIO- inspired shady ambiences, musique concrete, flirtations with post-rock, electronic processes. all of them alternate in a sequence of weirdly ordained sounds aimed at the evocation of mental images and dream-like sensorial experiences. The sound effects are not only a very important part of the sonic elaboration: they almost "operate" as leaders of the musical road trodden by d'Hers throughout this repertoire. Everything seems so unreal in every sound comprised in this portion of time that lasts 60+ minutes, yet the impact in the listener's mind feels undoubtedly real. 'Porciones Bajas' starts with creepy moods organized under a distant aura, where dissonant aleatory layers mix seamlessly. 'Las Polillas' bears a more serene tone, with soft, concise acoustic guitar phrases setting an air of melancholy amidst the sonic background that comes and goes like sea waves. 'Nube Baja' is very dark, stated within a RIO-inspired frame in a deconstructive strategy. The disturbing shades of violin set a properly neurotic dialogue with the random guitar washes: spectral, indeed, yet playful in a bizarre sort of way. For the final moments, a dramatic twist toward an oppressive density takes place, as if a window had been opened to a surrealistic world. 'La Vigilia y el Nácar' is more closely related to post- rock, Tortoise-type: mostly introspective, deeply autumnal. A similar thing we'll find later in 'ElVerdadero Dios'. 'Desenso Sedoso' pursues this mood further, only this time in a predominantly eerie vein that may reminds us of krautrock heroes Cluster or pre-"Mirage" Klaus Schulze. The occasional presence of the acoustic guitar brings an unexpected candid detail to the main picture. Later on, 'Mi Brazo Sonoro' will have a similar treatment, only with a slightly disturbing undertone operating on a subtle level. 'Primer Manual de lo Inexpresivo' is basically a catalogue of effects, much in tune with the radical sense of destruction that was promoted by the Fluxus Movement: musique concrete as a blunt weapon against the ideals of expression in sound. 'Almuerzo' does the same thing but in a more patently humoristic way, recycling sounds of teeth brushing, panting, breathing, jaw movements, etc. The pair of 'Tres Cosas Incesantes' 1 and 2 displays a mixture of avant-garde electronica and the minimalist side of contemporary chamber. This sort of strategy is continued in the following namesake track, building a bridge to the standards of post-rock. 'Anna y las Palmas' closes the album setting an enhanced landscape of introspection - it sounds like a recapitulation of the three preceding tracks, but oddly enough, it seems to bear a collateral joyful mood. "Todo está en Descanso" is a very peculiar recording, a delicatessen for any melomaniac with strong experimental interests. I conclude this review with a message to all of them: download it from the Rubén d'Hers website!
Thanks to Cesar Inca for the artist addition. and to NotAProghead for the last updates

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