Dick Dunlap was born in Seattle, Washington and received an MFA in painting from the University of Washington in 1968. He taught Art at U.C.S.B. in the 70
It was strangely fitting: I'd just sent an e-mail to Splendid's writing staff,
bemoaning the proliferation of cookie-cutter indie rock in our to be
reviewed pile and the proportionate lack of edgy, experimental music
when Ode to the Sistrum took its appointed turn in my CD player. And as
experimental music goes, Ode to the Sistrum is one of the most enjoyable
discs I've heard in ages.
Ode... is a companion piece to the art exhibition Richard Dunlap: A
Retrospective for Eyes and Ears, which ran last year in Santa Barbara. Both a
visual and a sonic artist, Dunlap has also worked with Headless Household,
whose music has been reviewed in these pages in the past.
Though they're sufficiently disjointed and dischordant to encourage listeners
to toss around the word experimental, Dunlap's compositions fit fairly
comfortably into the modern orchestral oeuvre