New Onkos Music

A full length album and a related, but separate single from the metal band Onkos will be both be released early next year on I,Voidhanger Records. Onkos - "Vascular Labyrinth" is the 2nd full length album to be released on I,Voidhanger records in 2023, featuring many brilliant musicians and newly built drums

Onkos - "Imsen Zu Tuefeln" a single to be released on I,Voidhanger records in 2023 with the compilation compilation title: "Faustian Nights - A musical observation on the myth of Faust"

Works with notated scores available. Please visit this page to view notated scores for some selected pieces.

Filmography. A selection of films for which I have composed music.

"The Harm Series" is now available on the ddb bandcamp. This album is a stereo interpretation of a multi-speaker work that focusses on manipulating the tones from the harmonic series to create an eerie soundscape across which the sounds of afrocuban percussion recorded on a tascam 4-track recorder are stretched

"The Odd" , a recent album by ddb on bandcamp. This was composed during Song a Day for a Month in July 2022. During each day of this month, I composed and recorded one song from this album. Each day's lyrics are a continuation of the previous day's lyrics. This album chronicles the journey of three travelers to a mysterious location where one of them becomes possessed by an entity seeking revenge.

"Fantastic Tones for Human Bones" is a podcast hosted by Mark Pascucci-Clifford and Robert Woods-LaDue featuring discussions with musical artists about their work and practice.

Onkos is a metal band featuring unusual instrumentation and song structures. The first album features a percussion ensemble of 5 chekeres where one might expect a drumset, and many detuned acoustic guitars where one might expect electric guitars on distortion. The synthesizers and harmonies also add both a beauty and complexity to the whole mixture. The second album will be released in early 2023. This album expands the ensemble to include some homemade drums and a small winds and brass section. The songs on this album also exploring a wider variety of domains including some solo acoustic improvised pieces, as well as an instrumental wind and brass sextet.

FYI Birds is a free improv trio featuring Robert Woods-LaDue, Richard Haig, and Devin Smith. The pieces that we have performed primarily only designate the length of time for a section. We focus primarily on creating an ominous vibe, but everything else is improvised.

Walk on the Frame is a dance and music collaborative piece written by Robert and Sarah Woods-LaDue. This piece is one of many artistic collaborations Sarah and I have worked on together. We believe the distilled, essential substance of composition and choreography to be the same thing at it's core. This piece features modular chords and melodies that can cascade across one another without conflict. .

TFPP is a collaborative music project between Matt Hettich and Robert Woods-LaDue. Working primarily with Renoise software, we seek to produce our own kind of electronic music with vocals. Our album "Mattpuut" is perhaps our finest work, and I would encourage you to have a listen.

SFCD Residency: "Modular Structures". In this artist residency at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Sarah and I had several goals. First, we wanted to create music and dance in a single artistic effort, rather than music that is composed to accompany dance, or dance that is choreographed along to a piece of music. We also created an extensive fabric of 'if-->then' relationships that are layered on top of the choreographed phrases and the notated music. The dancers and musicians in this piece operate independently to give and react to cues at their own discretion. Cues were established at micro and macro levels to indicate either a minor change to a phrase, or a larger move between sections. Cues could be given by any performer at any time, and responded to at each performer's own discretion. Every time the piece is set in motion, a unique variation of the base materials is created.

"Medal" is a piece written for a chamber orchestra, composed from 2006-2008. This piece divides the orchestra into instrument families that speak as one voice while overlapping across the other families as the entire ensemble spins through winding chord progression that does not seem to properly resolve. This piece deals with the idea of rhythmic dissonance, where tension can be built and relaxed by the relationship of complex rhythmic ideas.

"Brady Bunch Videos" on Youtube.
During the early pandemic days in 2020, I started making videos like this as a means of practicing music, since I was not able to play with others. I found that it worked so well as a practice technique I have just kept making these videos ever since. Since they are merely a practice method, some turn out better than others, but they are extremely valuable as a technique for practice.

Robert Woods-LaDue is a musician living in Bakersfield, California specializing in composition and arranging, percussion, keyboards, guitars, music production and mixing. He has extensive experience with multitrack recording, editing, production work, as well as vocal editing and tuning. He is an expert in afro-cuban folkloric percussion playing in styles such as rumba, g├╝iro, benbe, palo etc. He releases music the pseudonym ddb (dennydennybreakfast) in a variety of styles and contexts. Robert is the bandleader of the metal band Onkos that releases through the record label I, Voidhanger records.

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