hat happens to a toaster when you put a graphics card in it? Why is lime green the best color? What is the Fourier transform of your soul? These are the questions Del Dot (Anuj Girdhar) seeks to answer.
Razor sharp beats over candy coated hills are among many of the sights in Chonionville, the domain to which Mr. Dot calls home. Just one encounter with such aural stimulation is sure to make anyone with ears understand what fluorescent markers, trilions of transistors, and unlimited GigaBytez can do on a rainy afternoon.
“There are certain stylistically transient musicians who share a habit of developing a really interesting sound, playing around with it for exactly one album, and abandoning it before listeners have had enough. For instance, Aphex Twin may have felt he’d said all he had to say with the paradoxical hyperspeed chill-out dream ‘n’ bass of his Richard D. James Album in 1996, but I and a lot of other people thought very much the opposite, so that a whole subgenre of musicians has developed around our need for more. Local electronic musician Anuj “Del Dot” Girdhar uses James as a jump-off point to investigate some of the sonic achievements that have occurred since its release (he includes “dubstep” and “chillwave” among the tags on his Bandcamp page) as well as a few that happened a good while before (70s prog, ambient). The important things are that he fits the influences together tastefully—no Skrillex-style midrange wobble breakdowns—and that he never moves too far away from that all-important soothing glitch.”
- Miles Raymer, Chicago Reader
“Somehow, Del Dot utilizes fast-paced percussion samples that would otherwise be deemed claustrophobic in nature yet he ties it in well with found vocal samples that one is easily able to get ‘lost’ in the compositions, creating an ambient atmosphere that you would never expect to find in experimental electronic such as this.”
“Hailing from Chicago, Anuj Girdha is re-inventing the path laid before him by such greats as Aphex Twin and Squarepusher. Although these are enormous shoes to fill, Del Dot reconstructs those beats we so loved and takes them elsewhere into the dance-able ether.”