Dominik Eulberg – Goldene Acht
“With my upcoming album Mannigfaltig, I want to mirror the endless variation of nature and highlight the entire color-palette of life. I could not imagine anyone more perfect to visualise this topic more elaborated and versatile than the genius nature filmmaker Jan Haft. I am a huge fan of his movies since many years and it is true honor for me to watch his stunning pictures to my music, cut with so such a brilliant intelligence and sensitivity.” ~ Dominik Eulberg
Jan Haft is the renowned German director and cinematographer specialized in nature documentaries and long-time friend of Dominik Eulberg. He has worked on lauded films such as ‘The Green Planet’ and ‘Magie Der Moore.’
“To me the seemingly monotonous, endless four-four beat of electronic music reflects the pulse of nature like no other type of music. Being a die-hard Techno fan I was more than happy to express my love for nature and my love for electronic music in creating a video together with technician and electro listener Jonas Blaha, especially as the video was designed for hailed DJ legend Dominik Eulberg who is a vivid conservation hero at the same time. My goal was putting together the mechanical dance of insects and other critters frame by frame and beat by beat to achieve a colourful mass choreography celebrating the amazing beauty of life and the joy of listening to Techno music and to Dominik´s ingenious new album Mannigfaltig.” ~ Jan Haft
More than eight years after Diorama, Dominik Eulberg releases his long awaited fifth studio album Mannigfaltig. With twelve elaborate pieces of music, he creates a burning plea to preserve the breathtaking biodiversity of nature and at the same time warns of the threat posed to it by humans. It is a detailed record that demands close listening and showcases Eulberg’s considerable synth craft, with drawn out pads and delicate keys laid over undulating rhythms that slowly take you through a wide range of emotions. Elements of ambient, downtempo, electronica, pop and minimal are infused with the sounds of nature, a choral sense of musicality and wistful air of grace across all the majestically composed pieces.
“Music only makes sense for me if it has something to say. And I have something to say now!” ~ Dominik Eulberg
He feels he has found a holistic and fulfilling way to use his musical platform to continue to advocate for the importance of biodiversity. “It’s my mission—my calling, if you will —to sensitize people to nature,” says the qualified biologist and ecologist, specialist nature author, ambassador and accomplished producer.
He came up with the idea for the new album’s concept during a hiking tour in his home town when he first happened upon a butterfly whose name is literally translated as ‘Golden-Eight.’ Then he saw a songbird called ‘Nine-Slayer’ and heard the calls of a dormouse, whose name in German is ‘Seven-Sleeper.’ This is when he discovered that the seemingly casual chain went further – that for every number from one to twelve there is a name of a native animal species.
Our nature is so diverse, or more beautifully expressed so manifold (hence the album title, ‘Mannigfaltig’ which means manifold in German). But the threat to it from human behavior has never been more real, with more species than ever before going extinct in such a short space of time. This record is his attempt to point out the importance of “giving our animal friends back the space they need.”
Mannigfaltig is an album about the variety and colorfulness of nature, which for Eulberg is “the greatest artist of all” and something that soothes his soul and is the “easiest, healthiest and most cost-effective key to happiness.” With a clear concept behind each album, this latest one is a musical attempt to mirror the endless variation of nature and “highlight the entire color palette” while always going with the flow of his inner feelings. “I always look for an innovative momentum, and never try to imitate anything, or even myself.” The album is an artistic advancement on Diorama thanks to new synths, mixers and developing new production techniques.
It is a positive record, a mosaic of many small pleasures that can be listened to in a range of settings, from comedowns to long drives – thanks to many rewarding layers of richness and complexity.
“The most beautiful setting would be of course along with contemplative observations of nature, for that is indeed its origin.” ~ Dominik Eulberg
Eulberg uses his synths like a water-color painter, spreading them across the airwaves in soft tones and with blurred edges. Gentle rhythms propel the tracks as glistening percussion and angelic harmonies lift your spirits. Reconciling the beauty of nature with the beauty of sound, Eulberg takes you through dewy mornings, spring afternoons and brightly lit forest rambles with a real deftness and delicacy that replicates the majesty of the natural world in which we live.
From melancholy to euphoria and back again, this is an invigorating, inspiring record that washes over you in waves of soul-stirring sound.
Dominik Eulberg ‘Mannigfaltig’ will be released 6th September 2019 via !K7