Boomkat Product Review:
Ricardo Donoso simulates the intense claustrophobia and "death anxiety" of near-drowning experience in his Scuba Death mask. Essentially 'Nitrogen Narcosis' inverts the aesthetics of his humid, tropical trance recordings released on Digitalis, and more recently Denovali. Operating at between 75-100bpm - the normal resting heart rate for adults - he fathoms a mixture of stark electronic pulses and organically shifting atmospheres reflecting his childhood memories of a close call in the South Atlantic. Using field recordings made at the same place the undertow nearly robbed his life, his signature trance arpeggios are used to another end, reflecting an inward instead of outward journey through trickling melodic sequences that lead us to ever more intense and spaces, making the listener acutely share his sense of vulnerability.