Devin Barone DVB (b. 1996) is a composer, percussionist, writer, & friend from Bay Shore, NY. They create music in a variety of settings, with roots in classical and contemporary music, the various genres of the modern drummer, and soundtracks.
[DVB] is particularly interested in narrative, rhythm, motivic development AND
//??// is currently fixated on glitches in music, and finding musical ways to “break” music as we expect it to be to find new sounds and gestures, and depict new stories.
Devin’s music combines aspects of EDM, hip-hop, chiptune, jazz, ambient, orchestral music, & musical theater — and is influenced by the works of Conlon Nancarrow, who wrote music that pushed past what was playable by humans.
Paradoxically and in the same breath, I’m also invested in finding music we can all play and connect over as humans, and find inspiration from communal music making, and the processes by which people create musical memes to share with others.
Here's the formal stuff:
Devin’s solo timpani piece 'Impetus' is recognized in the New York State School Music Association [NYSSMA] Manual ed. 32-onward, and full orchestra work 'Expansion!' was performed at the 2013 TVMF Young Composers Forum at age 16. A variety of their electronic works including 'fail_better [fluffball]' have been presented at NYC-EMF, Electroacoustic Barn Dance, Frontwave EMF, and OUA-EMF in Japan in 2018 and 2020.
In 2020 Barone earned an MFA in Music Composition at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, where he is now Assistant Director of the Music Composition MFA. DVB has studied with Don DiNicola, Carla Kihlstedt, John Mallia, Mike Early, Paul Coleman, Jamie Leigh Sampson, Rob Deemer, and Ed Schaefer.
Devin has also had the opportunity to work with performers such as Grammy award winning cellist Andrew Yee of the Attacca Quartet, composer/vocalist Sarah LeMieux, bedroom pop artist Osukasu, chamber ensemble loadbang, and wind quintet The City of Tomorrow.
[DVB]'s frequent collaborators are:
Brad Tuller Mixing & Mastering bradtuller.com
Walpole 'Wally' JeanPhilippe Album Art for [unity] and Flox.exe (Insta: @stuckinspace)