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San Francisco producer Derrick Boyd aka Dead Seal, now Tone Of Arc a duo/band production with partner/vocalist Zoe Presnick have been making music for most of their lives, two of those special individuals possessed with a wide range of musical expression. Tone Of Arc brings a glimpse of real musicality to the underground tech house and indie house scene, something rarely experienced on the dance floor. In the studio they have carved an austere path of “Nuclear Winter” atonality and Skinny Puppy theatrics to create, what could be best described as, “other worldly”. They also sing, play guitar, bass, and keys and it’s this vast sea of musical expression that creates a sense of a Grand-Guignol cabaret for rivet heads. This sense of bravado and daring blurs the line between traditional live performance and the microprocessor obsessed futurism. Tone Of Arc’s powerful stage presense drawn from old school cats like Iggy Pop, The Clash, and Bowie helps to partially define the originality of his music. Boyd himself describes these new directions in sound as discovering the infinite within the mortal remains and posits that this is the dichotomy of existence. Even the alias Dead Seal is part of his philosophy acting as “a symbol of my past, present, and future lives- reminding me that I am more than just a man.” Tone Of Arc, in short means for the sound of the laws of creation, a name born from the wonder of the sound that holds all things in the universe together.
Boyd and Presnick have been recording junkies since their teens. Boyd has created a volume of more than a two hundred songs and tracks which he jokingly refers to as his “Dead Seal Scrolls” . In the midst of all their activity, a debut full length album on the ever expanding inspirational house record label No.19 owned by Nitin and Jonny White of Art Department is due at the end of summer in 2012 with 3 Ep’s to be released before so marking a long and anticipated wait of 2 years dedication to execute a perfect album release. Come short they have not and their live set completes the experience %110.
So Why has so little been released as Dead Seal and why the change of name to Tone Of Arc? Boyd responds in his own inimitable style, "There is always room for improvement and I am really hard on myself and demand a lot of myself before I die. I have kept my music a secret for so long that it was too early for me to have any real accomplishments till recently. But I assure everyone that the best has yet to come, I’m just getting warmed up with a name change to match the level of achievement. ‘Bout time after 200 hundred songs and twenty six years of hoarding bombs. "Music takes a lifetime, you can never stop once you have chosen to inspire those around you I just never got around to selling myself cause I wanted the music to bring me to the right people. I have always trusted in the light and it’s family of open hearted genius to bring me home".