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Dementia Praecox Temporalis is my personal project that reveals the thoughts and ideas that I record in my home studio or even while on the road. Unfortunately I am on the road a lot more often then in my studio, so going "portable" was the only solution to my lack of time in order to continue writing music. It meant to be a unique progressive/thrash/punk band set-up that has never came true over years of struggle for a right staff. The "DPT" name has been chosen way before this project was born. Sometime in late eighties I stumbled over an article in the European youth magazine that was describing sexual relations and feelings that young adolescents were experiencing while going through their exciting yet at times depressing stages of puberty. That's where this sort of scientific/medical term in Latin "Dementia Praecox Temporalis" caught my attention, a term that was used to metaphorically describe teenager's feelings about love as temporary mind weakness or insanity. In other words it pretty much could substitute the term for a confusion in lust that way it was presented in that article.
I grew up in Kiev, Ukraine and received most of my education there. I've enjoyed music since I can remember myself and fell in love with the versatility of guitar. My first attempt to try to learn it failed but I knew that I need it in my life and so after some time has passed I borrowed acoustic guitar from my neighbor and started to spend a significant amount of time with the instrument. In a short period of time I started writing my own music rather than trying to play covers. And thus I've become an autodidact-guitarist. I've had several short-lived projects with my friends and the most successful at the time was probably a two-piece acoustic avant-garde punk band named Gonorea (another way of spelling Gonorrhea - a common sexually transmitted infection caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae) which was deliberately misspelled: Onoreo. We'd write the sickest lyrics masked by somewhat sweet and catchy melodies. Ironically I still have a couple of rotten cassette tapes of our jam-sessions that definitely would get anyone scratching your head when heard.
While growing up and continuing to experiment with a guitar sounds and recording and dubbing them on a cassette deck, I could not stop dreaming of having my own recording studio where I could capture my ideas and record new projects with other musicians. The studio gear was very expensive and I kept living in my dreamworld still hoping that one day my dreams will come true. And then, with a “quantum leap” in computer technology and appearance of variety of advanced sound cards and audio processing programs that would support multi-track recording and a playback I saw the light and the very possibility to have my own studio with a computer at it's heart known as a DAW – Digital Audio Workstation. I've had an old Packard Bell computer that was given to me by my younger brother and I was excited to give it a try. My first experience with a Syntrillium's Cool Edit Pro froze my computer at once and I've realized the need of building my own custom machine dedicated for music only. And so the years of Windows98 and a legendary Lexicon Core 2 with it's MPX daughter board loaded with tons of magnificent effects, my world of DAW and my first home recording studio became a reality that laid a foundation to my current Lumen Veritus Sound Lab where DPT captures it's music ideas and experiments with sounds!
Despite being a dedicated metalhead I've always remained an acoustic guitar player which explains why most of my works revolve so much around that dreadnought sound.
The latter plan was to assemble a trash-metal band with the touch of punk rock hasn't ever been born and until this day I remain a loaner who stuck with this weird name: DEMENTIA PRAECOX TEMPORALIS.
Please welcome to my strange world!
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