Saturday, July 18, 2009

Celer – Danielle Baquet-Long R.I.P.

For the past month or so I’ve been meaning to post about the deep immersive ambient drones of Celer, whose music I’ve only recently discovered. A husband and wife duo (Will Thomas Long and Danielle Baquet-Long), Celer use strings, loops, and field recordings to create richly textured haunting dronescapes that are by turns meditative, melancholic, majestic, and graceful. Their albums move between long compositions that take the time to fully envelop the listener as they gently drift along (such as on Discourses of the Withered and Engaged Touches), and collections of snapshots that quickly carry the listener from scene to scene (such as on Nacreous Clouds and Capri).

Although they have only been recording for a few years, Celer already have an extensive back catalogue – I was happy to discover these artists and was looking forward to exploring their sound-worlds. However, I am shocked and saddened to learn that Danielle Baquet-Long suddenly passed away last week at the young age of 26. I would like to offer deep condolences from myself and the rest of the ssg crew to Danielle’s husband, Will Thomas Long, to all her family and friends, and all fans of Celer.


  1. It's always sad when an extremely talented artists passes. Just listened to her 'Cursory Asperses' CD again, very haunting sounds.


  2. A tragic loss...

    Their release on digitalis ltd is worth hunting down

  3. Still sad and deeply moved by this event. I had the honor of meeting Danielle and hanging out with her. Perhaps I am the owner of the last audio interview, currently being transcribed for an article on Headphone Commute...


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