Dean is known primarily as a composer of electronic music, but his skills and his mindset extend beyond one mere genre or medium.
Dean De Benedictis has amassed credits and a small international fan base as a musician, artist and music producer, also known to the electronic music community as Surface 10. He is primarily established as an electronic ambient musician, but his body of work ties an essential common thread between outwardly opposing music genres. Beginning his exploration of music in the 80's, Dean developed a thorough body of musical experience, running the gamut of participation with unofficial jazz fusion bands, progressive rock bands, sound design work, and even producing/performing source music for network television over 12 years of his career. Later, Dean began incorporating and developing additional interests that complimented his music, such as film work, illustration, literature and even conceptual art.
Specializing in music the majority of his life, Dean made it his priority to utilize a broad spectrum of styles and cultural influences to enrich the quality of his expression and help promote enlightened thinking through the breaking of stylistic conventions. His body of work aims to locate an essential thread between outwardly opposing music genres, as well as draw from each a natural sense of emotion, expanse and mystery.
Like other artists, much of Dean’s music is composed as a dedication to, and a utility for, his own life experiences. Many of Dean's pieces were created, in part, to carry with him and listen to at specific outdoor locations, such as deserts, canyons, jungles, mountain regions, coastal regions, and unpopulated areas--thus permanently marking the region with the music in his mind. Now, due to present-day technology, Dean actually brings much of his music studio - being his laptop - with him to these same areas, and creates his pieces right there on location. He dedicates his works to people, places and events, aspiring to communicate a similar functionality within the personal narratives of his audience.