A DYSTOPIC LISTENING
(On Remoteness, Mnemoscape, n.4, November 2016)
A Dystopic Listening was recorded in a small church in the countryside close to Florence, on a rainy afternoon of November. During the recording session the door of the church was left open. Three microphones were used for the recording, they were placed at gradual distance from the musicians in a fixed position: the first microphone was in the church, next to the musicians, the second one was right on the door, and the third one was outside. In addition to the microphones three low quality cassette-recorders – in the same positions of the microphones – were used to record. Consequently the piece consists of the result of these six tracks, which were later mixed together.
YOĞURT (Negative Days, 2016)
Yoğurt is the second album of Blutwurst collective: three highly medative tracks focused on electroacoustic exploration of hypnotic sound textures.
Blutwurst ensemble focus their musical research on sustained tones, unisons and drones. The apparent formal stasis generates dilated and tonally complex sound environments where the exploration of the timbral possibilities aims to create an organic integration of acoustic and electronic sounds.
Released on November 15, 2016.
Cristina Abati: viola; Marco Baldini: trumpet; Maurizio Costantini: double bass; Daniela Fantechi: accordion & gong; Luca Giorgi: sine waves, analog synthesizer, no-input mixer & tape recorders; Michele Lanzini: cello; Edoardo Ricci: bass clarinet; Luisa Santacesaria: harmonium & singing bowls.
Graphic design: Francesca Canzi.
Recording and mixing: Damiano Meacci (Tempo Reale, Firenze).
Mastering: Lawrie Dunster (Curved, London, UK).
This LP is released by Negative Days (UK).
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TENEBRAE (Tempo Reale Collection, 2016)
Tenebrae is based on some fragments taken from the vocal work “Tenebrae factae sunt”, part of “Responsoria et alia ad Officium Hebdomandae Sanctae spectantia”, composed in 1611 by Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa. The original material is submitted to a process of time stretching that modifies the relations between the melodic lines. Another change occurs, in an almost spontaneous way, through an analog manipulation of the sound on magnetic tapes, where are recorded instrumental excerpts produced by the musicians of the ensemble. The low quality of the tape recording gives a distinctive grain feature to the sound, distorting it and exasperating its transformation. Released on May 6, 2016.
Cristina Abati: viola (3, 5); Marco Baldini: trumpet (1, 5); Maurizio Costantini: double bass (3, 5); Daniela Fantechi: accordion (1, 5); Luca Giorgi: sine waves (1, 3, 5) & tape recorders (2, 3, 4, 5); Michele Lanzini: cello (3, 5); Edoardo Ricci: bass clarinet (1, 5); Luisa Santacesaria: harmonium (1, 5). Recorded live by Damiano Meacci and Blutwurst at Tempo Reale in April 2016. Mixed and mastered by Damiano Meacci.Composed by Daniela Fantechi (1, 3, 4, 5) & Luca Giorgi (2, 4). The sound material of “Nastri”, recorded on low quality magnetic tapes by Luca Giorgi, is played by Marco Baldini and Luisa Santacesaria. “Aria per Nastri” consists in “Aria” recorded on low quality magnetic tapes by Luca Giorgi. Tenebrae was released by the Tempo Reale Collection.
TOMAGA – THE SHAPE OF THE DANCE
Collaboration with Tomaga for two tracks of the album “The Shape of the Dance” (Hands in The Dark – Negative Days, 2016)
Negotiating Amnesia is an essay film by Alessandra Ferrini based on research conducted at the Alinari Archive and the National Library in Florence. It focuses on the Ethiopian War of 1935-36 and the legacy of the fascist, imperial drive in Italy. Through interviews, archival images and the analysis of high-school textbooks employed in Italy since 1946, the film shifts through different historical and personal anecdotes, modes and technologies of representation.