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Moltitudine In Labirinto

Gigi Masin & Giuseppe Caprioli

Moltitudine in labirinto is a poetic journey drawn with sound. An unveiled meeting. The minimal sequences, the recognizable character of Masin’s music, here are fused with the electronic "vision" of Giuseppe Caprioli, more harsh, material. The result is a fascinating hybrid, a new modern music, leaden and grieved, lost voice in the maze of memories.

This CD, at the same time the new work of Masin and the "first time" for Caprioli, stands as a high expression in the lineage of evolution of the ever growing ambient/electronic scene.

Edition of 1000 copies. All transparent jewel case. Poetry and texts by Andrew Deutsch and Giuseppe Caprioli.

 

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Franco Degrassi & Lenoci

This proposal of the duo Degrassi/Lenoci is strictly linked to a form of electroacoustic improvisation, strongly characterized in a "material" sense. Lenoci's "traditional" instrumentation (piano and saxes) produce the sound and Degrassi "treat it" in real time.

The sounding continuum became part of the environment, it enter the space, it's a vital element.
Silence pervades the sounds, sometimes plaintive and immaterial, sometimes evident and strong.

Live recording made in St. Louis, USA, on May 16, 2001.

 

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Prakriti

Alessandro Fogar

A hommage to Giacinto Scelsi. 'Prakriti' (from the Sanskrit word meaning 'nature' or 'cosmic energy'), is an exploration of nature through transformation of natural sounds and integration of them with static drones obtained mainly stretching and granulating orchestral sounds.
All the sound is generated by a real time system, producing an infinite and ever-changing combination of sound events, it has been built using SuperCollider2 on an Apple Macintosh computer.

Sounds from nature, recorded during a residence in Topolo`, a mountain village in Italy near the Slovenian border, are metabolized, transformed, distorted, decomposed, granulated. The raw materials are transformed focusing on granules and acoustic micro-particles, on the microsound level and then mixed with orchestral sampled sounds. The author acts by controlling the evolution of the work and the generation of new sound events, mixing and spatializing their stratification, composing the silence.

The enhanced CD is completed by the video "Uomini che guardano nascere" by Francesco Paladino, with the Fogar's soundtrack. An poetical elaboration of looks, restless, in a certain way.
Enhanced CD, readable on any CD player - for the Audio section - and on any computer - both PC and Apple - for the Multimedia section. The Multimedia, in MPEG format, is legible with any video viewer QuickTime, Windows Multimedia Player.

 

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Franco Degrassi & Lenoci

This proposal of the duo Degrassi/Lenoci is strictly linked to a form of electroacoustic improvisation, strongly characterized in a "material" sense. Lenoci's "traditional" instrumentation (piano and saxes) produce the sound and Degrassi "treat it" in real time.

The sounding continuum became part of the environment, it enter the space, it's a vital element.
Silence pervades the sounds, sometimes plaintive and immaterial, sometimes evident and strong.

Live recording made in St. Louis, USA, on May 16, 2001.

 

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West Mantra

Salvatore Linguido

Salvatore Linguido is from Genoa. The music in this CD is for programmed piano. A West Mantra, synthesis and technological echo of eternal music. A work of research that we like to call "iper-serialist", where the approach is not the "construction inside a scheme ", but the more subversive one of the re-construction of many schemes, born from the minimal changes of a structure. A music where there is an enormous, sometimes obsessive, attention to the single sound and the juxtaposition of sounds. The schematic and "cold" element make this music a kind of book of exercises, spiritual and "audible". It’s a new, religious, ecology of the ear, where the sound generate itself continuously avoiding the common places of the "music for piano", and trusting great attention from the the listener. West Mantra reflects itself in the rigour of the unpolluted.

 

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Themes

Salvatore Linguido

Themes is a classic exercise of variations on a theme. Basic the idea, essential, almost primal, the elaboration.

The Linguido's challenge (as in the first CD "West Mantra") is that of fascination by mean of "habit". The rhythms and throbbings of percussive sounds became part of the sound environment. The cadenced proceeding finds its aesthetical way in the fast exposition (the thirty tracks cover a range from 30 seconds to two minutes). It clarify a mechanism, an idea, a reflection.

The drum sound, so daily familiar to us, becomes an ideal mean to represent the need of "purity" that's the force behind the author's work with sound. Themes is a journey on personal liberation. It unrolls in the obstinate construction of little sound cells (almost anachronistic, because made with machines, "forced" by the man's hand) and realize itself in the making of a revealed world, an iperrealistic soundtrack for our daily life.

 

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Lontano

Gigi Masin

The music of this CD came from the period 1990-1992, with two titles coming back from the eighties. Masin’s poetry turn around the expanded sense of time of his compositions. The music emerges from silence and to silence return. The pieces are suspended moments in the stream of time, shots of a personal sounding journey that show itself in a clear form. All the tracks seems coming from a "limbo", a no man’s land of the eternal time, with a magical, and imaginative, character.

The first element is the "imagination": the imagination of the author, who tends to photograph and short-circuit, in the repetition, the sound particles, and the imagination of the listener, discreetly pervaded by the music. The slow minimalist sequences, the looping and lyrical melodies, the obstinate electronic cadences, are the sounding signs of Masin. Signs of the simplicity and, at the same time, the depth of sound.

 

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Moltitudine In Labirinto

Gigi Masin & Giuseppe Caprioli

Moltitudine in labirinto is a poetic journey drawn with sound. An unveiled meeting. The minimal sequences, the recognizable character of Masin’s music, here are fused with the electronic "vision" of Giuseppe Caprioli, more harsh, material. The result is a fascinating hybrid, a new modern music, leaden and grieved, lost voice in the maze of memories.

This CD, at the same time the new work of Masin and the "first time" for Caprioli, stands as a high expression in the lineage of evolution of the ever growing ambient/electronic scene.

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Proposte Sonore

Albert Mayr

Seven electronic compositions from the end of the sixties plus one instrumental piece from 1983. This is the content of the new CD by Albert Mayr that "ants" is proud to present. Experimentations from near 40 years ago sounding so "contemporary", today more than ever.

 

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Mansions

Luca Miti

Luca Miti in his works tends to put himself in relation to the sound, searching for the interaction between sound and environment, and – more important – between the capability to produce a sound and to receive it. Some "theatre" music – raw excerpts of sparse, subtle electronic sounds (for "E non mi resta che tornare solo"). The audio component of the "sound installation" – "Mens Conclusa" – a loop with scratching and clicking sounds and mutant voices. The electronic interaction between two performers (Miti himself and his long time friend Francesco Michi) in the long "Giocattoli" ("Toys") – a sparse sound ambient due to the use of small, low-fi live electronics and "anachronistic" electronic sounds. The sound flux (again from Michi and Miti) that de-sign the time-space of specific place, in "II° Progetto per la regolamentazione e l’ordinamento dei flussi estetici per la comunità di Topolò 2001". And then, to close, the soundtrack for another theatrical piece; "Immaginate la notte", modeled on Massenet and pregnant with a lyrical atmosphere that finally flows in a tonal ending for accordion; an amusing counterpart for a work that well represent, even if in a fragmented way, the sounding universe of the author.

 

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