La nuova stagione della rassegna di San Fedele Musica sarà interamente co-curata da Plunge. Fra gli ospiti l’ex Pan Sonic Ilpo Väisänen, Thomas Köner, Loscil, Roly Porter e Murcof & Philippe Petit. Primo appuntamento lunedì 2 ottobre.
KrysaliSound is so happy to introduce the new season with amazing releases!
Below a short list of the artists that will be produced by the label from September to December:
GALATIMOSCONI: debut project and first collaboration between two pillars of the Italian ambient scene Roberto Galati and Federico Mosconi. Obscure, deep, loud, wild drone sounds for a great start!
FRANCIS M. GRI: after the well reviewed “Flow”, the new album melts minimalism and acoustic sonority. Music for autumn…
DR: ambient/drone project of the German sound artist Dominic Razlaff released in past by Lagerstätte and Shimmering Moods. This new work is a delicate mix of ambient, field recordings and ukulele.
MCVX: debut album for the italian musician Carlo Monti and a pleasant discovery for the label. Cinematic ambient with new languages!
The past season has been very important for the label. I had the chance to know special people and to collaborate with remarkable musicians. Hope for the future to continue this lucky path and present more and more interesting works!
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In some respects, Giulio Aldinucci & Francis M. Gri‘s new five-part collaboration Segmenti explores a parallel soundworld. Again, there’s a meditative depth of space (no short durations this time), though the emphasis here is on pitched rather than noise-based materials. Partly for this reason Segmenti approaches closer to the world of ambient music, Aldinucci and Gri creating beautiful large-form swatches of gossamer. There’s an interesting contrasting sense of perspective displayed in these pieces. ‘Anchor’ behaves in an aloof way, its droney texture, moving from a lower to a higher registral emphasis, is ostensibly light but sufficiently dense that it’s hard to know where or on what to focus. However, this is no bad thing, inviting a rapt listening focus that’s able to move freely through its wealth of details. Dronal elements recur elsewhere; in ‘Divisi’ the duo creates a fixed pitch centre that sounds distinctly sun-kissed, motes and particles of sound swirling around it, and which is twice subjected to impressive swells from within. It ultimately reduces to a cycling, drifting mass, very slowly subsiding in a transfixed process of slow dissolution. If noise features anywhere, it’s in the third track, ‘Magma’, where heavily reverbed piano notes are approached by a gritty cloud texture that coalesces around them. Gradually this becomes encrusted with content such that individual details becomes secondary to the by now seething accumulated mass. Though clearly much too intense to be described as peaceful, it nonetheless retains an idyllic quality due to never really becoming abrasive.
In their own way, each of these five pieces undergoes a unique form of slow-burn, and this is especially clear in the opening two pieces. ‘Remnants’, like ‘Anchor’, is initially vague and distant, though over time clarifies to form an exquisitely pretty sound object seemingly slowly turning in space. Around two-thirds of the way through, Gri and Aldinucci push it forward, revealing a number of texturally differentiated strata. ‘Faglie’ is arguably the album’s high point, a 14-minute shape-shifter that moves at an almost glacial pace, initially placing the gentlest of emphases on small harmonic shifts (including an ostensible, deeply buried perfect cadence). It sounds as though a melody is going to materialise, but instead, having bobbed around in the middleground for a time, the piece opens out into a warm ambient field with glimpses of a female voice singing somewhere deep within. Even more so than in ‘Divisi’, the music becomes entranced, entering a state of ecstasy, simultaneously delicate yet seemingly continuing to strengthen while it remains essentially static. Considering this is Aldinucci and Gri’s first collaboration, Segmenti is a magnificent achievement. It’s released on Gri’s own label Krysalisound, available on CD and digital from their Bandcamp site.
Francis M. Gri sculpts disorienting yet beautiful worlds of drone on the dazzling “Apart”. With one foot in the real world and the other firmly planted in the surreal, the way the two elements interact results in an aural universe that rushes by with such grace. Melodies rest deep in the soulful textures, as the usage of guitar punctuates the pieces giving them a summery lightness. Beside the drone there are classical framing devices which help to further emphasize the joyful spirit that seems to imbue itself deep inside every piece.
Tactile guitar work opens the album up with “In This Room”. From such small moments, the song gradually builds up into a blissful world, one which seemingly is without end. With each reiteration of the sound everything grows larger, as if Francis M. Gri is constantly uncovering new lands to explore. By far the highlight of the album the loveliness of the track is obvious, in how Francis M. Gri lets space and the sprawling size of the song add to its mysterious otherworldly aura. At first quite tense but gradually coming into something serene is the glowing work of “Hidden Reflections”. Over the course of this piece the way Francis M. Gri draws from so many instruments gives it a colorful spirit. Ending things on a heavenly note is the infinitely soothing waves of “Last”.
With “Apart” Francis M. Gri crafts something so tender, so full of life and hope.
Last year I found in my backup HD the firsts recordings made from the unpublished Apart albums called “In this room” and “Hidden reflections” recorded in 2003 and 2005. Nothing special honestly…
Anyway I tried to open the track sessions but my current recording software wasn’t able to run Protools old version. So I decided, just for fun, to take the best samples from the audio folders, and rework them for making new music. The results are two long takes called “In this room” and “Hidden reflections”. No new tracks were added, all you can listen are the original samples stretched, detuned, reversed and effected. I’m pretty proud of this work and I decided to publish the album as free download.
Another track called “Last” is included in this “gift” album, recorded last year and never used. The album is titled “Apart”, hope you’ll enjoy…