inThoughts#2 – F. M. Gri

Sono passati molti anni da quando il suono è diventato la mia passione e sono sempre più convinto della potenza terapeutica che esso può avere.

Se da un lato imparare a suonare uno strumento può migliorare molti aspetti di una persona, affinando la sua sensibilità, iniziandolo alla pratica dell’autodisciplina e allontanandolo dai futili passatempi dei tempi moderni da un altro punto di vista può incastrarlo in un circolo vizioso di ego da cui difficilmente potrà districarsi.

Il mercato della musica si forgia in un susseguirsi di processi produttivi che ricordano molto le catene di montaggio di una industria: si crea un brano, poi un album, poi si cerca un’etichetta e infine si produce fisicamente il lavoro e lo si promuove. A seconda del genere questo processo coinvolge un numero di persone proporzionali alle entrate economiche che può portare l’album in questione. Detto così tutto sembra molto meno poetico di quello che si può immaginare, ma in realtà il prodotto artistico e l’arte come pura forma d’espressione dell’anima sono due cose ben distinte e non bisogna confonderli. Percorrendo la strada dell’ego il musicista che aveva imparato a suonare uno strumento perchè la sua anima gli aveva “parlato”, si troverà in breve tempo a produrre un album meccanicamente senza sentirne veramente l’esigenza diventando così una pulsione esterna e non più un’esigenza interiore. E non appena la pulsione diventa padrona di questo meccanismo l’artista si vestirà di una maschera narcisista da cui difficilmente riuscirà a farne a meno. Più l’ego cresce e meno l’anima ha lo spazio per esprimersi e di conseguenza la qualità dell’arte cala…è inevitabile. Bisognerebbe rallentare, fermarsi un attimo e chiedersi: perchè lo sto facendo? E se la riposta è “perchè voglio diventare qualcuno” oppure “voglio essere il migliore” o “voglio essere ricordato” allora siamo davvero sui binari sbagliati.

Nel suono c’è molto più di tutto questo, qualcosa di più intimo e potente che non solo ci può far star bene, ma può anche curare la nostra anima accordandola proprio come un vero e proprio strumento. Il nostro corpo emana vibrazioni esattamente come tutto quello che ci circonda. In un certo modo quando suoniamo uno strumento non facciamo altro che creare una connessione con la vibrazione che in quel momento c’è nell’aria, positiva o negativa che sia. Chi fa musica ha una capacità più o meno sviluppata di trasformare in suono le vibrazioni che ci sono in quel determinato istante proprio come lo scultore è in grado di vedere cosa c’è dentro un blocco di pietra. Se c’è energia negativa e pesante molto probabilmente nascerà una musica triste e sofferta mentre se l’energia è positiva si troveranno note di pace e serenità. Il suono nasce da dentro di noi ma sono anche propenso a credere che quando creiamo con l’entusiasmo di un bambino si aprono canali che possono davvero sorprendere e in quel determinato stato di coscienza temporaneo possono nascere cose meravigliose. In quei frangenti l’artista non è solo, ma si fa carico di un’energia universale che poi regalerà a chi ne ha bisogno. Quante volte una musica, un libro, un quadro hanno cambiato la vita alle persone? Dare e ricevere incondizionatamente credo sia la forma più pura dell’arte, un’ambizione sincera senza secondi fini a cui tutti noi dovremmo ambire…

Drop Series 2020

In 2019 I started a different sound experience recording single tracks without the purpose to publish them into an album but just to add these songs on my Soundcloud page like when I had the Myspace profile. 
I called that tracks “Drops”, extemporaneous inspired by the Japanese art of Sumie and Haiku. In October the kind label Shimmering Moods published “Little Drops” a first collection of Drops mostly recorded in 2019. 
But in 2020 I continued this wonderful experience and i decided to publish every year the full collection. Most of them are recorded during my spare time in the weekend: experiments with the analogue imperfections of tapes, loops with acoustic instruments like guitar, sansula, tibetan bowls and of course my dear electric piano are the basic focus of these 2020 drops. The result is a cozy folder in which you can feel all the difficulties in this 2020, but with a little seed of hope for a better 2021. 
I hope Krysalisound could be for you a warm sound space where to refuge your souls. 
Thank you so much for the special support of this year…. 

Album Link: https://krysalisound.bandcamp.com/album/drop-series-2020

The concept of “The Ropes”

The ropes is a metaphor of human relationship.
All of us are tied to somebody else with invisible ropes, a sort of unconscious connection that move us together in a unique flow like planets and satellites. We can choose every day in which way using this rope: holding, binding, breaking. And like in a game we can pull or stay in balance, helping or hurting. It sounds simple because it’s all about our decisions but as we are unperfect creatures this generates twines and twines of mistakes.
On this album I recorded the regret I have for all the times I have chosen the wrong path.

consequences of words
a rope can hold
bind or break
twined together
like seeds of compassion
stillness is your garden

Thanks for listening….

https://slowcraft.bandcamp.com/album/the-ropes

Francis M. Gri – The Ropes

Dear all,

it’s a huge pleasure to present you my new official album The Ropes released by the amazing and friend label Slowcraft Records and available from today December 4th in digital format.

Link here: https://slowcraft.bandcamp.com/album/the-ropes

Francis M. Gri returns to Slowcraft with an accomplished and compassionate examination of the bonds that join us and the ways they can fray and break. Each invisible tether extends a choice to pull or loosen, to help or hurt; this tender electroacoustic collection offers insight into a delicate interpersonal dance and the regret found in the knots and divisions caused by our missteps. 

Embodying the finest qualities of modern ambient and minimal composition The Ropes offers a gesture of generosity matched only by its vulnerability and stands as an emotionally charged high point in an already impressive oeuvre. 

Slowcraft digital series Lifelines is curated by label founder James Murray, presenting vital and consoling works from world class genre-defying artists, each carefully mastered by Ian Hawgood and individually paired with bespoke artwork by printmaker June Murray. 

Lifelines. Hold tight.

KSND Live Streaming

In these days of lockdown I would like to make people travel with emotional ambient music. I will soon start a live streaming series which I hope will present many sound artists in different parts of the world. The first destination is Milan, I will be the beta test 🙂
More details soon, keep in touch!

KS39 Available Now

Francis M. Gri “Boke” is now available in store in digital format and cd.

Listen and buy here

“Boke” is the Japanese word for saying blur and mental confusion. 
In 2013 a person very close to me was diagnosed with what I call the memory disease. 
Unfortunately in these long and struggling years I could see every step of this disorder. 
So, I decided to record this album to find a sort of relief in my soul and to make people aware about this painful disease. 
Each track is a degenerative phase of this malady that in 2020 has no cure and is becoming every day more widespread. 
Our mind is a recorder that makes us react to the impulses of life. We are the sum of our days spent and without memories we go back to being a blank page. 
Interruption of memory is a collision between our dreams and what we are….

Thanks

KSND

KS38 Available Now

Ishmael Cormack “Ammil” is now available in store in digital format and cd.

Listen and buy here

KrysaliSound is delighted to present the Somerset-based artist Ishmael Cormack and his debut album Ammil. When I found his music on Soundcloud I was astonished to listen to his gentle and delicate notes. The inner seed of music is something rare to find nowadays, I think we are loosing the right purpose and the purity of this art is becoming every day more dirty. Superstructures are ruining our lifes, we need to change and enjoy again in the simplicity of little things. 
Ishamael Cormack comes from a little town like me and his humble simplicity captured me from the first time, this is an imprinting that I hope will never disappear from his soul. Ammil is an amazing album and the result of his beautiful personality, maybe the best work I have ever published in the label! 

Ammil started as a series of improvised sketches experimenting on the use of polyrhythms. 
Deconstructed and recaptured within a 13th-century church. 
The sketches focused on the use of a modest selection of instruments, electronics and found sounds. 
The catalyst of the project was a journey into the paradoxical nature of the natural world. 
Natures complex systems give rise to our perception of simplicity & beauty. 
Ammil attempts to mimic this understanding by creating complex rhythm that give birth to subtle melody. 

Thanks

KSND

KS36 Gift Album

Dear all,

I’m very happy to close the year with a little gift for you called Ukiyo.
Part of the songs you are approaching to listen to were thought for a collaborative album but after a long, struggling and unconvincing work I decided to abandon that project and to rework my tracks from a different point of view. I started from the fulcrum and then all the shapes cames out and suddenly the album became a dreaming soundtrack for lunar imaginary. “Floating world” is the translation of the Japanese word “Ukiyo”, un unexpected album that I’m pleased to share with you in free download, a little gesture for thanking you for all the support you did this year… I wish you an amazing 2020, full of serenity, balance and awareness…

Drop Series

The Drop Series is a collection of unreleased tracks that I will post, one by one, in my new soundcloud page.
I am curious to experiment this different approach so far from my usual process for making an album.
At the end of my last recording “Cycles” (scheduled for 2020)  I realized that it will be difficult to make something better than this album. I also felt an inner desire to change my perception about music.
Nowadays it is very easy to record an album, but are they always necessary? About this question I answered that it’s probably better to take a breath, reboot myself, experiment with music like a kid and then, only when it will be the right moment, I’ll be ready to record a new full-length. In the meantime I hope you enjoy these little drops of recordings made with love…