Building on 15 years of friendship, and nearly a decade working together, two fixtures of the Italian experimental music scene, Andrea Marutti and Carlo Giordani, come together with their collaborative debut full length release, "Impressioni organizzate di ansie liquide" (Organized Impressions of Liquid Anxieties) - a rippling body of sonorous abstraction - issued by St.An.Da./Silentes.
The origins of the album date to 2011, when Andrea Marutti was asked by the filmmaker and cultural agitator, Massimo Indellicati, to compose soundtracks for a series of experimental short films - "Aquology - Oceano interiore" - centred around aquatic and science fiction themes. Intent on intervening with his own practice in electronics and synthesis, he asked field recordist, engineer, and software designer, Carlo Giordani, to come on board.
While the film project was never fully realized - only small fragments of Marutti and Giordani’s initial collaboration were used - their creative relationship bore fruit, bringing them together regularly over the subsequent years, each pushing and expanding the other’s approach toward sound into new territories. The album - the result of an enduring process of reworking of the cumulative material that resulted from their collaborations between December 2013 and January 2020 - melds these two distinct sensibilities into a single, palpable force.
"Impressioni organizzate di ansie liquide" rests at the sublime juncture of shifting materiality and perception; where the organic transforms into the otherworldly and the synthetic bubbles with life. The collision of two highly individualized creative practices - built from a vast pallet of sonority - across its breadth, the locations of source and the intervening hand shift in and out focus, gathering as an expanse ambience and event that gives the impression of being guided by chance occurrences and responses of its own making.
Amplifying the incidental into the mystical and metaphysical, this work challenges the very notions of how we locate the meaning of music and art. Unified by the thematic vision of water that first brought Marutti and Giordani together, the album culminates as a series of evolving, abstract images, alluding to the embryonic fluids that give way to life. Drifting long tones, buzzing electronics, and woven textures of ambiguous sound, rumble and dance between the foreground and distance, penetrated by punctuations drawn intermittently from Marutti’s synths and Giordani’s deft snapshots of the world.
Like its subject, "Impressioni organizzate di ansie liquide" is an immersive, languid realm, filled with elegant, poetic beauty, that bristle with unknown elements and the lingering potential of danger. A remarkably sensitive reminder of the creative potentialities that rest at the heart of electroacoustic, concrete, and field recording based musics, doubling as a vision of their possible futures, Marutti and Giordani have created an album that simultaneously drowns the ear and fortifies it with breaths of fresh air.
Andrea Marutti and Carlo Giordani met in 2005, at a time when Andrea was in the midst of his musical activities and firmly at the helm of Afe Records, and Carlo was fully busy building an impressively large library of sounds through his interest in field-recordings, and also taking part in the discussions and activities of various groups dedicated to the art of phonography on the web.
Mutually interested in each other’s work, they didn’t miss the chance to keep in touch, and began a dense series of exchanges, sharing ideas and recordings, but without trying their hands in a ‘real’ collaboration.
The first opportunity to work together on a project finally occurred in 2011, when Massimo Indellicati of Ambiente H invited them to provide a soundtrack to accompany a series of experimental movies that he was developing, whose main theme was “water”.
That was the input which, over the years, again to satisfy Massimo’s need for a soundtrack to his many projects – including the installation “Aquology – Oceano interiore” – led to the creation of a series of long pieces that were collected under the title “Impressioni organizzate di ansie liquide” (“Organized Impressions of Liquid Anxieties”).
In 2019 the five parts of this fruitful collaboration between Marutti and Giordani were given their final form and mastered. “Part I” was released in February 2020 on Belgian label Taâlem as one of the latest entries in their ever-expanding series of 3″ discs. “Part II” and “Part III” are now released as a CD on St.An.Da. for the first time. Agreements are currently being taken to release the shorter “Part IV” and “Part V” on vinyl in 2021.
On this release, the vast array of analogue / digital synthesizers and other electronic devices handled by Marutti is perfectly matched to Giordani’s field-recordings and tapes, giving life to a totally immersive environment in which the listener can only get lost, handing out moments of considerable tension, but also sudden flashes of light and calm mesmerizing passages.
Both the tracks on offer feature incredible recordings taken by Giordani during a five days expedition in the restricted areas of the dams of Venerocolo and Pantano dell’Avio Lakes in the Brescia district, Italy, which are effectively used in combination with sampled and electronic sounds to create an ‘augmented Musique Concrète’ that touches Dark ambient territories, often in slow motion but with sudden changes of scenery that abruptly turn the table, creating great suggestive effects.
“Impressioni organizzate di ansie liquide” is presented on a glass-mastered CD limited to 200 copies which is housed in a deluxe six panel digipack with black finish, and features pictures by Stefano Gentile.
«This is a seventy-four-minute release that could have been a three-hour piece as well. It moves back and forth between louder and quieter sections, never becoming a true noise anthem or a total ambient path. It has some fine urgency and is a true, dark beauty.»
Andrea Marutti: synthesizers, samples, treatments, mixing, mastering
Carlo Giordani: field-recordings, tapes, treatments, mixing
Recorded and assembled between December 2013 and January 2020.
The pieces offered here consist of 'Part II' and 'Part III' of a larger body of work originally commissioned by Ambiente H to provide a soundtrack to "Aquology - Oceano interiore", a multimedia project by Massimo Indellicati.
Pictures by Stefano Gentile.
Graphics and layout by Andrea Marutti.
Thanks to Giuseppe Verticchio, Jean-Marc Boucher and Stefano Gentile
I began experimenting in the '90s as Amon and Never Known. In the '00s I continued
to create music under my own name and
started a few collaborative projects: Hall of Mirrors, Molnija Aura and Sil Muir. I was also involved in two collective efforts, Maribor and Meerkat, and collaborated with Fausto Balbo and Carlo Giordani. For 18 years I have ran Afe, a label devoted to experimental electronics....more
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