What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
I always loved music and of course all not-mainstream music but I think that after my degree (I studied musicology) I started to invest more and more time in my sonic research becouse I was very interested to the soundscape and how people could interact with this one. So I founded with other sound artist the Italian Soundscapes Archive (AIPS also called) and we tried for some years to create some interesting action focused on this aspect of music, the interaction between sounds, the landscape and the communities living there.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
well, I’m very attached to my latest three releases becouse I finally felt
absolutely free in my creation process. If you consider the period, 3 albums in 3 years are also a right period to produce something really good, something that’s good also for you and not only for your listeners.
So I tried to evolve my soundscape approach becouse initially I was very focused about the documentation feature but in music this is only one part of the story. So I started with “Les Mondes Imaginaires” with a ipotetical construction of imaginary soundscapes during an interstellar trip, I continued with “Destroyed by Madness” last year with a more poetical approach (there’s a lot of piano and very simple melodies but always strictly connected with some important textures starting from field recordings) and now there is “Misplaced” fresh out for “Adesso”. It is based on an archive of audio samples recorded during various trips to Italy in which it is impossible to reconstitute the exact origin. The result is a “non-place”, not in the sense suggested by anthropologist Marc Augé Yes, there is the reinterpretation of the soundscape but all the sound sources are also dislocated variously in space and time.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
It’s very difficult because I love a lot of music but in these last years I’m rediscovering certain classical masterpieces like Mahler, Satie, Pergolesi and many others… and you know, it’s not properly something you could define like “innovation” but I always try to connect different worlds, classical inspirations with gentle noisy saturations and ambient pads textures and the intromission by other canonical instruments. About non-music wise probably my major inspiration was the general mood by Russian literature which I love.
Dostoevskij in particular is so generous during the description that you can feel the landscape, you can almost listen it.
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
I think there are many artists better than myself but, yes probably this soundscape feature sounds like a little ossession for my production process. Someone told me it’s possible to recognize one track of mine since first 15 seconds, I don’t know if it’s true but probably this episode tell us that there is some recurring feature in my music.
if I had to describe my music I’d use 3 adjectives: full, gentle, intimistic.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
Erik Satie – Gymnopédies | William Basinski – Dsintegration Loops | Mina – Kryptonite
2001: A Spacey Odissey – Interstellar – Moon
Crime and Punishments (Dostoevskij) | Metamorphosis (Kafka) | The Importance of Being Earnest (Wilde)
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
I love both live performances and studio but as you can imagine, after a lot of months without concerts and exhibitions, I can’t wait to perform live again.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
Hysterical Naked, that’s the second track of “Destroyed by Madness” because I feel that that the use of piano and the glitch textures behind is a very good way to make a summary of my music idea.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
Well, I’m actually working with my friend Anacleto Vitolo to a new album focused on the idea I was talking first. I really love the sound of these new tracks, I’m playing above all piano and Anacleto makes all the the rest and the result is amazing.
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
What the album wants to suggest is the absolute freedom to lose oneself and then to lose oneself again.
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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