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- Miseri Lares by Valerio Tricoli
9/10 Ant Staff review, 09 May 2014
My first introduction to the output of Valerio Tricoli was via his ‘Forma II’ CD collaboration with Thomas Ankersmit, released on on PAN back in 2011. This is his first solo record in some 7 years and it really show’s that this hasn’t just been knocked out in a few weeks.
Valerio’s approach to contemporary Musique Concrète is both refreshing and unsettling, while in some ways remaining true to the foundations laid by the old masters this really feels like a leap forward. Using a revox tape recorder and some heavy digital processing the results are at the intersection of Bernard Parmegiani’s pioneering work and the disturbing collage of Steven Stapleton/ Nurse With Wound via his Robert Ashley influence. Apparently Ashley’s ‘Automatic Writing’ album was the only music Stapleton could listen to whilst tripping. Those processed whispered vocal techniques he loaned from Ashley also used by Tricoli here give a really spooked effect, that paranoid feeling, almost one of psychosis that you’re hearing voices but what they are telling you remains a mystery.
I have to say, I really am very impressed by this record, one of the finest on PAN for a while. Across the two slabs of vinyl there’s some highly skilled and imaginative sound sculpting occurring and really a heavy load to absorb over just short of one hour and twenty minutes duration. I think what really makes this so contemporary is a lot of the digital processing that’s involved, computer techniques that allow manipulation of sound that simply weren't possible with tape in the beginnings of the genre.
Valerio seemingly uses the full frequency spectrum, from real low end throbbing bass heavy rumbles to dog calling high pitch’s, bubbling electronics, strange creaks and a wide range of rich and vibrant textures. This is music to play in the dark, but be warned if you’re of a nervous disposition you may want to come strapped with a Pamper as Ol’ Dirty Bastard would say. And I’m not talking dark music like some fictional horror soundtrack, rather this feels like communication from the spirit world, a sort of sonic seance.
Comes in the usual classy artwork with house PVC screen printed outer sleeve with artwork by Bill Kouligas. Highly recommended.
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