8/10 Ant Staff review, 19 October 2017
WK569 is the trio of Federico Troncatti, Ezio Martinazzi and Pier Enrico Villa. Together they create electronic and electro-acoustic music - synthesizing a musical language in real time through self-generating processes and improvisation. They send structured algorithms via MIDI to a good old Atari ST via GFA language, which in turn is fed to their sound generators (VST, VSTI, Yamaha TX816, Kurzweil R2500, samplers). The results sound like the adventurous machine sounds of early electronic music pioneers. The EP, as the title says is a homage to Marino Zuccheri, who was sound engineer at Milan RAI Electronic Music Studio where he assisted Cage, Pousseur etc. The idea of a musical language is brilliantly realised - like any alien language it’s not clearly understood but you can get the gist of what’s being communicated as the tone moves from ecstatic, puzzled, anger, sadness etc. Of course machines don’t have emotions but this really does feel like an intelligent lifeform communicating. I guess this is rooted in academia and sound art, but unlike much modern electronic music coming from those areas, this is actually kinda fun and more in the spirit of early stuff by Morton Subotnick and BBC Radiophonic Workshop than say Hecker for example.
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