Fabio Paolizzo | The Acousmatic Years

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The Acousmatic Years

by Fabio Paolizzo

The Acousmatic Years is for the mind and the spirit. It is a place of experience and reflection, where composition is used as a tool for exploring theories about the world and the self, through listening, imagination and feeling.
Genre: Avant Garde: Tape Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Holy Cows Don't Graze Here
4:09 $0.99
2. Sirens
4:48 $0.99
3. Diana and Tuda, Pt. One
5:31 $0.99
4. Suspended Identity
6:22 $0.99
5. Diana and Tuda, Pt. Two
2:35 $0.99
6. Breath
5:35 $0.99
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Album Notes
The album is the first retrospective volume on the artist's electroacoustic music. The Acousmatic Years is where that journey began. Every track in the present release is remastered for a greater dynamic range. Some artist's notes are included.

01 - Holy Cows Don't Graze Here
Original Title: Le Vacche Sacre Non Pascolano Qui (2002)
In this composition, samples collected from the Internet are processed by the means of sound algorithms. The approach has some connections to the way human beings catch information and rebuild it in a new shape, as a way to understand separate and far realities.
I have been interested in the Oriental culture since my teens. In 2001, I came to consider this interest of mine as my personal approach to grasping and rebuilding information. The piece is both a trace of the expression and the analysis of a “found”, unconscious product. It is a metaphorical analysis renewing the meaning of my composition technique.
In collecting the sounds, I felt as appropriating of identities and memories, which I imagined of people using those samples before. The continuous deconstruction and reconstruction of each sound, became for me a way to explore those histories.
In the music, a fusion of sounds and identities takes place. Some stages of these mutations are shown, while others are precluded to the listening. I supposed that fusion as a means for me to comprehend those separate and far realities. Since then, I started considering any process of cultural acquisition, rather than assimilation, similarly. Due to the chaotic nature of such processes, within which we are caught, understanding implies a change.
02 - Sirens
Original Title: Sirene (2001)
As in musique concrète, sound objects evoked visual figures. These figures morph in a free abstraction of sound processing. It is possible to understand the piece as a sonic narrative made up by a sequence of images/ideas.

03 / 05 - Diana and Tuda
Original Title: Diana e la Tuda (2003)
Voice: Ludovica Manzo
I composed the piece for the homonyms theatre work of Luigi Pirandello, directed by Carlo Ferrucci. Singing voice and bashing chisel become here the metaphor for a confrontation between Diana — the statue on which the sculptor is working at — and Tuda, who is the model for such a statue.

04 - Suspended Identity
Original Title: Identità Sospesa (2000–2004)
This is the trace of a past made of mutations. In here, the sonic objects are almost hidden. These are fragments of something that cannot be completely defined but still appears.
When I started working on that, the composition was a song for voice and guitar. Since then, I used it as a raw material: each piece derived from the previous one and had a different identity. Interestingly, none of those works satisfied me. One day, Alessandra Porfidia proposed me to compose for her new sculpture, whose aesthetics reflects influences of a Japanese approach: “one empty in full and full in empty”. In relation to such an aesthetic, I began to compare my music to the idea I had of myself. I was realising that by continuous doubting, I had forced my ideas to change constantly.
In the music, I invert the relation between gesture and texture, submerging the first to the thick background. From time to time, sound-gestures emerge to the foreground. These sounds are fragments of a history of mutations, which existed and still it is occurring: myself.

06 - Breath
Original Title: Respiro (2004)
I composed the entire from the recording of a single breath. Specific frequencies are added to the spectrum for exciting on-site surfaces. In turn, these may surfaces resonate.



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