Romina Daniele | Aisthànomai, Il Dramma della Coscienza (Tragedy of Consciousness)

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Aisthànomai, Il Dramma della Coscienza (Tragedy of Consciousness)

by Romina Daniele

The voice in its differing and sudden shades dominates a sign universe in which faraway melodies and ancient calls meet contemporaneous technologies of composition, weaving the way to explore the perception territories and its processes.
Genre: Avant Garde: Experimental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Intro
3:12 $0.99
2. Materia [matter]
5:11 $0.99
3. Entr'acte
2:00 $0.99
4. Echo
4:07 $0.99
5. Dix Ans, Vingt Ans
2:00 $0.99
6. Nuit Sur Les Champs élysées (take 1)
3:53 $0.99
7. Nuit Sur Les Champs élysées (take 2)
3:04 $0.99
8. Sguardo (take 1) [glange]
3:30 $0.99
9. Sguardo (take 2)
4:32 $0.99
10. Fallacità (take 1) [fallaciousness]
3:41 $0.99
11. Fallacità (take 2)
2:15 $0.99
12. La Prova [the Proof]
7:18 $0.99
13. Poesis I
9:09 $0.99
14. Poesis Ii
4:44 $0.99
15. All'esterno Di Me [outside Me]
4:48 $0.99
16. Vero (remake I)
2:52 $0.99
17. Vero (remake II)
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Album Notes
Price 10.00 € --> 14.90 $ (subject to change due to currency fluctuation from Euro to Dollar).
Total time: h.01:08
Booklet: 36 pages, with photos, poetries and essaies.
Languages: Italian, French, English.
Label: Romina Daniele/RDM Records

Romina Daniele has been awarded with the Demetrio Stratos International Award and in her new album we can notice not only a great vocal ability - power and versatility – but a great talent interpreting the sense of music and composing abilities as well. You can listen/read ‘Aisthànomai’ like a theoretical work, an organized anthology and a poetical-musical form.
First, it is necessary to read the booklet texts where the aesthetics topics are discussed. ‘Voice-Matter-Nature. ‘Electronics-Suond-Technique. Language-Text-Concept’. These are the territories in which Aisthànomai takes shape… and where my cognitive non-condition law is placed as an expressive aim freely pursued.
In a second point of view, the work offers a charming performance/interpretation.
The transfiguration of the song form through the organic changing of the voice (Materia), vocals-electronics assimilation (Echo, Vero Remake II), the dramatic experimentation on the text-vocals (Dix ans, vingt ans), sound poetry (Vero Remake I) and the total theatre-song (Poesis I). The work has different influences:
Galàs, La Barbara, Meredith Monk, Stratos, the experimental Julie Tippett.
Finally, almost in despite of her theoretic will (which can enjoy the total fruition),
‘Aisthànomai’ is mainly a sensory experience (if not sensual) with the vibrating woman body, into urgency (impact) of the reunification. "I do not enjoy all the happiness, remember, it is divided in two parts, and both include emptiness’, it seems Emily Dickinson. But it is necessary to get into the voice labyrinth.
(D. Capuano BLOW UP Magazine 119, April 2008)

I have spent an entire afternoon listening to this beautiful and brave album.
Romina is a young singer who spends her life studying the voice.
A devotion which led her win the Demetrio Stratos award.
"The Voice Is The Original Instrument", this was the title of a work by Joan La Barbara, ‘At the beginning it was the Word’, said someone before.
About aesthetic research texts (Aisthànomai is a Greek word which means to perceive, to realize).
The voice and the sound are so pure and so well performed that literally take the breath away. As if the plastic of the voice would be shaped here in a new aesthetics. Sometimes her research could be similar to the one done by Diamanda Galas some years ago - especially at the beginning of the album - but her semantic and musical approach is personal and sometimes heartbreaking too. Voice and electronics trying to define a meaning for this particular aesthetic and etymological project which draws equations between sensation, perception, art and representation of pain.
An experience which Romina is sharing with the listener evoking dark landscapes and some atmospheres similar to Bataille regarding the same expanded concepts.
A unique voice in the Italian musical scene.
(M. Marchini, Rockerilla, n. 334, June 2008)

Let’s start from the end, imagine you are on a sea cliff… you can slip or try to fly, charmed by sirens’ call…but the mental magnet is roaming.
The complexity of the work of Romina Daniele is based on her fine vocal research, a way of using the voice as an instrument, like Diamanda Galas, but here there is more. A peculiar combination of different disciplines including theatre, philosophy, aesthetics and electronics used as a movie soundtrack. Aisthànomai - the Greek term that means ‘to perceive, to understand’ – with its essay and its multifaceted directions, it can be seen as a real opera of avant-garde theatre. Romina Daniele put herself in front of the audience stimulating it and producing a thrilling and a charming sound with vocals creating dark/shining atmospheres throwing the listener in a "lyrics-voice-music" spiral that oblige us to confront with ourselves.
‘Retro’ and ‘Post’ are two mannequins which have been taken and beaten, but it would be misleading doing too much personal descriptions, what is clear is that when the match ends, we find ourselves disoriented.
The vocal control is technically remarkable for what concern the vocal timbres and the expressive act that we can imagine just by the sounds.
Versatile tracks like ‘Sguardo (take2)’ seems like the Oz witch or ‘Poesis I’ recalls Badalamenti of David Lynch soundtracks. Then musical atmosphere like G.P'Orridge, but also a dark/ambient that goes into an unclear essence which can be seen by eyes not yet ready to light, sometimes similar to ‘Teatro Satanico’, from Italy too. Her unique and mutating voice creates endless moods. Aisthànomai is a great opera of direction, life and drama, asking the audience to take up the challenge and stay until the end. Whispers and screams.
(A. Arena,, Music, Events, Readings & Visions Webzine)



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The voice in her!
Romina Daniele definitely belongs to the group of great singers like Diamanda Galas, Demetrio Stratos, Mike Patton and Fatima Miranda. I was pleasantly surprised on the poetic genius of her voice on this album. Very much worth buying!