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Artist: BERTONCINI, MARIO
Title: Arpe Eolie
Format: LP
Label: Die Schachtel
Country: Italy
Price: $29.00
"Arpe Eolie is the first ever vinyl release of the works by Italian maestro Mario Bertoncini, relentless experimental composer, philosopher, artist and builder of sounds. The LP presents a selection of his compositions for Aeolian constructions: in the early 70s he started to produce sound aggregates, true "sound sculptures" based on the Aeolian sound principle. Amongst his more spectacular installations were "Vele", a massive Aeolian harp (more than seven meters high); "Venti" (winds), for 20 Aeolian sound generators and 40 performers; and "Chanson Pour Instrument À Vent", an assemblage for Aeolian harps, Aeolian gongs, and one performer. By their very nature these sound objects ("sound sculptures" that liberate the concept of sound form from time development) convey a sense of natural sounds beyond the grasp of composition and musician. Bertoncinis self-built harps and gongs are excited by blows of compressed air, or by the composers own breath, resulting in a musical blueprint that takes minimalist drone to a massive scale: the music unleashes itself. Theres no sense of a composers hand present. If at superficial levels they may sound like electronic music (long drones and swooshes of otherworldly sounds), at a close listening they reveal the intensity of a pure sound of air, far removed from both any artificial or measurable principle as well as from any casual or chance method of composition. Deluxe silver cover with silver foil design. Custom inner sleeve and four-page booklet in English and Italian. Edition of 400." - Die Schachtel.

Artist: BERTONCINI, MARIO
Title: Arpe Eolie and Other Useless Things
Format: Book/CD
Label: Die Schachtel
Country: Italy
Price: $48.00
"Deluxe silver CD box, silver-foil design complete with a 31-page booklet in Italian and English. English/Italian 196-pages book, 26 black and white photos, matte white cardboard cover with flaps, silver design. "One of the most adventurous composers and performers of the Italian avant garde scene, member of the Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza, great performer of the music of John Cage, Bertoncini started in the early 70s to design and build incredibly complex and visually fascinating sound sculptures based on the aeolian sound principle. Amongst his more spectacular installations there were Vele, a massive Aeolian harp (more than 7 meters high); Venti (winds), for 20 Aeolian sound generators and 40 performers; and Chanson pour Instruments à Vent, an assemblage for Aeolian harps, Aeolian gongs, and one performer. His self-built harps and gongs are excited by blows of compressed air, or by the composers own breath, and the resulting sound is amplified through contact microphones. If at superficial levels they may sound like electronic music (long drones and swooshes of otherwordly sounds), at a close listening they reveal the intensity of a the pure and analogic sound of air, far removed from both any artificial or measurable principle as well as from any casual or chance method of composition, In fact, all the pieces are carefully composed and even notated. The CD presents the complete series of his works for Aeolian harps, from 1973 to more recent days. The accompanying 196-page book, in both English and Italian and rich with photos, is a rather profound dissertation on the Aeolian harps, their generation and meaning, as well as on experimental sound and avant-garde music in general. Written by the composer in the form of a Platonic dialog (between an old and rather bitter master and his young enthusiastic pupil), the book not only conveys a wealth of information on its subject matter, but it also renders perfectly the voice full of wit of one of the most personal and uncompromising composers of the present times." - Die Schachtel
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