Alessandro Brivio ‎– 6pezzi2009+lagodelnulla

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Senufo Editions ‎– senufo edition # two
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Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition, Numbered
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Tracklist

A1 Untitled
A2 Untitled
A3 Untitled
B1 Untitled
B2 Untitled
B3 Untitled
B4 Untitled

Notes

Hand-numbered edition of 100 on transparent vinyl in recycled chipboard sleeve with silkscreened sheet attached to cover and stamped rear cover.

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December 16, 2012

Alessandro Brivio’s seminal release, like label-founder Giuseppe Ielasi‘s recent work, uses serialist treatments of a variety of field recordings – in this case of folk and popular music from central Africa as well as photographic equipment.

However, unlike either Ielasi or Reich (to whom Brivio himself alludes), the music here has rather menacing overtones, exhibiting neither the playfulness or exploration of the former artist, nor the harmonic layering of the latter (with the last track perhaps being an exception). Heavy panning and precipitando of the sampling on many tracks adds to the unease.

As the beat frequencies of the samples themselves weave in and out of synchronicity with the panning and chopping effects, the pieces take on an illusory air of being multi-channel (as opposed to simply stereo). The syncopation thus produced is a worthy digital homage to the poly-rhythms of traditional and contemporary music from much of Africa. A worthwhile listen, and certainly an apt soundtrack to the social and emotional queasiness that occasionally accompanies travel abroad.