A Perfect Cut in the Vacuum
(無常 Anitya Records/Acanto)
«The only legal trip you can take. A hypnotic sound experience. A perfect cut in the vacuum»
“A Perfect Cut in the Vacuum” is the title of the new album by the Italian musician and producer Paolo Tarsi, released on his label Anitya Records in collaboration with Acanto. The album was released a few weeks after the success of the single “Seven Nights Awake”, which was released in collaboration with the producer Francesco Novara, and climbed the Swedish iTunes charts, reaching seventh position (Top Songs Electronic).
The 21 tracks on this new release – which consists of two CDs – pulsate towards a climax where ever more intense sounds follow one another, as if in an immense celestial dance. Ambient sounds merge with Kosmische Musik and progressive, via techno and electro, peaking in the irresistible universe of synth pop.
The first CD, entitled “Unique Forms of Continuity in Sound”, features ideas from “Furniture Music for New Primitives”, the solo debut album released for Cramps and unanimously accepted as one of the best records of 2015.
It’s a sound investigation that explores the sense of anxiety of the emptiness innate in human nature, a Horror Vacui that the early inhabitants of the Earth tried to fill by reproducing images of everyday scenes on the bare walls of caves. This is exactly the opposite condition to that faced by mankind today, completely saturated with media inputs corresponding to an excess of stimuli, generating a sort of Horror Pleni – a horror of overflow – in contrast to the ancient Horror Vacui of prehistoric man.
In contrast the second CD “Artificially Intelligent”, moves in the direction of an increasingly accentuated digitization, through a panorama of synthetic sounds. It addresses the ever-current theme of artificial intelligence, in perfect balance between experimentation and pop attitude.
Paolo Tarsi (1984) is a composer of electronic and chamber music. He writes for the theatre and video art, working regularly with visual artists, DJs, film-makers, galleries and contemporary art museums. He specialized in composition with the Oscar award winner Luis Bacalov and collaborates with musicians from the sophisticated avant-garde, as well as with leading figures in the electronic, jazz and rock scenes (Esecutori di Metallo su Carta, Calibro 35, Litfiba, CCCP, CSI, Diaframma, Area). His compositions have been performed in classic locations of contemporary music such as the Spectrum in New York and he has made music for video art and installations presented at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in Coventry (UK), as well as at the last editions of the Athens Digital Arts Festival (Greece) and Synthetic Mediart Festival (Taipei, Taiwan). In 2018, he published his first book, entitled “L’algebra delle lampade” (“The Algebra of Lamps”), available from Ventura.
A Perfect Cut in the Vacuum: collaborations & special guests
“A Perfect Cut in the Vacuum” features artists who have contributed to reshaping the aesthetic canons of an musical revolution. This begins with some legends of electronics, such as the violinist Hoshiko Yamane from Tangerine Dream with and the renowned keyboardist Steve Schroyder, as well as Lothar Manteuffel of Elektric Music and three former Kraftwerk members: Emil Schult, Eberhard Kranemann and Fernando Abrantes.
The presence of the latter is particularly significant when we consider that, during the course of his career, the brilliant Düsseldorf group was engaged in collaborations with stars such as David Bowie, the band’s first supporter before the media, and also with Michael Jackson (the greatest star on the planet would apparently have liked to entrust the production of “Thriller” to Kraftwerk, but this was then passed into the hands of Quincy Jones).
Still others come from equally important and significant experiences, such as King Crimson, Tuxedomoon, Henry Cow, National Health, Area, Afterhours, Ulan Bator, Rheingold, along with session men who recorded alongside Brian Eno (“Here Come the Warm Jets”), Radiohead (“Amnesiac”), Soft Machine (“Third”, “Fourth”), Bryan Ferry, Neu!, faUSt, Ash Ra Tempel, Caravan, Hatfield and the North, as well as some of the main protagonists of the electronic scene and contemporary music, such as Robin ‘Scanner’ Rimbaud, DJ Ralf, Andrea Tich, Valerio Cosi, Alek Hidell, Violres and Fauve! Gegen A Rhino.
Bad Consumers: the exhibition
“Bad Consumers” is the title of the exhibition that anticipated the release of the album “A Perfect Cut in the Vacuum”, previewing the artwork and videos made by Luca Domeneghetti, Roberto Rossini and Emil Schult – artist, musician and co-author of songs such as “Talk” by Coldplay and designer of some of Kraftwerk‘s biggest hits (including “Autobahn”, “Radio-Activity”, “Trans-Europe Express” and “Computer World”) – with the involvement of Ahmed Emad Eldin, author of the album cover “The Endless River” by Pink Floyd.
The exhibition ran from July 12th to 29th 2018 in the prestigious Doge’s Palace in Genoa and was documented in the catalogue “Bad Consumers” (Ventura Ed.). It included graphic scores, video art, as well as artwork and video clips made to accompany previous works.