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Artist: Lucio Capece
Title: Zero Plus Zero
Format: CD
Label: Potlatch (@)
Distributor: Metamkine
Rated: *****
"If two quantum channels each have a transmission capacity of zero, they may still have a nonzero capacity when used together". Such a scientific observation, taken from an article issued on scientific web-zine PHYSorg about a study about so-called superactivation which is going to pave way for new interesting developments in communication sciences and schematized in the diagram used as a cover, emphasize the concept at the basis of this release by Lucio Capece, Berlin-based Argentinean musician having a fad for tone-colour sonic experiments and prepared instruments as well as for music with no underlying narration (zero premises, zero lyrics, zero plots, zero praecepts don't imply something should be considered nonsensical). After the entrancing opening track "Some move upward uncertainly", dedicated to Harley Gaber (our collaborator Steve Mecca recently spoke about him while reviewing "In Memoriam 22010", issued two weeks before his suicide) where he just plays the Indian Sruti box, a sort of harmonium whose ascending and hypnotic sound is getting quite popular between Western musicians, listeners can appreciate Capece's skills in preparing instrument since the following title track where he extracts some nice effects from his soprano saxophone after preparation with different objects, which could persuade some saxophone players to look for hidden pop-corn machines or little metal shredder inside your saxophone, whilein the three parts of "Inside the outside", it seems that Lucio's focused on breath, which has been musically observed and overstressed not only for its wide performative range relkated to time stretching (like in the first part, where there's a wise alternation of silence in between chords before he switch ring modulator on), but it seems he's also interested in catching snapshots of his elemental monads, so that cardboard tubes he uses for the recording of the second and third (as well as my favorite one) part could be thought as a musical surrogate of a tubular particle accelerator. In this release, he also included a track, "Spectrum of One", inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first photograph of our planet taken from the deep space, based just on single sine waves, which looks like transmissionary signals, launched over the cosmic void.



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