Saturday, May 30, 2020
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Artist: Luciano Maggiore & Francesco Brasini (@)
Title: How to Increase Light in the Ear
Format: CD
Label: Boring Machines (@)
Rated: *****
Both the title these Italian sonic surfers chose for their second release on Boring Machines and the tuning sounds of the very first minutes of the two very long untitled tracks they assembled to increase light in the ear could remind those "therapies" with electricity some psychiatrists experimented in order to heal some mental diseases, particularly in the first decades of last century, an association which could come to mind by means of the buzzing, which is quite similar to the one neon lamps emit in hospital's wards. Afterwards, you will notice that these guys manage to "fray" this kind of electric whiz by stretching frequencies, occasional sharpening noises and inserting tones in order to shape the initial sonic stream; while the first track sounds focused on the insertion of mechanical cracks in the foggy, but somewhat bating flow, the second track looks like an eruptive process, based on the camouflage of an obsessive click/clock with three different covers of microtonal frequencies before the underlying loud bass tone, which sounded like a distant rumble, boisterously floods in the headphones. Even if this collaboration by electronic pioneer Luciano Maggiore - member of Phonorama, an improvisation ensemble with a turn out of some of the most talented Italian electronic musicians, one of the founders of the secret venue "Sant'Andrea degli amplificatori", whose sonic research's mainly oriented to the use of magnetic tapes, electrical devices, saturation levels through speakers and sound-data - and Francesco Brasini - hyperactive guitarist and sound researcher, who is hooked on self-building of prototypes of guitars, basses, analog effects and valve-amplifiers - has been introduced as a duo, it is clear that the amalgamation of their flows by Mattia Dallara on the mixing board is so essential that he could be considered the third element. Such a release could sound not properly an easy listening one for all those people who are not accustomed to the so-called post-serial avantgarde style, but I'm pretty sure the experience this duo/trio is offering might bring them many delightful moments and neuronal pleasure as well.