Gianluca Favaron | Anacleto Vitolo ~ Zolfo ( 13 | manyfeetunder )
The music gurgles, bubbles, fizzes and pops. To listen is to block out the organic world and to concentrate on the electrical. Are these the unheard sounds surging through our wires and homes? Could this be what our laptops are up to when we’re not paying attention? It’s exciting to think so. Favaron and Vitolo love intricacy, and Zolfo is a homage to sound. “Infrasound” sounds like pages being turned; this is a book we’d love to read. (Richard Allen) –
“Zolfo” is the result of the collaboration between Gianluca Favaron and Anacleto Vitolo, both of them known for many interesting release in the past years. While Favaron is probably best known as one half of Zbeen, this is the first Vitolo’s release that I hear and I must admit that he was able to accompany his partner towards his most visceral release.
The field recordings of “Starting Point” open this release introducing the synthetically generated sounds and immediately the equilibrium of the two components emerges under the influence of noise. “Zolfo” is a journey from the initial noise to the final drone while “Infrasound” is based on filtered field recording and cymbals creating an atmosphere of attention and meditation and “Discourse 12” marks the gradual return to thick masses of sound which surrounds the listener. “Fold-in” is a quiet moment of musical rest based on minimal lines of sound while “Reflection” is instead a juxtaposition of many sound sources. “Oblivion” closes this release with a precise layering of sounds which creates a soundscape quietly ended by field recording accompanying the listener to everyday life.
A collaboration based on the use of an other language to break the boundaries of his own and results in an enjoyable release where noise is not synonym for masses of sound but for complexity. Recommended. [Andrea Piran]
Gianluca Favaron è uno dei protagonisti della scena elettroacustica italiana di questi anni, grazie a una copiosa e valida serie di release, prima con il moniker Ab’she, poi a suo nome, in collaborazione con altri artisti (Corrado Altieri, Deison…) o all’interno di gruppi quali Lasik Surgery (insieme allo storico Pierpaolo Zoppo/Mathausen Orchestra), Under The Snow (insieme a Stefano Gentile, discografico, fotografo e musicista sperimentale), Zbeen (insieme al sound-artist Ennio Mazzon) e Maribor (insieme a personaggi del noise italico quali i già citati Zoppo e Gentile, Maurizio Bianchi, Andrea Marutti e Giuseppe Verticchio).
Anacleto Vitolo nasce come producer hip-hop con lo pseudonimo Kletus Kaseday (dal 2008 al 2013) per poi dedicarsi a varie forme di elettronica sperimentale con lo pseudonimo di AV-K negli anni 2014-15 (diventato K.lust nel 2016), pubblicando oltre una decina di release dalle sonorità più disparate in meno di una decina d’anni e fondando l’etichetta Many Feet Under. Continue reading
“Zolfo” è l’esordio di un inedito duo formato da Gianluca Favaron e Anacleto Vitolo, musicisti già attivi con nomi diversi nella nuova scena elettronica sperimentale italiana. Elemento fondamentale di questa ottima collaborazione è la continua duplicità: sono duplici gli aspetti dell’elemento zolfo, benefici se usato terapeuticamente o addirittura rievocanti spiriti satanici nella tradizione letteraria; duplice è la presenza di due musicisti fondamentalmente differenti tra loro, il primo più vicino alla sperimentazione “concreta”, il secondo più affine al versante elettronico; due sono le etichette che lo producono, la Manyfeetunder e la Silentes – specializzata in elettronica la prima e nella musica industrial la seconda. Continue reading
Crispy, crunchy, and crackly ~ these are the sounds of Zolfo. In real life, we hear such sounds in crumpling paper and leaves underfoot. In the electronic realm, they surface in cellphones, computers and amplifier feedback. Blend organic and electronic, as Gianluca Favaron and Anacleto Vitolo have done, and one will hear a padded melange, thicker than the timbres one is accustomed to hearing outside of a factory setting. So yes, that may be a church bell in the title track, stuttered and looped ~ but it may be the imitation of a church bell, the mind struggling to define and categorize what it is hearing. Continue reading
Last week we already had Vetropaco, a collaboration between Andrea Belluci, of Red Sector A, and Gianluca Favaron, now the latter returns with a release with Anacleto Vitolo, of whom I don’t think I heard before. He was part of (i)Neon, Internos and Algebra del Bisogno. On ‘Zolfo’ he’s responsible for live electronics, cymbals, laptop and objects, while Favaron plays tapes, objects, microphones, analogue and digital effects. Over the course of four months, earlier this year, they composed these pieces of music, which I think are very much along the lines of what one expects from the previous work of Favaron. This is the kind of music that is very ‘now’, combining a variety of musical interests that seem, at least theoretically, wide apart, such as drones, musique concrete, electro-acoustic music, and a bit of looped rhythms, so that it is never really one thing or another. And that I think is great; it is the modern variety of serious electronic music, but without being all together too serious. There is a fine liveliness in these pieces, a rough edge if you will, one that is probably at odds with the ‘rules’ of composing ‘serious’ electronic music, but it works pretty well (see also Tod Dockstader, I was thinking). The gritty bass sounds, the somewhat harsher undercurrent, and then all of that suddenly looped into a bit of rhythm that never goes into a groovy beat. This is in your face and direct, but without everything becoming super loud. Just thoroughly pleasant electronic music with a fine experimental twist. This is exactly how I like these things. (FdW)