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POSTCARDS

FROM ITALY

A project by Aips & Gianmarco del Re


Label: Oak

Catalog# OAK001

Format: CD, album

Released: October 19th, 2013

Bandcamp page: Oak





Taking their cue from Gianmarco Del Re’s column on Fluid Radio, which profiles the most interesting sound artists and musicians currently operating within the Italian electroacoustic scene, Giulio Aldinucci and Attilio Novellino have launched the Postcard from Italy project articulated into an album and a live event.

Each of participant artists from the Aips collective were asked to take field recordings in their own respective cities and areas, which were then redistributed amongst the group on an anonymous basis in order to be reworked and processed. The resulting multifaceted sonic snapshots of the Italian peninsula is the first official release of Aips’ new Oak Label and it was available, for the first time, at a special gig at Cafe OTO in London.

For this especially conceived event, the musicians used their field recordings as raw material for three live sets taking their own personal and very distinctive approaches to sound into uncharted territories by mapping out new immersive environments.

To coincide with the event, a special installation by the AIPS collective took place at SoundFjord (14 June - 21 July). This work aims to explore the concept of identity linked to that of place by focusing on sound recordings of areas in Italy affected by earthquakes, landslides and man-made environmental disasters, alongside those of the new towns borne in their wake interspersed with music that explores space and meaning in other ways.
The sounds will interact with super8 filmed in abandoned villages throughout Italy together with archive material from the destroyed towns of the Belìce valley in Sicily courtesy of the Belìce/EpiCentro della Memoria Viva museum in Gibellina. Featuring: Giulio Aldinucci, Alessio Ballerini, Alberto Boccardi, Barbara De Dominicis, Gianmarco Del Re, Francesco Giannico, Giovanni Lami,  Attilio Novellino, Ennio Mazzon, Fabio Perletta, Pietro Riparbelli, Franz Rosati and Matteo Uggeri.




Tracklist:

FABIO PERLETTA 40° 51' 9.284" N, 14° 14' 4 4.695" E (FIELD RECORDING BY B.DE DOMINICIS) 

GIULIO ALDINUCCI 44° 45' 66.9" N, 12° 24' 45.2" E (FIELD RECORDING BY G.LAMI) 

ENRICO CONIGLIO 41° 53' 19.522" N, 12° 29' 11.432" E (FIELD RECORDING BY A .BALLERINI) 

ATTILIO NOVELLINO 45° 26' 25.859" N, 12° 19' 15.583" E (FIELD RECORDING BY E.CONIGLIO) 

ALESSIO BALLERINI 43° 18' 52.12" N, 11° 20' 12.70" E ( FIELD RECORDING BY G.ALDINUCCI) 

GIOVANNI LAMI 42° 42' 22.287" N, 13° 59' 8.115" E ( FIELD RECORDING BY F.PERLETTA) 

ALBERTO BOCCARDI 43° 09' 21.5'' N, 10° 33' 28.14'' E (FIELD RECORDING BY P.RIPARBELLI) 

BARBARA DE DOMINICIS 46° 7' 14.186" N, 9° 27' 36.004" E (FIELD RECORDING BY A.BOCCARDI) 

PIETRO RIPARBELLI 39° 4' 13.428" N, 16° 34' 6.124" E (FIELD RECORDING BY A .NOVELLINO)

 

mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi

designed by: Fabio Perletta

Press:

Postcards from Italy essay by Joseph Sannicandro on

A CLOSER LISTEN (USA)

 

"Their first collaborative release is evidence not only of the concrete sounds of Italy — from the mundane to the bizarre, the anonymous to the specific — but also of the quality, diversity and imagination inherent in current Italian sound art."

FLUID (UK)


"Un lavoro prezioso che ci svela inedite geografie sonore."
BLOW UP (I)

Postcards from Italy was included on the 2013 TOP 10 field recording & soundscape albums by A Closer Listen.

A CLOSER LISTEN (USA)

 

"Postacards From Italy non è un lavoro facile, richiede interesse per l’argomento e ascolti ripetuti e attenti (possibilmente in cuffia), ma è un’opera importante che getta le basi di un progetto che merita grande attenzione. In maniera non dissimile dalle campagne che nel corso degli anni ’70 documentarono l’Italia del dopo boom attraverso gli scatti dei migliori fotografi di allora (Ghirri, Basilico, Cresci, Berengo-Gardin,…) questo lavoro porge un orecchio attento all’ambiente che ci circonda e alle sue mutazioni, consentendoci un’esperienza quanto mai rara: quella di vedere con l'udito cose che all’occhio sfuggirebbero."
SODAPOP (I)

 

Part ambient, part minimalist improvisation the sounds suggest a place, then expands that location into imagined and perhaps unimagined situations.

ALL ABOUT JAZZ (USA)

 

"Ne risulta nel complesso un singolare “atlante d’Italia”, che nella sua stessa varietà rende l’infinità di spunti offerti dai paesaggi dai quali è stato generato e che non mancheranno di essere ulteriormente esplorati con la creatività che contraddistingue questi e altri lucidi osservatori degli spazi sonori."

MUSIC WON'T SAVE YOU (I)

 

Postcards from Italy live set at Cafe OTO (London) review:

"[...]Next it was the turn of Alberto Boccardi, Attilio Novellino, and Giulio Aldinucci, who brought a very different approach to the table. Whereas in the opening set recognisable field recordings and electronics were woven closely together, here the music swayed from one extreme to the other and back again. Quiet noises opened the set, but soon heavily rhythmic tuned sounds took over, developing into an intense, pulsating trance-like workout; then an interlude that led us out among the birds and the sounds of voices and distant traffic, before the pounding rhythms started up again. It was interesting to hear a set that drew such a sharp distinction between sounds as heard in everyday non-musical contexts and their heavily edited, manipulated, and arranged counterparts, suggesting to my mind that any attempt to understand contingent sonic situations as ‘music’ requires an effort of tuning and of composition, even if it is not as extreme as the production of heavy regular beats."

FLUID (UK)

 

Postcards from Italy live set at Spazio O’ (Milano) review:

"[...]Ne esce in definitiva l’idea di paesaggio sonoro non come semplice registrazione di eventi ma come concetto dinamico, sia per il suo essere in continuo mutamento, sia per il suo poter essere rielaborato e interpretato. Non abbiamo assistito solo a una serata riuscita, ma al primo passo sul nostro territorio di una delle iniziative più importanti nate in tempi recenti in Italia: più di un progetto interessante, direi piuttosto necessario.
SODAPOP (I)