|VALERIO TRICOLI — 'Miseri Lares' (2014)|
VALERIO TRICOLI — 'Miseri Lares'
Δ Even if he can play with acoustic instruments, he's best known as a performer using analogue electronic devices.
Reel-to-reel artist Valerio Tricoli will release an LP on PAN.
Δ Miseri Lares is Tricoli's third release on PAN, following a collaborative album with Thomas Ankersmit and a split cassette with label founder Bill Kouligas. It's his first album in seven years, and described in a PAN press release as “a multilayered and heavilynuanced work which epitomises the uncanny in the realm of sound,” with stylistic nods to concrète pioneers Bernard Parmegiani and Eugeniusz Rudnik, and American composer Robert Ashley, who died earlier this month. The album features spoken word samples in Italian and English that “play on the album's themes of the psychological, emotional and irrational horror within.”
Born: in 1977 in Palermo, Italy
Location: Berlin, Germany
Album release: April 28th, 2014
Record Label: PAN (PAN 44)
01. La Distanza 16:09
02. Hic Labor Ille Domus et Inextricabilis Error 3:03
03. Error 3:29
04. In The Eye of The Cyclone 14:57
05. Das Schräg Haus 9:29
06. Le Qoheleth ✚ 8:28
07. Miseri Lares 15:24
08. In Your Ruins Is My Shelter 6:17
By TAYLOR PETERS on Mar 26 2014
Δ It’s hard to believe that way back in January I wrote the words, “There’s so much news I have to cover in this post, I’m sweating already.” In this first quarter (list shout out!) of 2014, I really have changed as a human being by sticking to my new year’s resolution to stop sweating so much. I hardly even sweat at all these days! I’ve learned a whole lot this year, too, about life, love, and the new Valerio Tricoli double LP on PAN. Sure, as evidenced by my above-linked sweaty January post, I already knew some stuff about it, but now I know a whole lot more, and I can tell you about it and not have to shower immediately after. Neat!
◊ So, as you may or may not recall, the album is called Miseri Lares, and it’s Tricoli’s first solo release since 2006’s Metaprogramming from Within the Eye of the Storm. He hasn’t been napping since then, of course, he’s just been out there making friends, e.g. on 2011’s collaboration with Thomas Ankersmit. Miseri Lares, however is something of a culmination of all the work Tricoli has done over the last several years. Composed in Berlin and Munich throughout 2011 and 2013, Tricoli presented an original version of the work at Paris festival l’Audible back in 2011, but since then, the pieces that make up Miseri Lares have shifted and grown into a “multilayered and heavily nuanced work which epitomizes the uncanny in the realm of sound.” What a quote, am I right?
◊ Miseri Lares, which has been described as a “contemporary take on musique concrète,” is a heavily narrative-based work. Throughout the album, spoken text in both English and Italian pop up, with sources as varied as Dante, H.P. Lovecraft, Emil Cioran, and Tricoli’s own writings. You want to hear a track from the album? Check below for “Le Qoheleth ✚.” Or, perhaps a nearly-45-minute mix by Tricoli that has nothing to do with the album at hand but is nevertheless pretty neat?
REVIEW, PUBLISHED 25 Mar 2014
◊ It’s been seven years since Italian tape fetishist Valerio Tricoli’s last album.
He hasn’t been twiddling his thumbs however, instead Tricoli has been working tirelessly on a litany of collaborations — with Thomas Ankersmit, Antoine Chessix and of course his band 3/4HadBeenEliminated — rather than putting his focus on solo material. New “magnum opus” Miseri Lares then, is something of a milestone, checking off a long period of ideas and techniques and serving as an introduction to many listeners unfamiliar with his prior work.
◊ The album has been released on Bill Kouligas’ esteemed PAN imprint on April 28, and is touted as a contemporary exploration of the musique concrète techniques perfected at the legendary Institute GRM. Tricoli’s weapons are his various tape recorders — from reel-to-reel units to handheld dictaphones — and he takes blustery segments of sound and dissolves them in a soup of noise, drone and fractured vocals.
◊ Taking snippets (in English and Italian) of poetry and prose from Dante, H.P Lovecraft, and The Bible, it’s heady stuff, but Tricoli never allows the heady themes to overwhelm the jagged, endlessly confusing “sound sculptures.” You can hear the 8-minute ‘Le Qoheleth ✚’ below, and you’ll start to at least get an idea of what you might be in for — this ain’t easy listening, but we reckon it could be one of the best things to emerge from the PAN imprint thus far. (http://www.factmag.com/)
Valerio Tricoli (born 1977 in Palermo, based in Berlin) works with the electro-acoustic group 3/4HadBeenEliminated, as a concrete music composer, improviser, sound installation artist, producer and sound engineer.
His compositions bridge musique concrète and conceptual forms of sound (i.e. the radical interest in how reality, virtuality, memory relate to each other during the acoustic event): music, as a recorded or as a synthetically-modeled sound, is always hovering between the “here and now” of the event and the shady domain of memory — distant but at the same time present, like a déjà–vu experience.
Tricoli plays live music with electronic instruments — most of them analogue — (reel-to-reel tape recorders, synthesizers, microphones, light effects, ultrasonic speakers), however the structure of the device is ever-changing, seeking multiple relations between the performers, the device and the space in which the event takes place.
He is one of the founders of the Bowindo label/collective ("arguably the best thing to come out of Italy since Luigi Nono", Dan Warburton, The Wire), and of the band 3/4HadBeenEliminated, a daring synthesis between improvisation, electro-acoustic composition and avant-rock sensitivity. © Δ Valerio Tricoli, Lillevian i Werner Dafeldecker opowiadają o Williams ... Δ
|VALERIO TRICOLI — 'Miseri Lares' (2014)|
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