CD ltd. 200 copies
Andrea Marutti | Carlo Giordani
Impressioni Organizzate di Ansie Liquide
Building on 15 years of friendship, and nearly a decade working together, two fixtures of the Italian experimental music scene, Andrea Marutti and Carlo Giordani, come together with their collaborative debut full length release, "Impressioni Organizzate di Ansie Liquide" (Organized Impressions of Liquid Anxieties) - a rippling body of sonorous abstraction - issued by St.An.Da./Silentes.
The origins of the album date to 2011, when Andrea Marutti was asked by the filmmaker and cultural agitator, Massimo Indellicati, to compose soundtracks for a series of experimental short films - "Aquology - Oceano interiore" - centred around aquatic and science fiction themes. Intent on intervening with his own practice in electronics and synthesis, he asked field recordist, engineer, and software designer, Carlo Giordani, to come on board.
While the film project was never fully realized - only small fragments of Marutti and Giordani's initial collaboration were used - their creative relationship bore fruit, bringing them together regularly over the subsequent years, each pushing and expanding the other's approach toward sound into new territories. The album - the result of an enduring process of reworking of the cumulative material that resulted from their collaborations between December 2013 and January 2020 - melds these two distinct sensibilities into a single, palpable force.
"Impressioni Organizzate di Ansie Liquide" rests at the sublime juncture of shifting materiality and perception; where the organic transforms into the otherworldly and the synthetic bubbles with life. The collision of two highly individualized creative practices - built from a vast pallet of sonority - across its breadth, the locations of source and the intervening hand shift in and out focus, gathering as an expanse ambience and event that gives the impression of being guided by chance occurrences and responses of its own making.
Amplifying the incidental into the mystical and metaphysical, this work challenges the very notions of how we locate the meaning of music and art. Unified by the thematic vision of water that first brought Marutti and Giordani together, the album culminates as a series of evolving, abstract images, alluding to the embryonic fluids that give way to life. Drifting long tones, buzzing electronics, and woven textures of ambiguous sound, rumble and dance between the foreground and distance, penetrated by punctuations drawn intermittently from Marutti's synths and Giordani's deft snapshots of the world.
Like its subject, "Impressioni Organizzate di Ansie Liquide" is an immersive, languid realm, filled with elegant, poetic beauty, that bristle with unknown elements and the lingering potential of danger. A remarkably sensitive reminder of the creative potentialities that rest at the heart of electroacoustic, concrete, and field recording based musics, doubling as a vision of their possible futures, Marutti and Giordani have created an album that simultaneously drowns the ear and fortifies it with breaths of fresh air.
The album is presented on a glass-mastered CD limited to 200 copies which is housed in a deluxe six panel digipack with black finish, and features pictures by Stefano Gentile.
|Andrea Marutti was born in 1970 in Savona and currently lives in Milan, Italy. He began his experiments with music in the early '90s using mainly tapes and objects. A few years later he also started to use synthesizers, samplers and other electronic devices, and founded the Lips Vago Digital Studio.
His most well-known projects are Amon and Never Known. During the late '90s and early '00s several of his releases in the field of Ambient / Dark Ambient music have been published by labels such as Eibon Records, Nextera, Amplexus, Silentes, Drone Records, Taâlem, etc. on CD and other formats.
For some time he was also responsible of other projects dealing with different styles of electronic music ranging from Lo-Fi, Weird and Cheap Electronica to IDM (Wolkspurz & Ramirez, Lips Vago) to Dada, Noise and Nonsense (Spiral).
With the turn of the century he started recording and releasing Experimental Ambient tracks under his own name, in duo with Giuseppe Verticchio/Nimh as Hall of Mirrors, with Davide Del Col (Ornament, Echran, Antikatechon) as Molnija Aura, and again in duo with Andrea 'Ics' Ferraris as Sil Muir. Later on he was also involved in two collective projects: Maribor with Giuseppe Verticchio, Maurizio Bianchi, Stefano Gentile, Pierpaolo Zoppo and Gianluca Favaron, and Meerkat with Andrea Ferraris, Davide Valecchi/aal, Fabio Selvafiorita, Luca Bergero/Fhievel, Logoplasm, Luca Sigurtà, Matteo Uggeri/Hue and Adriano Zanni/Punck.
During the years he also had the chance to collaborate with many other friends, musicians and artists: Fausto Balbo, Madame P, Aidan Baker, Femina Faber, a034, Moan, OvO, Sparkle in Grey, Amalia Del Ponte, K11, Subterranean Source, Raffaele Serra, ODRZ...
Between 1995 and 2013 he has ran Afe, a label devoted to experimental electronic music. During its existence, Afe has released dozens of works by many renowned international musicians: Maurizio Bianchi, Bad Sector, Maeror Tri, Telepherique, De Fabriek, Ultra Milkmaids, Aidan Baker, Logoplasm, Bestia Centauri, True Colour of Blood, Dronaement and many more.
After a few years of hiatus, in late 2017/early 2018 he re-built his studio in a new location and began to work on new projects.
|Carlo Giordani is an electronic engineer, working in the field of Information and Communications Technology; he is a project manager and consultant, specialized in big data architectures, database consolidation and data warehouse migration. Previously he has worked as a geophysicist, developing data processing software related to electromagnetic fields.
Despite his technical training he has always been interested in photography and sound. One of his passions is to capture sounds, process and stratify them, dissect them with an acoustic microscope and force them to become compositions.
He began his activity of 'sound hunter' in 1981: armed with a Marantz Superscope portable cassette recorder, he used to record rain and thunderstorms. Due to the limits of the technology available to him ar the time, he reluctantly abandoned his project quite soon.
After a break which lasted almost twenty years, in 2001 he successfully resumed his activity of field-recordist, publishing many works on the Internet in a short time (some of which are now available on his personal website) and two audio CDs (namely "Sanglisente" and "La voce degli Alberi", which translates into "The Voice of Trees"); he has given lectures, live performances in selected venues and on the Internet, and has curated transmissions for Framework Radio.
Among the many other projects he has been involved in during the recent years, his contribution to three documentaries deserve a special mention. For these productions he collected and provided sounds which were essential in the narrative process:
- "L'oro bianco e altri racconti" ("White Gold and Other Tales"), a five days expedition to record the dams of Venerocolo and Pantano dell'Avio Lakes in the Brescia district, Italy;
- "Ragazzo" ("Boy"), with sounds recorded at Lagoscuro, above the Mandrone refuge in Trentino, Italy;
- "I compagni sconosciuti" ("The Unknown Companions"), with sounds sourced in an old farmhouse in the lower Brescia area, a house as a musical instrument.
In 2019 he was also present with an installation entitled "È buono e si sente" ("It's Good and You Can Hear It") at the event "Forme" at the Fair of Bergamo , Italy.