Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Vittorio Gelmetti - Musiche Elettroniche (Nepless, 1997)

Vittorio Gelmetti found himself amidst many activities in the 1960s, composing for film, completing orchestral work, and then, as we find here, creating electronic works. This collection focuses on two aspects of his work with electronics: the harsher, more drone-oriented tape pieces and the more playful, but goofy plunderphonic exercises. His tendency toward continuous sound forms is a rare trait in tape-based works, and is certainly the attraction here. These works, which bookend the collection, are built from layered sheets of sound which take on a variety of timbrel characters over time and are quite ominous in tone.

Musiche Elettroniche

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