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Bruno Sanfilippo * Daniel W J MacKenzie * José Silva

Modulated Tones

Bruno Sanfilippo - Piano Textures 4

BRUNO SANFILIPPO – PIANO TEXTURES 4

On this fourth edition of his Piano Textures series, Bruno Sanfilippo continues his exploration of ‘minimalist piano concepts’, combining the sounds of the piano (and sometimes prepared piano) with electro-acoustic backgrounds.

In his own words: “Sometimes they ask me if I am a piano player who ventures into electronic music, or an electronic musician who ventures into the piano. […] I do love the sound of the piano just as much as I love electronic-based music. I know some times I can get some listeners confused by this, if I do, I’m so sorry. But, at the moment I will passionately explore both fields.”

Minimalist and modern classical piano music is a crowded genre nowadays, it can be hard to see the wood for the trees. But for his restrained but emotionally engaging compositions, his perfect sound quality and combining the sound of the piano with more experimental electro-acoustics, Bruno Sanfilippo can stand the comparison with fellow contemporary classical composers like Max Richter, Jóhann Jóhannsson and Harold Budd.

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Daniel WJ MacKenzie - Every Time Feels Like The Last Time

DANIEL W.J. MACKENZIE – EVERY TIME FEELS LIKE THE LAST TIME

Eilean Rec.’s first release for 2017 is Daniel W.J. Mackenzie‘s Every Time Feels Like The Last Time. The title promises dense, atmospheric melancholy and that is exactly what you get.
The album opens with modern classical piano compositions, but as it progresses the music crosses a bridge to more abstract experimental and ambient territories. (This may not be a complete surprise if you know that Mackenzie  has also released quite a few albums as Ekca Liena since 2008). By doing this, the album ignores some ‘traditional’ genre definitions and claims a unique position.

Mackenzie is accompanied by Ecka Rose Mordecai’s cello playing and many location recordings from Tromsø and various locations in England and South Africa.

The physical edition of this album is almost sold out already, apart from a few last copies available from Daniel Mackenzie‘s Bandcamp site.
So don’t hesitate if you’re interested in a CD-copy. The digital edition will of course remain available.


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JOSÉ SILVA – MODULATED TONES No. 1: MUSIC FOR FRAMED WORKS

Debut album of South American artist José Silva, born in Venezuela but now based in Ecuador.
Multi-layered ambient soundscapes – created with guitar pedals, field recordings and a compressor – are the cinematic foundation for the soft, slow, often Harold Budd-like piano themes.

The music on this album  is inspired by Silva‘s interest in photography. It provides “a soundtrack for surveying a photographic collection to provide space for a slow introspective processing of the shots, as thoughts or memories flicker in your mind.”

So: randomise your photo collection, pick 10 of them, start playing the music, and then take your time to link what you see to what you hear!

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DreamScenes 2015-07

DreamScenes

The warm, soft voice of Anne Garner guides you into (and out of) a dreamy hour of sounds also including Nils Frahm, Bruno Sanfilippo, Leonardo Rosado, Michel Banabila, Söll, Yamaoka, Aes Dana, Miktek and Fabio Perletta.

Tracklist:

  • 00:00 Intro (Susanna)
  • 00:45 Anne Garner – Wherever You Go
    Be Life, 2015
  • 04:12 Nils Frahm – The Parking Garage
    Victoria OST, 2015
  • 08:03 Bruno Sanfilippo – Upon Contact
    Upon Contact Reworked, 2015
  • 12:52 Bruno Sanfilippo – Upon Contact Reworked by Leonardo Rosado
    Upon Contact Reworked, 2015
  • 17:57 Michel Banabila – Field Trip
    Jump Cuts, 2015
  • 23:53 Söll – Märr
    Cävv, 2015
  • 30:50 Yamaoka – Telescope
    Silent Film, 2015 (release tba)
  • 36:57 Aes Dana ft. Miktek – Diffraction Protocol
    Alkaline, 2015
  • 43:30 Øe (Fabio Perletta) – Charm, Hanami
    Unseed, 2015
  • 52:43 Anne Garner – Leave Your Bed
    Be Life, 2015
  • 56:07 Nils Frahm – Pendulum
    Victoria OST, 2015
  • 58:24 Outro (Pink Floyd)

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Bruno Sanfilippo – Upon Contact Reworked

Upon Contact Reworked

Though the album is presented as if it were a remix-album (and in fact it also ís)the basic track is not taken from a previous release from Bruno Sanfilippo‘s extensive discography. The title track and opener of Upon Contact Reworked is a new composition which is the basis for further reworks, reconstructions and remixes by different artists.

Upon Contact (the original)  is a very quiet, satie-esque piano composition, leaving a lot of space for the notes to breathe.

The title track is then reworked by Francesco Giannico, Olan Mill, Leonardo Rosado, Jorge Haro, Quivion and Hior Chronik respectively.

I assume the contributors have never met while making this album, but judged by the resulting tracks on this album they must’ve been communicating telepathically. All of the remixing artists have added their own views and watermarks, but overall they kept very close to the original atmosphere.
There are no disturbing exceptions or exceptions that break the spell.

But still: you can hear the subtle differences in every approach; the acoustic piano composition slowly morphing into more electronic areas before returning to the sound of the piano in the closing Hior Chronik version.

There are quite a lot remix compilations floating around, but rarely have they been presented as a conceptual unity like this album, which feels like it could’ve been the work of one single artist.
I guess that proves the strength of the original underlying composition of Upon Contact.


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