Suoni di frontiera (From august 20th / dal 30 agosto)

Claudio Rocchi
Format: LP

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Claudio Rocchi - Suoni di frontiera

Suoni di frontiera (From august 20th / dal 30 agosto)

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notes to the release: Deluxe edition, silver and gloss varnish print with printed inner sleeves housing a transparent anti-static record sleeve, limited to 500 copies.  Includes insert with notes in Italian and English

A foundational album of electronic music which has not been available on vinyl since its original release almost 40 years ago. This newly remastered version is pressed up on heavyweight vinyl, made in an edition of 500 copies.
An unavoidable and formative element of Italy’s long history of avant-garde music, is its resistance to category and definition. Even in the face of this, Claudio Rocchi’s stunning Suoni Di Frontiera, originally released in 1976, is an anomaly - a body of introspective synthesizer works, stretching out to the world beyond. Italian experimental and avant-garde music from this period is distinct, in part, unlike other contexts in Europe and America, because many artists begin within the realms of popular music, slowly pushing toward more ambitious creative territories as time wore on. Rocchi is no exception. He entered the public eye during the late 1960’s and early 70’s, working within the idioms of psychedelic rock, folk, and prog. While some of Suoni Di Frontiera’s elements are present in earlier and later works, nothing reaches the crystalline totality of its being. It is an anomaly - the lone, pure avant-garde gesture, in Rocchi’s long and noted career.
Infused with oscillating loops, astral synth excursions and sharp collages of vocal snippets and electronics, the music of "Suoni Di Frontiera" might remind of early Cluster and Harmonia. But Suoni Di Frontiera's ambition and breadth is overwhelming. It achieves what few have - realizing the dream set forth by the pioneers of early electronic music, creating a new democratic architecture of sound, as creatively ambitious, as it is accessible. It is a gesture of the avant-garde, which could have only emerged from the realms of pop - sixteen discrete works of acoustics instrumentation, electronics, processing, and synthesis - freestanding, and intertwined as a towering whole. An album which, despite the relentless pace of its challenges, is so seductive and inviting, that it offers an open door to an entire world beyond. Like so much of the Italian avant-garde’s output, Suoni Di Frontiera is nearly impossible to locate - to constrain with simple definition. A restless constellation, delving from one possibly to the next - pulsing, rhythmic tones, sheets of pure abstraction, fragments of voice and environmental sound, captured and spun wild by tape loops, beautiful ambiences and space age sounds. The scope of what it approaches is so great, attempts to describe, let alone fully understand what it is, can only fall short. A timeless album of astounding beauty and ambition. So singular and important, that its reemergence holds the potential to reform many perceptions surrounding electronic music as a whole - what it is, and what it can do.
As Oren Ambarchi writes in the liner notes 'Another crucial piece of the 70's Italian puzzle has been unearthed for our pleasure. Dig in."

Informazioni Aggiuntive

Artista Claudio Rocchi
Catalogo DS18/2
Etichetta Indie
Formato LP
Anno 2017