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Manuel Mota, Giovanni Di Domenico

Dyspnea (parts I-IX)

Label: Headlights

Format: CD

Genre: Experimental

In stock


Limited edition of 100 copies. "Here are two new releases by Manuel Mota, our man on the guitar and as before, he presents one disc with the music of his own making and one in collaboration with another musician. In this case that is Giovanni di Domenico. He plays the Fender Rhodes. I believe he is from Brussels, which is also where this CD was recorded, at the Theatre La Balsamine. This was for me a good moment to look at what the Fender Rhodes is, having only a vague notion. I would have called it 'an electric piano', but as I learned from Wiki, it is "The Rhodes piano (also known as the Fender Rhodes piano or simply Fender Rhodes or Rhodes) is an electric piano invented by Harold Rhodes, which became popular in the 1970s. Like a conventional piano, the Rhodes generates sound with keys and hammers, but instead of strings, the hammers strike thin metal tines, which vibrate between an electromagnetic pickup. The signal is then sent through a cable to an external keyboard amplifier and speaker." That is great to know, as the way it is played by Di Domenico it doesn't sound very traditional; not jazzy, not Ray Manzarek. I would think there is some sort of additional amplification used on both the guitar and the piano, resulting in a most strange set of sounds. The water-coloured sound of the Rhodes shines through here, but there is some remote playing going on; a distant sound. Not sure if it is the reverb used or if there was some distance in recording the music. Whatever the case, the result is some fascinating music. It is distant, alien, cold perhaps, but also sounds quite appealing. The guitar notes are concise, close together and sometimes merely nothing more than a few sounds, while the Rhodes has a watery, shaky tonal quality to it. Music that sounds like mere dots and vague smears being placed on a white canvas, minimal but very captivating stuff. " (Vital Weekly)

Cat. number: CDH31
Year: 2020

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