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Terrapin is Giovanni Lami & Shaun McAlpine. An improv duo based on real time processing field recordings, analog instruments and digital sounds, all played and processed live. This work comes from some recording sessions in Giovanni’s Studio. Later subtlety edited without any overdubs, just choosing the most suitable parts, noticing something evolve from the session, forming a solid arrangement.
The fundamental idea behind the project is vivisection, holding an historical vivisectionist in psychology, Harry Frederick Harlow, as an example of brutality, anthropocentrism, speciesism and destructive practices against animals; in 50′s and 60′s conducted tons of experiments on rhesus monkeys. “The effects of 6 months of total social isolation were so devastating and debilitating that we had assumed initially that 12 months of isolation would not produce any additional decrement. This assumption proved to be false; 12 months of isolation almost obliterated the animals socially …(1965)” Keeping these issues in mind through out the project and beyond.