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Ambasce

Magnetic Domain

Label: Love Earth Music

Format: CD

Genre: Noise

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Alberto Picchi is the man behind Ambascha, and had this not been mentioned on the information that came with this release, I would not have recognized his name as one of the members of Italy's VipCancro. In that group he plays electronics, which is something that he also does on his solo release. The cover lists 'BK function generator, Korg MS10 filter bank, deck, tapes & pedals'. "His work is inspired by unity of opposites theory applied in a sound context and is focused on digital - analogue, full - vacuum, improvisation - organization". Each of the five pieces on 'Magnetic Domain' is dedicated to 'nihilist noise artists', with whom he is on first name basis. I figured out that these pieces are dedicated Maurizio (Bianchi), William (Bennett), Masami (Akita), Richard (Rupenus), Philip (Sanderson, I guess), La Monte (Young) and Steven (Stapleton). "A magnetic domain is 'a region within magnetization is in a uniform direction' even if the closest regions are in different or opposite directions', he writes and within the five pieces he explores the noisy end of electro-acoustic music, but it is altogether not too noisy and abrasive stuff. Of course I have been trying to figure out if the 'homage' aspect of the title rings through in the music, and surely I could recognize a more ambient industrial approach in the Bianchi piece, or extreme noise in the Bennett piece, a straight forward, nihilistic attack in 'Conrad', the piece for Masami, Richard and Philip, the minimalism of La Monte and perhaps least in the Stapleton piece, but if you have musical as varied as mister Steven, then surely it is not easy recognize. But having said all of that, I must also say that Ambasce surely has his own style in these pieces. While there are differences between these pieces, I think they show an interesting variety of approaches on the same subject, that of the noise end of drone music. Loud, louder and less loud, this is a fine slab of ambient industrial music, played with some great care and style. (Vital Weekly)

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Cat. number: LEM 170
Year: 2017

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