Persona's "The Game of Changes" was created by artist Roberto Campadello in the early 1970s. The game consists of a semi-reflective mirror, two candles and a 10" record (now an expanded LP). This game of light, shadow, reflection and transparency, allied to an immersive soundtrack, causes the players' faces to merge and create a new creature with each movement, where there is no longer you or me, only You. To compose the soundtrack Roberto invited Luiz Carlini, who called his partners from Tutti-Frutti, Lee Marcucci and Franklyn Paolillo, and together with Roberto, his wife Carmen Flores and a troupe of intronauts, recorded what is one of the most experimental moments in Brazilian music to date. This reissue has been remastered from the original tapes and contains two bonus songs, unreleased on vinyl, a 24-page booklet full of images and stories from the era, and a poster with instructions for the game.
Reissue of the Mutations Game containing:
- Persona - LP Sound
- Booklet with 24 pages in full color
- Poster with instructions (70x50cm)
- Persona mirror (31x26cm)
- Supports for the mirror
- Two candles
- Safety shields for the candles
- Catwoman box
Persona is the brainchild of the Italian born, Brazil based, multimedia artist, Roberto Campadello, who, during the late 1960s and early '70s became highly regarded for a body of work that drew heavily on the I Ching. Notable among these was interactive installation for São Paulo’s XII Bienal in 1973, where, via an octagonal structure of mirrors, participants were guided by Campadello through meditations and cosmic dances. It was this work that laid the crucial groundwork for The Game of Changes, a mystical interactive artwork / game - blurring the boundaries between the real and unreal through reflection and translucence. Originally issued in a limited edition, and consisting of a box with a mirror, candles, and a 10" soundtrack - the album Som by Persona - to be played as it unfolded, it remains among the most coveted artefacts of Latin American experimentalism of the last half century.
Largely improvised by the guitarist Luiz Carlini, guided by themes based on the eight elements from the I Ching - mountain, heaven, earth, fire, water, wind, lake, and thunder - with further interventions by Franklin Paolillo, Lee Marcucci, Carmen Flores, and Campadello on vocals, percussion, and acoustic guitar, Som is a freewheeling adventure in sound; perfectly pitched for its era and nearly every one since. Laden in a dreamlike sounds and atmospheres that are drenched in fuzz guitar, dirty percussion, and echoplex delays, it’s cosmic journey touches on the territories of Brazilian psyche, Tropicalia, folk, and explicit experimentalism, resulting in a truly unique aural trip of inward consciousness.
Not to be outdone, Black Sweat has produced three incredible editions of this masterpiece. The first two are the first ever stand-alone releases of Som on LP and CD, beautifully reproducing the original cover and expanded to include two previously unreleased track from the sessions, as well as a stunning 24-page booklet that includes rare graphics, photos, press clippings, and extensive liner notes with texts by Carmen Flores, Daniel Campadello, Ayrton Mugnaini, and Luis Carlini. This wasn’t enough, in conjunction with the Brazilian imprint, Nada Nada Discos, Black Sweat has also produced an absolutely stunning new edition of the complete Game of Changes in a box set edition, including the full album on vinyl, the magical mirror, its stands, and the candles. Each is truly stunning and a thing to behold. We couldn’t possible recommend which to grab first. This is easily some of the most beautiful and important work that Black Sweat has ever done.