"Folk singer field recording album”: Bob Corn (Tiziano Sgarbi), talijanski folk pjevač, hoda okolo i pjeva, ponekad zaglušen bukom ili nadglasan razgovorima ljudi, a Matteo Uggeri slijedi ga s binauralnim mikrofonima.
Audio-verzija filmova Bele Tarra.
BOB CORN & MATTEO UGGERI: FIELDS OF CORN – A BINAURAL SOUND MOVIE IN SAN MARTINO SPINO
A sonic travelogue from the San Martino Spino parish of Mirandola, Italy, Fields Of Corn combines well-known songs like Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy’s ‘Minor Place’ with everyday conversation and street sounds to create a thoroughly absorbing, touching and thought-provoking album…
San Martino Spino was one of the worst hit areas in the May 2012 earthquakes that killed 17 people and injured a further 200. Although some of the music here was recorded as far back as 2009, the album’s release date was delayed by the tragedy and one can’t help but think of the voices presented here as ghosts from an abruptly interrupted past. The first time the album hit me as something special was when I was walking around my own local area – headphones on with cold hands deep in pockets – and outside sounds were creeping in. Rather than becoming a nuisance they seemed to merge perfectly and even enhance the listening experience; children playing outside the local nursery; men stood smoking outside the local bar; the rustle of polythene as people piled shopping bags into the backs of their cars and engines idled. Almost all of them echoed noises that were playing in my ears anyway and I got to thinking what it would be like if I were walking around the crumbled ruins of my estate and all of these things were gone… left with silence, the wind, the birds.
It’s easy, of course, to apply all this in hindsight, but there’s a lonely sadness to the songs sung by Bob Corn here that seems remarkably pertinent. He sings in a quavering voice, walking past traffic and playgrounds just as I did, sometimes drifting out of earshot and getting overwhelmed by the goings-on around him. There’s an innocence too, and one wonders whether he could ever be a part of the conversations that Matteo Uggeri builds up around him. The first one takes place between two people as what sounds like someone tap-dancing goes on in the background; there are more that take place in homes, punctuated by the clatter of cutlery, the telephone ringing and the TV chattering in the corner. Corn sings his own tender songs, the aforementioned ‘Minor Place’ and one by Italian indie rock band Sprinzi.
He’s forever stood outside windows looking in and never involved himself. He whistles in an empty tunnel as dry leaves kick up amongst his feet. On ‘Call Me My Name’ the crunch of rubble underfoot is particularly evocative – only wind in the trees can otherwise be heard and human life remains absent until Uggeri allows it to re-emerge from a sudden loud buzz. It’s the sound-artist’s most obvious contribution and it heralds the arrival of ‘Radiation’, a Comaneci song sung beautifully by an uncredited female voice – throat clearances and all – as bar sounds continue around her. Applause follows, and is conspicuous in that it never happened after any of Corn’s songs. He just keeps on walking, singing…
It might be that the word ‘binaural’ in the album’s title is a little too explicit. It is surely preferable to let the listener absorb these sounds without being made aware of technical caveats, but it does mean headphones are the only way to truly experience Fields Of Corn. The album is perfectly paced, immaculately balanced and it raises more questions than it answers. Are you looking in the window stood next to Corn, like a longing Scrooge on Death’s cold arm? Or are you sat in homes and bars surrounded by loved ones, enjoying drinks, food and conversation? I’ve been with the former, but it might be different for you.
- Steve Dewhurst for Fluid Radio
Andrea Ferraris & Matteo Uggeri, Autumn is Coming, We're all in Slowmotion (2010)
Alessandro Calbucci & Matteo Uggeri, The Distance (2009) streaming
Hue (Matteo Uggeri), Un'estate senza pioggia (2006) streaming
During the summer of 2003 I went on holiday completely alone for the first time.
I spent my time travelling by car around the central regions of Italy, from Emilia Romagna to Tuscany, than to Lazio and finally to Abruzzo, visiting very small villages.
I brought with me a microphone and a minidisc, and - alone or with the people I met (family and friends) - I recorded every kind of sound. That's what is usually called 'field recordings', with voices, occasional chants, 'street sounds' and more.
One year later, I went again to Laterina, one of the places I had been to in 2003, and there, with my friend musician Davide Valecchi (Aal), we played guitar and other instruments, and recorded melodies that I then mixed with the field recordings from the year before.
The summer of 2003 was the hottest summer of the last century in Italy and most of Europe, and the disc somehow reflects all of this, and that's why it’s titled A Rainless Summer.
During that trip I met other musicians, such as Giuseppe Verticchio (aka Nihm), Andrea Marutti (Never Known/Amon), who participated to the recordings.
I’m very grateful to all of them.
MB | Hue | Fhievel, Erimos (2007) streaming
THIS IS THE SISTER ALBUM OF NEFELODHIS
BY MAURIZIO BIANCHI & SPARKLE IN GREY
"In geography, a desert is a landscape that receives little precipitation. The desert has a reputation for supporting very little life, often it is composed of sand and rocky surfaces, it sometimes contains valuable mineral deposits and usually has an extreme temperature range.
The translation in Greek is ‘èrimos’ from which we derive the words ‘hermitage’ and ‘hermit’. Who is the hermit? He is an ascetic who lives alone in solitary and deserted spots, he keeps himself apart from the world in order to devote himself entirely to contemplation and to live in destitution.
In fact, the Erimos work ventures into experimental territory, extracting its preclusive opalisation from the rolling laceration of desecrated institutions." (Maurizio Bianchi)
Meerkat, Kapnos (2009) streaming
A concept album about Smoke ("Kapnos" in Greek), as the third chapter of the Between the Elements quadrilogy, born from an idea of MB/Maurizio Bianchi (who provides notes on the CD cover), Matteo Uggeri and Spyros Abatielos.
The Meerkat ensemble is formed by a small group of Italian musicians working on the field of experimental music, drones, microsounds and field recordings. As Frans de Waard (Vital Weekly) stated, "If you have been paying attention in the last few years, you may recognize these names as Italy's finest in the fields of ambient, electronics, microsound, post guitar."
The tracks of Kapnos present a surprising homogeneity in spite of the different attitudes of the artists, which mixed their experiences in each track, creating new unforeseen connections, working in pairs or in threesome per each track.