Stefano Castagna @ Ritmo&Blu is finishing with me the mix of the tracks which potentially are going to be part of a new album of Flos.
On the desk there is now the last candidate song: 4 stereo tracks able to bring into a different territory born from an improvisation set with the dear friend Markus Stockhausen.
Listening to his trumpet in the same music where I play always reminds me how unique is the feeling of playing together and, once again, what a lucky man and musician I am.
Watching Stefano mixing and managing his immense SSL board is like being sit on the prow of a fast sailing boat, with the ocean in front of you and a solid and serene captain at the helm.
The Sound of my Footstep is the short from Mario Piavoli which was premiered at Visions du Reel Festival in Nyon in April this year.
Next week it is going to be hosted by the Cinemambiente Festival in Turin, another important festival with a special focus on environment.
Always new and beautiful reasons for refresh the happiness for such a collaboration.
Following the first experiment of a few months ago, this is going to be the evolution of the previous sleep-concert at Cascina Balocchi.
This time it’s going to be a more immersive situation, with 3 amazing dancers ( for those who haven’t met them before, check this), Simone Lombardi at the piano, Vittorio Guindani at the mixing board and Tiberio Faedi, the mastermind of this project, managing prerecorded sounds in the form of Steve Roach.
Software plus hardware routing processing. Using the audio card as a multichannel mixer,router,splitter.
The older I get the more I realise how central deep processing stays through my musical journey.
From the old times of footpedals to the actual combination of software and hardware processing, I’ve always been interested in using guitar as the source of an energy fluxus to excite and move the physical and virtual molecules located in resistors, processors and algorithms.
This has led me to devote much more time to experiment through these tools, which are usually not considered as musical instruments, than exercise my guitar skills and techniques, which have always been very poor and so will stay.
After more than 30 years in doing this I feel like that’s what it should have been.
I feel comfortable in such a fluctuating, unpredictable, deep and stimulant musical environment.
Sound exploration is able to activate many areas of my inner self.
This is what music means to me. Actually, is this really like this or when I’m listening to music I’m actually just looking for that magical, evocative potential that sounds are able to create in me ?
Steve Piccolo has invited Flos to perform with him and Gak Sato for the première of “HUNTING FOR PARRHESIA (or the dog)”, a work by Steve at the last day of Biennale di Venezia, in the Greek pavillion.