Italian Air: Wind, Water & Metal (Aria Italiana: Vento, Acqua & Metallo)

PHILIP CORNER

RICERCA SONORA proudly presents, as its first release (RS1), a new PHILIP CORNER album titled "Italian Air: Wind, Water & Metal (Aria Italiana: Vento, Acqua & Metallo)".
Philip Corner (b. 1933) studied composition with Henry Cowell and Otto Luening and musical analysis with Oliver Messiaen. During the 1960s and 70s he was an active member of Fluxus, a founder (along with James Tenney and Malcolm Goldstein) of the Tone Roads Chamber ensemble, the resident musician and composer for the Judson Dance Theatre, and co-founder of Gamelan Son Of Lion (with Barbara Benary and Daniel Goode).
"Italian Air: Wind, Water & Metal" presents three previously unpublished compositions by Philip Corner recorded in various locations.
On side 1 "Ear Wave" (Venice, October 1994) is a long piece for Korean cymbal in water: an ecstatic composition recorded and played outdoor by Phil Corner; acousmatic interjections of metallic resonances and subtle water sounds; you can listen the distant sound of the midnight bell of San Marco in Venice.
On the second side the track "Gong/Ear" recorded in June 1990 (S.Andrea di Rovereto, Italy) Phil Corner plays gong together with rain and thunder for an abstracted and strongly emotional track.
Followed by "I Respiri/The Breaths" an avant-garde composition for alphorn and gong recorded in 1992 (at Teatro Scandicci).
In very few words, Philip Corner is one of the most important figure in the American avant-garde.


Credits
Front cover photo by Giacomo Barazzoni (taken from Biennale di Venezia, "Ubi Fluxus, Ibi Motus", 1990)
Insert photo by Rachel Corner
Mastered by Silvia Kastel
Layout: Ricerca Sonora
Producer: Pasquale Lomolino

Italian Air: Wind, Water & Metal (Aria Italiana: Vento, Acqua & Metallo) Italian Air: Wind, Water & Metal (Aria Italiana: Vento, Acqua & Metallo)
  • Catalog: RS1
  • Format: Vinyl LP
  • Edition: FIRST EDITION Edition of 30 copies on blue solid vinyl. Single cover with two inserts. One insert is signed and hand-numbered by Philip Corner himself. Edition of 270 copies on black vinyl. Single cover with two inserts. SECOND EDITION Edition of 200 copies on clear vinyl. Single cover with two inserts. Identical to the first pressing, but with one little different insert.

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