Magnetica Ars Lab – Maurizio Bianchi / M.B. – LoopKlangeNoise : Verses Without Words

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Artist: Magnetica Ars Lab – Maurizio Bianchi / M.B.
Title: LoopKlangeNoise : Verses Without Words
Format: CD
Label: Final Muzik (@)
Rated: *****
Limited to 300 copies, “LoopKlangeNoise – Verses Without Words”, is the latest M.B. (a.k.a. Maurizio Bianchi, as I think you all already know) collaboration, this time he teamed up with Magnetica Ars Lab (a.k.a. Arnaldo Pontis). Inspired by the work of Vasilij Kandinskij and by his theories about necessary contamination between visual art and music, “LoopKlangeNoise” quotes two of the most important books from the author’s abstract expressionist years: “Klange” (Munchen, 1912) and “Verses Without Words” (Moscow, 1903). Following the original structure of the book “Verses Without Words” the artists recorded thirteen double-titled tracks, in which the “second title” is an homage to Kandinskij’s thirteen pictorial works originally included on that book. Also, for each track, there’s a guest who participated. We have: Fausto Rossi / Faust’O, Simon Balestrazzi (T.A.C.), Corrado Altieri (Uncodified, Monosonik, Th26), Raimondo Gaviano (Svart1), Mauthausen Orchestra (project of Pierpaolo Zoppo, who died few months ago), Nicola Boari (SLP), Nicola Locci (Exagonal), Massimo Olla (Noisedelik), Alex Nasi (Colonel XS), Roberto Belli (Brigata Stirner), to name few. The visual part of the project is printed in a sixteen page booklet which contains photos of industrial mining areas of the Sulcis region, in Sardinia, shot by Fabrizio Tedde. About the writings, we have excerpts from writings and quotes by John Cage, Klaus Schulze, Wu Ming, William S. Burroughs, Jean Baudrillard, Luigi Russolo, etc. This is an interesting multifaceted project which musically pass from ambient industrial with granular noise inserts (“Deliberate Destruction – Roses”, “Mauthausen Tube – Spectators”, “Neubomio Ghiandula – The Dragon”, “Burning Point – Duel”), to digital electronics with female chants (“Frastimu – Mountain Lake”), passing through industrial jazz with Italian recitative vocals (“American Blues – Old Village”) or experimental percussive sounds with treated vocals and violins (“Blade’s Cities – Eternity”). I really appreciated the tracks that were daring to mix vocals, electronic and other elements a bit more unusual on the industrial standard sound (three/four out of thirteen) and I appreciated the whole result that is offering a theme and other stuff which goes over simple industrial noise.