Wetlands Greek-based sound artist Savvas Metaxas has created for Galaverna a work built on a geographical sonic journey without cartographical references. “Wetlands” is a piece that brings together different elements, from border crossing to an acoustic dérive into fascinating spaces. “One of the things that interested me a lot the last few years is the geographical landscape and morphology that surrounds the city of Thessaloniki”, writes in his release notes Metaxas, that invites the listeners to experience a complex soundscape made of different nuances and layers, deepening into a sonic microcosm full of resonances and reverberations of memories. In this context, architectures, objects and spaces are crossed by our listening trajectories, through which we can interrogate the archive of landscape, of hidden narrations and histories, opening the sonic environment to new and unexpected meanings. Metaxas drives us in this captivating and critical experience with a delicate and touching approach, making sound once again as a powerful and charming element to explore the world in which we are immersed.
Note from the artist One of the things that interested me a lot in the recents years is the geographical landscape and morphology that surround the city of Thessaloniki. The city is located in the gulf of Thermaikos, where the North Aegean sea stops and the Balkans begin. The city limits from west, east, south and north have in common areas with large reserves of water.
The west end of the city meets the Delta area of four rivers that creates vast wetlands and lagoons; in the east there are areas with salt marshes, swamps and rocky coastlines. Two lakes are located at the north exit of the city and in the south lies the vast exit to the open sea.
The focus on this release is the sounds I have collected during my various visits to these areas.
Wetlands by Savvas Metaxas is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at www.galaverna.org.
We are really happy to announce that the next release in Galaverna will be featuring Savvas Metaxas, sound artist from Thessaloniki, Greece.
Savvas Metaxas has been member of “Good Luck Mr. Gorsky” and “V.I.A.” as well as been curator of Granny Records label. He has released more than ten albums of experimental electronic music, under the alias ‘inverz’ in duo with Spiros Emmanouilidis. Random everyday sounds, tapes, vinyl abstracts, modular synth/analogue sources with feedback, make up the basic materials of his compositions. His interest lies in creating multilayered soundscapes varied in texture, intensity and rhythm.
His release is titled “Wetlands” and is set for the 21st december 2017.
cat: gal 0230
date: 21 sept/oct 2017
Please note: this release is for streaming only
Il mondo di sotto Italian independent filmaker Chiara Caterina and Venice based sound artist Nicola Di Croce spent together a long time photographing, filming, writing and recording in a deep exploration of Basilicata region, Southern Italy, “in search of its pieces of bitterness and wonder”. Il mondo di sotto is the result of this audiovisual inquiry that crosses landscapes, territories and elements from the high mountains of Pollino to the underground world of mines in the Val d’Agri area, 100 mt below the surface of the earth. They walked in the rain and sunshine, meeting people, experiencing desolate places and flourishing plateaus, water and ground, finding a sense of landscape animated by the magical, but aiming at exploring coexistences and divergences between modernity and traditions, past and present, artificial and natural, terrestrial and subterranean.
Caterina and Di Croce’s audiovisual essay is a sort of a rite of initiation to the residuality and the liminality of a Southern Italian rural region in 2017, following the echoes of suggestions evoked by literary works as Christ Stopped at Eboli and Magic: A Theory From The South. But at the same time, it draws on critical issues as offshore oil drilling, exploitation and colonial processes. In the deepness and delicate narration of both visual and sonic levels, we can find the traces of a sharp and poetic inquiry that takes the audience to a mesmeric and arcane world crossed by voices and bodies from the past and the present. Il mondo di sotto reveals itself as a powerful and touching immersion in a resonant and reverberating environment facing us to a fascinating and problematic condition of such a rich and conflicting land.
"Il mondo di sotto" by Chiara Caterina & Nicola Di Croce is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at www.galaverna.org.
“Il mondo o niente”, the brand new film by Chiara Caterina scored by Nicola Di Croce, is going to be featured by a film festival on the next October. Until then, the audiovisual journey “Il mondo di sotto” needs to wait before emerging.
Here is a blind preview composed to get in the mood of the work. Click on the image below to go to the release page.
The full release is postponed to mid-October. Stay tuned.
The next release in Galaverna will be featuring Nicola Di Croce and Chiara Caterina. Their work is an audiovisual journey born on the scent of “Il mondo o niente”: a film produced by Le Fresnoy, Studio National des Arts Contemporains (Lille, France), and entirely shot in Basilicata (Italy) between February and March 2017.
Chiara Caterina is a visual artist and video maker. Her video practice undertakes a reflection on the language of non fiction film, on the borders often blurred and slippery between staging and reality and on the role of the author in this subtle process. Her main interest is how we define “truth” in nonfiction cinema, how it becomes meaningful to shift the ethnographic focus from the phenomena themselves to the practices of interaction between observer and observed. [www.chiaracaterina.com]
Nicola Di Croce is a architect, musician and sound artist. He has a PhD in Regional Planning and Public Policies. His research deals with the relationship between urban and regional planning, public policies and soundscape. Such relation explores new potentials for urban regeneration, participatory processes and local development. Listening and field recording practices lead to a new perception of the environment, where the sonic language becomes a narrative and design vehicle; an essential tool for the understanding and the redefinition of public space. [www.nicoladicroce.com]
Piàn di Resnèi Italian-based sound artist Emanuele Magni focuses his research on contemporary soundscape. After beginning field recording activity, he has been looking for places in his region located in North-Italy “not contaminated with anthropophonic sounds”, finding out that “in a world where planes are the worst nightmare for a naturalist field recordist, to get to most of these places [he needs] to take a plane”. After being conscious of this, he decided to continue to record in his territory, questioning his anti-anthropophonic integrity and becaming aware that even his city and its surroundings can provide infinite sound material sources.
As twenty-third release of the Galaverna catalogue, “Piàn di Resnèi” is an album based on field recordings taken in Pian dei Resinelli – Lecco (Piàn di Resnèi in local dialect), a plateau at an average elevation of about 1200 metres, in february 2017. The place, once a sky slope, now has become a bob slope for children.
It’s a mesmerizing voyage of about 28 minutes into interstices between human and non-human acoustic environment, appearing as an intense and delicate composition, a charming composition suspended between different elegiac and concrete spaces that asks the listener for making experience of a complex and fragile environment and delving into the tenuous coexistence of diverse sounds into an highly evocative and border soundscape.
Note from a the artist It was one of the last days with snow on the ground, just before the first symptoms of spring: you can hear it from the sound of the snow. Luckily it was not a week-end day, so no crowd in the place and this translated in a balanced soundscape, congruent with the concept of the Acoustic Niche Hypothesis (Bernie Krause), the idea that vocal organisms in a healthy habitat, tend to establish acoustic or temporal bandwidth in which to vocalize unimpeded by the signatures of others.
The field recording is pure, meaning there is no audio treatment except a bit of equalization and compression for mastering reasons.
Piàn di Resnèi by Emanuele Magni is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at www.galaverna.org.
Il fluire tranquillo di molteplici vite che si propaga in un ambiente confortevole privo della frenesia che informa i caotici scenari urbani. Non il racconto di un paesaggio incontaminato, bensì l’incastro tra una presenza antropica poco invadente che armoniosamente invade uno scenario naturale. Il luogo in cui tutto si svolge è il Pian dei Resinelli, altopiano prealpino in provincia di Lecco, a dirigere la scena è Emanuele Magni. Lungo i quasi ventotto minuti della registrazione emerge frammentaria una sequenza di storie definite da voci e rumori connessi al moto dei suoi protagonisti, che si compenetra con gli echi di un paesaggio la cui impronta originaria permane evidente e funge da cassa di risonanza che amplifica il portato immaginifico suggerito da questo costante accadere. Nessuna manipolazione, nessuna aggiunta è necessaria. Il senso di delicato e prezioso equilibrio tra gli elementi in gioco è frutto di una virtuosa coesistenza di fattori positivi quali una presenza limitata di persone e un periodo di transizione stagionale particolarmente affascinante. Attraverso un’abile lavoro di ripresa e cesello, Magni riesce a plasmare un tracciato concreto denso di lirismo che nell’intersezione degli elementi trova un’efficace espansione narrativa di ciò che solo apparentemente ed erroneamente può essere definito un mero reperto documentario.
We are so pleased to announce that the next Galaverna release will be featuring the sound artist Emanuele Magni.
Emanuele Magni is an engineer and electronic musician from Lecco. His musical environment ranges from electronics to noise, embracing acoustic ecology and field recording practices. He develops an attitude that enhances the sound as a bearer of meanings in itself. He is also the curator of the net-label Grottarecords.
“Piàn di Resnèi” is a recording captured in Pian dei Resinelli – Lecco (Piàn di Resnèi in local dialect), a plateau at an average elevation of about 1200 metres, in february 2017. Emanuele captures recordings of places looking for two main characteristics: a pleasant acoustic and a balanced overlapping of sounds: that’s what he found in that place in a winter day.