Galaverna

Galaverna is a platform for multimedia, sound-and-art productions based in Italy that mainly operates in the area of electroacoustic and experimental music, with a specific referral to the landscape/soundscape aesthetics.

Galaverna comes as a sister label of Laverna, a net label working under Creative Commons licences, active in the field since the early '90s in creating multimedia productions and live performances that combine music, visuals and words.

Galaverna is run by Enrico Coniglio and Leandro Pisano.

Aims

Galaverna is not a record label, it’s not just a net label either and it doesn’t operate in the marketplace.

Galaverna, as a music label, is a digital label ONLY. We decided that our planet is already filled enough with plastic, so, please, do not burn our music on CD-Rs.

Galaverna releases only a work per season (exceptions allowed).

In a world where musical industry is inevitably fading and illegal downloads are taking over, Galaverna aims to be a model of ethical behavior.

In a world overloaded with music, Galaverna aims to be a model of ethical behavior for artists. Our motto is: RELEASE LESS, SAVE MORE.

Please note that

Galaverna’s main goal is to bring the degrowth concept into music (in French: décroissance, in Spanish: decrecimiento, in Italian: decrescita). As we reached a point where the production of material goods seems to be set on a path of ever-increasing growth, and even if an everlasting growth has been the capitalistic systems goal for over a century, it has now become crucial to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle. To bring these considerations into the music field means to curb both the unlimited production of music as well as the consumption itself. We believe behaviours so closely related to the logic of consumerism must be eliminated in order to devote ourselves to the true, caring and deep experience of music making/listening.

Artists involved in Galaverna must agree to this.

Next release in Galaverna: “Matins d’Ariège” by Stéphane Marin

We are happy to say that, after some troubles, Galaverna will release very soon a work by Stéphane Marin, soundscape artist involved in the promotion of the soundscape  culture and curator of the project Espaces Sonores. ...
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“O/live” featured on Framework radio #516

Stefan Militzer & Roland Etzin "O/live" featured on Framework radio #516. Framework #516: 2015.06.14 by Framework Radio on Mixcloud   Listen/Download also at frameworkradio.net.
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Release postponed. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Galaverna announces that the release of Konrad Korabiewski, that was scheduled to be released on June 21st, is postponed due to some unpredictable problems. We apologize for the inconvenience. Looking forward ...
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Galaverna at Liminaria 2015

Galaverna is part of the network that is organizing Liminaria 2015, a project focused on sound art, digital culture and rurality taking place in these days in the rural region ...
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    Next release in Galaverna: “Matins d’Ariège” by Stéphane Marin

    We are happy to say that, after some troubles, Galaverna will release very soon a work by Stéphane Marin, soundscape artist involved in the promotion of the soundscape  culture and curator of the project Espaces Sonores.

    His forthcoming work is titled “Matins d’Ariège” and, in the words of the author himself, “is an intimate, elementary and ecological auscultation of the place I used to live in Ariège (Pyrénées – France). A kind of non-nostalgic “souvenir” which invites the listeners to experience the specific vibrations and the deep energy wich overfows from these  simple rural sonic spaces”.

    For more infos on Stéphane’s numerous activities see at espaces-sonores.com

     

    “Matins d’Ariège” is coming soon.

    Galaverna at Liminaria 2015

    Galaverna is part of the network that is organizing Liminaria 2015, a project focused on sound art, digital culture and rurality taking place in these days in the rural region of Fortore, South Italy and curated by Leandro Pisano. Among the artists in residence, there is Enrico Coniglio, who will present on 6th of June his work “Sounding out the watershed” dealing with soundscape of borders.

     

    O/live Stefan Militzer & Roland Etzin

     

    cat: gal 0121
    date: mar 21 2015
     
    time: 22:44

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    O/live The relationship between vibration and listening perception happens to be more and more in the focus of research and discussion also in the aesthetic practices developed outside the academic environment. It is a reflection fueled by the questioning of different concepts, such as the relationship between processes both natural and artificial, the sonic anthropocentrism, the musicological reading of events tied to sonic landscapes.

     And these are the themes developed by German sound artists Stefan Militzer and Roland Etzin with their work, which enriches Galaverna’s catalogue with a proper study on vibration, in which sonic particles are captured in their fluctuations around auditive perception limit and they float releasing energy and shaping patterns and rhythmic structures in constant motion.

    In this continuum, where natural and artificial become inseparable, pulsations and rhythms become ciphers of a code to (re)read a reality, in which sonic phenomenons are partially precluded from ear perception. From this point forward everything is movement, at a molecular or quantum level. Everything vibrates, releasing information, which, as stated by Stefan Militzer and Roland Etzin in the presentation notes, “express vitality and, ultimately, unveil the seed of life in every existing thing”.

    Notes from the artist  The world is constantly vibrating. There is a swinging in the air. Rivers flow and so does blood. Even the ground is moving from time to time under massive strokes of energy. The travel of energy happens in waves and by vibration. Thus, the beating of a heart appears to have a similar shape like the way energy travels through oceans and continents. The omnipresence of waves equals the power musical oscillation possesses for expressing energy. This energy does not only travel around the world but it bears what the world consists of. The ubiquity of energy, of vibration and oscillation also lies behind John Cages observation that true silence can only be found in death.

    "O/live" circles and meditates around the interpenetration of the world by vibration. Waves of sounds and noise gather to form patterns and rhythmic structures. The artificial as well as natural origin of the sounds renders apparent that through the perspective of waves and oscillation no distinction between the organic and the inorganic world can be made. There are pulses and rhythms everywhere in the world. Natural patterns and artificial sequences intermingle inseparably. Their differentiation from a perspective of musicality would be futile. But communication happens nevertheless. In "O/live" oscillation creates patterns of repetition from which rhythm is derived and further transformed into vibes that spread information by expressing vitality and, thus, unraveling the seed of life in everything that exists.

     

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    O/live by Stefan Militzer & Roland Etzin is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
    Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://www.galaverna.org.

    REVIEWS

    BEACH SLOTH

    O/live is a glorious marriage of field recordings and dance music. With these playful sounds Stefan Militzer and Roland Etzin explore the world’s constant often unnoticed rhythms. The tactile nature of this nature gives the work a teeming sense of life. Lots of sonic details appear throughout the work as the duo digs deep into the very definition of the sound. By letting the grooves evolve with the real and the manipulated O/live is able to create an entirely new world out of a small spectrum of sound. Scrapes open up the track. Hesitant at first the sounds grow in confidence. Akin to the sound of insects on a hot summer night the sounds appear to communicate with each other. Given time these sounds come together to create a distant deep rumbling. Upon their settling down the work then begins to ultimately create a dance-friendly structure one that contains a potent amount of energy. Minor edits come into the fray as the piece gains in momentum. Patience lets the work unfold into higher-pitched, almost atmospheric sound. Halfway through the piece the duo opts for a stripped down approach. Gone with any excess the work feels akin to slowly burrowing its way into the mind. Sine waves help in this effort as does the light field recording that comes into view. For the final moments everything evaporates to reveal a quiet industrial wind. O/live is an intersection of the real and the synthesized. It is quite lovely to behold.

    POLYPHONIA

    Świat nieustannie wibruje. Nakładem włoskiej platformy Galaverna ukazał się wspólny materiał dwóch niemieckich twórców: Rolanda Etzina – współzałożyciela wytwórni Gruenrekorder, artysty dźwiękowego bazującego na technice field recordingu, członka formacji Autumn Appreciation Society i Stefana Militzera – filozofa i naukowca, poszukującego w swojej działalności artystycznej sensorycznych i językowych doświadczeń. Na płycie „O/live” (znalazło się jedno dłuższe nagranie, które można pobrać za darmo w dwóch formatach AIF|MP3 – tutaj) artyści sprawnie poruszają się między tym, co naturalne a wytworzone przez odpowiednie zabiegi w studiu – w tym sensie, że szukają wyjątkowych wibracji, rytmów, drgań, fal oraz struktur, które często są poza ludzką percepcją. Przez co chcą pokazać, że świat naturalnych dźwięków miesza się cały czas ze światem „sztucznych” odgłosów i to na poziomie molekularnym, jak i kwantowym. Ich zdaniem rozdzielanie tych dwóch płaszczyzn nie ma najmniejszego sensu.



     

     

     
     

    Galaverna is partner of SPEED OF SOUND – an open call by VacuaMoenia

    Following the ideas of “Handbook for Acoustic Ecology” by Barry Truax, VacuaMoenia proposes an OpenCall for sound-artist, musicians or simple aware listeners to celebrate two years of researches and activities.

    The topic chosen investigates on “the propagation of sound” in a landscape, defined by Truax like Geometric Spreading, Atmospheric Effects and Surface Effects. Thus, the topographical elements – such as soil, hills and other obstacles – between source and receiver alter and shape the sound message. The OpenCall “SPEED OF SOUND” invites to reflect about the various aspects that make up the landscape, on the modifications, on the alterations and how biophonies, geophonies and antrophonies intersect each other to completing the acoustic environment.
    For guidelines and details about the call please visit the VacuaMoenia website.
    DEADLINE – March 14th, 2015 on 6pm

     

    Galaverna forthcoming releases

    Galaverna is glad to announce that the two forthcoming works will be “O/live” by Stefan Militzer & Roland Etzin and “Ascensión” by Konrad Korabiewski.

    March 21st our catalogue will add the contribution of two German sound artists Stefan Militzer and Roland Etzin, who had investigate, with the piece “O/live”, the multi-faced declinations of the vibrations generated by a pattern of rhythmic repetitions. These repetitions, in the authors words, “spread information by expressing vitality and, thus, unravelling the seed of life in everything that exists”.

    June 21st, our label will release “Ascensión”, a new piece by Polish | Danish | Icelandic | German award winning sound artist and curator Konrad Korabiewski, also director of the Icelandic artist collective and curatorial platform Skálar | Sound Art | Experimental Music. In this work, lomography and audio, he will narrate through the point of view of sound and image a suggestive and fragmented journey suspended on the populated area of the Chilean city of Valparaiso, an experience repeated with 8 different elevators.