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Fausto Romitelli – The Nameless City

Fausto Romitelli – The Nameless City

1Amok Koma

2 Flowing Down Too Slow
3 Domeniche Alla Periferia Dell’Impero
4 Nell’ Alto Dei Giorni Immobili
5 The Nameless City
6 Maculatum
Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Part V
Part VI
Composed By – Fausto Romitelli
Ensemble – Musiques Nouvelles
Conductor – Jean-Paul Dessy
Released: 2012


At the center of my compose there is the idea of ​​considering sound as a matter to sink in to forge its physical and perceptual characteristics: grain, thickness, porosity, brightness, density, elasticity. So sound sculpture, instrumental synthesis, anamorphosis, transformation of spectral morphology, constantly leads to unsustainable densities, distortion, interference, also thanks to the use of electroacoustic technologies. Increasing importance given to non-academic derivation sounds, to the dirty and violent sound of prevalent metal origin of certain rock and techno music.
Born in Gorizia on February 1, 1963, Fausto Romitelli graduated in composition at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan, and subsequently attended the courses at the Accademia Chigiana di Siena and at the Civic School of Milan. In 1991 he moved to Paris to study the new technologies at IRC’s “Cursus d’Informatique Musicale”, where he collaborated from 1993 to 1995 as “compositeur en recherche”

His focus was on the most important European music experiences (in particular, György Ligeti and Giacinto Scelsi), but its main source of inspiration was the spectral French music, in particular Hugues Dufourt and Gérard Grisey, to whom Second track of the Sunday cycle on the periphery of the Empire (1995-1996, 2000). With EnTrance (1995-1996), his writing deals with the study of the voice through a mantra drawn from the Tibetan Book of the Dead, which reveals extremely compact music, hypnotic and ritual flow, where sound “as a forging matter” encounters The taste for technology and the search for new acoustic dimensions.

Romitelli continued his personal research even outside the avant garde, focusing in his music an eloquent expressive content and a violent sound impact from the complex formal structure. In this perspective, one of his most significant works is the trilogy Professor Bad Trip (1998-2000), which starts from reading works written by Henri Michaux under the influence of drugs and hallucinogens. To the taste for deformation and artificiality, Romitelli has integrated into this work the sound of rock, with electroacoustic sound and instrumental treatment. As in Blood on the Floor, Painting 1986 (2000), where the violent and destructive aspect of the projection of reality on fiction is exalted, the trilogy is also openly inspired by the work of Francis Bacon, A self-portrait of the Seventies.

With Flowing Down too slow (2001), commissioned by Art Zoyd and Musiques Nouvelles, Romitelli’s compositional imagery has enriched sonorous soundtracks from the experience of artists such as Aphex Twin, Dj Spooky and Scanner, The hypnotic and ritual aspect, and the taste for the difform and the artificial.

From his interest in the social and artistic aspects of the contemporary world, especially for the media and mass communication processes, Dead City Radio is derived. Audiodrome (2003), whose essence is enclosed in the work of Canadian sociologist Marshall McLuhan, The Medium is the Message. “The perception of the world is created by transmission channels: what we see and listen to is not simply reproduced but elaborated and recreated by an electronic medium that overlaps and replaces real experience” (Romitelli). Dead City Radio interprets the nightmare of the relationship between perception and technology and is a reflection on the techniques of producing and reproduction of electronic channels.

In his last work, An Index of Metals (2003), musical experimentation and literary suggestions that have accompanied his real-surreal perception of compositional activity have come to fruition in a great abstract narrative. Based on the “will to create a total perceptual experience, combining the musical aspect with its dual visual to submerge the spectator in a glowing, enveloping matter”, Romitelli’s work can be thought of as “an initiatic celebration of metamorphosis and fusion Of the matter, a light show, where it comes

Malcolm D B Munro
Saturday 19 August, 2017


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