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Tricoli: Miseri Lares

Magazine article Gramophone

Tricoli: Miseri Lares

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Tricoli

Miseri Lares

Valerio Tricoli kybds/elecs

PAN [F][2] O PAN44 (80' * DDD)

When he plays live, Valerio Tricoli's beanpole frame is concealed behind a bank of plugged-in hardware: multiple tape machines, loudspeakers and microphones wired through mixing apparatus that allows Tricoli to process, filter and shape sound as it whistles past his ears, all his toil and trouble making the sound bubble. Miseri Lares ('Wretched House') is Tricoli's most eloquent and fully formed work to date on record, and anyone curious about where seeds sown by musique concrete pioneers such as Pierre Henry and Bernard Parmegiani during the early 1950s have left music today will find answers aplenty here. The difference between Tricoli--born in Palermo in 1977 and now living in Berlin and those studio-bound first-generation composers is that music, for him, has remained a performative activity. Pumping etched-in-stone musique concrete through speakers into concert halls is not enough. This composer also improvises; he designs sound installations too; and believes that musical material ought to be transformed by the environment and acoustics into which it is placed.

The environment into which Miseri Lares unfolded was a recording studio but this music retains the spontaneity, the mutation of movement through space, familiar from Tricoli's live performances. …

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