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CORNER, PHILIP - Italian Air: Wind, Water & Metal

Format: LP
Label & Cat.Number: Ricerca Sonora RS1
Release Year: 2012
Note: three previously unreleased pieces recorded all outdoors in Italy (1990-1996), mixing raw field recordings of water, rain & thunder with cymbals, alphorn & gong. Great atmospheric stuff (very low fi & rough & minimal) by this long active FLUXUS member and GAMELAN orchestra player; lim. 300 copies, comes with full-colour inlay & info sheet. FIRST EDITION !
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"RICERCA SONORA proudly presents, as its first release (RS1), a new PHILIP CORNER album titled "Italian Air: Wind, Water & Metal (Aria Italiana: Vento, Acqua & Metallo)".

Philip Corner (b. 1933) studied composition with Henry Cowell and Otto Luening and musical analysis with Oliver Messiaen. During the 1960s and 70s he was an active member of Fluxus, a founder (along with James Tenney and Malcolm Goldstein) of the Tone Roads Chamber ensemble, the resident musician and composer for the Judson Dance Theatre, and co-founder of Gamelan Son Of Lion (with Barbara Benary and Daniel Goode).

"Italian Air: Wind, Water & Metal" presents three previously unpublished compositions by Philip Corner recorded in various locations.

On side 1 "Ear Wave" (Venice, October 1994) is a long piece for Korean cymbal in water: an ecstatic composition recorded and played outdoor by Phil Corner; acousmatic interjections of metallic resonances and subtle water sounds; you can listen the distant sound of the midnight bell of San Marco in Venice. On the second side the track "Gong/Ear" recorded in June 1990 (S.Andrea di Rovereto, Italy) Phil Corner plays gong together with rain and thunder for an abstracted and strongly emotional track. Followed by "I Respiri/The Breaths" an avant-garde composition for alphorn and gong recorded in 1992 (at Teatro Scandicci).

In very few words, Philip Corner is one of the most important figure in the American avant-garde." [label info]