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BECUZZI, GIANLUCA - (B)Haunted

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Silentes Minimal Editions sme 1362
Release Year: 2014
Note: re-issue of the material from two rare / deleted releases: 'Haunted' (MC/ CD-R) from 2011 and 'B' from Silentes (MC, 2011); experimental, ghostly ambient industrial often based on metallic sounds, raw & unpolished, with handplayed percussive & noisy outbreaks... think of ORGANUM, droning Z'EV, etc..
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"Following his collaborations with Fabio Orsi and Luigi Turra published in 2012-2013, its time for another Gianluca Becuzzi solo album on Silentes. This electronic / electro-acoustic composer and sound-artist boast an enviable curriculum: active since the first half of the 80s as founder of the historic Darkwave / Industrial project Limbo, since 1999 his artistic production is characterized by a strong experimental imprint and by a clear tendency toward abstract aesthetic forms and micro/macro noises/sounds. Among his other recent artistic production - in addition to what he has published under his own name - we should at least remember his projects Kinetix, Noise Trade Company and Grey History, and his many collaborations in duo with the already mentioned Fabio Orsi. (B)Haunted collects materials recorded in 2010-2011 that were previously released on cassette/CD-R in two extremely limited editions, entitled Haunted and B, respectively by Crebro Morto in Portugal and Silentes Tapestry in Italy. Although composed for two different projects, the eight numbers on the album show some cohesiveness as the listener is treated with a tracklist that cleverly interchanges the tracks from both of them instead than offering the two complete works separately. Most of the music on (B)Haunted has an Industrial feel and seems to originate from live sessions that were enriched with electronic sounds and treatments at a later date. During the listening we confront ourselves with various sounds of a metallic nature and indistinct percussions, found sounds and gear, mechanisms and bells, scraped material and drones. Everything contributes to the creation of a soundscape that is always fascinating and arouse a lot of curiosity and attention on the evolution and direction that the music will take. Coming in a beautiful blacknwhite artwork that aptly describes the industriousness of the author and the continuous musical metamorphosis herein contained, this is a very interesting album that will please fans of the old Industrial school and those devoted to sound-art and experimentation." [label info]

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"Of an entirely different nature is the release by Gianluca Becuzzi, which is surely longer, seventy-three minutes and basically a re-issue of a 'Haunted', a cassette/CD on Cerebro Morto and 'B', a cassette on Silentes Tapestry. The latter was reviewed in Vital Weekly 789: "Gianluca Becuzzi has had various releases of his own and usually in a more ambient/drone/microsound field. Its good to see him move away from that, with a somewhat more experimental release. Lots of this seems to be revolving around elements from the world of percussion on steel, which reminded me of some of Z'EVs earlier records, in which he used both studio techniques and percussion. This too is a somewhat more noise based release, or at least less ambient and more experimental, but Becuzzi knows how to capture both a fine mood as well as some captivating sounds, and mould that into a fine composition." The four pieces from 'Haunted' are tracks 1, 3, 6 and 8, whereas 'B' is 2, 4, 5 and 7, which I thought was a
bit odd (but it has to do with the times of these pieces, which now act as a mirror to each other). Not that this 'wrong' sequence messes up the release, perhaps it even makes it more varied. 'Haunted', which I didn't hear before, also seems to be using an amount of steel percussion/plates as well as electronics of some kind. It's all sturdy experimental music here, serious, dark, moody, and even noisy at times, but it's never over the top loud and abstract. Maybe a bit long but as far as I can judge these two older releases certainly belong together and as such work very well on one CD." [FdW / Vital WEekly]