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BECUZZI, GIANLUCA & FABIO ORSI - Dust Tears and Clouds

Format: do-CD
Label & Cat.Number: Silentes Minimal Editions sme 1359
Release Year: 2013
Note: two collab albums from 2007 by the hyper-active Italian composers combined on one release, showing their more experimental skills: 'Dust Tears and Skinny Legs Poets' (unreleased so far, from 2007) + 'Please don't count the Clouds' (re-issue of rare 3 x mCDR release plus fourth bonus tracks); lim. 300 with oversized cover
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"Following the previous albums released, among others, by Last Visible Dog and Digitalis, "Dust Tears and Clouds" is the fifth full-lenght work born from the collaboration between Gianluca Becuzzi and Fabio Orsi. Becuzzi is an electronic / electroacoustic composer and sound artist active since the first half of the 80s. 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 recent artistic production - in addition to what he has published under his own name - we should at least mention his projects Kinetix, Noise Trade Company and Grey History. On the other side, Orsi sits among the most interesting names of the European electronic and experimental scene. Following his early output on A Silent Place and Smallvoices, his music works have been published by many other labels worldwide, including Porter Records, Boring Machines and, of course, Silentes. His talent has become an estabilished reality thanks to his abilities in finding a nice balance between experimentation and melody. Dust Tears and Clouds combines two CDs in a single release. The first disc, entitled Dust Tears and Skinny Legs Poets, was recorded in 2007 and remained unreleased until now. It contains eight highly evocative tracks that feature American Folk samples recorded by Alan Lomax mixed with guitars and electronics. This work can be seen as the ideal follow-up to the acclaimed Muddy Speaking Ghosts Through My Machines. The second disc collects the three long tracks previously released by Foxglove back in 2007 as a 3x3 MiniCD-Rs extremely limited edition, with the welcome addition of an unreleased fourth track. Here Becuzzi and Orsi offers two solo efforts and two collaborative numbers; the voices and samples that graced the first disc are absent and the musicians create denser experimental plots soaked with field recordings, synthesizers and effects. Overall, the two Italian artists showcase a broad range of solutions and, once again, they create a rich work whose repeated listening will reveal more and more details." [label info]


"Deceivingly simple. That's what I thought when I noted on the cover 'contains american folk samples by Alan Lomax'. Lomax recorded a whole bunch people singing traditional songs, usually without any instruments, and that's true treasure vault if you want to spice up your abstract music with a more musical element. It almost immediately turns your music into a movie soundtrack or radio play. Easy stuff? The easy road of Moby? Perhaps, perhaps, the eight pieces recorded by Gianluca Becuzzi and Fabio Orsi, who use a lot a of guitars and field recordings here, and seem to have reduced the electronics, create some great music with not just their instruments, but use the Lomax archives with relatively fine sparseness. Not too much, not too little, and sometimes it seems they process a bit of that too, or just the insects in the background and create perhaps indeed easy music, but easy music that works very well. In the two parts of 'Talking With Ghosts' the original Lomax recordings are a bit too much with not enough 'anything else', but these are with three minutes each also the shortest ones. The other six pieces are longer, but are more in favor of new music with the Lomax samples to support it. Nice stuff, relaxing, ambient, micro sounding but with an odd twist. Just why did it take so long, as this was recorded in 2007, to release it? Maybe Becuzzi and Orsi weren't that sure either? As a bonus (?) there is a second CD with four longer pieces of which three were released in 2007 as three 3" CDRs by Foxglove, with one piece by Becuzzi and Orsi each solo and two duo pieces, of which one is previously unreleased. This is more familiar territory for both artists. Long pieces of ambient like sounds, in which all of the sources - field recordings, guitars, electronics - are further processed and make up some dark ambient music, but not in the strictest drone sense. It moves about in a calm and gentle way, but is perhaps also a bit long here and there, and a bit with form. It moves in irregular shapes and colors and is alright. Not great actually and perhaps a bit too much common ground?" [FdW/Vital Weekly]