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COTI - Solesulsuolo

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Antifrost AFRO 2060
Release Year: 2013
Note: for fans of Cello and dark / bassy string sounds and drones this is strongly recommended: enchanting 'breathing" and resonating flow- and pulse- patterns, at times very harmonic, then more abstract, full of raw 'materiality'.. all performed on the self-built "Oniscus harmonicus" by this Italian-Greek composer and sound artist (full name: Costantino Luca Rolando Kiriakos), once a member of MOHAMMAD
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All tracks written and performed on the oniscus by Coti K. in Stockholm and Tinos island in 2012. Oniscus (full name: Oniscus harmonicus) is an instrument I had thought of making for a very long time, it came from my obsession with string bass harmonics. It has 6-7 bass guitar strings tuned in semitones so that all possible notes can be played with harmonics. no fingerbord is present, it is played by lightly touching the strings with the left hand and bowing wiith the right. It has a playable range of 2 octaves (harmonics 2 to 8), some practicing should allow for another octave up (harmonics 8-16). A main aspect of its playing came by serendipitous chance when i discovered that close melodic intervals can be played by pressing down on the strings and thus bending the harmonics.#All Oniscii fold in half, making them extremely portable. Three versions of the Oniscus exist so far. The oniscus was the main instrument used on my soundtrack for Fynbos (2012) a film by Harry Patramanis. Limited edition 300 copies.

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"Coti also plays a string instrument, but it's not the cello. It's the Oniscus (full name: Oniscus harmonicus) and on his website I read it's "is an instrument I had thought of making for a very long time, it came from my obsession with string bass harmonics. It has 6-7 bass guitar strings tuned in semitones so that all possible notes can be played with harmonics. No fingerboard is present, it is played by lightly touching the strings with the left hand and bowing with the right. It has a playable range of 2 octaves (harmonics 2 to 8), some practicing should allow for another octave up (harmonics 8-16)." Following the Veliotis release this is luckily a bit different. Not exactly 'light' but then not as heavy to digest as the Veliotis release. Still heavy on the bass end but with eleven pieces also the one that is perhaps least conceptual. Not exactly 'song' material, but in it separate pieces of music. That too is a difference with the other two releases. It's also less powerful, and deals more with the beauty of sounds, I think. These pieces seem to me made through improvisation and are short (3-5 minutes) and to the point. Solemnly, sometimes mournful and sad music, but with a somewhat rough character. Very nice, and, a fine afterthought for the other two. Almost like a breath of fresh air." [FdW/Vital Weekly]