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RICCI, MASSIMO - Tracey Feels Worse

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Elevator Bath eeaoa 055
Release Year: 2020
Note: known for his high quality review blog ("composing with words") TOUCHING EXTREMES, Italian MASSIMO RICCI publishes his very first release, based on original recordings made in 1984 (!), that were transformed again and again, to end in a dark and ominous one-tracker with sounds that seem to come from the deepest abysses, shaped in endless spirals and circles... minimal but endlessly morphing and moving, a mysterious stream of drones.. - lim. 150 copies
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Elevator Bath is honored to present the first ever release of sound work from famed music writer Massimo Ricci.

Known as an individualistic reviewer - or, as he puts it, a "composer using words as main instrument" - in the meantime Ricci keeps researching, dissecting and altering sounds, something he has been doing since the late 60s.

"Tracey Feels Worse" consists of a single 35-minute piece based on recordings made by the composer in 1984, which, over time, were radically rearranged and reformed. Now in its final state, the piece is a wholly abstract undertaking; ominous and deliciously inscrutable.

The work does not contain hidden meanings or esoteric implications, nor does it want to symbolize unprovable "truths." Ricci - an atheist lone wolf who despises the opportunistic traits of false spirituality - processed extremely simple sources to the point of near-unrecognizability, generating enigmatic spirals and indeterminate environments from what was originally born as mere parody.

The specific sounds and techniques employed remain mysterious, as neither samples nor loops were utilized. But this mystery is fitting for such a haunting, ephemeral piece of music - even if the sound is robust. Indeed, there is an almost physical presence to the ever-shifting elements at play here. The soundscape is in constant motion, yet the overall impression is of a kind of uneasy calm. Perhaps the piece's structure lends itself to a feeling of anxious serenity. The sounds unnerve while the methodology soothes.

The piece's palindromic construction recalls the ghosts of Victorian literature, doomed to repeat their movements in an endless cycle for all eternity. But ultimately, in Riccis words, "'Tracey Feels Worse' may be interpreted as a threnody for the risible irrationality of the human theories about creation and afterlife. Typically fabricated by minds anxious to satisfy the needs of the self, theyre pitifully inadequate for the egoless infinity of sound and silence.