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Label & Cat.Number: Kohlhaas KHS 023
Release Year: 2023
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €18.00
More InfoIn 2021, the Municipality of Cotignola, Ravenna invited sound artist and composer Giovanni Lami to participate in an artist residency as part of a broader project aiming to investigate the anthropic landscape of the local area.
The two-piece composition Monumento Fiume stems from the huge body of field recordings collected by Lami throughout his residency period, which is going to contribute to the soon-to-be Sound archive of Cotignola. As Massimiliano Fabbri points out in the liner notes, "Monumento Fiume" is an oxymoron: this may reflect the both static and dynamic ecology rendered in these two pieces almost entirely crossed by a constant, throbbing tension.
Recorded throughout Spring and Summer of 2021.
Mixed by Giovanni Lami.
Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi.
Artwork and design by Clio Casadei.
Liner notes by Massimiliano Fabbri.
Edition of 300 copies.
The recordings used in this composition were collected in Cotignola, Ravenna as part of a nascent sound archive of the area. Monumento Fiume is a project funded by Comune di Cotignola and Regione Emilia-Romagna.
"If you look at the record, the inner sleeve, you have difficulty figuring out what this is about; or even who made this record. Going on Kohlhaas' Bandcamp, you learn this is 'Monumento Fiume' by Giovanni Lami. His work was reviewed before in Vital Weekly, and he primarily works with field recordings and very specific concepts. The concept here is lost as the liner notes are in Italian, and Bandcamp doesn't provide a translation. The basic idea is that Lami was invited by the Municipality of Cotignola, "Ravenna, for "an artist residency as part of a broader project aiming to investigate the anthropic landscape of the local area". To that end, Lami collected a lot of field recordings, "which is going to contribute to the soon-to-be Sound archive of Cotignola". According to Bandcamp, "Massimiliano Fabbri points out in the liner notes, "Monumento Fiume" is an oxymoron: this may reflect both static and dynamic ecology rendered in these two pieces almost entirely crossed by a constant, throbbing
tension". Google translates 'Monumento Fiume' as 'Monument River'. I am sure I miss out on something here. The two pieces are relatively short, around twelve and a half minutes each. In 'M', on the first side, the field recordings are embedded into a musical mix of percussive sounds, string instruments and such, but all of which sound very much like they are processed inside the computer. Something similar can be found, but then much more extended on the other side, 'F'. A zither perhaps, maybe a bass, some electronics and along, there are field recordings of a building site, church bells and birds. I prefer 'F' over 'M', as I enjoyed the fact that the musical elements brought in by Lami lifted the music to another level, whereas 'M' stayed more on the side of field recordings/documentation, and of which the relation with the overall project is a bit lost on me. Overall, I thought this was a most enjoyable record, of which I didn't understand certain aspects." [FdW / Vital Weekly]
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