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Attilio Novellino is an italian soundartist born in Catanzaro in 1983. Guitar, electronics, deep basses, field recordings, piano and harsh distortions are used to build dreamy and melancholy soundscapes, to draw floating layers of burning material, to launch dronic textures that become noises, streaked with misty romanticism, characterized by a pronounced emotional side that combines post-industrial visions, nocturnal glows, blurred pictures and old memories.
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Through Glass - 2012
I have to admit that sometimes it’s hard to write about music. Not only is it difficult to put the right words that have concrete meaning to something that exists in an abstract and tangible way, but I often run out of adjectives to describe particular sounds, attempting not to stay repetitive in my observations. There is only so much I can say about “ambient” and “drone” and “noise” and “experimental”. Often, after re-reading my write ups from years ago, words like “lush”, “somber”, and “textured”, begin to lose all of their meaning, drowning in sounds which swallow the void. Thankfully there is always the music itself, which does a much better job at convincing the listener of its value. The only thing that’s left for me to do is to guide you towards the source.
Attilio Novellino produces experimental soundscapes, that drone out the noise in lush ambient textures. The somber tones are enriched with distortion and swell beyond the horizon until they recede like dark waters after the storm. Elements of white noise are also present throughout the frequency rich pads, which swirl in the ocean of motionless layers. Exploring the boundaries between melody, dissonance and noise, Novellino incorporates electronics, guitar, piano and field recordings to build up the foundation of his atmospheric work.“Through Glass emerged from thoughts about the power of the light filtered through glass: as the light, so the sound can be reflected in a thousand directions, giving rise to previously inaudible material, with a mysterious and intense charm.”Through Glass is only a second full length release for the Italian “soundartist”, Attilio Novellino. His debut album, Anonymous Said (Inglorious Ocean, 2009) was recorded under a curious moniker, Un Vortice Di Bassa Pressione (tr. A Vortex Of Low Pressure). The production on Through Glass is very mature, rich, and clean (even though noise is the predominant element in the composition). This music will absolutely appeal to fans of Tim Hecker,Fennesz, Stephan Mathieu, Ben Frost and Lawrence English. This is another win for Alexandr Vatagin‘s Valeot Records which continues to steadily release quality material and satisfy my cravings… Keep ‘em coming!
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Before starting to use his own name, Attilo Novellino used Un Vortice Di Bassa Pressione, which is not an easy name to remember, so perhaps he choose his birth name to go by. Novellino is also a member of Sentimental Machines. He has had a release on Inglorious Ocean and will have one soon on Small Doses. His ‘Through Glass’ album has ten tracks, which use extensively guitars, bass, field recordings and piano. Ambient might be the right word, but its not always that soft, such as in the shoegazing opening of ‘A Footpath For Night Dancers’, which is quite loud and mildly distorted. Not so much my cup, but I enjoyed occasional distortion like that since its a bit different than many others working in this crowded field of drones. Novellino plays with various cards on the table, going from softer moods to grittier ones and that’s quite nice. He has obviously thought about the whole notion of ambient and drone music, and seems to me interested in finding his own voice in that. I must say that he succeeded as such. The whole noisiness of distortion pedals full on, is perhaps less interesting for me, but I certainly can see connections to Tim Hecker or Andreas Tilliander. Promising newcomer, I’d say.
|Frans de Waard|
Underwater Noises – 2010
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I swim two times a week in a swimming pool and I am always surprised by the sound of the water, my breathing and the bubbles. Sounds under water have a strange effect, it is stronger, disformed and smooth. I was happily surprised when I had to review this compilation CDR, because of my fascination of water. Attilio Novellino and Enrico Coniglio invited 15 Italian artists to submit a track inspired somehow by the notion of water. Most of these musicians are working in the drone and ambient scene and use electroacoustics, microsounds and droned sounds to create their compositions. The compilers are Paolo Veneziani, Cop Killin’ Beat, LLS04, Ennio Mazzon, Enrico Coniglio, Un Vortice Di Bssa Pressione, Christian di Vito, Leastupperbound, Allesio Ballerini, Francesco Giannico, Obsil, Ornitology, elisa Luu, Gigi Masin and Pierpaolo Leo. The sphere of the CDR is calm and relaxing. Some artists use synthesizers or guitar and add the sound of rain or water to their floating tones. Others use more the sound of water or interpretations of this theme. The music is available as limited CD-R or as free download via Lost Children Net Label. Of course, the theme water is used many many times in musical history, but this well curated compilation is a nice addition to this history and how Italian composers deal with these theme.