Interview with Nicola Fornasari (aka Xu, La petite vague…)

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Nicola Fornasari is an eclectic ambient artist coming from Cremona (Italy). Firstly trained as bass player involved in the harcore band Entropia he turned his creative interest to new musical fields back in 2007 with the formation of his solo project Xu. In itself his musical register can be appreciated as a medley between minimal dronescapes, ambient experimentalism, modern classical and aleatoric sound manipulations based on found sounds, concrete noises. His musical production has been welcomed by a number of labels, including Eilean, Cathedral Transmissions, Twice Removed, Triple Moon Records and al. Nicola is preparing a new album, up to be published on the 4th of July by Flaming Pines (for their “tiny portraits series”).

What is your musical background and how have you decide to produce your own music in first place?

I was the bass player and singer of the hardcore band Entropia from 1995 to 2006, releasing stuff on various international compilation, a 7″ on Tenia Records (ITA), a full length CD on Six Weeks Records (USA) and playing more than a hundred gigs all around Italy and Europe. I do not have any classical music preparation but, since I was little, I have always listened to a lot of different genres (from early Motown Records to 80s darkwave, from Franco Battiato to Dead Kennedys, from Fugazi to Bjork and so on…).At the end of the 90s I was in love with trip-hop (Massive Attack, Tricky, etc.) but also with The Orb psychedelic ambient stuff. In that period I also listened to a lot of dub music, as well as drum&bass and jungle… but something really change when I began to dive regularly into the enormous Coil discography; I can’t say how their work has influenced me as a musician, but I must admit that their imaginary at the time has influenced me a lot. Another band that I must mention are Stars of the Lid that made me fall in love with drone / beatless music.
So I started working as Xu(e) in 2007, as Xu in 2010 and as La Petite Vague in 2012.

What is your compositional plan and how would you define your music?

I usually start playing (and looping) without any particular plan or scheme. During these impros I use the minimum number of sound sources + my standard setup that includes a small mixing desk, contact mics, stompbox pedals and an iPad with Borderlands Granular or Samplr (as appropriate). In this way I recorded hours and hours of material on a multitrack Motu audio interface. During the second part of the process I listen to all the recorded material and select the best moments, then I proceed to the mixing, which typically does not involve heavy DSP processing but simple EQ and layering. By the way, I do not know how to define my music… I can only assure it comes from the non-rational and instinctive part of my personality and, consequently, is simple and sincere and hope – in some ways – spiritual.

What are you currently working on?

At this moment I am completing my new record as Xu. As regards Xu(e), we’ve been working for more than a year on a record with many collaborations (hope it will soon see the light!). Recently I came back to work with Vincenzo Nazzaro (Rooms Delayed), we’re slowly recording stuff for a brand new album.

CONTACT & INFO:
http://www.substance.it/
https://soundcloud.com/nicola-fornasari
https://xu-substance.bandcamp.com/
https://xu3music.bandcamp.com/
https://lapetitevague.bandcamp.com/

Xu & Rooms Delayed new soundscape is included in the compilation “Acquainted with passing clouds”: https://triplemoonrecords.bandcamp.com/

 

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Interview with Vincenzo Nazzaro (aka Rooms Delayed)

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Vincenzo Nazzaro aka Rooms Delayed is a sound artist coming from Bologne / Avellino (Italy). His sound production consists of an articulation between expressive droning textures, e-guitar experimentations and various micro noises. He notably recorded materials with Nicola Fornasari (from Xu…). Published albums in digital format, also as ultra limited craft based editions.

What is your musical background and how have you decide to produce your own music in first place?

I first approached music a long time ago strumming with the guitar…until it found me. I started with an instrumental band, our mail influences were bands as Sonic Youth, Fugazi and more. At the same time I have kept wandering in my own musical research inspired by musicians as Basinski, Fennesz, Hecker, Ambarchi (just to name the few); so I’ve started experimenting sounds, media and blends to record ambient/drone music.

What is your compositional plan and how would you define your music?

My music conveys all sorts of what inspires me at that very moment, so I don’t have a “structure” plan per se. I feel at ease designing atmospheres with guitar and reverberations (sonancies).

What are you currently working on?

 At present I’m working on a new and challenging piece with my dear friend Nicola Fornasari. I’ll keep you posted!!!!!!

website: https://soundcloud.com/rooms-delayed

Rooms Delayed & Xu new soundscape in collaboration has been published in the compilation V/A: Acquainted with passing clouds. triplemoonrecords.bandcamp.com/

Xu & Rooms Delayed past release on Triple Moon Records:

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Interview with ‘Day Before Us’ vocalist Natalya Romashina

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Day before Us is a neoclassical music act and dark ambient project with an interest for the mystical romanticism and symbolical poetry from past to present. The project was formed by Philippe Blache in 2010. Several physical albums have been signed and internationally distributed by Rage in Eden, Cold Spring, OPN, Twilight Records…

1. – What is your musical background and how have you been involved as a singer for Day Before Us?

Being trained classically first as a pianist in the musical school, then as an opera singer at the faculty of arts I have a long-term experience of performing on the stage, a diverse musical background, influences and have been experimenting with some genres of contemporary music (rock, neofolk, symphonic metal…). I’ve joined the project “Day Before Us” in 2015. Since my first listening to the project’s music I’ve been immediately immersed in this ethereal sublime sonority that speaks to me in such a magical, deep-rooted and special way. The vocal parts and lyrics have started to reach my consciousness very airily and are going in a harmonic accordance with the instrumental ones. Suchwise our first hauntingly beautiful and full of atmosphere collaborative song “Voyna Serdtsa” was born and subsequently featured on the next project’s album “Prélude à l’âme d’élégie” published in December 2015. After that we continued our cooperation developing our spiritual musical revelation and becoming a strong creative union.

2. – What is your compositional plan and how would you define your music ?

The dense whirls of  “Day Before Us” compositions find a reflection in  the sounding of nature’s enigmas, echoes of symbolic poetry, ancient myths and mysterious places, lunar cycles and fabulous flights of imagination… Lyrically inspired by these sources Day Before Us aims to be timeless.

We are creating our music as a duet now and keeping on to evolve our mutual musical conception.  Up to this day we’ve released together two more albums: EP “Enlightening Secrecy” (May 2016) and LP “Nihil Interit” (December 2016). Each song is a story and each album has its deep reflective intention.

3. – What are you currently working on ?

During this year we proceed with the new materials for several compilations which will be published on various digital / physical editions. We also pursue to work on our new album that is going to be out at the end of the year. This album will be based on the mysticism of the ambience, influenced by one of the characters in the Slavic mythology…

Until recently we occasionally present our music performing at different concerts, events and meetings around. We’d like to expand this idea and move on this direction being opened to play live.

Webpage: https://daybeforeus1.bandcamp.com/

Day Before Us’ Depicted chronicle new soundscape has been included in the compilation “Acquainted with passing clouds”: https://triplemoonrecords.bandcamp.com/

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Interview wih Bruno Pezer

What is your musical background and how have you decide to produce your own music in first place?

I mainly play guitar and bass (which I took up at 16 and 18 years old, respectively), but enjoy experimenting with any instrument I can get my hands on. I grew up listening to progressive rock, which influenced my creative approach: mixing things up and always looking for new sounds. The artists which have most shaped my tastes include Pink Floyd, Van der Graaf Generator, Boards of Canada, Sleep, Sunn O))), Tom Waits, Mark Lanegan, Earth, Kate Bush, La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Conan, The Mars Volta, Soft Machine, Isis, Adrian Belew, Kyuss, Ruins and Scott Walker (but there are many more of course).

Producing my own music was not so much a decision as a necessity since the scene where I live isn’t particularly fertile. There are few opportunities to perform live, maintaining long-term projects with other people is more difficult than it should be, and studios are expensive, which is why I ended up taking the DIY approach.

What is your compositional plan and how would you define your music?

When I first started working on my own material it felt like I was discovering the music rather than composing it, due to the fact that I’m self-taught and know very little theory. With time and experience I learned to have a clearer vision of what to do before actually doing it, however I still retain an element of my initial approach since I find it easier to come up with something unexpected that way. To sum it up, I search for ideas through improvisation and then slowly work on refining and structuring them.

I’m exploring three musical “areas”: atmosphere, heaviness, and songwriting. The material I’ve written or produced up to this moment ranges from ambient and IDM soundscapes made from digital synths, processed guitars and samples of various nature, to slow and heavy metal riffs, to songs reduced to the bare essence (one or two acoustic guitars and voice

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently finalizing the mix of my debut album of spacey ambient-electronica which will be released under the name Transmissions and simultaneously working on the second one which is a bit more experimental and abstract.

I’m also preparing to record some demos of acoustic material I have been working on since at least 2013 with a close friend of mine.

webpage: https://soundcloud.com/transmissionsfrombeyond/

Bruno Pezer’s new soundscape will be included on Triple Moon Records compilation V/A: Acquainted with passings clouds. Soon available:
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Interview with Nina Hoppas

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Nina Hoppas is a Paris based sound artist and founder of the experimental / beat-laden industrial project Odio Sis

What is your musical background and how did you decide to produce your own materials in the first place?

In the beginning, i started playing bass guitar and, at last i frustrated to be part of bands. Few months ago i decided to finally started my solo project : Odio Sis. In fact, my music is closest to ambient and drone music. I love experimental electronic music projects, noise and other kind of musics like minimal wave and shoegaze. (Slowdive, Ramleh, Pharmakon, Puce Mary, Trepaneringsritualen, Haus of Arafna, November Növelet AJA, Maurizio Bianchi..and many others.)

What is your compositional plan and how would you define your music?

There’s no plan, i use different combinations when i create soundscape, like bass guitar with effects, keyboards…

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on my album and new collaboration with my friends Mario Lino Stancati and Luca Ascari.

Website: https://odiosis.bandcamp.com/

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Interview with De Ponti / Magni

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De Ponti / Magni is an artistic duo born in the 2012 by Stefano De Ponti, organizer of sounds and images from Milan, and Emanuele Magni, engineer and electronic musician from Lecco.

What is your musical background and how did you decide to produce your own materials in the first place?

We come from a listening training rather different. Within our path, we don’t give much importance to our individual tastes, ranging from classic to electroacoustic, electronics to noise, embracing acoustic ecology and field recording practices. Instead, we give great importance to listening and respect for individual work, above all through a sincere and uncompromised confrontation. Over the last few years we have developed different attitudes and skills that have proved to be complementary: Stefano in his research attributes much importance to the meta-narrative aspect, while Emanuele develops an attitude that enhances the sound as a bearer of meanings in self. So our collaboration is born naturally and is continuing without impositions or restrinctions and in a very productive way. Odontoblast:
https://soundcloud.com/grottarecords/stefano-de-ponti-emanuele-magni-odontoblast

What is your compositional plan and how would you define your music?

A mix of practices, it depends… we don’t have a fixed rules, sometimes we playng for many hours and after a radical selection we define the sound in post production, sometimes we work a lot on the structure before to start playing any instruments and sometimes we stay in Grotta speaking, smoking and waiting something that not arrives…
We don’t have a label to describe a music… it’s a finding!

What are you currently working on?

A lot of things individually, maybe too many! As a duo we are finishing the sound shape for a video installation by Federico Lupo (http://www.vonholdenstudio.com/), based on the composition we proposed for this compilation. We also have a lot of sounds and compositions we are working on, but at moment nothing is ready and we don’t have hurry or any dead line about it… it’s very cool sensation!

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Websites:
Stefano De Ponti www.stefanodeponti.it
Emanuele Magni grottarecords.bandcamp.com

De Ponti / Magni new soundscape will be included on Triple Moon Records compilation V/A: Acquainted with passings clouds. Soon available:
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Interview with Edoardo Cammisa (aka Banished Pills)

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What is your musical background and how have you decide to produce your own music in first place ?

Well, my first approach with music took place many years ago, when I started to play the electric bass. As I was basically a child, I quickly lost all the interest in it, and just in 2013 I started to explore the world of experimental electronic music. I got kind of obsessed with microsounds and the soundscapes of nature, so I recorded every sound I found interesting, without paying attention to an actual melody or a proper use of the field recordings I made. Only in 2014 I got interested in noise and drone music, and I spent much time on recording tons of demos. Now that I’ve been working as a sound designer and composer for Impulse Control (an independent Italian software house) for two years, I’m able to work better on all the projects that I have in mind thanks to the experience and some people that are helping me in this wonderful journey.

What is your compositional plan and how would you define your music ?

First of all, I have to think about a main theme for every project I want to create. I have to decide the genre (that could be noise, drone or electronic ambient) and the feeling that the listener may feel while listening to that music. Then I often start to create my music by starting with several field recordings (in these months I’m still using all the field recordings I made during the past years or I might record something new depending on the project), and I add many layers of drone music or some downtempo tape loops. All the music I make has a purpose, and even if I don’t want to put personal feelings or emotions in it, the result is always very personal. If the listener pays attention while listening to my tracks, he/she will probably understand the emotion I felt while I was making that track. So if I had to describe my works with a single word, I’d definitely choose “mirror”, as it reflects everything I feel.

What are you currently working on ?

I’m currently working on four projects: two of them are collaborations (and the best thing is that one is with my friend meanwhile.in.texas, and I want to thank him for this great opportunity and for all the help he’s giving me), then I’m working on a solo project entitled “Truth” that tries to put together tons of voice samples and chaotic noise effects. The strangest project that is involving me during these months still remains untitled, and it’s a weird collaboration with a writer: she’s writing twelve short stories, and every story focuses on a color; then after reading the story and also focusing on that color, I try to create a track that could match with both the story and the color. I wonder what the final result will be!

Website: https://banishedpills.bandcamp.com/

Banished Pills’ new soundscape will be included on Triple Moon Records compilation V/A: Acquainted with passings clouds. Soon available: https://triplemoonrecords.bandcamp.com/

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