A Dystopic Listening was recorded in a small church in the countryside, close to Florence, on a rainy november afternoon.
During the recording session the door of the church was left open. Three microphones were used for the recording, they were placed at gradual distance from the musicians in a fixed position: the first microphone was in the church, next to the musicians, the second one was right on the door, and the third one was outside. In addition to the microphones three low quality cassette-recorders - in the same positions of the microphones - were used to record. Consequently the piece consists of the result of these six tracks, which were later mixed together.
The recorded piece has a simple structure: the accordion and the trumpet play different tenuto-sounds while the cello plays a floating overtones melody.
A Dystopic Listening is a consideration on how the position during the act of listening can influence and transform sound events. The distance between the sound source and the listener creates an environment with specific acoustic features. The space and the sounds produced outside become part of the music as equal elements in relation to the sound material of the piece traditionally played.
Marco Baldini (Blutwurst)
Marco Baldini (Florence, 1986) graduated in Roman Archeology at the Università degli Studi di Firenze. He studied music and trumpet with Tolmino Marianini, Luca Marianini and with Donato De Sena, at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole. He attended workshops with Axel Dörner, Birgit Ulher, Roswell Rudd and Mario Bertoncini. In 2011 he founded Blutwurst with Daniela Fantechi and Edoardo Ricci. Since 2015 he has been collaborating with Tempo Reale on several projects as redactor for musicaelettronica.it and as curator for the series of concerts TRK. He collaborated also with London based artist Alessandra Ferrini for the soundtracks of her essay movies Negotiating Amnesia (2015) and Radio Ghetto Relay (2016).
Daniela Fantechi (Blutwurst)
Daniela Fantechi (Florence, 1984) is a composer. Graduated in Composition at Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini of Florence, she studied also at the Kunstuniversität of Graz. She is also graduated in Musicology at the Università degli Studi di Firenze. She attended several masterclasses and summer courses such as Impuls and Achantes, held by Helmut Lachenmann, Beat Furrer, Toshio Hosokawa, Mark Andre, Stefano Gervasoni and Mauro Lanza. Her music has been played in different festivals in Italy, Austria, Spain and Great Britain. In 2011 she founded Blutwurst with Marco Baldini and Edoardo Ricci. Since 2012 she has been collaborating with Tempo Reale on several projects.
Michele Lanzini (Blutwurst)
Michele Lanzini (Grosseto, 1986) graduated in Cello at Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini of Florence with Andrea Nannini In 2009/2010 he attended a String Quartet annual Masterclass at Scuola di Musica di Fiesole. He was orchestrally formed at the "Academy of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino" (2006/2007) and at "Italian Youth Orchestra Academy" (2008/2009). Since late 2011 he joined the ensemble Blutwurst. Beside concerts activity he has being teaching cello in many Tuscan music schools, including the "Scuola di Musica di Fiesole". In 2015 he attended a Master for Orchestras and Children's and Youth Choirs Operator at the University of Florence. He is currently Cello professor at "L.Bianciardi" music school of Grosseto.
A Dystopic Listening - by Marco Baldini, Daniela Fantechi and Michele Lanzini
Josef Sudek, from the Series The Window of my Studio