|Deluxe silver CD box, silver-foil design complete with a 31-page booklet in Italian and English. English/Italian 196-pages book, 26 black and white photos, matte white cardboard cover with flaps, silver design.
One of the most adventurous composers and performers of the Italian avant garde scene, member of the Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza, great performer of the music of John Cage, Bertoncini started in the early '70s to design and build incredibly complex and visually fascinating 'sound sculptures' based on the aeolian sound principle. Amongst his more spectacular installations there were 'Vele,' a massive Aeolian harp (more than 7 meters high); 'Venti' (winds), for 20 Aeolian sound generators and 40 performers; and 'Chanson pour Instruments à Vent,' an assemblage for Aeolian harps, Aeolian gongs, and one performer. His self-built harps and gongs are excited by blows of compressed air, or by the composer's own breath, and the resulting sound is amplified through contact microphones. If at superficial levels they may sound like electronic music (long drones and swooshes of otherwordly sounds), at a close listening they reveal the intensity of a the pure and analogic sound of air, far removed from both any artificial or measurable principle as well as from any casual or chance method of composition, In fact, all the pieces are carefully composed and even notated. The CD presents the complete series of his works for Aeolian harps, from 1973 to more recent days. The accompanying 196-page book, in both English and Italian and rich with photos, is a rather profound dissertation on the Aeolian harps, their generation and meaning, as well as on experimental sound and avant-garde music in general. Written by the composer in the form of a Platonic dialog (between an old and rather bitter master and his young enthusiastic pupil), the book not only conveys a wealth of information on its subject matter, but it also renders perfectly the voice full of wit of one of the most personal and uncompromising composers of the present times.