Italian Air: Wind, Water & Metal
Ricerca Sonora RS-1
Phenomenal collection of environmental sound pieces from the composer and Fluxus thinker Philip Corner in an edition of 300 copies. The first side is taken up with a beautifully recorded piece for Korean cymbals in water outdoors accompanying the midnight bell from San Marco on the Fondamenta Giudecca in 1994. The combination of traffic sounds, passing boats, wind, water and bells generates a densely vibrating soundworld that touches on aspects of Mirror and Ora while presenting a seemingly pastoral scenario as something intensely resonant and at points extremely heavy. On the flip there’s another great outdoors ritual combining sounds of thunder and rain with heady gong sounds and a revelatory action for alphorn and gong recorded in the open air that touches on aspects of Albert Ayler and Yoshi Wada. Comes with two inserts, recommended.