Surreal sound poet Francesco Cavaliere hitches his esoteria to Gang of Ducks with a charming album sculpted with medical software more commonly used for phonologic analysis
In a crafty sort of technical poetic détournement, Cavaliere repurposes medical software in an intricate system of numbering that, to be honest, leaves us a bit baffled, but results in a great arrangement of sounds. Like his pair of ‘Gancio Cielo’ albums for Hundebiss which introduced us to his work in 2016, ‘Tessera Alata’ also trades in a fine style of exactingly sculpted, minimal but melodic small sound gestures interspersed with vocals.
However here the vocals are used even more sparingly, sprinkled at opportune moments within the beguiling logic of the music, which owes as much to mathematical as artistic processes, and literally name checks figures such as Hungarian mathematician Paul Erdos, theoretical physicist Paul Dirac, and quantum computing pioneer Richard Feynman. Tracks mostly fall under the 3 minute marker, tiled in a mazy mosaic of ideas in a way that recalls some of Uli Rehberg’s cuter, elusive vignettes, and even the early electronics of Daphne Oram.