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Unsettling experimental ambient from Pataphysical’s Andrés Saenz De Sicilia, recorded live above a 1st C. AD Roman Necropolis and issued as the first release on Villa Lontana Records
Leading on from De Sicilia’s role in the Pataphysical trio’s well-received side for 12th Isle, this record documents his performance on a quadrophonic sound system in Villa Lontana’s garage in Rome, which sits above a recently discovered necropolis (cemetery) containing more than 160 tombs dating to 2000 years old. Recorded in response to the garage’s physical environment, the record is prefaced by a text-sound collaboration between the artist and Adam Green, artist and editor of ‘The Public Domain Review’, which sets the record off at an inquisitive angle before committing to a its main body of smouldering drones and cosmic shrapnel interwoven with lush pads and environmental sounds.
The joint introduction by De Sicilia and Green - a curator of “incredible esoterica” in the digital public domain - with a recital of William Hooper’s text ‘Experiments in Optics, Chromatics and Acoustics’ (1774) that outlines the physical fundamentals of visual and auditory stimuli, before De Sicilia proceeds to transmute space into sound, and vice versa, through a stream-of-consciousness sequence of sounds ranging rom ringing highs and doomy background disturbance to much softer ambient tropes nodding to Berlin skool kosmiche and contemporary dub ambience as found in his Pataphysical outing. We can only imagine that the dead Romans interred below would be as beguiled as we are at the recording.