Boomkat Product Review:
Stunning archival retrieval, documenting the boldly singular electro-acoustic composition and performance of four young musicians venturing down their own path in Padua, Italy, 1973, with the encouragement of Teresa Rampazzi.
More than 40 years since it came to life, Arke Sinth’s eponymous, sole release beautifully captures the febrile and fertile spirit of experimentation without bounds, using meticulously crafted graphic scores as the springboard for a range of prescient, novel gestures and giddy flights of fancy that wilfully, chaotically and elegantly broke with formal and traditional structures and thinking.
Partly inspired by Teresa Rampazzi and Ennio Chiggio’s NPS manifesto, which asserted “the [traditional] instrument[ation] has exhausted its possibilities”, and using a studio tooled up with an EMS Synthi A (from which they took their name) together with organ, clarinet, sax and cello, the group coined a sound which, with the luxury of hindsight, we can clearly hear paralleled elements of jazz, electro-acoustic music, psychedelia and even prototypical dub and ambient music.
Almost hard to believe then, that this side has remained practically unheard since then, and perhaps its release today could hardly be more timely, crossing lines between the improvised tonal abstraction of Golden Retriever and Rashad Becker, thru to the darkest Deathprod air strokes and the kind of avant-techno currently pushed by the Latency or Opal Tapes labels; a startlingly fresh, dynamic and innovative hybrid of improvised and scored preparation with inventive, improvised performance.