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Die Schachtel present the premiere collection of electronic works by renowned and prolific Italian composer Martino Traversa. Martino studied at Salzburg's Mozarteum, at the CCRMA at Stanford University and with Luigi Nono from 1987 to 1989, preceding his activity as cultural promoter: he founded the Ensemble Edgard Varèse in 1990, with Luigi Nono's support; and launched 'Traiettorie', the internationally feted festival of contemporary music in Parma, where he's also a professor of music at the University. The most striking inclusion on his 1st collection is 'Variazioni sopra un labirinto (2000)' which was inspired by two significant Italian Avant Garde personalities: the composer Luciano Berio, and poet Edoardo Sanguineti. It manifests a disorienting 23'22 rendering of Sanguineti's 'Laborintus' text, best described by the composer: "a study on Sanguineti's linguistic complexity, an attempt to push his words to the limits:… A sort of sonic "centrifuge" in which every single phoneme, or aggregate of phoneme-word-sentence occupies multiple spaces, propagates through many different loudspeakers, thus defining different layers of listening. Some time the whole entity produces a sense of displacement, due exactly to the high amount of information that our ear is not really able to fully process, as it is immersed in a sort of labyrinth…". Three (relatively) shorter compositions follow: 'Esclepion (2003)', a fragile and dramatic piece inspired by the temple of Asclepion on the Greek island of Kos; the dynamically diffused 'NGC 253 (2007)', "a sort of virtual sound sculpture for the outstanding "Sonic Chandelier" installed in the Casa del Suono (House Of Sound)"; the twelve minute abstract synthesis of 'Critical_Path (2006)'. A strong recommendation to follows of hi-end contemporary electronic composition.