Boomkat Product Review:
Stunning sub-aquatic tape music from celebrated engineer and producer Marta Salogni, working alongside sonic artist Francesco Fonassi on an immersive session exploring the mysteries of deep oceanic forests. If yr partial to a bit of Valerio Tricoli, Thomas Köner, Alvin Curran, Moondog or Spencer Clark - this one is just the thing.
Preceeding her work co-producing the upcoming Depeche Mode album, and in light of high profile work with Mica Levi, Holly Herndon, Björk and countless others, on ‘L’ebbrezza delle grandi profondita’ (‘The Intoxication of the Great Depths’), Salogni enlists Francesco Fonassi for a properly weirdo session playing an array of tape machines - Revox, Ferrograph, Akai, Teac - as instruments, in order to elicit a sense of wonder and romance associated with Cousteau’s 1956 oceanic documentary ‘The Silent World'.
The pair plunge in with murky echoes of Louis & Bebe Barron’s soundtrack to ‘Forbidden Planet’, making judicious use of their machines’ varispeed effects and feedback to conjure a range of sensations between the palpable feeling of dematerialisation and the truly uncanny in a way that really doesn’t sound moored to any specific period of time or technology. Loops waft in and out of the stereo field, submerged and unknowable - you could just as well be listening to something from the 1950’s or the 2050’s - such is their spirited unearthliness.