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‘Umwelt’ is a filigree elision of explorative electro-acoustic disciplines, forming the first collaborative release between two leading lights of avant-garde and experimental music
Acoustic alchemist Lucio Capece, sought after by everyone from Mika Vainio to Vlaislav Dely for his inventive talents, meets Ben Vida, one of computer music’s most interesting composers, in a suite of liminal and surreally absorbing works recorded over the past four years between Brussels, Berlin, and New York. Capece brings a unique versatility on bass clarinet, slide saxophone, cardboard tubes, analog synth and filter to Vida’s synthesis, sampling, and digital arranging, resulting in four pieces that get up the nose and and under the skin with deeply, rarified effect recalling works by Jim O’Rourke and the depths of the GRM archive.
The duo’s efforts are full of psychoacoustic, proprioceptive audness that almost gets us sliding off the chair with its mind-bending subtleties, whether crumpling time/space perceptions like liquifying tinfoil in the transition between iridescent rhythm and hypnagogic chamber drones in ‘Asmodea’, or doing the strangest things to our heads with the air-bending sorcery of ‘Umwelten’, and Rashad Becker-like off world psychedelia of ‘The Three Graces.’ Seeing Lucio play at a Berlin gallery 13 years ago was a quietly pivotal experience of experimental music for us, and this work with Ben Vida highlights the immanent power of his music in a way that still has our attention rapt.