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anofele & logoplasm: gravescapes

  Artist: Anofele & Logoplasm
Title: Gravescapes
Format: MiniCD-R 3" in pro-printed triple folder cardboard minisleeve
Tracks: 3
Playing time: 21:43
Release date: April 2006
File under: Experimental


Track List:

1.  Gravescape One  6:51

2.  Gravescape Two  7:38

3.  Gravescape Three  7:12



We are happiest to bring you this collaboration between Anofele (Adriano Scerna, better known as one half of the italian experimental duo Kar) and Logoplasm (Paolo Ippoliti and Laura Lovreglio from Ariccia, Rome) which comes in the form of a 3" MiniCD-R.

Logoplasm didn't release any music at all during the last few years, so we are particularly glad to be part of their return to the scene, and we're truly hoping that this won't remain an isolated episode.

"Gravescapes" is a very particular release whose origins starts back in 2003 during a week-end in springtime, when Adriano, Paolo and Laura got almost lost in the woods of Central Italy, after a visit to a local theravada buddist monastery.

As they were walking around the monastery, at some point the trees disclosed the ruins of what instantly appeared like an abandoned graveyard bearing the signs of an awful lot of time and almost completely overgrown with weeds.

Underneath the graveyard they soon discovered a short subterranean tunnel. The tunnel was slightly illuminated by the piercing sunlight and their curiosity won over unrational fears, so they decided to explore it.

Inside the tunnel they found a few open loculi which contained small heaps of human bones. More bones were spreaded on the ground along with stones, sticks, branches, etc.

They took some recordings with two portable MiniDisc machines, using their discoveries as the main sound sources. Such recordings were subsequently manipulated and assembled using computer technology and softwares, and turned into "Gravescapes".

"Gravescape One" is Anofele's rendition of the original recordings, which is presented as "Gravescape Two". "Gravescape Three" is Logoplasm's take on the same source material.

"Anofele tinge tutto d’opaco e crea minicircuiti di ripetitività che si accavallano. I Logoplasm mordono più nel profondo, ed in principio è come se giungessero alle orecchie gli echi attutiti di un inquietante rito tribale, ma poi il tutto si addensa fino a montare (esplodere) in fasce di luce boreale. Se pensavate che in fatto di oscurità esoteriche Coil e Psychic TV rappresentassero il top siete serviti."
Sound and Silence [more]

"What can be noted about the Anofele one is that his rework is very dry and natural - this could have been the field recording as far as I'm concerned. Logoplasm takes the material much further into the world of digital processing and is perhaps a bit too much lost in the world of reverb: it's certainly scary music."
Vital Weekly [more]

"L'oscurità è un cuore nero pulsante. Umidità e calore, un tunnel sotterraneo in un cimitero abbandonato, microfoni aperti a captare movimentazioni rispettose... In poche parole, ottimo."
Kathodik [more]

"Per quanto le registrazioni siano state fatte in un cimitero abbandonato, siamo ben distanti sia dagli scenari dark ambient, sia dal materiale Cold Meat che uno potrebbe immaginarsi di ascoltare..."
Sodapop [more]

"Probabilmente nessuna opera fino ad ora aveva immerso mani e testa nella terra come succede in questo disco... Tra Tsunoda e Coil, tra la terra e il cervello"
RockLab [more]

"Gravescape 2" è morbidezze come di fogliame calpestato e poi vischiosi roteare di melma sonora. In "Gravescape 1" Scerna rielabora quel soundtrack esaltandone le angolarità. "Gravescape 3", un reprocessing dei Logoplasm, consiste in drones laminari che stratificano livelli timbrici e pietrischi acustici. E' speleologia acusmatica."
Blow Up [more]

"Gravescapes" is a 2003 collaborative work with Anofele/Adriano Scerna (also in Kar), and is the result of location recordings made in a tunnel, under an abandoned graveyard in a wood (!). Oddly enough, while Anofele mostly arranges and layers "pure" field recordings, Logoplasm offer a droning and reverberating ambient track where the natural sources are almost buried (no pun intended)."
Chain D.L.K. [more]