Non-Places


Daniel Barbiero: double bass; prepared double bass on “Turnpike Suite;” field recordings

Cristiano Bocci: electronics; electric bass; field recordings

with Matteo Ranieri, harmonica on “Train to Siena.”

Recorded September-December 2016 in Silver Spring (USA) and Follonica (Italy)

Assembled and mixed by Cristiano Bocci

Mastered by Mark Beazley in Walthamstow, London

Artwork by Marinella Caslini (www.disgrafica.com)

 

 

Digital Album and CD edition at

  https://cristianobocci.bandcamp.com/album/non-places

Non-places is a collection of sound constructions inspired by non-places—public places that are often, though not exclusively, of commercial purpose, and that impart a sense of anonymity or dis-placement to those who pass through them and use them to their own ends.

Each piece is a layered composition that interprets a selected non-place. Taking a field recording of a non-place as the fundamental stratum, Barbiero composed and performed a part on double bass, which Bocci then subjected to electronic deconstruction and reconstruction: filtering frequencies, building rhythmic cells and ostinati from fragments of melody, looping the double bass to counterpoint itself, and when called for, adding a 6-string electric bass melody doubling the original composition. (Repetition is an underlying motif of the non-place, and consequently of many of these compositions.)

Sounds estranged from themselves, appropriated and integrated into an encompassing project that ultimately returns them to themselves: the compositional process mimics, in its own way, the complex dialectic of alienation and appropriation that is the hallmark of the non-place. And yet anonymity and repetition by no means foreclose emotion--which will break through in a melodic passage just as it might on a train ride home.

Non-places is accompanied by the online essay: Atopia: Soundings from Non-places by Daniel Barbiero