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)

 
 

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