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Fabio Perletta

Ichinen 一 念
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Ichinen 一 念
  • Appunti raccolti in un estemporaneo diario sonoro e rimodellati per divenire una cinematica restituzione emozionale di luoghi attraversati e atmosfere vissute. Ancora una volta parte dall’estremo oriente Fabio Perletta, il cui nuovo lavoro ispirato da un viaggio in Giappone rappresenta un’ideale prosecuzione della collaborazione con Haruo Okada che lo scorso anno era confluita in “Genkai 限界”.

    L’esplorazione sensoriale definita da Perletta è un susseguirsi di concreti frammenti minimali, spesso generati da oggetti trovati sui luoghi, che emergono da evanescenti e misteriosi fondali dando vita ad un flusso che lentamente procede attraverso scorci esotici nei quali la propria presenza rimane una quasi impalpabile ombra. Quello che modella i tre capitoli di “Ichinen 一念” è un tocco lieve che restituisce lo sguardo acuto e profondo di chi si muove costantemente rapito dal fascino di un universo in bilico tra un immaginario vivido e una realtà sfuggente.

  • ‘Ichinen’, the album by experimental composer Fabio Perletta, is the follow-up to his 2016 album ‘Genkai’. It was inspired by a trip in Japan in 2015 and a book of Suzuki Daisetsu Teitarō, titled ‘Living by Zen’. So I guess it will be no surprise that this is a meditative ambient album. Divided into three parts, this album is a collection of soundscapes, drones, noises and field recordings, arranged into narrative pieces of music, or “sound art”. However, don’t expect blissful ambient in the vein of people like Brian Eno or Harold Budd. No, this album is abstract, avant-garde and unpredictable.

    The best way to approach this album is to play it loud enough, find a comfortable position and allow the sounds to guide you through your own imagination. As I already mentioned, this is a meditative album, both minimal and immersive, if played in the right conditions, obviously. I’m not even going to recommend this just to ambient fans. I’m going to recommend it to everyone. In this world, full of stress, anxiety and depression, an album like this might actually help people to relax, to meditate and to discover talents and emotions they never thought they had. So check it out, try it. It’s healthier than taking antidepressant medication…

  • Totally immersive, spectral gamelan minimalism operating at the limits of perception. Imagine the intro to Photek’s Ni – Ten – Ichi – Ryu frozen and zoomed in x 100. We recommend you dive in deep…

  • Lush, rich, and quiet, Fabio Perletta’s “Ichinen” delivers a soothing contemplation. Emerging and dwelling right on the periphery of silence these songs feel best suited for late nights. Gestures contained within the pieces hint at gigantic unknowable symphonies of which only a small segment becomes clear. Melody, rhythm, these have some though not exclusive hold over the album. Over the course of the three interlocked pieces the clarity and depth of the textures results in the creation of an entirely new universe.

    On “Part 1” the song begins with a boom. Upon that boom an entire sound is unleashed, one that recalls elements of drone music alongside onkyokei. By letting the piece expand Fabio Perletta pays close attention to the way the sounds reverberate. Eventually too Fabio Perletta lets in a natural environment, one which references field recordings and found sound. Such a rich tapestry allows the sound to feel alive. Much more surreal is the distorted oddity of “Part 2” where Fabio Perletta appears to be transmitting the track from another world for the first half. By the middle part of the middle Fabio Perletta lets the real world in for a moment before the song ends on an eerie swell of sound. Easily the highlight of the piece is “Part 3” which effortlessly ties everything together. A clever build on this track reveals a true knack for pacing, with the song being broken out into suites. The finale in particular has a glorious conclusion, one full of air and color.

    “Ichinen” shows off Fabio Perletta’s uncanny knack to let the smallest of sounds gain great significance.