Covid-19 is dangerously impacting the social-economic category of musicians. No concerts, poor political and social consideration, uncertain earnings. As a consequence, an ever-growing number of musicians, especially those from the experimental area, are trying to promote their music on BandCamp in digital format only. It is increasingly difficult for me to follow and review this incredible flow of music. I therefore decided to open this section on my blog Neuguitars where I propose music in digital format that I consider particularly interesting and worthy of attention. I hope you like it. Let’s support musicians. They need it.
Action Silence Prayers by Stefano Pialia, die Schchtel, 2008 on #neuguitars #blog
This solo work by the 3/4hadbeeneliminated guitarist Stefano Pilia can aptly be defined “ecstatic”, in the purest sense of the term. Each guitar note seems to emanate from beneath an invisible surface, lingering for a few moments only to drop back down and be replaced by another; different harmonics emerge creating a restless resonance, and tiny clusters of melody appear and disappear before fading in the haze of a gorgeous drone.
Stefano Pilia (1978) lives and works in Bologna. Multi-instrumentalist and electroacoustic composer. His work with guitar and bass has drawn closer and closer to the investigation of nuanced, semi-static drones, and the exploration of space through sound. In his tracks he explores the acoustic complexity of the soundscape, employing a palette of hued tones, suspended melodies and introspective arpeggios, often mixed up with tape noise, feedback and further spurious interventions. He is one of the founders of 3/4HadBeenEliminated, daring synthesis between improvisation, electroacoustic composition and avant-rock sensitivity.
-selected by THE WIRE office ambience-
“Italian guitarist Stefano Pilia is a lyrical minimalist… His playing is poised, higly articulate and emotionally generous”. Jon Dale / THE WIRE
released January 11, 2008
Electric Guitar, Loop Pedal (Bologna 2007)
Electric Guitars (Bologna 2007)
Prepared Electric Guitar (Bologna 2005)
1st part Piano
2nd part Loop (El.Guitar, Piano, Sample from White Lines by Marina Rosenfeld), Room resonances
(Frankfurt, Roma, Bologna 2006)
Electric Guitar, Loop Pedal
Composed and recorded by Stefano Pilia
Land recorded by Massimo Carozzi
Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi
Die-Schachtel Zeit Series 07
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