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LUIGI ARCHETTI
Februar

UTR4165
Unity Records 2005
14 Tracks. 63mins09secs

Luigi Archetti: experimental music – visual art. So declares his website. On its homepage a speaker cone rendered in a perfect Michael Craig-Martin, perspectival line drawing floats back and forth. Its gentle pace and almost gnomic clarity make it a fine visual accompaniment for the first of the 14 tracks on Februar. Track 01 (its successors are just as anonymously titled) wavers gently and quite beautifully in my headphones. It turns out that the website and the music marry all too well – on pausing the CD I realise that its been blending perfectly with music streamed from the artist’s website. Sigh. I somewhat sheepishly close the browser window and begin again. The music sounds momentarily thinner, but quickly appears to fill out again. There’s a fair amount of subtle activity, enough to maintain the attention. A stringed instrument, perhaps a bass or cello fills the lower reaches while tones waft across the middle and upper registers like clouds. There’s a sense of the pendant and the pensive mixed together. Track 3 is stippled with high-pitched notes like sleet piercing snow in rods. Track 4 is lost like waking alone from a strange dream in an unknown house. Februar establishes itself in the quiet room I’m sitting in. It’s dark and the hour is late. Next morning it’s my soundtrack to the morning journey to work, but the mixing of ambient sounds with Archetti’s carefully composed pieces proves unsuccessful. Given the space, somewhere uninterrupted and already quiet, Februar is a haunting work.

Colin Buttimer

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