1. Songs from Ruined Days
As part of the Spire project, Touch is pleased to announce this download-only release by Italian artist Enrico Coniglio. You can preview an extract from this release in the TouchShop.
Enrico Coniglio is a Venetian musician who focuses his musical research on the representation of the contemporary landscapes. In relation to his studies in urban planning (University IUAV of Venice), his interest is directed towards the loss of identity of places and the uncertainty of the evolution of the urban territory.
If his music comes mainly from the ambient genre, mixing a droning guitar with field recordings and digital manipulation, on the other hand he’s just interested to document the landscape, meaning to build his personal catalogue of soundscapes, with a particular reference to the Venetian lagoon.
Over the last year he has collaborated with various musicians including Joachim Roedelius, Arve Henriksen, Oophoi and others, and he has releases and podcasts with Psychonavigation, Glacial Movements, Cronica electronica and Laverna net. You can hear a previous release “Sapientumsuperacquis” on Touch Radio.
The present release is a long-drone track mostly based on recordings made in Porto Marghera, a big industrial coastal area on the mainland of Venice, Italy (Winter 2009), now largely on disposal and afflicted by a severe economic and environmental crisis. Part of this work was originally used for a sound work in the “Antares” pavilion of VEGA Park (VEnice GAteway for science and technology) for a photography exhibition as a part of the project "Le nuove vie di Porto Marghera". Other field recordings were made in Vienna, Austria (December 2009), in an attempt to explore the sacral spaces of the city. 'Song from ruined days' is a mix of industrial and liturgical soundscape, a brief journey in the space of a full desolation.
"Enrico Coniglio is among the best kept secrets of the Italian ambient scene"
(Roberto Mandolini, Rockerilla)
"He deals in a warm, soothing blend of guitar drones, field recordings and digital post-production"
(Ewan Burke, Cyclic Defrost Magazine)
"Coniglio's atmospheres, meanwhile, take turns at being ethereal and lightflooded, obscured by clouds, ominous and abstract"
(Tobias Fischer, Tokafi)
"Enrico Coniglio creates a series of absorbing ambiences that have a moody enigmatic quality about them - dark, deep pools of sound morphing crackling in places with electrical damage"
(Morpheus Music Reviews).
"Coniglio's multi-varied collection provides a rich and oft-surprising listening experience"
"This is a must have for ambient DJs!"