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Archetti, Luigi: Null IV-VII  [4 CD BOX] (Die Schachtel)

Sound artist Luigi Archetti has developed his Null series over several years, here presenting his second Box set of 4 CDs, the word "null" (German for "zero") a metaphor for a state of pausing and anticipatory waiting, as the sound evolves slowly using static tones and drones and the transitions between, generated from e-guitars in unique tunings.

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UPC: 769791909113

Label: Die Schachtel
Catalog ID: ZEITC 018-19CD
Squidco Product Code: 20817

Format: BOX SET
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: Italy
Packaging: Box Set - 4 CDS + Booklet


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Artist Biographies:

"Luigi Archetti, born in Italy (1955) but raised in Switzerland (since 1965), specializes in music that borders on ambient, droning and microtonal. His first solo album was Das Ohr (ATM, 1993), which includes 35 brief vignettes, notably the dilated, Hendrix-ian guitar-solo of Outer Ear the android-exotic ballet Hammer and Ambass, the robotic folk dance Trommelfell, the tense strumming of Gehorknochelchen, the closing drone of Ohrtrompete, the industrial-metal nightmare of Paukengang. Archetti's dissonant guitar miniatures (the instrument is mostly unrecognizable) explore a territory that extends from Fred Frith's noise-rock to Derek Bailey's noise-jazz.

Adrenalin (Recdec, 1994), his "rock" masterpiece, assembled 28 deconstructed, cubist songs of a dissonant post-psychedelic music mutating into a wild variety of styles. The "band" (Archetti on distorted guitar, Urs Blochinger on cacophonous reeds, Martin Gantenbein on creative percussion effects, Hubl Greiner on disorienting samples, Der Volz on the rare vocals) was subjected to all sorts of sonic torture in the remixing stage. Virtually each piece was born at the intersection of abstract electronic music, tribal folk music, convoluted prog-rock, loose free-jazz, demented chamber music, with one or the other element prevailing over the rest.

Archetti's third and boldest solo was Cubic Yellow (Captain Trip, 1999), credited to the Hulu Project, that added sampling, electronics and drum machines to Archetti's eclectic and surreal guitar soundscapes. The collection opened with the atmospheric dance piece Yellow Notification that could not be more misleading, as the rest of the pieces (except Yellow Lullaby) were in the abstract, dissonant vein. Some of them toyed not only with texture but also with rhythm, thus achieving the most disorienting effects: The Yellow Sign, an eerie blend of cosmic music and drum'n'bass, Yellow & Grey, a similar amoeba of drones, reverbs and syncopated beats, Yellow Greenland, halfway between Brazilian carnival frenzy and galactic signals, Fall Back on Yellow, drum'n'bass punctured by volleys of dissonances. Other pieces sounded ominous portraits of future life (or death): The Yellow House, a shapeless post-industrial noise that coalesces into a rapid-fire miasma, Yellow Pellet, an assembly of ghostly echoes from another world, Yellow Hotel Bill, a series of electrical shocks, an well as the assorted noise collages of Get Into Yellow water, Yellow Lunar Vehicle and How About Yellow?.

He played guitar on, among others, Guru Guru's Shake Well (Zyx, 1993), Moshi Moshi (Think Progressive, 1997) and 2000 Gurus (Fuenfundvierzig, 2000), and for avantgarde vocalist Ellen Christi's Alienstalk (Sargasso, 1998)

He has also released a few collaborations with percussionist Mani Neumeier under the moniker Tiere Der Nacht, namely Hot Stuff (Recrec, 1992), Wolpertinger (Recrec, 1994), Evergreens (Captain Trip, 1997), Sleepless (Captain Trip, 1998); the free-noise improvisations for rock quartet (Marin Gantenbein on drums, Max Oliver Schmid on drums, Jan Schlegel on bass) of Erbsline (Mass & Fieber, 1996); the improvisations with drummer Martin Gantenbein and cellist Bo Wiget credited to Affront Perdu on Fin de Siecle (Mass & Fieber, 1997); Low Tide Digitals (Rune-Grammofon, 2001) and Low Tide Digitals II (Rune-Grammofon, 2005), which were further collaborations for Archetti on guitar (and electronics) and Bo Wiget on cello (and electronics); a collaboration with bassist Jan Schlegel, Silent Surface (Unit, 2003). The two volumes of Low Tide Digitals, in particular, were (untitled) studies for Eastern-inspired distortion-laden chamber electroacoustic music (the second track of the second volume) and ominous black holes of "musique concrete" (the ninth and the eleventh tracks of the second volume).

The shamanic music of the Hulu Project (HBL, 2000) was born of a collaboration with electronic musician Hubl Greiner and Siberian singer Stepanida Borisova. The singer dominates the proceedings. Her voice occupies the higher layer and gives each piece its dramatic quality. Below it, the second layer is taken by the percussion, that are played in a non-rhythmic fashion besides the usual timekeeping fashion. They "embellish" the harmony. The electronic background is actually the lowest layer, and rarely intrudes in the dialogue between the human voice and the percussion instruments. A few tracks try to jump on the transglobal dance wagon, but they are the minority.

The 15 Transient Places (Unit, 2004) are electronic vignettes mostly in the droning/microtonal style. tones are created, floated around, slowly mutated or made oscillate, sometimes detonated or disintegrated. Sometimes they achieve the symphonic intensity of Gordon Mumma's installations, sometimes they decay into quantum void, and sometimes they mumble and chatter like a council of tiny animals. The nine-minute eighth track embodies the psychological aspect of Archetti's research, as the sounds are manipulated and sequenced in such a way as to generate maximum suspense and terror.

One of his most abstract and intense works, Februar (Unit, 2005) is basically an atonal "concrete" symphony in 14 movements. The original sources are scientifically decomposed by the electronic manipulation and the resulting extreme audio range is used to sculpt a narrative stream of sound.

The core of Tiere Der Nacht's Krauter & Weltmeister (Captain Trip, 2005) is hypnotic, mildly dissonant and highly percussive pieces (Falling Streamheater, All Yomo). Occasionally danceable (Krauter & Weltmeister) and occasionally romantic (Zap Love), the ritual culminates with the dilated and introspective jazz-rock of New Kabuki.

Null (Die Schachtel, 2010) and Null II/III (Die Schachtel, 2012) compiles a massive electronic work.

Silent Surface II (2012) documents a collaboration between Luigi Archetti (on guitar and electronics) and Jan Schlegel (on bass and electronics)."

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track listing:

Null IV

1. Untitled 10:00

2. Untitled 10:03

3. Untitled 4:15

4. Untitled 5:37

5. Untitled 2:30

6. Untitled 2:52

7. Untitled 4:34

8. Untitled 8:51

9. Untitled 3:18

Null V

1. Untitled 5:39

2. Untitled 2:31

3. Untitled 4:51

4. Untitled 2:54

5. Untitled 5:52

6. Untitled 4:08

7. Untitled 6:47

8. Untitled 12:59

9. Untitled 5:11

10. Untitled 6:16

11. Untitled 4:11

Null VI

1. Untitled 4:43

2. Untitled 7:49

3. Untitled 6:39

4. Untitled 6:21

5. Untitled 5:08

6. Untitled 1:21

7. Untitled 5:45

8. Untitled 7:13

9. Untitled 2:22

10. Untitled 6:06

11. Untitled 9:27


1. Untitled 8:18

2. Untitled 9:45

3. Untitled 4:05

4. Untitled 6:07

5. Untitled 5:09

6. Untitled 4:18

7. Untitled 9:37

8. Untitled 9:41

9. Untitled 4:11

10. Untitled 5:47

11. Untitled 11:03
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Epic in scale, static, timbre, and stillness, Null is a vast and profound musical project that Luigi Archetti has been pursuing over a long period. His musical research is not about "null" (the German word for "zero") as a mathematical object, as a real number. Instead, the term "null" is used here as a metaphor to describe a state of pausing and anticipatory waiting.

The music of Null is characterized by static sounds, drones, and their overlapping and layering. The sound surfaces turn into acoustic "sluggish material" which flows slowly through time and gradually transforms itself. It is a constant gliding, a constant mutation of sound structures. Attempts to discover clearly defined melodies, rhythmically ordered structures, or even beats are to no avail. A universe of sound particles diffuses in the foreground of the musical atmosphere, whereby the sounds do not provide any reference whatsoever to a possible location.

All the sounds in Null are sourced from e-guitars, which are in part extensively defamiliarized through digitalization and thereby redefined. The e-guitars (frequently in scordatura tuning) are used to this end as suppliers of sound. The acoustic sedimentation of the diverse sounds and sound structures results in a dense and filigreed sound fabric which develops a pull-effect on the listeners. It is an invitation to travel in uncharted regions, a hypnotically captivating journey through timeless and minimal acoustic events."-Die Schachtel

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