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Noetinger, Jerome & SEC_: La Cave Des Etendards (Mikroton Recordings)

Titled from the two venues where these concerts were recorded, the duo of Jerome Noetinger and Mimmo Napolitano both use revox reel to reel recorders, plus feedback systems, laptop and other electroacoustic devices to create strange and gripping aural narratives built of abstract elements yet creating deceptively concrete, compelling stories; exceptional.

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UPC: 5056198930389

Label: Mikroton Recordings
Catalog ID: cd 71
Squidco Product Code: 25840

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: Russia
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
All material originally recorded at Cave12, in Geneve,Switzerland on October 11th, 2015 and at Standards, in Milano, italy, on October 15th, 2015.


Jerome Noetinger-revox reel to reel recorder, electro acoustic devices

Mimmo Napolitano-revox reel to reel recorder, feedback system, laptop

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"Born April 1966, in Marseille, Jérôme Noetinger discovered experimental music under the influence of the Déficit Des Années Antérieures in Caen. Composer/improviser/sound artist working with electroacoustic devices. Composing sometimes musique concrete in the studio, and performing improvised music using electroacoustic devices such as: the reel to reel tape recorder Revox A77 and magnetic tape, analogue synthesisers, mixing desks, speakers, microphones, various electronic household objects and home-made electronica. Performing both solo and in ensembles, and collaborating often, and touring extensively internationally. Director of Metamkine, non-profit organisation dedicated to the distribution of improvised and electroacoustic music, which operates with an on-line mail order catalogue. Member of editorial committee of quarterly journal of contemporary sound, poetry and performance, Revue & Corrigée since 1987 Studied electronic music under the direction of Xavier Garcia from 1986 -1988 at COREAM in Fontaine. Organises studio workshops and conferences around such subjects as: musique concrete, improvisation, audiovisual experiments, questions of distribution and production. Active in the international music network since 1984 working with music, dance, films and painting Member of 102 rue d'Alembert, programming coordinator of exhibitions, concerts and experimental cinema from 1989 -1998 [bio continues...]"

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"Mimmo Napolitano (aka SEC_),born 30 December 1985, Avellino, Italy, is an electro-acoustic musician and composer from Naples, Italy.

His main instrument is the reel-to-reel tape recorder, that he uses to both warp sound materials, creating unpredictable and grotesque joints, and in connection with devices like no-input mixing board, synthesizer, pick-up, CRT TV , generating weird rhythmical interactions between devices and driving this way the musique concrète closer to power electronics and club culture. Continuously trespassing the borders between analog and digital, structured and improvised, narrative and abstract, SEC_ is rather interested in the relation between the physicality of sound (and of the generation of it) and what we can maybe still call "musicality". Elements of this sound universe are cuts, bangs, twisted rhythms, sharp or animalistic sounds, deep drones, in which you can scent remains of industrial, techno, dub, metal, horror movies soundtracks... Co-founder, in 2005, of the avant-rock band Weltraum, since 2008 he collaborates with Mario Gabola in the duo Aspec(t) and with musicians of different areas (electro-acoustic, noise, free-rock). With these formations and in solo he has played extensively around Europe, in many kind of venues and events, as well as in festival such as: L'Audible (Paris), All Ears (Oslo), Cable (Nantes), Flussi (Avellino), Akouphene (Geneve), Musrara Mix (Jerusalem)...

SEC_ runs active collaborations with Jerome Noetinger ("Testacoda" LP), Olivier Di Placido ("Rainbow Grotesque" LP), Dave Phillips ("Medusa" CD), Dario Sanfilippo ("Fame D'Aria" CD), Ken Vandermark (Rara Avis band), Andrzej Zaleski ("Droga" CD), Andy Guhl, Jean Philippe Gross, Francisco Meirino, Evil Moisture, Scott Sinclair (releases upcoming)....

As a composer he has released five solo albums and many collaboration albums, and has received commissions for works from L'Audible festival (Paris), CSW (Warsaw) and Kunstradio broadcast (Wien). His piece "Outflow" has been rewarded with the PIARS prize in 2013.

Since 2008 he runs the label Toxo Records and curates concert series in Naples and Avellino."

-Toxo Records (

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track listing:

1. L'Orecchio Di Dionigi 17:19

2. Le Chateau Est Une Oreille 17:28
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"La Cave Des Eteendards or The Cave Of Standards is a wordplay between Cave12 and Standards, two venues where they recorded the concerts which became the foundation for the tracks of the album.

"L'orecchio Di Dionigi" is a cave in Siracusa with a special echo that allows one to hear from the entrance any sound from the inside; in the past it was probably used as a prison because of its aural properties, very useful to control what the prisoners said.

"Le chateau Est Une Oreille" is inspired by Italo Calvino's text "Un Re In Ascolto", written for Lucian Berio, where he describes sound narrative of a castle from the position of a paranoid king.

You can use these references as a way to enter the cinematic world both musicians created with multiplicity of tape sampling and the use of extra tools to make the music as complex and inter-refential as possible. "-Mikroton

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