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The trio of Alessandro Bosetti (voice, electronics), Kenta Nagai (fretless guitar) and Tony Buck (drums), in 8 works based on speech, which insistently repeats in looping structures.

Trophies (Bosetti / Buck / Nagai)
Become Objects of Daily Use

Trophies (Bosetti / Buck /  Nagai): Become Objects of Daily Use (Monotype)
Label: Monotype    
Released in: Poland    

"Trophies, the main musical project of Alessandro Bosetti with fretless guitarist Kenta Nagai and drummer Tony Buck is entirely dedicated to Bosetti's loop compositions. Trophies's music is based upon two simple principles : it is derived from speech and repeats stubbornly.

Melodies are crafted out of speech profiles of recordings of Bosetti's emotional, often surreal or non-sequitur lyrics. Words are casted into everyday speech and subsequently transcribed and played as endless loops. Speech becomes song and the non-metric, irregular rhythms that it creates turn into powerful grooves and precise pulsations never lining up with any regular beat. The band's performance is a meditative exercise in precision andi ntensity. Musical action begins in little shifts of intonation and inflections, anticipation and delay, played out by voice, fretless guitar, drums and electronics. Music warms up to a calm incandescence. Development is patient and inexorable. It never misses to reach a further level and it never loses its bizarre sameness. There is a controlled but restless energy that can mutate up to the point of transforming this trio into a devastating stage monster during live performances.

The insistently repeated speech fragments at the center of the music end up disappearing from perception while leaving a cloud of vaporized meaning behind. As it is often the case with Bosetti's projects it's hard to find a suitable genre definition although a myriad of eclectic influences are recognizable. Just to quote a few : Robert Ashley's ambiguity between speech and song. Ornette's harmolodic intervallic coherence. Peter Ablinger's photorealistic translation of daily occurrences into music and Eliane Radigue's and Charlemagne Palestine's sense of space and transparency over extended lapses of time. The droning feel is there but instead of using elongated sustained notes the spiraling lines get torn into garlands, resembling the convoluted spires of DNA chains.

Trophies formed in 2009 when Bosetti was invited to be artist in residence at Teatro Fondamenta Nuove in Venice and to bring together his own ensemble. It since then performed in the US and Europe with Tony Buck and Kenta Nagai soon becoming irreplaceable portions of a three headed creature that is also Bosetti's fast growing musical priority.

Alessandro Bosetti is an Italian composer, sound artist and performer born in 1973. He's main focus is in the fringe area between spoken language and music. He created a series of highly compelling sound works where relational aesthetics meets innovative composition and published more than a dozen of cd's of his own music along with many other collaborations. Since 2000 he has been a key Ars Acustica figure, and created a vast body of work of hybrid, award winning, text-sound and radio compositions for the main Radio and Electro Acoustic"-Monotype

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Product Information:

UPC: 5908310927268

Label: Monotype
Catalog ID: mono037
Squidco Product Code: 14790

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2011
Country: Poland
Packaging: Cardstock foldover
Recorded in Berlin on June 7th, 2010 by Rainer Robben at Audio Cue.


Alessandro Bosetti-voice, electronics

Kenta Nagai-fretless guitar

Tony Buck-drums

Rozemarie Heggen-double bass samples

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Track Listing:

1. This Is Not The Same As Chanting 7:16

2. He Was A Very Foxy Gentleman 10:59

3. Hotels Are Ripping You Off In D.C. 1:41

4. He Came Close To Simply Proceeding 14:10

5. Enumerating Issues Of Coexistence 2:15

6. In The Backseat Listen To Him Talk 5:30

7. Let Me Take Out The Dog 6:09

8. Spaceship 7:04