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Rinus van Alebeek and Michal Libera made frequent excursions into Calabrian towns to follow Alvin Lucier's suggestions to make large and small resonant environments sound, presented through field recordings and readings of text adaptations of Italo Calvino's "Invisible Cities".

Alebeek, Rinus van & Michael Libera
play Alvin Lucier Chambers

Alebeek, Rinus van & Michael Libera: play Alvin Lucier Chambers (Bolt)

Label: Bolt    
Released in: Poland    

"The whole idea came from reading Italo Calvino's "Invisible Cities" while travelling among unknown cities of Calabria. The similarities have been striking. The book became a guide, Kublai Khan - an emperor of the land in the south of Italy and the idea - irrepresible urge to actually perform this similiarity. The original text by Calvino was overwritten with some information - including the names of towns - distorted, filtered and overdubbed by its local reflections.

Armed with it, Rinus van Alebeek and Michał Libera set out for a dozen of excursions into Calabrian towns to recite, talk, read, listen, drink coffee, perform, play, record, play back... or: blow, bow, rub, explode, scrape, walk, ignore, talk, screw, dance, whistle, which are all suggestions of Alvin Lucier to make large and small resonant environments sound. The material recorded during these attempts to make invisible cities of Calabria sound was then composed by Rinus van Alebeek to form a road audio-book."-Bolt

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Product Information:

Label: Bolt
Catalog ID: BR POP12
Squidco Product Code: 21113

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: Poland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Read and recorded on location between 23rd of July 2014 and 29th of August, 2014, by Rinus Van Alebeek.


Rinus van Alebeek-composition

Michal Libera-text adaptation

Rinus van Alebeek-voices, recordings

Michal Libera-voices, recordings

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Track Listing:

1. Trading Cities 1: Santa Eufemia D'Aspromonte 2:50

2. Cities and Names 5: Gioia Tauro 4:09

3. Cities and Eyes 1: Chora Tu Vua 4:55

4. Thin Cities 5: Roghudi 10:29

5. Thin Cities 2: Catanzaro 7:11

6. Trading Cities 3: Rosarno 7:06

7. Continuous Cities 1: Ziia 8:28

8. Trading Cities 2: San Ferdinandea 7:33

9. Cities and The Dead 4: Caulonia 3:58