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Emanuele de Raymondi – Buyukberber Variations

Friday 19th October / presented by Adam Trainer

Review by Adam Trainer

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Process music can be at times an inhospitable sonic terrain to traverse. Music that’s created by a pre-conceived, pre-planned structural and creative approach is often the kind of music that requires knowledge of that approach in order to be understood or appreciated. That is not so however, with this gorgeous and evocative album by Italian sound artist Emanuele de Raymondi.

On this, his debut, Raymondi has taken all of his source material from Turkish clarinet virtuoso Oguz Buyukberber, or rather from improvisations that Buyukberber recorded in a Berlin space with a natural reverberation of ten seconds. Cloaked in trails of reverb, these recordings have a ghostly presence that uniquely captures the very individual musical phenomenon of a particular player working in a specific space. What makes them all the more engaging is Raymondi’s subtle processing, which cuts these recordings up, reorders them and creates something new using subtle layering.

Rhythm sometimes comes in the form of a close-micing of the soft clicks of the source instrument, and sometimes in the tightly edited rhythmic processing that has Buyukberber’s cut up clarinet creating a kaleidoscopic vista of sound that spirals into the stratosphere. At times the results hardly even sound like a clarinet at all, with Raymondi making the most of the breaths and clicks – that old jazz cliché of the space between the notes – he turns a clarinet into a whirling, cascading synthesizer. At other times Raymondi’s processing is far more subtle and lets the natural contours of Buyukberber’s playing speak for themselves, creating a gently rippling drone of clarinet notes that fall and fade softly over one another.

On this album Raymondi establishes himself as a powerful new voice in experimental music – a producer with the skills to reshape and recontexualise existing source material into something with the durability to hold up to repeated listens (which can often be a rare feat in experimental music) and the diversity and dynamic to create a suite of moods that are related but inherently unique.

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