Arg

Arg

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With this album released on the Portuguese avant-garde/lowercase label Sirr, Graziano Lella (aka Arg) attempts to establish himself as an exponent of silence-based composition. The four works included here are of varying quality and interest, but surely they show clarity of vision and assurance. Listening to these pieces can be painful; it requires your undivided attention and an effort to actually push your perception threshold beyond its usual limit. "Classer l'Enfance/La Vie Qui Dort" ("Classifying Childhood/The Sleeping Life," a tribute to Georges Perec) is a puzzling triptych in which soft concrète sounds are followed by a short baritone sax solo and then more abstract gestures of noises near silence. "Policicio" explodes and reconstructs speech samples. "Pomeriggio a Rovaniemi" is the least successful piece. Allegedly composed only with sounds obtained from improvisations on a prepared bass, it goes through a number of short settings (high frequencies, low rumbles, fast-action reconstructions, near-silence movements) that fail to convey the impression of a whole. On the other hand, "Pupille Gustative" (a French pun impossible to translate) offers excellent "cinema for the ear," lowercase style. It has drama, creativity, and puzzling sounds. Clocking in at 15 minutes and a half, that last track makes this eponymous debut worthwhile.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
Arg
12:44
2
Arg
5:43
3
Arg
12:30
4
Arg
15:36
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