Maurizio Carrettin

SyntEnergheia Project

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This 2015 Centaur release by Maurizio Carrettin may have its cryptic aspects, not least the terminology used to describe its processes, but the SyntEnergheia Project is a rather straightforward album of experimental electronic music, realized at the composer's studio in Cremona, Italy. The word energheia is taken from Greek, and means movement, transformation, or change, which Carrettin demonstrates through the work's seven sections. His tools for generating and processing sounds are Absynth, Cubase, Finale, and the WaveLab plugin, so a number of operations are at work in the organization and manipulation of material. While much of the music has a metallic or percussive edge, which at times can be quite abrasive, this is contrasted with somewhat softer episodes with more sustained tones and prolonged cycling of pitches. Perhaps the least satisfying aspect of the piece is the rather flat presentation in stereo, which puts all sounds on the same aural plane, whereas a multichannel recording might have created a sense of space and given some structure or hierarchy to the events. Even so, this is a challenging electronic piece that hearkens back to the avant-garde experiments of the late 1960s and early 1970s, and shows that assertive and uncompromising music in this field is still being made.

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