Substrata

DEISON

(10″, Substantia Innominata, 2020)

01. Terra Firma
02. Prima Materia
03. In Vacuo Momentum

SUBSTANTIA INNOMINATA is a release-series from Drone Records about the “The Unknown”. A concept that embraces the prospect of infinite possibilities for artists to create music about the intangible such as: The Unnameable, The Unspeakable, The Unthinkable, The Unidentifiable, etc. Various aspects related to ‘The Unknown’. Sound artists and artwork designers were invited to work on the theme of the ‘grey matter’ / the ‘dark continent’ surrounding us & within us: Transforming this paradoxical idea into acoustic and visual objectifications.

In this chapter Deison is exploring atmospheric vibes with an electro-acoustic approach.

“Substrata” contains three new compositions where sounds are conceived as they are “excavated” from the earth beneath our feet “Terra Firma” (erosion) and then taking to the light (awakening); it describes its interior solid surface (“Prima Materia”), the primitive formless base of all matter similar to chaos, the quintessence or aether.”


SUBSTRATA ON DRONE RECORDS

Italy’s Cristiano DEISON enriches the experimental sound and noise art community with his releases and various collaborations (lately with JOHN DUNCAN, GIANLUCA BECUZZI and K.K.NULL) for more than 20 years, but seems to be still undiscovered by too many listeners. “Substrata” collects three extremely crystalline and immersive drone pieces based on prepared tapes, metals, strings, wires and electronics… imagine a forest glade in moon-light with cold white sonic radiations, half-frozen calyx are clanging at each other, liquid metallic forms appear and disappear, hypnotic slow motion pulses suck you into.. “something”… these are incredible strong, deep and complex drone compositions, drones with the spirit of the “Noise Culture” – using “fragmentation, collage, arrangement and layers”, as Germano-Chinese philosoph Lutz Schridde puts it. Sounds of elementary transformations, metamorphosis, and overcoming the usual sense of time


SUBSTRATA ON AFRICAN PAPER

Zeitgleich mit Jérémie Mathes wird im Rahmen der „Substantia Innominata“-10”-Reihe  „Substrata“ von Deison veröffentlicht – der Name, unter dem der Italiener Cristiano Deison aufnimmt, der auf zahlreiche Veröffentlichungen  blicken kann und u.a. mit Lasse Marhaug, KK Null, Uggeri oder John Duncan zusammengearbeitet hat.

Die 10‘‘ trägt einen Titel, der an die Schichten und Schichtungen der Erde denken lässt und das mag sowohl einen Hinweis auf das zugrundeliegende Konzept als auch an die musikalische Herangehensweise geben. Deison selbst meint: ” “Substrata” contains three new compositionswhere sounds are conceived as they are “excavated”  from the earth beneath our feet “Terra Firma” (erosion) and then taking to the light (awakening); it describes its interior solid surface (“Prima Materia”), the primitive formless base of all matter similar to chaos, the quintessence or aether.”

Das lange „Terra Firma“, das aus den beiden Teilen „Erosion“ und „Awakening“ besteht, ist eine dunkle, basslastige Fläche, die dröhnt und in der man Knistern, Klirren und Schaben hört, was vielleicht an Erosion denken lässt (um den Titel aufzugreifen), an ein Durchwühlen von Klangschichten. Das ist eins zurückhaltendes, durchaus unheimliches Stück. Mal meint man in der Ferne (Blas-)Instrumente zu hören, wobei die Basis „prepared tapes, metals, strings, wires and electronics“  waren. „Prima materia“ beginnt etwas kristalliner, dann setzt ein perkussives Pulsieren ein und man hört flirrend-metallische Klänge, dann ein Knirschen im Hintergrund, ganz so, als sei David Jackman als körperloser Wiedergänger aufgetaucht. Hier wird besonders deutlich, aus wie vielen Schichten diese Musik besteht. Das kurze „In vacu momentum” schließt das Album düster-mysteriös ab. Gepresst wurden diese beeindruckenden 33 Minuten auf dunkelgrün-transparentes Vinyl. (MG)

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SUBSTRATA ON CHAIN D.L.K.

Italy’s Cristiano Deison is a musician active since the mid 90’s in the noise / experimental / ambient realms. Many of his releases are collaborative works among them quite known names like John Duncan, K.K. Null or Maurizio Bianchi.
This EP is part 28 of the ongoing Substantia Innominata series by Drone Records.

Substrata features three new atmospheric compositions based on prepared tapes, metals, strings, wires and electronics recorded on different locations assembled and processed afterwards.
“Terra Firma (Pt. 1 & 2)” is a 16 Minute exploration of organic development, split in two parts. A soft, soothing ambience develops slowly until clear, crystalline sounds evolve and together with calm pulsating deeper sounds which shape together the picture of an acoustic stalagmite cave.
With “Prima Materia” he tries to describe “the primitive formless base of all matter similar to chaos, the quintessence or aether.” A bold aspiration which leads to an more diverse soundscape but bearing the same smooth tranquillity. Starting with the same crystalline sounds embedded in a mysterious distant rhythm it shifts into soft ambient paired with distorted everyday noises. A collage which equally occupies the senses as “Terra Firma” and passes faster than the track length suggests.
Side B closes with an short afterthought, “In Vacuo Momentum”, which plays with channels and sounds leaving the impressions of passing whales deep down in the Ocean.

Deison‘s compositions have an very organic feel to it, illustrated on the cover with what could be a spiderweb on a rusty fence hit by raindrops. The green, transparent Vinyl of this edition of 300 supports the artistic vision appropriately.

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SUBSTRATA ON SO WHAT

Oscuro e sfuggente s’insinua il suono, procedendo sotterraneo, in costante evoluzione, lungo i bordi di un’algida notte senza termine. A brevissima distanza da “Chimeratorium”, ipnagogica deriva condivisa con John Duncan, Cristiano Deison pubblica una nuova, solitaria traiettoria sonica intensamente evocativa.

Realizzato come parte della serie  SUBSTANTIA INNOMINATA, curata da Drone Records e incentrata sui diversi aspetti assunti dall’incognito, “Substrata” definisce un atmosferico flusso elettro-acustico da cui emerge palpabile un senso di indissolubile enigma. Algidi vapori sintetici, che legano e fagocitano ruvide schegge risonanti estratte da differente materia, assumono la forma di due lunghe peregrinazioni attraverso territori plumbei su cui aleggia una rarefatta luminosità. Sono cinematici tragitti verso l’ignoto, mutevoli immersioni in un universo in cui si indaga l’essenza della materia, paesaggi silenti eppure carichi di strisciante tensione, rivelata dal susseguirsi di frammenti crepitanti e sinistri stridori.

Un viaggio sensoriale vivido e coinvolgente, costruito e diretto con maestria, un’esplorazione fatta di scavi ed annessioni, di scontri e dissipazioni, che si chiude con un ultimo breve riverbero che dopo tanto vagare restituisce la misura di un grande, indefinito vuoto dove ci si ritrova ancora immersi.

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SUBSTRATA ON VITAL WEEKLY 1249

I started with Cristiano Deison’s ‘Substrata’ release and his three pieces (side A has two parts) is a collection of recordings from outside and inside in various locations, using prepared tapes, metals, strings, wires and electronics. It works out in two different ways; on the first, the two parts of ‘Terra Firma’ it is all about these transparent drones of what could be a bow upon Tibetan bells, singing overtones and such like. This piece is a slow builder, starting from the depths of the earth, rising to a massive drone, with loads of rumbling of acoustic sounds, left, right, above and beyond. ‘Prima Materia’, the long piece on the second side is much more obscure. Here we find a lingering drone, pushed to the background, but always being a presence in the music. Upfront there are small sounds, the cracking of stones, shells, the stumbling upon a wooden floor, or door that squeaks. It is an intense piece of music; I was half-half expecting something extreme to happen (as in a horror film) but it didn’t and instead, it was all about the subtle movement and displacing of sound. ‘In Vacuo Momentum’ is a short afterthought of just a single dark drone and some acoustic sounds. All of this sounds pretty mysterious and spooky, and I love it very much. (FdW)

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