DEISON / TONIZZO
(Book + CD, 1970, 2021)
Il progetto “Una Notte che non finisce mai”, ideato da Sandra Tonizzo, si sviluppa in otto racconti e altrettanti episodi sonori raccontando attraverso suggestioni, cronache, impressioni e ricordi l’intricata vicenda del “Mostro di Firenze”; un ossessione che da decenni ci vede coinvolti in letture e studi e che a modo nostro abbiamo “impresso” sottoforma di parole, immagini e suoni.
Il libretto (21x21cm,50 pagine a colori) e il CD incluso escono in un’edizione limitata di 200 copie per la neonata label “1970” della famiglia Silentes.
UNA NOTTE CHE NON FINISCE MAI ON VITAL WEEKLY
1970 is a new label from the house of Silentes. The first release is a 48 pages book, 21×21 cm, with a crime story by Sandra Tonizzo, about the ‘Monster of Florence’. I don’t know this from reading her stories. I am copying this information from the website as the story (or eight short ones) is Italian. Damn! How I would have loved to sit back read them while enjoying the music of Deison. Each story may have its own soundtrack, as there are eight pieces on the CD. Again not sure, but I wondered if the reading time in any way matched the playing time of the music. ‘In Voluptas Mors’ lasts one minute, which seems a reasonably quick read. You can leave it to Deison to play a moody soundtrack to a horror story. Maybe we can see all of his music as such? As with many releases of this kind, I think the whole soundtrack idea results in way too brief pieces of music. This release by Deison is not different. Some have the length they deserve, such as the first, fourth, fifth and last piece. Here Deison reaches for the strength of mood music; dark drones, heavy atmospheres and shimmering with tension. That only happens in the other four pieces because the ingredients are there but now only as sketches. The idea is there, and it only needs more work. The odd-ball track here is ‘Signo Farini’, a two minute sound collage of voices chopped up, all of this in Italian, so (again), its meaning eludes me. All in all, I am a bit disappointed. The text I don’t understand but wish to, and music that is at times too brief. I know translating texts is a costly affair, but you’d reach a wider audience. (FdW)
UNA NOTTE CHE NON FINISCE MAI BY MARCO DEPLANO
Il Mostro di Firenze aka the Monster of Florence is possibly the most notorious non-political unsolved crime of last century’s Italian history. A string of cruel murders that terrified and titillated the voyeuristic morbidity of 4 generations and still lives on as a myth for both true crime fanatics as well as the many average Joes. The sick story of these murders and the alleged culprits, a grotesque group of peeping Toms with dodgy background and peculiar sexual habits, inspired many movies and records, and I’m more than happy to state that I’m glad they still do when I hold in my hand such intense works like this CD where sounds, text and artwork re-enact without grossing factor the tragic yet fascinating happenings of those bloody nights where lives got stopped and bodies got butchered.
Deison is a top class Italian experimental artist who made himself known for mixing research, taste and power, through a long string of great releases and collaborations, each personal and different from each other, yet characterised by a very personal approach. So does this CD, accompanied by an extensive booklet (in Italian) that will guide you through the final days of the victims.This is a morbid work of love, an audio-movie about the ultimate hunters, a celebration of a dangerous Italian myth, a must have for any true crime fanatic.
(Review by Marco Deplano- Wertham, Caligula 031)