Proposte Sonore

by Albert Mayr

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Seven electronic compositions from the end of the sixties plus one instrumental piece from 1983. This is the content of the new CD by Albert Mayr that “ants” is proud to present.
Experimentations from near 40 years ago sounding so “contemporary”, today more than ever.
“In the fifties and sixties of the past century electro-acoustic music was a very élitist affair; professional equipment was expensive, not easy to find and could be afforded - in sufficient quantity to build a full-scale studio - only by institutions such as universities or broadcasting corporations.
Access to those hieratic places was rather difficult if you did not belong to one of the contemporary music 'Churches' that were influential at the time. This led several composers to put up a small private studio.
This was the case for the studio S 2F M, created in Florence by Pietro Grossi.
Since the beginning a small group of collaborators (including myself) worked with Grossi in the S 2F M; we all were fascinated by the new sound world and Grossi's radicalism. In fact, through the work with him my attitude toward music (in the widest sense) changed profoundly.” (Albert Mayr)
“The work in the S 2F M studio was of high rigour, with the resulting sound structures presented in their brut condition, without any concession to taste or to smoothing out the edges, because the essential thing was to experience the new sound world, to experiment with it. Albert Mayr’s Proposte Sonore, realized between 1966 and 1969 - partly with the Battimenti materials created earlier by Pietro Grossi in the Florentine studio -, are certainly a beautiful example of this line of work. Proposals of new elements to be integrated in the puzzle; Proposte (proposals), and not Studies or Exercises and not even Compositions, presented with the doubts of a listener who is eager to find out what will happen, and not with the presumption and the certainties of those who want rather to find than to seek. A listener who tries to understand and mainly to perceive how ‘the sounds coming from the machine stay together’. It is, on the one hand, this pioneer aspect, and, on the other, the freshness of the results that create the interest and pleasure one proves when listening to these pieces.” (Giuseppe Furghieri)

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released February 17, 2005

Composed by Albert Mayr.

Liner notes by Albert Mayr and Giuseppe Furghieri.
Artwork, graphic design and executive production by Giovanni Antognozzi.

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ANTS (that stands for "A New Timeless Sound", but can also be related to the infatigable little insects) is an experimental label based in Rome, Italy, operating from 2001. We promote Italian and international independent artists representing the fields of minimalism, sound art, electroacoustics, and more. ... more

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