WALTER MAIOLIIl Suono delle Api / La Vibrazione del Cosmo180gr vinyl, w/obi, edition of 30
Italian composer and multi-instrumentalist Walter Maioli (Milan, 1950) has remained one of the great emblems of experimental and electroacoustic music of the past decades. For over thirty years Maioli applied in his music practice his research on the origin of sound, music and musical instruments. In 1972 he founded the world music and psychedelic group Aktuala and in 1980, alongside Riccardo Sinigaglia and Gabin Dabiré, he co-founded the pioneering music group Futuro Antico. This LP features Riccardo Sinigaglia on synthesisers and Gabin Dabiré on balafons bounding once again the outer edges of ambient, new age and experimental music.The album ‘Il Suono delle Api / La Vibrazione del Cosmo’ includes sounds put together during the summer of 2020 alongside a selection of sounds from Maioli’s archive and two bonus tracks from 1982 and 2002— both never released on vinyl before. Maioli binds the listeners to an atypical notion of place and time: across the album he alternates field recordings of bees and bhramari chanting alongside tracks made by using a variety of primitive and contemporary musical instruments from different cultures, all resembling the humming sounds of bees; an animal as sacred as well as endangered throughout the planet.In many cultures the sound of bees represents the vibration of the Cosmos. Virgil in ‘The Georgics’ writes about their importance for agriculture and their strong symbolism in Ancient Greek and Roman mythology. Converging in an immersive realm of Maioli’s inner/outer experience ‘Il Suono delle Api / La Vibrazione del Cosmo’ brings the listener into a deep inner journey, drifting through sounds made from wood and stones to electronic synthesisers and shortwave radio frequencies. "Everyone refers to the sounds of the Universe”.