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Superelief / Reviews

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"Wielding a prepared turntable, electroacoustic device and a computer Andrea Borghi offers one of the years most micro and exploratory tapes on Superelief via Australian imprint Hemisphäreの空虚. Borghi developed this piece over an art residency in Florence. At first it sounds as if he’s popping corn, there’s this infectious and contained jumping sound. After a while the jostling grows a bit more organic, and slows down. These seven tracks are all assigned single digit numbers (ie: 0, 4, 6….) further anonymyzing the action.

Though the range is stunted and rather low-flying, the activity sounds quite physical, textural, as if the artist is recording a laser experiment on rocks and minerals. The not knowing is likely what makes these tiny noises so fascinating. Are these high voltage beams, is he using a stream of water, or are we in a factory producing small handheld devices…is it welding, a sonic screwdriver? The mind reels in curiosity.

There are some sweet pauses in all this minimal playfulness, and I only say sweet because of it clear delineation in aural scope, and its shift in tone. This is contemporary musique concrete at its finest, and Borghi is most certainly one of the next wave of artists who can easily be associated with the John Cage school of organic, prepared soundmaking. The sounds are full, then hollow, and aside from the noises he’s making, their are metaphors to consumption and other earthly concerns. He tends to locate this intersection between the organic and the industrial, and you are left with a sense of impermanence and awe."

Houdini Mansions

"Superelief is a collection of gratifyingly tactile audio art pieces that sound like a balance between carefully constructed vignettes of crafted detail, and well-curated edits of natural recordings.

Using a "prepared turntable," and other gear, Andrea Borghi creates an immediate, organic auditory experience that focuses on a slowly rotating mechanism which objects are dragged across the surface of, or perhaps roll around in a container. The closeness, or even intimacy, of these kinetic impressions strongly command the listener's attention in a meditative way - perhaps not unlike watching a potter at the wheel, shaping clay or a textile worker at the loom. These recordings capture rhythmically ordinary movements that feel familiar, even if we cannot immediately identify the movements themselves.

Ultimately, this powerful piece of minimalist sound art is a good work to return to when the noise of life has become too chaotic, but silence is too still."

Vital Weekly

"Andrea Borghi for instance, is someone whom we know for his solo work as well as his membership of Vipcancro. In much of his work computers play an important role, especially such software that radically alters the field recordings he puts in. Think Cycling 74s Max/msp for instance. Here he has seven pieces which he produced during an Artist Residency at Tempo Reale, Florence / 2017, in which he uses prepared turntable, electroacoustic device and computer and I think it is something that shows in these music pieces.

There is metal object upon turntable approach, scanning surfaces via rotating movements. In these pieces it is not easy to say what and if the computer is applied to do some further processing. In some of these pieces I tend to think there is certainly some kind of processing, but in others perhaps not. There is a fine electro-acoustic feeling about these pieces, which adds uneasiness to the music and it's something that works rather fine I think. These seven pieces seem to me to forming one big piece, seven examples of possibilities within a limited set of means."

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