(Emanem)

This album features the very first public performance by Milo Fine (B flat clarinet with electronics, alto clarinet, marimba with electronics, voice) and vocalist Viv Corringham. The couple met when Corringham moved from England to Minnesota, right where Fine has been active as an artistic jolly for many years. The duo becomes a quartet in four tracks, with the addition of guitarist Charles Gillett and percussionist Davu Seru. “Senilità”, the Italian title of a famous book by Italo Svevo, is quite a difficult listen, first and foremost for the extreme concentration of microscopic activities, tiny details and events that the artists try to control throughout the 72 minutes of the disc. Fine is a perfect example of dichotomized neural network, in that his playing – on both instruments – is so densely complex, segmented as it is in a series of uncontrollable patterns, that it must be necessarily judged as a whole system without caring about nuances or – heaven forbid – “style”. Talking about which, Corringham is slightly more collocable in a zone of female voices situated about halfway through Shelley Hirsch and Julie Tippett; nevertheless, she remains anchored to certain basics of her own school – narrow glottology, multiphonic sensitiveness and total openness to the dialogue with other instruments – that define her singing as a thoroughly personal physiology. The tracks with Gillett and Seru are probably even less palatable for the uninitiated – not less interesting for me, though – as the jarring timbral behavior of electronically treated sources and Gillett’s harsh electric guitar sounds, mixed with the unfriendly kind of percussive work by Seru, create a peeling interaction that is certainly not for everyone’s ears.

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