Ezramo (I) voice, piano, prepared zither, bells, field recordings
Recorded 2009-2010 | 26:28 min
The starting point of this record is Ezramo’s exhibition „come ho imparato a volare“, shown at Tresor – Space for ephemeral arts in Stuttgart. From 2009-2011 Ezramo developed her composition of the same name. During this period, Ezramo’s studio seemed to be an insectological laboratory, as the main sounds, she was working with, were recordings of larvae of the fly Sarchophaga Carnaria. The theme of the album is transformation. The fleetingness of Ezramo’s earlier exhibition work is now fixed in vinyl, despite their partly aestetic weight, the six tracks stay in a well balanced limbo. Once again, the cover artwork is of the best quality. Compared with the massive materials of corvo records first release, this time the design is dominated by light graphics on white structured paper. The multi exposed cover photo shows Ezramo’s visual, photographic talent. If the gatefold cover is opened, it shows a surreal, religious poetry. The first 50 copies come with an original drawing by Ezramo herself.
Bell toll seem to ring in the album’s first track, inhuman, animal-like sounds are layered over disharmonic rhythms of a detuned zither, the die is cast! The album is a vibrating meditation of bells, Ezramo’s voice and field recordings of eating and moving larvae. The raw recordings of larvae are assembled to veritable drones between white noise and minig sounds on their way to extinction. The track's sudden ending seamlessly merges into the second piano piece of the album, which shows earworm qualities, but leaves its lovelyness behind as it turns into a hyped-up multilayered canon. Almost a radio play is the last track "Singing in the night of the resurrection". Field Recordings of a south italian easter procession are mixed up with german voices, starting airplanes, train announcements and fleeing paces.... The journey continues.
"This is evocative, lyrical art, created by a very gifted miniaturist. In just six short tracks we hear a bewildering variety of musical and sound-art techniques."
The Sound Projector (UK)
"For Alessandra Eramo, music is not so much a universal language crossing borders of culture, tradition and education. Rather, it represents the communication tool best suited to express universals - hidden truths, archetypes and, to put it in her own words, "archaic memories" shared through intuition, spirituality and the passing down of knowledge from one generation to the next. Sound, as seen from this angle, is a carrier, resonating with associations and references to things beyond the grasp of words or rational logic; the very phenomena, in short, capable of instilling a sense of belonging, community and meaning."
Tokafi Magazine (DE)