Massimo Tavani
The Culture Of The Nile

The third album by Italian composer and electronic musician Massimo Tavani is a weird mix of aural and sonic weirdness. The first two albums were produced by volunteers, but this one is from his own studio, where he has taken a number of sounds and fused them into a whole record. The sound of human breathing, a plunging waterfall, and a thin metal strand of water in a swamp are all found. Various other sounds are added to the mix, the most obvious being the pattering of water against metal as the trombone ripples through the water.

The two tracks that straddle the line between the natural and the synthetic are the best. The opening track “Water” is a series of deep breathing breaths, with a metallic echo and a buzzing drone sounding like a river running through some sort of watertight tunnel. “The Nile” sounds like the stuttering heartbeat of a fish, and “Air” presents a series of high pitched, pitched down drones that sound like some sort of aeroplane flying near a very deep level of the atmosphere.

The other two tracks are more occasional, but the addition of a few seconds of seemingly static percussion creates a pleasant feeling of desolation. “The Gambler” is a long, grumbling drone, while “The Eel” is a cacophony of waveform noise and spidery cawing. “The Black Swan” is the sound of a choong of heavy machinery, and “The Dolphin” is a pulsing, high pitched drone that alternates between a wail and a high pitched moan.

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(Music courtesy of Greg Sinibaldi)