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2009 Hic Sunt Leones FAR00014 (CD) – Russian import
Italian sound-sculptor Antonio Testa presents a series of sonic environments that are often suggestive of found sound or musical representations of wondrous places. The listener is inclined to envision the musician working in low light somewhere below ground in harmony with his space, each taking equal part: artist and expanse. Softly clanging chimes are scattered against bird song and water movement, a low drone even and measured permeating everything. Meditative evolving strains are rippled by unidentifiable sonorous percussives, almost rhythmic. Reverberating fluids, spills and streams run across smooth synthetic textures. Turbulence gently heaves whilst a soft female voice speaks. We even get to hear Rahien Testa's first cry on the opening eponymous track. The impression is one of timelessness; ancient simplicity against contemporary clarity. The gear list includes stalagmites and field recordings as well as contributions from fellow musicians Alio Die (samples, textures, drones, soundscapes from Thailand), Susana Beatriz Alvear and Maurizio Dall'olio (voice), Daniela Risser (crystal bowls) and others.
|1. ||Rahien|| || |
|2. ||Xibalba|| || |
|3. ||Inframundis|| || |
|4. ||Moon|| || |
|5. ||Natural Stones|| || |
|6. ||Pachamama|| || |
|7. ||Celestium|| || |
|8. ||The Cave|| || |
|9. ||Asmaghiti|| || |
|10. ||Stalagmite|| || |
2005 Tantric Harmonies (CD)
Antonio Testa specializes in organic sound and the creation of musical atmospheres through the use of a vast array of mostly native and shamanic instruments, together with his own creations made from organic and recycled materials. Tribal-Ethno-Ambient is a genre merging musical forms and cultural sensibilities of the world's indigenous cultures sent through the filters of today's sound artists. By using state-of-the-art recording tools and processing technology, common ground is found between animal skin drum, the shaman's rattle and the digital domain. While the outlines of this style can be easily suggested and co-opted through more superficial cut and paste computer methods, RADIOFOREST shows that Testa clearly understands how powerful the authentic ethno-ambient form can be when created with a deep sense of the primal mind. Shifting trance percussion, ocarina, flutes, and synth textures co-mingle with field recordings from Mexico, Africa and Italy. In Antonio's words, the "radio" aspect is the music or the tribal drum transmitting outwards, a calling of the spirits to help the state of our planet. If you appreciate the solo music of Jorge Reyes, Testa and Alio Die, Suspended Memories, TUU, or Steve's ORIGINS and ARTIFACTS, then this is a must-have release.
|Prayer For the Forest|
Alio Die, Antonio Testa
2002 Green House Music GHM201 (CD) – rare last copies!
This is a real favorite around here, sharing the same enchanting atmosphere as HEALING HERB'S SPIRIT. The percussive element is a bit stronger, and while its not specific to one region or style, the processed hand drums shift between somewhere in Africa and South America, then beyond to the new world. The gurgling soundscapes and organic textures give the feeling that you might find moss growing on your speaker ports by the time this CD is over. This and HEALING HERB'S SPIRIT are a must-have if you are drawn to the ethno- shamanic sound blends.
|1. ||African Dream||MP3|| |
|2. ||A Mechanical Dust Sphere|| || |
|3. ||Ancestor's Breath||MP3|| |
|4. ||Walking Through the Camp||MP3|| |
|5. ||Prayer For the Forest|| || |
|6. ||An Active Foggy Pathway||MP3|| |
|Healing Herb's Spirit|
Alio Die, Antonio Testa
1999 Crowd Control Activities Crowded13 (CD)
Alio Die is well known and respected worldwide for his ultra organic-soundscapes that often use extensively-processed natural sounds as the foundation for his hallucinogenic sound gardens. Here with fellow Italian Antonio Testa, the direction moves towards the shamanic as Testa brings his long list of ethnic percussion instruments to the mix. This is an outstanding stream of consciousness trip carried along by gentle rhythms, muted drones and Alio Die soundscapes hovering like a rainforest canopy.
|1. ||Shuar||MP3||9:46|| |
|2. ||Rahien||MP3||8:05|| |
|3. ||Dreaming||MP3||5:12|| |
|4. ||Icaros||MP3||7:43|| |
|5. ||Yacaruna||MP3||10:25|| |
|6. ||Vimuktita||MP3||6:29|| |
|7. ||Turiya||MP3||7:37|| |