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4 stars Last Fhievel's effort to date, Pipe smoking on a ballon carries on Luca Bergero's exctusion in acousmatic and sound art territories. This effort demonstrates Luca Bergero's impressive capacity to combine natural ambient sources with digital processes and circular droning textures. The introduction track is made of suspended electronic signals covered by an avalanche of eerie crashing noises. This is a slow moving piece, deeply suggestive that illustrates a nocturnal reverie in deep environmental space. Without transition the second piece provides subtle linear gestures in real abstraction obliterated by minimal concrete effects. In the background we van also perceive shadowy droning undulations. The track is gradually dissolved by atmospheric crackles and brutish (but not to much) electronic treatments. An other reflective and delicate ambient piece focused on decayed sound fragments and on an elaborate dissection of concrete natural sounds. The last composition closes the album with a quiet, meditative and mysterious minimalist piece using electro-acoustic treated sources and drawing semi-melodic lines that are flowing in a dreamy, spacious landscape. A other important document that stresses Luca Bergero's alchemic sense of writting.
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Posted Friday, November 7, 2008 | Review Permalink
1 stars The quality of what you smoke.

An electronic 5 track music/noise essay which dwells into the electronic/acoustic/drone/minimalist/experimental realms.

As a listening experience things get quiet tedious without compassion. Luca Bergero aka Fhievel seems to agree, as many contemporary musicians expect, with the idea of the forced role of the listener as a passive entity who has to endure this quiet uninteresting and over indulgent experiments.

I in fact had no expectations whatsoever. Not knowing Fhievel, nor having any kind of information , nor caring to do so now, about this "PIPE SMOKING ON A BALLON", 2008, but as I listened, I felt totally and increasingly disappointed as an electronic music consumer who paid for this horse (fill in the blank)!!

*1 PA star.

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Posted Friday, September 16, 2016 | Review Permalink

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