Nicola Ratti – èsope
Nicola Ratti is one of Zymogen’s favourite Italian composers.
After the acclaimed album From The Desert Came Saltwater, published on Anticipate in 2008, and the collaborative project Bellows with Giuseppe Ielasi, Nicola gives us a unique composition called ésope.
This work was originally done for the exhibition “ésope reste ici et se repose”#1, which took place in Montpellier between October 30th and December 13th 2008.
It’s a single track based on processed field recordings taken in Montpellier between the 22nd and 25th April of the same year and was conceived of as the musical background for the exhibition.
Twenty copies of this work have been printed on cdrs in conjunction with very special handmade packaging by Fatima Bianchi, which you can still buy directly on Nicola’s myspace.
Nicola Ratti’s music is based on the search for a personal language that is capable of joining basic song structure, electro-acoustic experimentation and the use of sounds extracted from the environment in which we live. He does this with a sensibility that ranges from improvisation to the construction of sound via sheer artisanship.
Voice and words are combined to produce a variety of niceties, overtones and gradation open to all forms of interpretation. In this piece you’ll find all these elements, but this time Nicola is focused more on textures and sound design creating a different atmosphere from his previous work.
This is a real gem that we can explore while waiting for his forthcoming album “Ode”, which will see the light later this year on Preservation.