LEA BERTUCCI - LIGHT SILENCE, DARK SPEECH 7"
Lea Bertucci's debut album Resonance Shapes LP from 2013 is an overlooked gem that caused a small stir at the IDDB office. On this much more stripped down affair the New York-based artist changed her bass clarinet for an old alto sax and the two cuts delivered here are somewhat different, but just as intimate and perplexing.10 mesmerizing minutes that owes just as much to free jazz skronk as it does to contemporary sound art.
"Light Silence, Dark Speech was recorded in fall of 2014 at Future-Past Studios, an acoustically perfect church hall in upstate New York. The primary instrument featured in the recording is an extremely old and out of tune alto sax from the 1920's. The instrument was given to me by a friend after sitting in storage for approximately 30 years. I consider the imperfections and limitations of the instrument's sound as a sort of preparation - a way to transcend the traditional genre music usually made with the saxophone - and open up the instrument to more abstract, textural sonic possibilities. The limitation of the format of the 7-inch was also an interesting challenge, as my pieces usually tend to be on the longer side, so having about a four minute time limit forced me to work within that specific constraint. For example, the B-side contains a piece in which I used in-studio processing via a stereo plate reverb to shape the sounds. The track begins totally dry, with no processing, but by the end is completely awash in resonant echo." - Lea Bertucci
Mastered by Viktor Ottosson. 200 copies. Black vinyl, white cardboard sleeve with postcard attached, stamped white labels, insert. Plays at 33 1/3rpm.
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Lea Bertucci is an interdisciplinary artist, composer and improviser working with installation, sound, and projection. As an instrumentalist, she focuses on an electro-acoustic preparation of the Bass Clarinet that heavily utilizes speaker feedback. In recent years, her projects have expanded to site-specific compositions for electronics and instruments, multichannel sound installations and music concrete collage.
Lea has been an artist-in-residence at The Wave Farm, Smack Mellon, LMCC, and The Queens Museum of Art. She is also a 2015 Issue Project Room Artist in Residence. She was awarded Young Composers' commissions from Roulette in 2008 and 2012. Her debut solo LP, Resonance Shapes was released in 2013 on the Obsolete Units label. Praised by A Closer Listen as “A grand exploration in the possibilities inherent in sound” the work consists of meticulously collaged compositions for tape and electronics and a site-specific recording for Bass Clarinet, struck metal bowls and resonant space. Collaborators include Leila Bordreuil (Cello), G. Lucas Crane (tape collage), Bhob Rainey (Soprano Sax), Anthony Saunders (electronics), Bradley Eros (expanded cinema) and Eli Keszler (percussion). She has performed solo and collaborative works at venues such as Issue Project Room, The Kitchen, Anthology Film Archives, Caramoor, Artists' Television Access (SF), Incubator Arts, Experimental Intermedia, The Wave Farm, Roulette, The Queens Museum of Art and the High Zero Festival among many others.