AA.VV. Trax – Notterossa / Rednight
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SmallVoices proudly presents:
NOTTEROSSA / REDNIGHT
lenght: 58´ 52" + 41´ 15" + multimedia contents
format: 2 CD in special folder plus stickers sheet
cat. n.: SVR07026
Much more than a simple record label, the TRAX experience coordinated from 1981 to 1987 by Vittore Baroni and Piermario Ciani represented a very original contribution to the "networking culture" that, making its first steps with Fluxus, Mail Art and other avantgarde circuits of the Sixties and Seventies, largely anticipated the advent of Internet and its interactive modalities. Twenty years after the end of a project that involved over 500 international artists and musicians in the creation of products in a wide range of media (cassettes, records, audio-magazines, comics, etc.), Small Voices in collaboration with Vittore Baroni launches a reprint programme of the most representative titles from the TRAX catalogue, one for each letter of the name: T for Traxman, the comics series created for Frigidaire magazine by Massimo Giacon and Vittore Baroni; R for Rednight, a collective homage to the work of William S. Burroughs; A for Anthems, alternative national hymns for real and imaginary countries; X for Xtra, audio works composed at distance through a process of crossed interferences. Each reprint, accompanied with old and new texts, contemplates a digital remastering of the original works with the addition of remixes, remakes or new compositions created in concordance with the peculiar and distinctive "modular" approach of TRAX.
The reprint series starts with the "R" of Rednight, originally an audio-cassette with b&w booklet and a multimedia exhibition drawing inspiration from the novel Cities of the Red Night by William S. Burroughs, a pivotal figure in the counter-culture of the 20th century. The original audio cut-up, created in 1982 by TRAX Units 02 (Vittore Baroni) and 08 (Daniele Ciullini) with materials of 34 authors from 7 countries, has been remastered from the original master tape by Gianluca Becuzzi, who also used excerpts from the original audio-cassettes in his own stylized and stratified electroacoustic reinterpretation of the project. The suites Notterossa (1982, cd 1) and Rednight (2006, cd 2) are therefore two uncommon "modular compositions" that may be considered at the same time individual and collective works, created a quarter of a century apart one from the other. Visual works and textual cut-ups by 85 authors from 12 countries are also included in the cd 2, as a slide-show of almost two hundreds colour images. The new graphic lay-out for the special packaging, that updates to the third millennium the neat and iconic imprint given to the TRAX productions by the late Piermario Ciani, has been conceived by Laura Fiaschi + Gabriele Pardi / www.gumdesign.it. This reprint is a unique opportunity to rediscover the amazing variety and vitality of the "tape network" of the Eighties, a phenomenon with ramifications in the early new wave and industrial scenes. It also bears testimony to the foreseeing interactivity, independent and wholly outside the norms, of the innovative TRAX project.
More details on the original tape release here: http://www.discogs.com/release/1197865
AA.VV. – TRAX reprint 2 – NOTTEROSSA / REDNIGHT
1. NOTTEROSSA (1982) 58´ 52"
cut-up by Vittore Baroni and Daniele Ciullini with materials from Amok (Enrico Piva), Vittore Baroni, John M. Bennett, Bongoloids, Christophe Bourseiller, Capitalist Pig, Piermario Ciani, Daniele Ciullini, Cortex, Ron Crowcroft, Robin Crozier, Culturcide, Biagio D´Egidio, De Rezke, Pierre Fablet, Arturo Fallico, Eddy Fontaine, Nicola Frangione, Pete Horobin, Gregor Knauer, Serse Luigetti, Peter Mayer, Mecanique Vegetale, Opal L. Nations, Alain Neffe (Bene Gesserit, Human Flesh…), Pseudo Code, David Ryder & Anne Dexter, Giampaolo Sartore, André Stitt, Rod Summers, Alex Torridzone Igloo & DisloKate Klammer, Trio Improvvisazione, Pier Van Dijk, Rock Wilson.
1. REDNIGHT (2006) 41´ 15"
remake by Gianluca Becuzzi