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Leonardo Barbadoro “Musica Automata” CD

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“A landmark statement of microtonal rhythmic experimentalism” – Bradford Bailey

“An intricately composed offering from the Italian musician, engineer and producer” – Clash

From the composer, Leonardo Barbadoro, comes “Musica Automata”, an engrossing foray into the expressive possibilities of electronics and robotics implemented by an acoustic instrumentation, culminating as a genre-blurring excursion into the outer reaches of experimentalism. Created with entirely digital source material, rendered by the Gent based Logos association’s orchestra of automated, robotic instruments – percussion, woodwind, brass, organ, and numerous unconventional instruments – this stunning album, issued by Helical, brings the territory of limit-pushing, technology-based music, first explored by Conlon Nancarrow, roaring into the present day.

The Italian composer, Leonardo Barbadoro, has occupied a fascinating place at the margins of underground music for a number of years, primarily working under the Koolmorf Widesen moniker, producing singular compositions at the unexpected juncture of IDM, electroacoustic and experimental music. “Musica Automata” is the first LP issued under his given given name and represents a striking departure from his previously known works, inquiring after the expressive possibilities of electronics implemented by an acoustic instrumental body in a sensory reality. To realise the imaginings of this compositional and instrumental research – and subsequently the creation of the fittingly titled “Musica Automata” – Barbadoro turned to the Logos association based in Gent, the world’s largest orchestra of automated, robotic instruments – percussion, woodwind, brass, organ, and numerous unconventional instruments – that are controlled by digital impulses.

 

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CD, Vinyl LP