Ensemble – Video – Electronics

Fausto Romitelli
AN INDEX OF METALS

A video-opera by Fausto Romitelli (music) and Paolo Pachini (video)

25.04.2018 Salzburg, Aspekte Festival
26.04.2018 Hamburg, Elbphilharmonie
28.04.2018 Barcelona, L’Auditori -Sampler Series
29.04.2018 Valencia, Ensems Festival
conception

Fausto Romitelli & Paolo Pachini

music

Fausto Romitelli

text

Kenka Lèkovich

video

Paolo Pachini

conductor

Nacho de Paz

voice

Daisy Press

PHACE

Sylvie Lacroix, flute
Markus Sepperer, oboe
Reinhold Brunner, clarinet
Thomas Fleissner, trumpet
Stefan Obmann, trombone
Tom Pauwels, electric guitar
Manuel Mayr, electric bass
Mathilde Hoursiangou, keyboard
Ivana Pristasova, violin
Petra Ackermann, viola
Roland Schueler , cello
Florian Bogner, sound

AN INDEX OF METALS

A video-opera by Fausto Romitelli (music) and Paulo Pachini (video)
for soprano, ensemble, multiprojection (3 screens) and electronics

An Index of Metals bears vigorous witness to this determination to go beyond: sizzling orchestration, electric and psychedelic; a voice which plays on effects, murmurs with reverb, cackles into a megaphone, screams like a pop star; and an electric guitar score of a kind that no ‘serious’ composer has ever written, sliding across an infinite range of tones with a lightness of touch and blurring of contours. But that’s not all. Something more funereal, more strongly dissolving is given off: a fierce melancholy, and the echo, as it were, of a long Gnostic lament over the fall of souls.

Shortly before his death, Romitelli together with his friend Paolo Pachini and the poetess Kenka Lèkovich, resurrected the dream of a total scenic art in the manner of the Futurists: rhythms and gleams of light striking metals (for the video part), poems in iron and chrome singing of fusion with matter, acoustic/electric music highly amplified, filtered, spatialised, in as artificial a manner as possible…
An Index of Metals, a paradoxical masterpiece, torn between heroism and exhaustion.

 

3 songs for an index of metals by Kenka Lèkovich (2003)

METALSUSHI

HELLUCINATION 1
(drowningirl)

1.

shining growing
melting drowning
into an iron
bluegrey wave
a pillowing wave
breaking over her head
sudden extreme honeymooners
literally drowning in emotions

2.

she suddenly fell
in a metal-miso hell
a loop of seaweed soup
pieces of milky broken glass
leaves of red copper rust
industrial noisy dust

3.

she don’t care
she wan’t call Brad for help
she would rather give up too soon
she will drown and sink in a spoon
SHE’D RATHER SINK IN HER NAIL ENAMEL
SHE’D RATHER SINK IN HER LONGLASTING NAIL ENAMEL
INOXIDIZABLE STAINLESS EXPRESS

HELLUCINATION 2

(risingirl)

1.

Murder by guitar,
nickel you are
but when I pierce and fix
your smile
to dive in and dive
you rise on and rise
infected by noise

2.

A brown lust for life,
rust you are
but when I collapse into
your eyes
to dive in and dive
you rise on and rise
corroded by noise

3.

Black Iron Prison,
chrome you are
but when I crash into
your bones
to dive in and dive
you rise on and rise
corrupted by noise

4.

The basement is done
lithium you are
but when I hit and shot
your soul
to dive in and dive
you rise on and rise
crucified by noise

 

HELLUCINATION 3

(earpiercingbells)

BEDRIDDEN (TO)
DUMBFOUND
NOISEDIN
EARPIERCING BELLS
HELLPHONES
METAL SHELLS

Steel  thrust sucking space

corrupting
infecting
transfixing
collapsing
empoison
imprison
enchain
incinerate
lacerate
perforate
intoxicate

demolishing
squashing
crashing

corrode
pierce
hole
bore
drown
nail
rent
break
cut
shoot
strike
hit

crucify the heartbeat

Event Dates

April 2018
  • Date
    Project
    Location
  • 25.Apr.2018 20:00

    Romitelli - Index of Metals

    Salzburg, Aspekte Festival

    A video-opera by Fausto Romitelli (music) and Paolo Pacchini (video) for soprano, ensemble, multiprojection (3 screens) and electronics

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  • 26.Apr.2018 19:00

    Romitelli - Index of Metals

    Hamburg, Elbphilharmonie

    A video-opera by Fausto Romitelli (music) and Paolo Pacchini (video) for soprano, ensemble, multiprojection (3 screens) and electronics

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  • 28.Apr.2018 20:00

    Romitelli - Index of Metals

    Barcelona, Sampler Sèries at L'auditori

    A video-opera by Fausto Romitelli (music) and Paolo Pacchini (video) for soprano, ensemble, multiprojection (3 screens) and electronics

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  • 29.Apr.2018 19:00

    Romitelli - Index of Metals

    Valencia, Ensems Festival

    A video-opera by Fausto Romitelli (music) and Paolo Pacchini (video) for soprano, ensemble, multiprojection (3 screens) and electronics

    Read more
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