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The Wind Collector/As Witness Our Hands
The Wind Collector/As Witness Our Hands contains Gigi Masin, Alessandro Monti, and Alessandro Pizzin's recordings from 1989 and 1990; this definitive, remastered double-CD edition was compiled and sequenced by Alessandro Pizzin, the original studio producer and assistant on keyboards and arrangements. The first CD contains the complete eight-track master tape, including all of its unreleased tracks plus two trio improvisations. Some of these recordings were released in 1991 as the LP The Wind Collector. The second CD was lovingly compiled from over five hours of demos, sessions, and rehearsals taken from the original reference cassettes, and includes versions of Nick Drake's "Know" and Terry Riley's "Medusa's Refrain." "They're far from perfect but they give a broader perspective of our work. We recorded this music in a basement ('Bunker' studio in Padua, Italy) under ideal conditions, no time or financial restrictions; we were allowed all kinds of facilities including a baby grand piano and excellent recording equipment so we were able to capture on tape ideas in real time. The music reflected our common purpose: mixing songs and harmonies with noises and experiments using both the electronic and the acoustic instruments. Unfortunately we weren't lucky with the distribution and acceptance at the time, but after 25 years it seems that there's an entire new audience for The Wind Collector; perhaps we were unconsciously ahead of our time . . . like a young DJ recently wrote: these pieces, which were made before the computerization of music, still are beyond the standard of the cold binary track." Digital mastering at Brandenburg Mastering, Amsterdam. Original drawings by Gigi Masin. Cover artwork and layout by Alessandro Pizzin.