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"Formed in 1997 in Rome, this is the debut-release of the Italian duo of Metaxu, which are Maurizio Martusciello and Filippo Paolini. Out of their common interest -- both as improvisers and composers -- in electroacoustic experimentation they create and develop an acoustic 'microscopia' rich in detrius, moulds and lost memories by using tapes, samples, scratching and low-fi equipment. Maurizio Martusciello who uses electroacoustic objects and sampler on this CD, might probably be known from his work with the group Ossatura and his various collaborations with musicians as different as Fernando Grillo, Dagmar Krause, Musica Elettronica Viva, Chris Cutler, Tim Hodgkinson and Otomo Yoshide. His music has been released on labels like Recommended, Staalplaat and on Metamkine.Filippo Paolini who uses turntable, sampler, tapes and CD is highly influenced by the radical scene of DJ's, plunderers and plagiarists. But his work also reflects the deeply 'acousmatic' aspects of the electro-acoustic experience as well as other musical expressions, including digital dance music and electronic remnants of sounds from the 1950's, 60's and 70's. In Metaxu, Paolini's plagiarist/collage ideas and Martusciellos's 'reduced listening' approach produce an acoustic isomorphism which is not an end in itself, but a means of transport -- if you know what is meant. In its best moments the music of Metaxu evokes memories of the strange atmosphere of suspense and surrealism that can be heard in those soundtracks that made so many experimental b/w-short-films out of Poland or the USSR from the last 30 years such a fascinating audio-visual experience."
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