Artist: Fabrizio Cacciamali
Title: When In A Crowd I Feel Lost
Keywords: Illbient, IDM, Electro, Experimental, Ambient
Reviewer: Alex Spalding
Fabrizio Cacciamali was a pretty cool guy from Milano in Italy who sent me some of his interesting experimental sound compositions relatively early in Noise-Joy’s lifespan. The album was a lot longer at first, containing several more tracks, but after a few months he requested I cut it down to just two tracks as he had managed to get a contract to release through another label and wanted to use some of the material from this album for what he was putting together for them. Thus, he was the first of the Noise-Joy roster to go on to release stuff through industry channels, which I tried to be supportive of since I believe every artist must find their own path. At least these two pieces still remain, for me to review and re-release so that others may hear them.
‘Niente’ is the first track, which begins with a dark, sort of airy ambiance, into which clicking, liquidic sounds enter. It almost feels like a de-rhythmatized tribal soundcape, but highly cold, alien, forboding; electro noises flicker in and out. We’re left for awhile with just the whispered onrush of breath, large as weather. Bassy, reverberating tones and electronic glitches spread out for a moment…
Then it’s ‘Substantia Nigra’, a clickscape full of strange electro gizmatics. There are various sound trappings of maybe minimal techno atmospheres utilized, but the arrangements are extremely disorienting as opposed to danceable, extremely abstract. You are immersed in the environment Fabrizio weaves, a totally alien world with fractal dimensions expanding and contracting rapidly. This could be the soundtrack to the very edge of the universe. Then the music membrane disappears, leaving us in silence, wondering just where the hell we’ve been.
Totally fun work of art, and while I must lament that not all of the tracks that were once a part of this album are here anymore, these final two still make quite an impression. Check it out at this link, if you will: