Die Schachtel Zeit – New Composers

Author: Colin | Published: 12/2/11

Die Schachtel - New Composers Series

Die Schachtel - New Composers Series

Die Schachtel - New Composers Series

Die Schachtel - New Composers Series

Die Schachtel - New Composers Series

Die Schachtel - New Composers Series

Die Schachtel - New Composers Series

Die Schachtel - New Composers Series

Die Schachtel - New Composers Series

Die Schachtel - New Composers Series

Die Schachtel - New Composers Series

Artist 1-3: Girolamo De Simone; 4-6: Luigi Archetti; 7-9: Angelo Petronella; 10-11: Manuel Zurria
Title 1-3: Shama; 4-6: Null; 7-9: Rimandi e Scoperte; 10-11: Repeat!
Label Die Schachtel
Year Various
Design Bruno Stucchi, Dinamo Milano
Music Contemporary composition
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Notes It’s a great pleasure to feature here on Hard Format the work of Bruno Stucchi, co-founder with Fabio Carboni of Die Schachtel, the label/publishing house specialising in electronic/concrete/avant-garde music, sound poetry and artists’ records. In fact, this is only the first in a series that this website will be publishing in the near future. The graphic architectural images which adorn this series suggest deChirico, Borges, J.G. Ballard and Julian Opie to these eyes. There is a pleasing sense of simple, blank but enduring mystery about these empty, elegant spaces. Stucchi recognises these influences and expands upon them thus:

I want to recover and give back a little bit of that lost intelligence and bravery, by taking inspiration (apart from the music itself) from the ideas of the Italian artists and the designers who produced some of the most impressive work of the last century: clearly De Chirico (the Magic Architecture series for the new composers’ series – and yes, Borges too, in the sense of being stranded in some arcane landscape, feeling a sense of nostalgia for some lost myth); but also the Italian “informal” art of the fifties (MAC, Capogrossi, Burri) for the Zeit series.

Magic Architecture is how I call my design project for this series. These composers are creating completely new sonic worlds, opening up new horizons. I just wanted to reflect this approach, and give the music a wider scenario to live in (each cover is specifically designed for the music on each CD).

The design approach also creates a common ground for these publications, and that is a reflection on the way we choose the music: we want to create an original and coherent vision both musically and visually.

Stucchi has also kindly furnished Hard Format with some of his preliminary sketches:

Listen Manuel Zurria:
László Sary – Pebble Playing in a Pot (1980) versione per 4 flauti [mp3]
Tom Johnson – Kirkman’s Ladies – Rational Harmonies in Three Voices (2005) [mp3]
Morton Feldman – Trio for flutes (1972) [mp3]
Luigi Archetti – Null (excerpt) [mp3]
More The links below are to the Die Schachtel website and contain more information and sound samples:
Manuel Zurria
Girolamo De Simone
Luigi Archetti
Angelo Petronella


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