17 Gen De Revolutionibus
OM Records San Francisco 2022
Sound homage to Copernicus
|THE SOLAR SYSTEM WAXING POETIC
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|“Minarelli’s lifetime devotion to verbal gymnopedie comes fully ripe in this exciting LP. My turntable was doing somersaults. Complimenti, Maestro!“—Charles Amirkhanian|
|We are excited to announce Other Minds Records’ bid into the world of vinyl records with de revolutionibus: sound homage to Copernicus, a new release from legendary text-sound poet Enzo Minarelli. This limited edition release features a full color 11″x22″ insert with notes on each of the works by the composer.
Minarelli compares the revolution of sound poetry to the revolution that Copernicus brought about with his discovery of the heliocentric nature of the solar system. Just like Copernicus put the sun at the center of the solar system, sound poets centered the human voice—and thus the sensuous nature of a text—over traditional systems of syntax.
Throughout de revolutionibus, the literal definitions of the words are stripped through repetition and minimalist processes, and layers of varying fidelity of the vocal recording obscure any intelligibility even further. Minarelli deftly combines his voice with found sound, synthesizer, and drum machine accompaniment, vacillating between something like noise assemblage and mutant hip hop.
With provocative titles like “Viriditas for Hildegard von Bingen,” “Wandering Planet,” and “Moon Menstruation 29,” Minarelli delivers a wide ranging vocal and electronic techniques that transport the listener to a truly cosmic space.
De revolutionibus is at once a continuation and expansion of the vast corpus that the artist has built over his decades-long career. Elements of glitch music, pulsing drums, and grooving low frequencies are paired with more traditional elements of phonetic poetry creating an extraterrestrial hybrid, part avant-pop and part maximalist Dada treatise.
“Ecco qua! The most thrilling sound poetry release from Italy since the Marinetti serenaded Mussolini”
C. Amirkhanian, American sound poet
1 Sun light [Lux Solaris] 1’58”
2 Earth motion [Motus Terrae] 2’18”
3 Viriditas for Hildegard von Bingen 2’10”
4 Tree word [Parola d’Albero] 4’12” dedicated to D.C.
5 Almagesto –Tolomeo 3’26”
6 Spherical earth [Sferica Terra] 3’
7 Gravity [Gravità] 2’35
1 Wandering planet [Errante pianeta] 3’45”
2 Ether existence [Etere Essere] 2’
3 Moon menstruation 29 [Mestruo lunare 29] 4’
4 Ecliptic [Eclìttica] 3’13”
5 The word Star [La Parola Stella] 1’16”
6 Spirit motor for Kepler [Anima Motrix] 4’03”
7 CoperNicola 1’38”
Charles Amirkhanian – Executive Producer
Andrew Weathers – Producer and Mastering Engineer
Enzo Minarelli – Liner Notes
Mark Abramson – Packaging Design
Liam Herb – Text Editing
Images by Enzo Minarelli
Other Minds Records OM 3001
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The voice-centric sound poetry of Enzo Minarelli occupies the same territory as John M. Bennett’s work above, and Minarelli is certainly as energetic and enthusiastic as Bennett. But on de revolutionibus, the veteran artist’s bubbling, ever-active audio art has a very particular weight. Minarelli’s gravelly emissions and the growling sound beds he creates with them feel like he’s digging around in sonic dirt, intent on finding poetic gold no matter how far down it’s buried. As he strings together his blurts, coughs, and exhalations, the fact that this album is a tribute to Copernicus starts to make sense—it’s as if Minarelli is probing the physical laws of words and sound to see how the two remain elusively connected.
Marc Masters, January 28, 2022 – BANDCAMP
“I really enjoy your new album that is a homage to Copernicus. A very nice use of electronics with vocal sounds which is quite balanced and pleasant to listen to. Your philosophical themes based around the Copernicus and the fundamental revolution he brought about (which still remains with us to this day) in Western Civilization continues to be a very rich area to explore. Lots of significant ideas here with your pieces mixing the structure of your poetry with the structures of these initial philosophies”.
Larry Wendt, April 29, 2022 – San José, California.