Here is the essential album that I have been waiting for a long time. Few of the field recording albums manage both to produce a calm and linear atmosphere, and to portray the essence of a place with a minimum of sound manipulation. A PURE WONDER, a rare pearl that I place very high in my unfathomless collection!
47 Anno Domini (47 AC) is the year when “Via Claudia Augusta” was completed by Roman empire. The road was connecting Venice Lagoon – and more precisely the city of Altinum – to the Alps till Austrian territories, and was passing by the area where the vinery “47 AD” now appears.
I started my recordings in the vinery during the end of summer 2018, right after the grape harvest, at the beginning of the fermentation time, and I focused my attention on the big aluminium tanks by using contact microphones and hydrophones inside and outside the metal surfaces.
While listening and recording, I was more and more fascinated by the resonances of the tanks, which allowed me to experience a double and parallel exposure both to the micro sounds coming from the chemical process, and to the working place surrounding the tanks. The tanks themselves turned to be enormous sounding boards that filtered the voices of the workers, the machineries used in the vinery, and the incredible textures coming from the scented fluid rotating through submerged propellers. By listening to the tanks, I was able to experience the process of fermentation through a slightly different sonic perspective, and I started considering how to show and evoke such internal transformation.
The composition that followed this journey is entirely based on almost unprocessed field recordings, and became the base for the audiovisual installation “Fermento”, where the sounds generated a visual pattern (curated by Claudio Bellini) that was projected on the tanks of the vinery. The installation was presented to the public in February 2019 and developed within the framework of the project “Arte digitale”, supported by Fondazione Ca’ Foscari and Current Corporate.
(nicola di croce, May 2019)
released August 19, 2020
LOCATION : 45°38'27.6"N 12°20'32.8"E.
("47 Anno Domini" vineyards, Treviso, Italy).
Field recordings taken during September 2018.
Composed between October and November 2018 as part of the audiovisual installation “Fermento”, presented to the public in February 2019 and developed within the framework of “Arte digitale” project, Fondazione Ca’ Foscari 2018.
Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi.
Thanks to Claudio Bellini and Enrico Coniglio, Chiara Isadora Artico and Cristina Seraiotto, Current Corporate and Fondazione Ca’ Foscari.
Additional art card, cover design & treatments by Daniel Crokaert.
Based exclusively on photos by Antonio Brigo and Mattia Carrer.