A couple of Mr. Cortini’s records have been written about on this fair site, authored by my colleagues Mr. Hampton and Mr. Etter. Both of those, and this, are a part of his acclaimed Forse trilogy. Cortini’s name might not ring a bell but I’m sure Nine Inch Nails will – he tours and records with Reznor’s band. All of the Forse trilogy has been released on Dominick Fernow’s (Vatican Shadow, Cold Cave) Hospital Productions. This, of course, matches perfectly with the bleak aesthetic the label exudes. His use of Roland’s discontinued 202, 303 and 606 remind me strongly of TM404’s eponymous album, but Cortini more or less takes out the “dubby” nature of these machines. “Rispetto,” the third track on the album, might be my favorite. Listen to a preview of the entire album by clicking through the EU buy link and see what you think of it. Cheers!

 

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Limited gatefold double LP version. Though known as a touring and recording musician associated with Nine Inch Nails, Alessandro Cortini has really come into his own via his Forse trilogy, and his 2014 Hospital Productions debut, Sonno (HOS 412CD). For his Hospital follow-up, he maintains the grittiness and intimacy introduced on his debut, but expands on it, offering a wider spectrum of emotion and depth. Like Sonno, Risveglio was written and recorded while on tour. The drive to create intimate works during late-night downtime reveals Cortini to be committed to a personal vision beyond the call of duty. While Sonno was created using only a 202 and delay, Risveglio adds a TB303, synced to the 202. In Cortini's words, "The 303 can be such a haunting instrument used in a certain way, and I felt it completely fit the mood of the previous work I have done on the 202, especially when given a specific location in space... it's such a living instrument." The addition of TR606 gives one of the pieces a rhythmic pulse that separates it from the preceding synthscapes and renders Risveglio an altogether more dynamic affair than Sonno. With Risveglio, Cortini emphasizes the imperfections and visceral textures of electronics absent from so much contemporary solo synthesizer music. He carves out a similar space to that formed by Kevin Drumm's releases for Hospital in the worlds of drone and noise by finding the emotional and, ultimately, human voice within synthesis.

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