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¥798 frank riggio. psychexcess I - presentism. cd. february2k12.

 

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presentism *.mp3
higher ailleurs *.mp3
looking for occultism III *.mp3
flowing magma *.mp3
big tunnel recordist *.mp3
tri *.mp3
venusian philosopher (future vision I) *.mp3
infinie galaxie II *.mp3
fractal d *.mp3
kranqr *.mp3
flying psyche I *.mp3
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artwork by timothée mathelin - www.futurorg.com

frank riggio is a sicilian-french musician who now lives near toulouse in france. Having been an electronic music lover since his childhood, he began to mix acid music with turntables at the age of sixteen. at 18, he bought his first hardware and later on he formed his own label, sagaloops, on which he produced fifteen vinyl ep's and also collaborated with other projects on various labels. after closing down sagaloops in 2005, he took a new direction into more intellectual, jazzy and experimental electronic sound collages, forming the project that takes his own name. in 2007 he produced his incredible debut album 'visible in darkness', while he was also producing music for the french tv channel canal+. since then he has released a couple more full-length albums and ep's, showcasing the same high standard he has set throughout the years. currently, frank works on multiple art projects, in a great variety of fields such as sound manipulation, music, and mastering engineering.

with 'psychexcess I - presentism' frank riggio introduces the first part of the psychexcess trilogy which is designed to be similar to a three movie series in an aural format, including a constant spoken narrative, arcs of suspense, and even 'cliffhangers'. the fusion of 'psyche' and 'excess' was created from the idea that there is something astral we can not control, which we are not even aware of in our psyche or mind - something out of our physical entity but basically connected with our 'soul' at the same time.
the human individual is captured in an entanglement of fears and theoretical dualities in his judgements and deeds, which can be entirely changed by accepting the choices to avoid the pretended 'pre-programming' of the mind.
frank riggio's intention is wanting the listener to explore something else in their 'person', something that is beyond words or even basic mechanical thoughts - possibly even some kind of astral trip?

to create the cinematic atmosphere of the trilogy's music, frank riggio used his skills as a passionate sound designer, collecting a multitude of field recordings, percussive noises and more. he also bestowed great care on the instrumentation using acoustic and custom built equipment, self made synth presets, and by adding experimental sound manipulation such as morphing, vocoding, filtering and layering techniques. to prevent the music from getting unnatural and inorganic, he also enlisted compositional help from fellow musicians on some of the melodic work.

focusing deeper on frank riggio's music, it proves hard to classify his unique blend of inspirations into certain genres like idm, downtempo, glitch and experimental. rich textures utilized in a masterful way, together with deep ambience and a solid yet very human drumming as well as the excellent use of acoustic instruments, make his work stand out in many ways. he shapes up his own musical path through a magnificent mix between darkness, mystery and ethnic soundscapes. this album carries its very own mixture of beautiful, oneiric, psychedelic moods and sounds that touch you somewhere in your spirit or your heart and which will undoubtedly stay in your mind for a long time.

'stop a moment with dualities and fears, enjoy the gorgeousness of the unknown, the psychexcess.'


chroniques électroniques
http://chroniques-electroniques.over-blog.com/article-frank-riggio-psychexcess-i-presentism-99194617.html
voilà quelques temps que le franco-sicilien frank riggio voulait donner un nouvel élan à sa musique. après des releases hybrides et abstract hip-hop en free download, très inspirées par sa passion pour amon tobin, il sortait l'année dernière un double ep (texturtion distosolista, ici) plus que prometteur. sa technique globale avait franchi un levier supérieur, annonçant peu à peu une distance vis à vis du sampling. seulement voilà, frank riggio est un homme qui doute. on a rarement vu (dans ces sphères musicales) un homme donner autant d'enjeu dans sa vie à la conception musicale. après des flirts bien poussés avec deux des plus reconnus labels du genre, la conclusion est finalement sans appel. la musique du sudiste serait trop atypique et pas encore assez mûre pour figurer au catalogue de ces deux maisons renommées. entre prises de têtes et profondes remises en question, riggio ne renonce pourtant pas. la rencontre virtuelle avec stefan alt , patron de chez hymen, sera salvatrice, lui qui a un véritable coup de coeur pour son univers. pressentism est le premier volet de la trilogie psychexcess, dont la vocation est d'illustrer les trajectoires inconscientes de cette machine complexe qu'est l'inconscient et son moteur : le cerveau. ceci est assez évident à la vue de l'artwork, nouvelle réussite du graphiste shift que certains connaissent mieux sous son nom de timothée mathelin. dès les premières minutes de l'album, on se dit que les tracks présents sur le dernier double ep n'étaient presque que des chutes, des brouillons du véritable investissement personnel et donc mental à venir. il a ici laissé de côté sa classique volonté d'être à tout prix dans la démonstration de ce qu'il sait faire, et de ce qu'il a appris. parce qu'il a probablement encore plus à prouver à lui-même qu'aux autres, il a décidé de mettre ses doutes, ses angoisses, ses questions de musicien et de père au centre de sa musique. inutile de rajouter qu'il y a mis aussi ses couilles de mec, pour donner encore plus d'ampleur à la dimension personnelle de l'oeuvre. précisons que c'est le visage de sa fille qui surplombe cet artwork définitivement torturé. la musique et cet enfant, ou les deux plus grandes passions de sa vie, sont illustrées ici en ce qui pourrait être le sujet d'une psychanalyse au long cours. beaucoup d'éléments surprennent et impressionnent dès les premières écoutes. cet aspect ultra affiné et ultra texturé qui trahit des heures et et des heures de travail en studio (en même temps, ça fait trois ans que cette trilogie lui hante l'esprit). le quasi renoncement de l'utilisation des samples (il y en a encore quelques uns, et utilisés dans de sacrés séquences). l'intégration de cordes et de crins non digitales (pressentism, higher ailleurs). une étrange, rythmique et cavalière dimension tribale. et même si de très bons titres comme big tunnel recordist, flowing magma sont empreints de résidus hip-hop mutants de ses débuts, c'est bien cette véritable palette de sound designer qui bluffe le plus. comme sur les très hecquiens dans le style et l'approche venusian philosopher ou fractal d. ou encore le cryptique kranqr et son piano aussi humble que subtil. signalons aussi le spatial et synthétique infinie galaxie ii, dont les tribulations et l'issue surprenante viennent rompre avec les schémas de canevas classiques. a aucun moment malgré l'incontestable richesse de l'espace sonore, il n'y a de sensation de surcharge. riggio est vraiment un mec old-school, puisqu'il intègre même une fin masquée à son v i s l a r m final. mais ne vous y trompez pas, il a su combiner ses nouvelles velléités artistiques et techniques avec son utilisation régulière des synthés hardware et sa maîtrise de cubase. bien que pharaonique, l'oeuvre est intelligente dans son tracklisting et dans le maintien du dédale psychédélique souhaité et transformé. les recommandations de gens comme access to arasaka ou hecq ont fini par payer. frank riggio peut être fier de lui. sa musique a atteint des sommets de qualité et de confiance en elle même. hymen a eu le nez fin, contrairement à d'autres à mon humble avis, signant dès le début d'année une oeuvre époustouflante. bravo à tout ce petit monde. ceux que ces humbles lignes auront convaincu d'en savoir plus à propos du français sont invités à (re)découvrir l'interview réalisée il y a quelques temps (ici).

alternativmusik.de
http://www.alternativmusik.de/rezensionen/frank-riggio-psychexcess-i-presentism/
frank riggio ist mal wieder das, was man einen musikalischen tausendsassa nennen könnte. einer, der viele visionen im kopf hat, der möglichst viele davon verwirklichen will, dies aber nie schaffen wird, da davon einfach zu viele vorhanden sind und beständig dazu kommen. kurzum: einer, der uns noch eine weile beschäftigen könnte. bereits mit 18 mit eigener hardware ein label eröffnet und fünfzehn vinyl-eps veröffentlicht, dazu projekte mit anderen musikern auf diversen anderen labels. das eigene label ist zwar inzwischen vergangenheit, aber die musik geht weiter. in eine experimental-elektronische richtung, mit vielen einflüssen, leichter verkopfung und nach wie vor vielen visionen. dass die vorliegende veröffentlichung psychexcess i – presentism nun eine i im titel hat, ist auch kein zufall. nein, riggio beginnt hier eine trilogie, die eigentlich auch ein film sein könnte, aber ohne bilder. die stücke befinden sich im fluss, verstörende klanglandschaften werden aufgebaut, immer wieder dringen klare melodieführungen in den vordergrund, die gerne auch mal auf doomig wirkenden hintergrundklängen begegnen, es begegnen flirren und rauschen – immer wird spannung aufgebaut. tatsächlich: als hörer entstehen vor dem geistigen auge filmsequenzen. diese können sich über verschiedene film-genres erschrecken, wie auch hier verschiedene genres in die musik einfließen. im groben betrachtet ist die cd natürlich vor allem etwas für die zielgruppe derjenigen, die sich gerne mit veröffentlichungen aus dem experimentellen elektro-bereich, idm, aber auch den härteren spielarten beschäftigen. diese wird bei psychexcess i – presentism begeistert ergriffen sein und sich den namen frank riggio sehr wahrscheinlich auch für die beiden fortsetzungen der trilogie merken. (marius meyer)

blackaudio
http://blackaudio.wordpress.com/2012/05/08/frank-riggio-psychexcess-1-presentism-cd-hymen-records/
this is the first i have heard from this french/sicilian composer and i am sure it’s not going to be the last; if like me you find your way to hearing the first episode of this proposed trilogy, i should imagine you will be eager to consume the next two chapters when they surface. riggio reigns in obscure organic instrumentation, wrapping confusion in off kilter electronics that border on the beautiful and horrific, melding together sounds like i have never heard coupled before; ‘presentism’ as a whole (personified in the title track) is one of the most original albums i have heard in quite some time, often hinting at genius. there is something altogether different with this release that i can’t quite put my finger on; it’s as if each track is pieced together with each individual layer having its own agenda and mini cinematic episodes are played out side by side as the soundtrack to two layers of film that are casually placed over each other. ‘presentism’ is not going to be for everyone out there; make no mistake this is purely for those that have an adventurous and broad imagination. peculiar yet familiar in equal measure, there is so much to take on board with this first instalment, only those who can stomach music lacking an attachment to any specific genre will gorge on this extremely intelligent and glorious affair. appreciating however that this album will not be for everyone, indeed some elements were too much for me to swallow at times, i applaud ‘psychexcess 1’ wholeheartedly as something genuinely different, nay, inspirational in its entire composition.

igloo
http://igloomag.com/reviews/frank-riggio-p1p-hymen
"the psychexcess trilogy is designed to be similar to a three movie series in an aural format” according to the hymen records release page. psychexcess i – presentism is the introduction to the series which takes frank riggio into yet another scope of genre bending. over the years the toulouse, france-based musician has taken on several formations and recently for hymen he’s leaning on soundtrack motifs, pure instrumentation, melancholic electrical shapes and downbeat grooves. painting an audio abstract of crying violins and cellos, twisted percussion and a story-line of darkness, this album takes a step to the left, perhaps something ant-zen might have ate up due to the esoteric nature of psychexcess i – presentism. scorched atmospherics, accordions, found sounds and raw experimentation only begins to tell the story frank riggio is trying to tell. hidden in lurking shadows of analog machines, there’s a beauty that lies within these seemingly eerie soundtracks. at times delving into tribal terrain, what’s in store here is an aptitude for the crossroads between improvisation and organized chaos. as these smoldering beats and pieces align themselves alongside david lynch themes, psychexcess i – presentism continues to push the ears on a trip for which you didn’t know you were ready for. deconstructing instrumental electronic bytes that display an organic pulse amidst a digital backdrop of vast sand dunes and obscure experimentation keeps the whole package well under way. a wholly satisfying barrage of music that bends and deforms its vague definition of the genre, if there really is one for mr. riggio. a truly unique angle for left-field music and one that hymen are able to harness and embellish upon. one can only imagine where the next two installment will take its listeners, but if it’s anything like psychexcess i - presentism, then be ready for a shift in your audio balance.

chain d.l.k.
http://www.chaindlk.com/reviews/?id=7210
frank riggio is an italian-french artist based near toulouse, france. he's been making music and releasing records for a long time, but his first official debut release dates back to 2007, shortly after he closed the label he was running (sagaloops). he then embarked on a more sophisticated musical journey, the effects and results of which we are seeing in "psychexcess i - presentism", the first of a three part installment which showcases riggio's abilities as a composer, sound designer and engineer. the album is masterfully executed and you can tell from the compositional style, the versatility of the sonic palette and the quality of the final mixdown and mastering that riggio is a talented professional who excels in his field. the low end of this album is just amazing (present, controlled, thought out) and comes through even on smaller speakers and without a subwoofer. you can also tell that he works in sound design and music/sound for film/tv because he uses some of the same techniques and types of sounds that you often hear in that world (a great example of that is the fantastic sounding track "venusian philosopher (future vision i)", which would make a great hollywood action-suspense movie trailer sound track). i really like this album because it finds a great balance between the electronic realm and an organic truthfulness that only real instruments can provide. to describe these textures with classifying words is hard: in a way it has elements of classical composition, but it doesn't have any classical instruments (except for the occasional strings line), obviously it is downtempo electronic music at its core, but it goes way past its purest and simplest form and it also doesn't have a lot of beats or rhythmical patterns that you would expect in that genre. it kind of flows through your life as if it were it's own self-contain sonic universe, taking in elements from a variety of genres and making it own. sparse elements of glitch, french chanteusisms, dark-ambient soundscapes, sci-fi sounds, there are field recordings, obviously there is a lot of sound manipulation and there is a strong footing in the experimental world too. definitely a very mature record that enjoyed listening several times and exploring in depth, both sonically and mentally. looking forward to part ii. (marc urselli)

discography 02.2k12:
psychexcess I - presentism. cd. hymen records ¥798. 2012
texturtion ep & distosolista ep. cd-ep / digital ep. deepvast vast001. 2011
symmetric human door. digital album. omelette 013. 2010
noise thinking ep. digital ep. omelette 006. 2009
anamorphose. digital album. spectraliquid slqdigi001. 2008
visible in darkness. digital album. self-released. 2007

frank riggio official websites:
www.frankriggio.com
www.facebook.com/frankriggio
www.soundcloud.com/frankriggio
www.last.fm/music/Frank+Riggio

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