Bernard Hughes releases album of his solo piano musicCrossEyedPianist
The culmination of a long association with pianist Matthew Mills, Bagatelles represents some 30 years of piano music by British composer Bernard Hughes.
The music on “MACRO” is the evocation of archetypes buried in the collective unconscious, shown in a new emotional light. The use of electronic tools, such as modular synthesizers and electronic drums that control loops, samples and field recordings, offers to Silent Chaos a wide sound palette, from which Silent Chaos draw to define their personal stylistic framework. Each composition determines a special universe in which crop up echoes of musique concrete, choirs, tribal sounds, noise and ambient, in sound experiments that envelop and surprise even those not accustomed to listening to these genres.
The album “MACRO” is the mature fruit of a years of A/V concerts, theatre and radio performances, rehearsals and recording sessions, which, through felt and suffered selections, finally reveals a pleasant surprise even for the artists themselves and it expresses the maximum potential amount of the moment’s intuitions, chosen to represent the best of their research work. Listening to “MACRO” demands special attention, to immerse deeply in the particular atmosphere of each song evoked by the musicians; an attention that has been lost in this era of rapid artistic consumption, and against which the Silent Chaos are fighting, offering another vision of the moment that anyone, if he wants, can gaze into and share.
“MACRO” is the story of a journey, the one that takes the spirit from the Microcosm (as in the album “micro”) – where is staged the destruction of the worldly self that allows access to the Mystery – to the Macrocosm, in which, recognized the self and the world limits, the Intellect is pushed toward unknown horizons, with the terrible and sublime purpose of making the deconstruction of the Whole, to finally reconstitute itself as a primordial Adam.
Silent Chaos are:
Marta NoOne – modular synthesizer, voice, sound fx programming & manipulations
Ugo Vantini – electronic pad drums & percussions, loops, ambience, field recordings
“MACRO” was recorded by Silent Chaos in 2016/2017 while wandering around Italy in search for some peace of mind and not finding it. Many things happened in the meantime, and at least the album was mixed & mastered by Silent Chaos at Nyctophilia Studio, Scotland, at the end of 2019,start of 2020.
Graphic art & photo by Silent Chaos.
1 – Nocturne on Ganimede [8:18]
The vision from other worlds of impossible perspectives. The expansion of dimensions intersecting in emotional labyrinths. The journey continues into unknown universes.
2 – Let the Grace In [6:48]
The inner battles are the most difficult to fight, and at the end, only if you know your enemy you are going to win.
3 – The Deconstruction of Collective Unconscious [12:44]
The intelligent swarm has to be conducted and the conductor doesn’t always know how to keep the baton in his hand; with the result that the expression of that so valuable intellect is likely to get lost in mass confusion.
4 – Fall of the Machine [12:46]
Absurd, all-encompassing and devoid of empathy; for the machine to be no further epilogue desirable that the fall in a deep inhuman abyss.
5 – Winterland [6:25]
Crystallized wishes in an untenable icy stasis. The limbo of thought, where echoes of distant bells, calling to awakening thaw, resonate.
6 – Adonai’s Calling – The Hail of God [7:28]
Flashes of pure light in the blanket of indifference, all wrapping and nothing leaking. Waves of a new consciousness on old beaches of arid intentions. The end and the new beginning of the journey.