Valerio Tricoli is an Italian composer and performer of electroacoustic music, currently residing in Munich. His main instruments for live presentations are the Revox B77 reel-to-reel tape recorder, used as a completely analogue, ergonomic device for live sampling and real-time transformation, editing and mixing of pre-recorded and made-on-the-spot sound sources. On a formal level his sets focus on the impromptu creation of narrative, taking into account the multiple relations intervening between reality, virtuality and memory during the acoustic event: sounds are always hovering between the “here and now” of the concert situation and the shady domain of memory— distant but at the same time present like in a deja-vu experience.
Privileging fracture over continuity and by the use of a dynamic range that could jump suddenly from near-silence to extreme blasts of sounds, an almost tactile feeling of brooding tension is often attained. His electroacoustic studio compositions, documented on few records, are aligned to the tradition of Musique Concrète and explore themes of the internal— represented both by the psychological and the physical— and of the occult, which together, with the use of spoken text, make them often deeply existential works, self-investigations of the psychological, emotional and irrational horror within.
The track La Solidità della Nebbia evokes the ghosts of Luigi Russolo, it’s a composition based on 1/4-inch-tape treatments of samples of both Intonarumori and self-built acoustic instruments made to resemble the sonic qualities of Futurist’s instruments. Di Vaga Crepa, di Gelido Futuro is a long tracking shot in which electronic and concrete sounds are recounted by Revox tape recorder and digital processing techniques
A billion perspectives on the same instrumental explosion. Approaching their electro-acoustic arsenal as a shimmering diamond refracting omni-directional compositional potential, Astral Colonels (Anthony Pateras & Valerio Tricoli) have worked over 7 years to transform pianos, organs, harpsichords, tape machines and synthesizers into an expansive sonic otherworld.