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Well, talking about tremendous releases on 2021, also knowing that Caterina Barbieri’s latest album ‘Ecstatic Computation‘ has been prodigious, its properly to announce, 1 year and a half later, that Lyra Pramuk, Kara-Lis Coverdale, Kali Malone, Nyege Nyege\’s Jay Mitta, Stine Janvin, A. G. Cook/Alessandro Cortini\’s fellow Baseck, Bendik Giske and more have joined Caterina Barbieri to rework the iconic ‘Fantas‘ track in 8 diverse, new versions.
‘Fantas Variations‘ is a very special follow up album, again on Editions Mego in early April, as “a diverse array of approaches and instrumentation which blur the boundaries between the acoustic and electronic\”, inclusive \”platform for mutual exchange and support between like-minded artists” with diverse background, style, origin, gender, generation.
The first single ‘Bendik Giske – Fantas for Saxophone and Voice‘ is out today. Listen to it below, and read the full story also.
Fantas is the epic opening track on Caterina Barbieri’s acclaimed 2019 release Ecstatic Computation. The original Fantas laid out a magical path of patterns leading the listener on a journey into the sound itself. Fantas Variations maps out eight new potentials sprung from this initial path as constructed by a diverse mix of artists lending to a wide spectrum of new works extrapolated from the original work. For this project Barbieri invited friends and long time collaborators from a variety of musical backgrounds to create a more sustainable and inclusive landscape in terms of stylistic, geographical, gender and generational balance. The results are a diverse array of approaches and instrumentation which blur the boundaries between the acoustic and electronic.Fantas Variations embraces a platform for mutual exchange and support between like-minded artists, where active and collective re-imagination is prioritised over the traditional model of remixes, which is often strategic, functional and more passive.Longtime friend and collaborator Kali Malone rearranged Fantas to a slowed-down, austere and eerie version for two Organs. Evelyn Saylor created a piece for a vocal ensemble consisting of her, Lyra Pramuk, Stine Janvin and Annie Garlid, joining forces to express the choral, psychedelic and vitalistic nature of the piece. Barbieri’s former guitar professor at the Conservatory in Bologna, Walter Zanetti, composes Fantas for electric guitar, by translating every single gesture of the original electronic piece into a personal, nuanced and detailed interpretation. Bendik Giske’s reinterpretation for Saxophone and Voice captures the atmospheric essence of Fantas and its psychic meteorology. Longtime collaborator and along with Barbieri the other half of the outfit Punctum, Carlo Maria, resynthesizes Fantas for TR808 and MC202, bringing a more club-oriented dimension of the piece to life whilst unveiling the sonic continuum between rhythm and pitch through a sensitive timbral approach. Jay Mitta’s Singeli reinterpretation of Fantas transpires with pitched-up percussion and turbo-fast polyrhythmic patterns unleashing the frenetic, shifting, transformative matter within the piece to a higher plain of euphoric dance. Baseck’s variation is a rave fantasia, where the prismatic trance of the original is channeled into fierce, uncompromising hardcore, whilst Kara-Lis Coverdale’s take is a phantasmagoria for piano that gently, yet inexorably, captures the relentlessness chimerical qualities of the original, unveiling its spectral backbone.
Artist. Caterina Barbieri
Title. Ecstatic Computation
Release date. April 2, 2021
Label. Editions Mego
EMEGO279 – 2LP Vinyl / Digital
1. Evelyn Saylor (feat. Lyra Pramuk, Annie Garlid and Stine Janvin) – Fantas Variation for Voices
2. Bendik Giske – Fantas for Saxophone and Voice 07:16
3. Kali Malone – Fantas for two Organs
4. Walter Zanetti – Fantas for Electric Guitar
5. Jay Mitta – Singeli Fantas
6. Baseck – Fantas Hardcore
7. Carlo Maria – Fantas resynthesized for 808 and 202
8. Kara-Lis Coverdale – Fantas Morbida