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SCIMMIE, first soundtrack by Italian artist LUIGI PORTO, to be released in September

The Viennese record label Cineploit announced  the release of the first soundtrack by Italian artist LUIGI PORTO, planned for September 8th. LUIGI PORTO´s score for ROMANO SCAVOLINI´s upcoming film “L´Apocalisse delle Scimmie” will be released under the title “Scimmie” (Cine 10).  In USA, the recording will be distributed by Come Together Studio/Come Together Music LLC.
Luigi Porto is an Italian musician and composer. He released some experimental songwriting albums with his former solo project Appleyard College, and with the Italian band Maisie. He is a resident composer in a contemporary opera company based in New York City. With a background in visual arts, he works also as a sound designer in films and theater performances. SCIMMIE, his first release under his own name, is a soundtrack to an unreleased experimental movie.

luigiportoscimmieLuigi Porto’s comments on the upcoming soundtrack: “SCIMMIE is a musical conversation that flows parallel to the film by Romano Scavolini. These were the agreements. When we met, he told me “I don’t want film music. You have to create a sort of “pain symphony”, something that continues even if the film stops, a music that doesn’t care”.
The work, divided in three volumes, like the film, was conceived in years in several cities, while from time to time I was moving for work reasons. I wanted to collect contrasting experiences, put them in line without seeking for harmony, instead releasing many individual energies, make them explode and implode – simply suggesting a direction. I used many composition techniques to do this, from classical 4 voices writing to sampling, to overdub, to psychedelic improvisation. I wanted to let this music emerge and sink between various identities, without being afraid of making a faux paus – instead trying to speak languages that are foreigners to everybody. even through the various guests, conceived as “representatives”. It is a political vision. Contradiction, schizophreny, I wanted to ride them, ritualize them, show them. Not a contamination, but a struggle, a fight.
I try to compose and, once written and recorded, handling the tracks as found objects, with continuous elevations and debasements – a total “shuffling the cards” (even Romano in the meanwhile was doing it with the film, editing the episodes and then shuffling them). Hiding the work of writing sometimes, and sometimes instead showing it naked, make it emerge. Writing straight, recording, letting it settle until the emotional detachment and then mistreating the material, improvising upon it, sometimes leaving everything to randomness to find new paths. This, for me, is a method and a liturgy. “
ROMANO SCAVOLINI is probably known best for his movies “Un Bianco Vestito per Mariale” (aka “Spirits of Death”), “Dog Tags – Platoon to hell”, “Savage Hunt” or “Nightmare”.

To read the preceding article on Luigi Porto: http://lideamagazine.com//usa-international-brazilian-opera-company-will-present-scenes-four-new-operas-composers-joao-macdowell-thiago-tiberio-luigi-porto/

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