While bringing the Antidigital’s four-fold path to completion, V.I.T.R.I.O.L. squares the symbolic structure of the Series by focusing with conceptual precision and musical elegance the heaviest of elements within the alchemic cycle: Water. Both adaptable and erosive, essence and abyss, the paramount fluid is an archetype of metamorphosis. Constantly attempting to overtake every obstacle towards the gravitational center, pervading and transmuting the Earth by transforming itself, Water eternally conquers the depths where it still serves as origin, nest and nourishment of life. Like a torrent, V.I.T.R.I.O.L. tells and embodies the sublimating Descent of Water, taking shape as a pouring of micro-tonal falls, opening passageways through a radiant narration of deep intimate soundscapes. Framing a sequence of almost religious experiments in circuit manipulation and digital-processing of the resulting electrical sound-fields, the short album signs the important inspirational contribution by Drøp to Dromoscope’ Antidigital project. Enchanting second outcome by sound designer Giuseppe Bifulco, V.I.T.R.I.O.L. resonates clearly of a post-modern electronic shamanism, a fascinating musical vision interpreting sound as a physiological trigger and music itself as a therapeutic instrument, a path for an interior empty-set (ø) capable to free consciousness from rational domain and reconnect it to deeper natural truths. Like a map for the Descent, V.I.T.R.I.O.L. engraves its own name and structure with one of the most substantial hermetic aphorisms ever, “Visita Interiora Terrae Rectificando Invenies Occultum Lapidem”, dropping a hint and pointing a destination for the healing research of the truth: the unknown interiors of the world, the subterranean unveiled inner self.
Without any will to take part at the usual diatribe that counterposes Analog to Digital, the Series name is rather inspired by a specific direction in the musical research of the works involved. Curated, produced and handmade by Daniele De Santis as a systematic start for Dromoscope Editions, the Antidigital Series (AA) takes shape as a sequence of musical portraits depicting the activity of four musicians spontaneously engaged in a keen re-discover of the Analog sphere. Driven by this awakening to the natural science ruling the purest substance of sound, the Series symbolically crystallizes its main structure in the cycle of the four alchemic Elements. Gradually unveiling a four-ways path into a possible modern instrumental dialogue between complex software elaborations and recycled musical technologies, the project explores the cassette media itself as instrument and symbol of the ‘Antidigital’ process.