Every new art movement walks a precarious path: some are so sterile that they plunge into the abyss without trace, others have sufficient drive to get to the other side and revolutionize the semantics. Perhaps, rather than inspiration - not by accident abhorred by an experimenter like Gustave Flaubert - it’s constant study and meticulous work that counts. It is actually on daily exploration - understood as the dual sense of research into sound and comparison with the Masters - that the radical nature of the “E-cor Ensemble” project is based on and it is the result of an initiative by three students from the Respighi conservatoire in Latina.
Deconstructed, cacophonous music that shares the subliminal intents of acousmatic music. A succession of expressionistic soundscapes open to dialogue with video art as well as soundtracking for silent films: the work on the images of Hans Richter’s experimental film “Vormittagsspuk” won
the ensemble a series of prizes and awards. Ongoing collaborations with key figures in the experimental music scene and numerous live performances around the world, focusing on improvisation, expand the group’s expressive possibilities. The apex of their multimedia interaction came with the dramatic adaptation of The Tell-Tale Heart. Distorted by the grotesque violence of Carmelo Bene and by the estrangement from the text learned from the Artaudian technics, in the hands of the ensemble Poe’s short story becomes a disturbing collage close to nightmare, in which sound provides a counterpoint for performance, sometimes following, sometimes cancelling it out and sometimes indifferent.
When it was staged, children in the audience grabbed their mothers’ skirts: if physical provocation is really the primary aim of avantgarde, this seems to be a pretty good investiture.
The story has been written by Simone Ungaro, writer.