VALENTINA E FABIO ROMOLI
Fabio Romoli is a man who grew up in the 1970s with a passion for building amplifiers. He became a specialist in electronics and a do-it-yourself maker, an artisan of both analogue and digital, inventor of a mystic and functional object: the “Horgonic”, whose technical description is “audio amplifier for digital sources”. But definitions are often too simple. Certainly, the “Horgonic” amplifies digital music - liquid music - whatever device it comes from: smartphone, tablet or PC. It’s an ultra-contemporary instrument, but it also has features that make it unique and place it in a different age. The fact that it’s built by hand, for instance, by bringing together exposed metal, copper, aluminium, bronze and thermionic valves. The latter are among the first components invented, and were used even by Guglielmo Marconi. Together with his partner Valentina, Fabio worked for a year and a half, meticulously selecting every element that makes up the “Horgonic” (the name came from studies into energy accumulation by Wilhelm Reich, a pupil of Freud). Experimenting, making mistakes, starting again, Valentina and Fabio at last came up with an object beautiful to see, which enhances and refines any surface; a functional designer object that contains the history of future technology, the cloud and old-style resistors; a work of art to be touched. Its insides are open to exploration because the casing is transparent and everything is visible. It’s an amp that donates listeners with superb sound quality. Fabio Romoli wanted to build something that spoke of himself and of his life’s great passion, abandoned and then re-found. With Valentina, he has accomplished this. Music lovers can hold in their hands these unique items which represent so many pieces of the soul of the man who dreamed, conceived and invented them.
The story had been written by Martina Germani Riccardi, writer.