Lo Scoppio

Lo Scoppio

audiovisual fixed media

2023

Duration: 4'40''
Sound diffusion: stereophonic

Scoppio is a small town in the municipality of Acquasparta (TR), abandoned around 1950 following a series of earthquakes. It takes its name from the Latin Scopulus (cliff), due to its dominant position over the plain. Scoppio is a ghost town: the only access is a bumpy road and it’s permeated with peace and harmony, as nature is taking over everything. However, history and the genius loci are overbearingly felt, with a swarm of life permeating every stone. The video starts from the hypothetical discovery of a box of old photos of ancient inhabitants of the village, brought back to life and interacting with the landscape through a work that combines analogue and digital, experimenting with self-constructed photographic filters. The sound is defined by using concrete sounds from an imaginary unearthed memory box filled with everyday objects and mechanical toys. The soundscape created becomes the narration of a potential unrealized future, in a strong relationship with the images, to expose all the physical, historical, and remembrance fragilities of the place. Just as the Latin name suggests a concrete approach to timbre, its "translation" in Scoppio, as result of an elaboration by vulgar linguistic phenomena, becomes the key to understanding the electronic processing and synthesis used and the sound editing, emphasizing the contrasts with the appearance of unexpected sounds.

 

Video: Romina Bracchi (Cirkus Vogler)
Music: Nicola Cappelletti.

Awards.
Zeugma Landscape 2023 Offical Selection.

Performances

18.09.2023 - Atemporanea Festival 2023, Auditorio Subsuelo, Conservatorio Astor Piazzolla, Buenos Aires (ARG).


Le Jour et la Nuit A/V

Le Jour et la Nuit A/V

audiovisual fixed media

2021 - on going

Duration: 0'40'' - 4h20'00''
Sound diffusion: stereophonic

Le Jour et la Nuit A/V is the audiovisual version of the same title electroacoustic work for flute and electronics.

Le Jour et la Nuit A/V may be presented either as an audiovisual stand alone work or an audiovisual electroacoustic performance, in which pieces are accompanied by a found-footage video fixed media.

Performances

10.02.2023 - Lund Contemporary, Odeum musikcentrum, Lund (SE). A/V performance. Flute: Agata Tuchołka. *A/V premiere


DHG

DHG

audiovisual fixed media

2022

Duration: 9'44''
Sound diffusion: stereophonic

DHG is the audiovisual version of the electroacoustic piece Dissipatio HG (for bass clarinet and electronics).

 

Both works are an homage to the same title post-apocalyptic novel by Guido Morselli, published posthumously in 1977.

 

Video direction and music: Nicola Cappelletti.
With: Amelia Renzulli, Nicola Cappelletti.


Le Spectre Rouge

Le Spectre Rouge

audiovisual fixed media

2021

Duration: 5'47''
Sound diffusion: stereophonic

Le Spectre Rouge (Pathé Freres, 1907) Courtesy of Museo Nazionale del Cinema di Torino.

The music of this version of Le Spectre Rouge are composed by Nicola Cappelletti e Nicola Fumo Frattegiani for the SMC Sound and Music Computing Conference 2021.

 

The soundtrack was created using a very narrow palette of timbres, to accommodate the claustrophobic and alienating inclination of the events that come to life within a place that is instead kaleidoscopic, deep and surreal. Sounds are mostly coming from manipulations of white noise and concrete sounds that play on different environmental levels, underlining, with a current point of view, what today appear as errors or inaccuracies in video editing and post production. For the same reason, few selected sound processing techniques were used, which guaranteed synesthetic unity between listening and vision: time-stretching, pitch-shifting, ring modulation and granular synthesis. The incursion of musical fragments from different periods and different styles aims to outline an ideal path between different historical eras, as in an intuition of possible futures (up to nowadays), affirming the visionary and avant-garde nature of the film, where the magical and surreal appearance of screens and containers that transmit images in motion constitutes a dazzling foreshadowing of the television medium, of streaming habits using devices and wall mapping techniques.

 


Vormittagsspuk

Vormittagsspuk (Ghosts before breakfast)

Audiovisual fixed media

2018

Duration: 8'40''
Sound diffusion: stereophonic

Ghosts Before Breakfast (Vormittagsspuk) is a silent film by Hans Richter (1929). The original accompanying score composed by Paul Hindemith was destroyed by the Nazis as "degenerate art".

 

The expressive and communicative power of this Dadaist film remains current even ninety years later. The recreated sound path focuses on the ever-present reflection on the rebellion against the determinism of a pre-established order: both objects that deny their function, as much as human beings who tend to escape, almost by sublimating, the totalitarian and annihilating tendencies of the ideologies of the first half of the 20th century. This opposition of the human being to a materialistic and functional conception of man and society echoes more than ever in the contemporary historical period. The new sound environment imagined for the film represents these contrasts, updating them in the research and elaboration of stamps and cultural references, proposing a new perspective of reflection in which the distance between the two historical periods is narrowed by tracing new dimensional paths.

 

Music: Nicola Cappelletti
Video: Hans Richter

Performances

01.01.2001 - Segnali


Colophonia

Colophonia

audiovisual fixed media

2017

Duration: 7'02''
Sound diffusion: stereo

Colophony is the “Greek pitch”, used to increase the friction of the bow on the strings of a violin. This piece is the narration of a genesis and a path, in which all the sounds are generated by the violin and electronically processed.

 

Colophonia is a metaphorical representation of a dialectic between tone and noise, pitch and inharmonic material, friction and resonance. A path that alternates tension and release, in which the tension towards equilibrium is continually contradicted and crumbled, until a final denied catharsis.

 

Music: Nicola Cappelletti
Video: Andrea Staiano

Performances

25.07.2019 - Suoni Controvento Festival, Fossato di Vico (IT)
27.11.2018 - Grain Of Sound, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco (USA)
15.12.2017 - Re-Sound, Auditorium Pollini, Padova (IT)
05.05.2017 - Segnali 2017, Auditorium Conservatorio di Musica F. Morlacchi, Perugia (IT)