Enrico Ascoli – Nubicuculia 7.5
Ascoli’s “Nubicuculia” is a real trip. Things move incredibly quickly melting
from one movement into the next. With this abstraction comes a sense of hope
that welcomes the listener within the first few seconds. Over the course of the
piece Enrico Ascoli never loses sight of this optimistic fragment letting it
fully blossom. While it is a single piece it feels considerably longer due to
the many twists Enrico Ascoli uses throughout.
in the very beginning it has classical instruments emerge out of the lulling
repetition. Tactile in nature the sounds feel positively natural, almost warm.
Woodwinds help add to this playful sensibility. Slowing down deliberately it
allows for a brief movement of meditation as the cycles gradually deteriorate and
exhaust themselves. After this ends Nubicuculia veers towards the paranoid with
mournful horns aching in the background. Certain aspects of the sound feel
incredibly industrial in nature. Field recordings add to this uncertainty.
through the piece the mood lightens up once again. Echoing into the distance
the sound becomes a drone with minor interruptions. The digital works wonders
adding a nice contrast between the natural and unnatural. Once the digital
leaves what remains is a beautiful giddy finale. At first it begins with a
degree of hesitancy. Upon settling in the sound gains a relatively interesting
rumbling nature as it goes to a full stop.
does a fine job of displaying the difference between the organic and the digital.