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Franco Battiato


Rock Progressivo Italiano

1.73 | 22 ratings

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5 stars I am quite sad to see this album so lowly rated on progarchives - which should be a place where music is faced with a certain open-mindedness. This album is of course very eclectic - but in minimalism as well there is a purpose. The purpose of this album is to abolish melody and just focus on time.

Time is the main character here for two reasons:

1) the chords are spaced at different time intervals and played with different intensities (achieving many different lengths of echo).

2) incredibly, time produces armony here: the notes in the chord are playd as an arpeggio, rather than simultaneously, and left echoing, and this creates armony among them. If you want to see this try and play all the notes in the chord together rather than as an arpeggio and tell me if they still make an armony.

This is what should fascinate the listener. It should remind the listener that time and silence are an essential part of music and an essential part of our lives (I also recommend reading what Helene Grimaud, world-famed pianist, says about music and silence in her autobiographical book "wild armonies") - and the reason I rate it a "masterpiece" (not only of progressive music), is that no other musical composition that I know proves to be a better representation of this.

Now - I suggest you forget about me explaining the meaning of this album (which might well be subjective) and try give it another listen - so that you can figure out yourself.

rudess87 | 5/5 |


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