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Max Casacci at the XIII Florence Biennale

Max Casacci is musician, composer, producer, sound engineer, DJ since the early 80s.
At the age of 20, his activities extended from composing film soundtracks, experimental theatre and contemporary dance, and playing guitar with the main post-punk bands in Turin.
In the 90s he became a producer and reference point for the Italian independent scene.
He played with the reggae band Africa Unite, performing all over the world, including Jamaica.
In 1996 he founded Subsonica, one of Italy’s most influential alternative pop bands. His career has ranged from experimental activities in the underground sphere with the top of the sales charts and an intense live activity.
He is a member of the scientific conference music collective Deproducers. As a sound engineer, he recently mixed albums by Lorenzo Senni, the prestigious Italian electronic musician published by the British label, Warp records. For the past 10 years, he has also been involved in turning noise and sound environments into music.
The album Glasstress, (Max Casacci & Vaghe Stelle) produced for the 2011 Venice Art Biennale, sounds of a Murano glass furnace are turned into music.
In “The City” (MCDM+Cisi), he sets to music the sounds of Turin, together with the instruments of some of the most important Italian and European jazz musicians: Enrico Rava, Gianluca Petrella, Furio Di Castri, Emanuele Cisi.
“Earthphonia”, a record without musical instruments, made exclusively with the sounds and noises of nature, is his first solo album.

On the occasion of the XIIIth Florence Biennale, Max Casacci received the President's “Lorenzo il Magnifico” Award from the President "for his musical research of great cultural value: in his latest sound experiments he interacted with nature, investigating the universe of sounds with a phenomenological method, combining his own musical research with that of other professionals operating in the field of scientific dissemination. His activity as a musician, closely linked to environmental militancy and social commitment for a truly participatory democracy, is oriented to the profusion of sound suggestions useful for the project of the world to come".
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In this new sound work, Max Casacci places his music on the front line of the Environment battle, gathering sound directly from nature. The experience is extended, track by track, through the pages of a book/cd that, via qr code, refer to the listening of the tracks and other sensory expansions relevant to environmental themes. “Earthphonia” is a hyper-disc: an object that transcends the classic physical format to venture into the latest digital possibilities, such as augmented reality.

“Music is not a spark that comes out of nowhere, it is a reflection of social conditioning, relationships, conflicts, encounters, cultures. And even this music aims at giving a response to the urging voices of the youths, who have recently taken to the streets. A kind of activism that addresses the issue of climate emergency in a pragmatic and direct mode.

The question here is: are we aware of the threats our planet is facing? We are running out of time for answers, and deadlines are tight. This is also why I have already taken this music to the streets, playing it during some recent Fridays For Future and Extinction Rebellion events.
The key to ‘Earthphonia’, which was brought forth from natural sounds and noises transformed into musical texture, is the amazement and empathy towards all the, often unknown, ecosystems and wonders they hide”.

“Earthphonia” is a visionary tale, a journey that interprets nature by extracting rhythmic melodies and orchestrations from it. It starts with the air, the birds and the biodiversity of the Po Delta - “Delta” - gliding over the water of the Cervo torrent in Biella and on the rocks of an ancient cliff on Gozo island - “Watermemories” and “Ta’cenc” – flowing into the ocean - “Oceanbreath” - listening from underground to the sound of forest roots – “Roots Wide Web” – diving into the volcanoes of the Aeolian islands - ‘Strombolian Activity’ - spying on bees in the darkness of the beehive - ‘The Queen’ - and, finally, gliding over mountains - ‘Terre Alte’.
It is not “relaxing music”, but an intense and vibrant sound experience, and vibrant sound experience, realised without musical instruments, through sampling and digital processing of noise and natural sound environments.

It is not the composer imposing the score, but it is the natural flowing of notes from the natural environments guiding the creative process and showing the way. In “Earthphonia” the man-music relationship is overturned and the man-nature one ventures into a quest for a new balance.
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