demetrio cecchitelli – tense [whitelabrecs]

<facets> is an audio-visual series, co-curated between Whitelabrecs and Art North Magazine. This collection provides a space in our catalog for digital music, in which we aim to provide more than a few mp3s and a low resolution square image. Each edition of <facets> is pitched equally at both your eyes and ears. Sonic and visual textures overlap as we pair musicians, composers or sound designers with painters, sculptors or photographers. The work includes the music in a range of formats, specially created visual artwork and a PDF art booklet containing imagery, interviews and liner notes. Our collective aim is to create a coherent work of cross-media art, where the creative outputs of a sonic artist and a visual artist complement each other as a singular creative output. 

In our second edition of this new series, we welcome Demetrio Cecchitelli from Rimini, Italy. He has released music with labels such as Sounds Against Humanity, Healing Sound Propagandist and Dornwald among others. ‘Tense’ is an album that was originally composed for a theatre in Santarcangelo di Romagna and in its release as part of the <facets> series, it is given a new context. The record explores themes of tension, constructing moments of suspense and quiet, as it both surprises and lulls the listener. 

The collaboration is complete with the photography of Jonathan Dickson, based in Ireland, whose artistic tangents saw him experiment with taking photographs of burnt matches. The imagery becomes a fitting companion to Demetrio’s themes of tension, as this brooding and dimly-lit cinematic soundscape is reflected visually. To complete this edition, Art North’s editor Ian McKay has produced a music video to the title track, using Dickson’s matches and photos of the Rimini backstreets to tie this concept together.

Music: Demetrio Cecchitelli 
Mastering: James Edward Armstrong 
Art Direction & Editing: Ian McKay 
Photography: Jonathan Dickson, N. Ricci, M. Stock, & D. Roszca 

Featured artwork by Jonathan Dickson 

Music & Artwork © 2021, The Artists (Demetrio Cecchitelli, Jonathan Dickson), All Rights Reserved. Video ℗ by Art North Projects. Music ℗ by Whitelabrecs, 2021 

Project Curators: Harry Towell (Music) & Ian McKay (Visual Art)

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