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Sound artist, composer and performer, born in Italy, 1973, lives in Berlin. www.melgun.net

Alessandro Bossetti’s main focus is in the fringe area between spoken language and music. He created a series of highly compelling works where relational aesthetics meet innovative composition. Field researches, interviews and conversations often build the basis for his abstract compositions. Among them are pieces like Il Fiore della Bocca (Rossbin/DLR 2005), a work on the vocality of the mentally and physically impaired and African Feedback, a collaborative scrutiny on experimental music in West Africa (Errant Bodies press, 2004). Since 2001 he has been engaged in many major radio art productions with several public and net radios in Europe and USA, and created a vast body of work of hybrid text-sound and radio compositions. He also received commissions to compose pieces for ensembles as KNM Berlin and Die Maulwerker. Alessandro Bosetti is an emotional performer that has consistently toured in Europe, Asia and the United States. He’s been presenting solo sets for voice and electronics blurring the line between electro acoustic composition, text-sound pieces, song and performance.

Alessandro Bosetti on Handmade Radio: “Learning to compose with one microphone, one loudspeaker, two separate spaces and operating a camera obscura that works with sound. There is no recording or editing, no digital processing and alteration. No pre or post production. It all happens in real time in a hidden space. Bodies and voices are not bound to a computer, instrument or other interface of sort. They are free to move, they are invisible. Extremely light, extremely present. Get close to the microphone. Get far away from the microphone. Feel the space. Let your feet slide softly on the floor and be silent until you are ready to place your sound. It is all mono. It all goes through a pin hole. And then spreads all over again.”


The Pool and the Soup

Video: Camera: Pablo Castilla. Editing: Myriam Van Imschoot.

The Pool and The Soup is the name for “a set of rules for spoken improvisation” that Alessandro Bosetti originally wrote for Die Maulwerker (2006). In Handmade Radio lab it served as a tool to increase awareness of compositional parameters both when performing and conducting. The video shows the learning process: Alessandro Bosetti explains the cues or gestures that allow the performers to conduct in real time; the performers alternate conducting each with her/his own style.

The audio-files are some of the highlights of a session that concluded the lab.

Audio Tracklist:

  1. Les Poumons

Improvisation with handheld microphone

Proposal: The group was divided in listeners and performers. In the performance space the performers produce their sound improvisations relative to a moving handheld microphone. Their space is connected to a second listening space through a cable and sound system.

The video alternates between these two spaces. In the visual parts one hears the sound of the camera, placed in the room with the performers. The black parts in the video switch to the radiophonic experience: you hear the sound as it was emitted, in real time, in the listening room.

Small Room

In contrast to the improvisation with moving handheld microphone, the space of recording for this track is tiny and limited. Instead of experimenting with the movement of the microphone and of the performance in relation to it and the space, all activity is concentrated immediately around the microphone. The improvisation took 25 minutes. Several extracts can be listened to here:

  1. The small room
  2. The Tunnel
  3. Je n’arrive pas
  4. Miss
  5. Les Bruits
  6. The secret (coda)

Performers: Anne-Laure Pigache, Myriam Van Imschoot, Gaël Santisteva, Malika Fankha, Myriam Pruvot, Amelia Cristina Messer, Jean-Baptiste Veyret-Logerias.

Photos: Myriam Van Imschoot