Alessio Capovilla (1985, Turin, Italy ) is an Italian composer interested in sound modelling. Imperfect sounds, unpunctual distortion and unsuitable atmospheres are constantly researched by Alessio. A dialogue between ancient tools and new technologies through synthesis, computer music and field recording, crossing beats and genres towards something not easily definable.
Co-founder of the collective Gang Of Ducks, on which he’s published two releases (“NO” and “Eocity”) under the moniker of XIII, alter-ego through which he mainly examines the most tactile and digital part of his sound.
Vasi Comunicanti is the oneiric record born from the collaboration between L.A. performer and avant-garde artist Anna Homler and Alessio Capovilla, co-founder of Gang of Ducks.
Anna Homler is a multy-disciplinary artist working on a blurred line between music, performance, spiritual and visual arts and giving birth to several different projects.
In 1985 she released, in collaboration with composer Steve Moshier, the seminal album “Breadwoman & Other Tales”, shamanic and meditative songs brought to life with astonishing live performances.
The record was then re-released in 2016 by NYC label RVNG Intl, bridging the gap with a new generation of listeners, discovering the universal and unique world of Homler.
Capovilla, who was born in the same year of the original release, is one of them. His work focuses on imaginary landscapes and oneiric feelings. He has released two records on Gang of Ducks with his XIII moniker, dedicated to his digital and more computer-oriented sound.
The two of them met for the first time for an improvised live performance in Torino in 2017, after which they decided to spend studio time together exploring where this connection could lead.
The record flows along 5 tracks, with Capovilla taking care of synths, drums programming and audio engineering, and Homler singing in her melodic phonetic language, mixing unique voice and sound effects .
“De’la cocce” moves around on a slow quasi-dub rhythm accompanied by whistle and vocal interventions. In “Ricordo” Anna’s voice is more prominent, travelling through a digital dimension made of flutes, Buchla Music Easel sequences and rainsticks.
The B side starts with “Bread Dance”, where different layers of vocals and drums repeat themselves in an obsessive and haunting atmosphere.
“Be’ya Sa’di” is an ambient and cinematic piece, which quietly introduces “Mem”, the most emotionally and intense song of the collection, transporting the listener into a different dimension.
The whole record creates a world with no geographical coordinates, where humans meet their primary feelings in a suspended time, escaping the present and the intelligible world.