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Dolf Mulder, Vital, no 481, 5 juillet 2005

Taxonomy is a project by self taught musician and composer Elio Martusciello. Electroacoustic music has his main interest, but he also likes to be involved in live improvisation. His collaborations are many. As Schismophonia he forms a duo with guitarist Mike Cooper. He released albums together with his brother Maurizio. And of course we should not forget to mention Ossatura, his trio with Fabrizio Spera and Luca Venitucci. His newest project is also of a trio format. Taxonomy is Graziano Lella (computer), Roberto Fega (sampling and signal processing) and Martusciello himself on guitar and electronics. Fega is originally a sax and clarinet player who started his career in the avant-garde rock group Dura Figura. The same for bass player and sax-player Lella. Both discovered through workshops by Tim Hodgkinson a.o. new territories. And now with Taxonomy they enter the world of electroacoustic and musique concrete.

In 9 pieces they give a demonstration of their craftsmanship. According to the liner notes all tracks are composed by the three musicians, but I suppose improvisation played a role in the composing process. In most pieces they make use of a wide dynamic range. Noisy and loud sections disappear in long silent parts. Sound or prerecorded music coming from acoustical instruments is followed by and mixed up with electronic soundsources. All tracks are built up in their own way and are colored by specific sounds. A track like Behind Me is the outsider on this album. It’s a long and silent track. Not much happening here, where as in most pieces it is an ongoing busyness of all kinds of sounds. The album is very well produced. The music sounds very clear, and so it’s impossible to miss any detail.

The album is very well produced. The music sounds very clear, and so it’s impossible to miss any detail.

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