Experimental electronic IDM musician Vincenzo Ramaglia releases his latest single, ‘La parole 7’ (feat. Laure Le Prunenec) via PEM Records on 29 November. The track, which has premiered via Son Of Marketing, is lifted from his upcoming album La parole, to be released 24 January, and is entirely conceived via an electronic setup without a computer.
Greeting its listeners with angelic harmonising, ‘La parole 7’ (feat. Laure Le Prunenec) opens with dramatic effect as the pulsating synths come forth and retreat from centre stage. The canticle-esque nature of the signing brings forth an ancient tone which is met with contemporary editing. Treating the track as a full modern-day performance piece, Ramaglia presents the impression of open-air theatre in the chilly autumn air with a night sky lit up above the audience.
“I have always aspired to music that can integrate experimentation and approachability. This is the meaning of what I call PEM (Popular Experimental Music). I think that to experiment does not necessarily mean to bore or to distress the listener: you can also experiment by blending the ear, not just wounding it. To experiment, in my opinion, means to pursue – and therefore to determine – the present day by day (rather than to lean nostalgically on the past or opportunistically on the already felt)”.
The video for “La parole 7” was directed and edited by Vincenzo Ramaglia himself, who often finds himself dealing with videos of his own musical tracks, working for twenty years in the field of audiovisual teaching.
In fact, shooting of the video was by a troupe of his academy (the Griffith Academy of Cinema and Television in Rome), that on a movie set of candles and black draperies – in an intimate, almost liturgical atmosphere – immortalized Laure Le Prunenec in a very inspired performance that goes even beyond singing, free from synchronism between lip and melodic text, through gestures, heartbeats, dances of great emotional impact. In tight editing that follows the moods of music and performance step by step.
Laure Le Prunenec expresses emotion in its purest form within the video. Her choral singing is enhanced by candlelight, nearing ritualism but prevented from embracing it with à la mode production and editing by Ramaglia and raw fervour displayed by Le Prunenec.
“I immediately thought that Laure, in this specific video, should be totally free to improvise with her body, without even following the lyrics of the song. She just had to move following the inspiration that the music and the movie set gave her (I was sure that the candles would create the right atmosphere). The experience was magical for everyone present.
On the other hand, the lyrics of the song have no known meaning.
The language Laure uses in her vocal improvisations (and on which she then danced) is an invented language. Not invented on the desk, rationally constructing grammatical and syntactical structures, but invented in real time, as a pure communicative breath of the moment.
The exploration of alternative ways of communicating suggested to me the paradoxical title of my album (“La parole”) and is perfectly represented by the video of ‘La parole 7’ ”