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Alberto Rizzo Schettino Interview on Nagamag

Ambient

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Nagamag:
What are the genres that describe better your music style?

Alberto Rizzo Schettino:
I write original music for film and video games. I play piano and keyboards and in the years I have gathered quite a collection of synthesizers, guitar amps and FX pedals. This definitely drives my music towards those instruments as I like to mix elements of electronic music (ambient, downtempo, glitch etc.) with more traditional orchestral instruments (strings, brass, percussion) and ethnic sounds from Africa and the Middle East. I try and mangle these original acoustic sounds from world music to be 'assimilated' by the machines, while still retaining their contrasting features. I try to maintain a delicate and constant fight between an industrial, cyberpunk and somehow dystopian sound palette and a more organic, classical setup with roaring strings and epic orchestral elements. I guess a lot of my work with techno artists and the club scene plays a role in what I imagine would be the sound of the streets and the underground in a distant future.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Alberto Rizzo Schettino:
I've worked as a pianist/keyboardist for artists, bands and recording studios, mostly as a session musician. I've had my good share of live gigs in rock, acid jazz and fusion setups in which I would bring my keybards, guitar amps and guitar pedals and kinda force the stage to accept my sounds. I am not a fan of playing 'realistic instruments' live, and unfortunately you can achieve pretty good ones these days with keyboards.. but for me it's either acoustic piano, vintage keys or straight up synthesizers and mangled sounds. There's no in-between. In 2007 I opened my own recording studio, called 'Fuseroom' and I started producing records and keeping the facility open to music education programs. In the past years I went back to my role of composer and joined some game development companies (among which were some good friends of mine, from high school) to write original music for their video games. Getting back to writing music by myself was an adventure and somehow reconnected me with an artistic self that I had kept asleep for a while. It was a good time to get back at it and I was able to use this momentum to release a new solo record, called 'Future in the Past', highlighting some of the most iconic elements of my sound and songwriting, in the soundtrack genre.


Nagamag:
Do you remember your first connection of love to music that was the right impact to be a music artist now?

Alberto Rizzo Schettino:
As a kid I was lucky to have friends who one day told me on the phone: "We're making a band. What do you want to play?". It was that simple. We wanted to move from air guitars and air drums using broomsticks and empty soda bottles to playing for real. I looked around, I had a small digital keyboard I had been playing since I was in primary school and decided that I wanted to play piano and go to a real teacher. I started both classical and modern piano together and never stopped taking lessons from the day. At around 18 I felt like I had to choose and was captivated by modern music. I've played in pop/rock bands, jazz ensembles, small freestyle and acid jazz bands etc. especially when I moved my beautiful (but small) town of Firenze (Italy) to continue studying in Los Angeles. I cannot remember how many people I've played with and whose projects I joined. From there on I kept on studying, moving cities, attending to more music academies in the US and in Europe. If there was one constant that never left me is that I do not partake in projects that I do not like. I just cannot do it. I've studied to be a professional musician and I am happy to provide others with my expertise but I have to hear some kind of pulse in the project. Exposure, fame, money, you name it.. they just do not cut it in the end as I cannot go to sleep and look at myself in the mirror if I am doing something I do not genuinely and directly enjoy. I guess that spontaneous phone call from my friends when we were kids really left a mark.


Nagamag:
Is there a cliché or recurring pattern in the way you come up with a new piece of music?

Alberto Rizzo Schettino:
With the passing of time (and things become more recurring or fixed, with deadlines, revisions, team discussion, production supervisors and so on) I noticed that I start working on a song only after I can hear it in my head 'enough', over the course of a couple days. It is kinda funny to say that but once I receive the initial brief for a new music project and the team or production sends me guidelines for the vibe they are looking for, I do not sit at the instrument and try to put down ideas. I just let things breathe for a couple days and I start thinking about a tune. It might happen at the worst time or before falling asleep. If the idea is good, in a couple days I can always recall the main theme and at least the B-section that answers it. That is usually the right time for me to sit down, turn my computer on and start writing music.


Nagamag:
If you only had to keep one musical instrument, what would it be?

Alberto Rizzo Schettino:
This would be very challenging. I certainly consider the acoustic piano as my foundation but I have so many instruments that I like for their specific sound palette, some of which have almost healing properties when played, in my opinion. I would have a very hard time parting from my Voyager, Polysix, Juno-6 and Hammond, as well. Please do not make choose! ;)


Nagamag:
Music has no borders and many of us we may listen to more genres that we are mainly involved. So share with Nagamag which track comes first in your mind from music but is NOT similar to your genre?

Alberto Rizzo Schettino:
Andy Summers Mysterious Barricades


Nagamag:
Of Course Nagamag would love to listen also which track from a similar artist you admire?

Alberto Rizzo Schettino:
Ola Strandh Tom Clancy's The Division (Original Soundtrack)

Discover & Listen to Alberto Rizzo Schettino

Alberto Rizzo Schettino on Spotify

Alberto Rizzo Schettino's Signature Track

Alberto Rizzo Schettino on Social Media

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Alberto Rizzo Schettino's Website

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Sine – Closer (Spotify)

“Light but alluring strings, airy piano melody, harmonious tempo and soothing Chillstep rhythms. The -Closer- track easily can be used for relaxation and meditation.”

“Лёгкие, но такие манящие струнные партии, воздушная мелодия пиано, гармоничный темп и успокаивающие ритмы Chillstep. Трек -Closer- можно использовать для релаксации и медитации. ”

-Nagamag.com

Dreamy soundscapes from SINE. The new single "Closer" is out now

www.instagram.com/sineworld.de

SINE is a music project created by Thomas Hauser. Having released two albums, one EP, numerous remixes and being part of several high-class chillout/electronic compilations SINE belongs to the most active and established artists of his genre. Both albums “RUHEPOL” and “TIEFBLAU” reached top positions in various download- and CD charts. Further SINE’s music is played in well-known radiostations all over the world that are focussing on chillout and electronic music.

The musical career of Thomas Hauser started in his early childhood. He had several years of accordion lessons and later switched to keyboard. He didn’t want to focus on keyboard instruments only though which made him pick up the guitar, learning it all by himself.

He played in many different bands of different styles of music, e.g. pop, indie, punk, grunge and much more. Nevertheless he now and then needed time for himself to calm down and relax all by himself in the studio. That was the first slight hint of his future project SINE.

In 1997 he and his brother Jochen Hauser founded the production company COSMIC SOUND having their own studio and being music publisher. Many CDs of many different genres have been recorded and published there. Thomas Hauser also worked on other chillout projects which have been released on various labels. By now Thomas Hauser can look back on over 100% releases.

2008 was the year of SINE’s start. A fresh and independant project with its specially newly founded music label SINE MUSIC. The first release was the EP “CROSS THAT LINE” that caused a real stir in the chillout and ambient scene. Some songs of this EP have been played in radio stations all over the world and reached many of the genre’s relevant charts.

After these first great successes Thomas Hauser produced new songs that have been released on numerous SINE MUSIC compilations.

In December 2014 the day had finally arrived when SINE released his first album “RUHEPOL”. The album was in the German chillout charts for over six months as well as in the top ten of several download stores like iTunes. The CD was available with an included photobook. Another passion of Thomas Hauser. Photography. The photobook was sold out after just one month.

In November 2016 SINE’s second album “TIEFBLAU” was released as CD and download. SINE’s love for the oceans in this world lies in every tone of “TIEFBLAU”. A very multifaceted album presenting SINE songs of the last two years. The blue colour of the oceans is the colour of calming down and relaxation for SINE

In January 2018 SINE has released his new single “Stupid Minds“ in which you can hear him sing for the first time. A journey in musical unknown waters.

In March Sine Music has released the Remix EP Part 1 and April Part 2 of Stupid Minds. Including remixes by Thomas Lemmer, Glint, Silky Wave, Gold Lounge and many more.

SINE reappears on the screen in January 2019 with a new single „Save Me“

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Paramita Ambient, Wendy Panoah – Clarity (Spotify)

“Atmospheric work rich in dense, three-dimensional layering. which set us inside the sound and feelings of ambient.”

“Атмосферная работа -Clarity- с одноимённого EP богата на густые, объёмные слои. Именно таким мы видим, чувствуем и принимаем окружающий нас ambient. ”

-Nagamag.com

Produced by Paramita Ambient, Wendy Panoah is a French composer of "Ambient Music" and relaxing music. They unveil the second single from their first EP “Clarity” which will be released on January 15, 2021. This second track is a soothing instrumental music recorded and tuned in “LA 432Hz”, a frequency close to nature ideal for relaxation, a yoga or meditation session with music! Artist similar to Chama Wijnen, EON NOIRE, Peter B. Helland, Alex Couture, Moon Oceans, Cooper Sams.

Joseph Shabason – “The Fellowship” (Video)

“Beautiful presentation of Joseph Shabason’s awaited work. Ambient & Drone tune to travel us through the dark cold February days, towards the arrival of Spring light. The warm company of many listeners out there.”

-Nagamag.com

Toronto-based Destroyer-collaborator Joseph Shabason is behind past releases Anne (2018) and Aytche (2017), as well as last year’s Shabason/Krgovich/Harris album Philadelphia — all of which received deserved acclaim. His empathetic style manifests itself in a unique stylistic blend of ambient electronics and new-age driven jazz.

On his new album The Fellowship out April 30th on Western Vinyl/Telephone Explosion Records, he sketches an auditory map of the transcendence, unity, conditioning, and eventual renunciation of his upbringing in an Islamic and Jewish dual-faith household across eight tracks that mesh spacious, jazz-laced composition with fourth-world and adult-contemporary tonality. As a listening experience, it’s an autobiography and in the form of instrumental music.

New single and album title track “The Fellowship” is out today. It’s a mystical ambient journey down winding city roads, with Shabason’s layered saxophone providing bright sprites behind each turn.

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josephshabason.bandcamp.com/album/the-fellowship

ÜUCE – Whiteout (feat. Michele) // Ambient, Trance Piano, Psybient, Relaxing (Video)

“”Whiteout” is an Ambient piece perfectly made for the cold Winter days. There is nothing better than a warm, relaxing piano sound while snowing outside. A special experience even for the most selective listeners.”

-Nagamag.com

The felt piano was given a lush sound by adding a tape delay and and putting a very wet reverb on the delay. My wife, Michele, vocalized throughout the song and that was also modulated. The various sound waves and walls were created using a KORG MicroKORG and a KORG Minilogue.

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Svvn – Vega Falling (Spotify)

“It is amazing how much work Svvn rich multi-layered sonic textures. Melody absorbs rhythmic elements in the second half of the track excite the imagination and before the eyes of the vast landscapes of the stele of unprecedented beauty.”

“Удивительно, насколько работа Svvn богата многослойными звуковыми текстурами. Мелодия поглощает, ритмические элементы во второй половине трека будоражат фантазию и перед глазами стелятся бескрайние пейзажи невиданных красот.”

-Nagamag.com

Vega Falling is the third single from the two-part space-themed EP series, Astronomica.At the end of 2019, I spent six weeks in Costa Rica with my wife. I had traveled for mostof the year, and I was excited to spend the final days of December in a tropical paradise. There was almost no light pollution where we were staying. There weren't anystreetlights, storefronts, or restaurants that were open after dark. This meant that once the sun went down, we were inside, making dinner and washing the sand off our feet. I had a small concrete table next to the kitchen with my studio gear setup, and I would look out the skylight in the living room to see the light from the moon and stars pouring in. It wasn't hard to imagine that we were living on a distant planet, all by ourselves. It was both terrifying and comforting. This song is meant to feel like a journey to the shores of another habitable earth beyond our realm. The sound of the ocean waves at the beginning of the song was recorded on my iPhone. I captured the audio during one of our daily walks, and it still makes me feel like I'm looking out at an infinite abyss where the ocean and the sky become one.

instagram.com/svvnsounds

Jeremiah Dunlap is SVVN (seven). Based in Nashville, Tennessee, SVVN's rich textures, sweeping melodies, and powerful rhythmic elements construct seamless movements of stirring music, all inspired by landscapes spanning fjords to oceans to cosmos. SVVN's thoughtfully crafted compositions evoke a cinematic musical experience that takes the listener to a distinct place, somewhere they've never been before.

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Geist Contagion Interview on Nagamag

Ambient

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Nagamag:
What are the genres that describe better your music style?

Geist Contagion:
With my project Geist Contagion, I find myself with varied inspirations from one song to the next, so it becomes a bit of a daunting task to label each with its own discrete genre. There are elements of Glitchstep, Breakbeat, Techno, Industrial, Ambient, and Drone throughout my releases. I generally don't stick to one style for very long because I get bored easily, and I like to keep the listener on their toes.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Geist Contagion:
I started out like a lot of people do, playing guitar in a garage band with my friends. *That eventually fizzled out, as it often tends to.* Shortly after, I attended school for artist management and music production, which is where I developed my love of synthesizers, and of a whole new world of musical styles and composition techniques. From there, I dove headfirst into experimental electronic music which lead to the formation of my main project, The Databats. I met the folks over at Slice Records around this time and after working together on a couple of gigs, they brought us into their stable of artists. Geist Contagion spawned from there as my first full solo project. I wanted an avenue for the music I was writing that didn't stylistically gel with my work with The Databats. This has allowed me to explore my songwriting ideas more deeply, and to illuminate music that otherwise wouldn't be making it out into the world at large.


Nagamag:
Do you remember your first connection of love to music that was the right impact to be a music artist now?

Geist Contagion:
I've felt a strong connection to music since I was very young. Some of my favourite parts of Saturday morning cartoons were the theme songs, not the cartoons themselves. As an adult, one of my more formative experiences was attending a live performance by Alessandro Cortini's solo project Sonoio, opening for Ladytron at The Phoenix in Toronto. Watching him utilize a myriad of synthesizers and vocal effects to craft such a layered and complex performance really opened my eyes to what was possible as a solo electronic performer, and to what an audience would be interested in experiencing.


Nagamag:
Tell us about your new album Écoutez and the process behind it.

Geist Contagion:
Écoutez is a collaborative album by Geist Contagion and Arcane Trickster. I met Damiano from Arcane Trickster a few years back when The Databats travelled to Australia and hooked up with the Slice Records crew for a couple of club gigs. We got along well and had a good rapport, so working together seemed like the logical next step.
Flash forward to 2020, and we found ourselves with a lot more time on our hands, so Damiano and I messaged back and forth a bit to discuss our ideas for a project. We then exchanged a bunch of demos via email, and once we decided on the tracks we wanted to use, we got down to editing, remixing and performing on one another's work. The ensuing result was a rather cohesive blend of each of our styles that we hope provides the audience with a fun journey from start to finish.

"Écoutez" means "listen" in French. It's both a title and an instruction. We'd like the audience to take a moment out of their hectic lives to do exactly that, just listen.


Nagamag:
What are the plans for Geist Contagion in 2021?

Geist Contagion:
I've been writing a lot of music, so hopefully we'll have followup to my record "Residue" out by the end of the year. On the collaborative front, there are a couple of projects going on at Slice Records that I plan to be very involved in, so you'll be hearing new remixes and joint productions from me as well. I'm very excited for those.
In terms of live performances, we're still under tight lockdown up here in Canada, so I've had to adapt. Thankfully, there are more ways than ever to reach out and interact with your audience, and I plan to take full advantage of those. Livestream performances, music videos, and interactive experiences are all part of the plan, so stay tuned for that! I'm also hoping I'll be able to get out and perform work by this project live some time before the end of the year, as I haven't had the opportunity to do that yet.


Nagamag:
Music has no borders and many of us we may listen to more genres that we are mainly involved. So share with Nagamag which track comes first in your mind from music but is NOT similar to your genre?

Geist Contagion:
Venetian Snares x Daniel Lanois "Night MXCMPV1 P74"


Nagamag:
Of Course Nagamag would love to listen also which track from a similar artist you admire?

Geist Contagion:
Oneohtrix Point Never "Nothing's Special"

Discover & Listen to Geist Contagion

Geist Contagion on Spotify

Geist Contagion's Signature Track

Geist Contagion on Social Media

@GeistContagion

Geist Contagion's Website

SliceRecords / Bandcamp / Ecoutez

Der Waldläufer – Aurora (Spotify)

“Seeking the peace of mind and tranquility in our hectic world? Der Waldläufer found that place, and happy to share it with us particles. Aurora - This gentle sounds of xylophone and guitar, ambient and warm embrace state of peace.”

“Ищите душевный покой и тишину в нашем беспокойном мире? Der Waldläufer нашёл себя и своё место и с радостью делится его частицами с нами. Aurora - это нежнейшие звуки ксилофона и гитары, тёплые объятия эмбиента и состояние умиротворения.”

-Nagamag.com

Aurora, a peaceful & relaxing track with all the colorful facets of the morning.

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about : der waldläufer

soundscapes somewhere between ambient | chillout | downtempo

a musician & producer from kassel, germany is looking for inner peace and silence in a hectic world | he likes to travel through the world and through the inner universe | the result of these journeys converted into music can be described as a peaceful | relaxed | floating | calm | atmospheric | deep | refreshing | experimental | cinematic | soothing | light | tranquil | listening experience.

Since 2010 Der Waldläufer has now released 4 albums and he appeared on many compilations like Café del Mar, Klassik Lounge Nightflight, Le café abstrait, World Chill - Lounge, Cool off Chillout, Autumn Time, Spring Chill and many more. In his productions always the relaxation of body and mind stays in the focus. He lays out sound carpets and creates mesmerizing soundscapes, he fills spaces and makes the soul vibrate. In harmony with his inner feelings he tells his impressions with the help of music and paints pictures with the colors of sound. His organic music always should be a counterpoint to hectic, work & stress. You can say that his music is the result from the finding of inner peace and tranquility. This process is always accompanied by the dialogue between nature and technology, which creatively affects him while producing. Der Waldläufer would like to take the listeners on a trip through soundscapes, where it is possible to slow down the everyday life.

More infos: www.linktr.ee/waldlauf

Thomas Valverde – Rave (Music video) (Video)

“Thomas Valverde’s insanely atmospheric, flattering and completely unobtrusive music. Wallpapers of ambience and tender piano melody.”

“Безумно атмосферная, обволакивающая и совсем ненавязчивая музыка Thomas Valverde. Фоновые слои эмбиента и нежнейшая мелодия пиано.”

-Nagamag.com

« Rave » is a kind of slow-motion instrumental techno, dark and beautiful.
The piano with a soft sound is mixed with a mesmerising synth. The two trace a dark and marvellous path
among dissimilar beings who commune though a slow and sensual dance.

We dive into the night when the bodies dance and exult. We frame in slow motion to better capture
and admire this feeling of freedom and communion.

The music video is created and directed by Arhur Valverde. It is taken directly from his Fashion Film
« Rave » (released in 2018) for which Thomas Valverde had previously composed a first arrangement of « Rave ».
The two brothers regularly works together.

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