Two creative minds that in coming together create a free and indefinable flow of electroacoustic twists in constant search of balance. “An Eclipse of Images”, a collaborative work by Massimo Discepoli and Daniel Barbiero and released by Acustronica, is nourished by and grows out of premises and methods large and varied.
The seven tracks on the album are the result of different processes of realization, balanced between structured composition and improvisation, which are able to bring out the technical and artistic talents of the two authors in an ongoing dialogue which sees them alternating in the foreground and often preferring the power of counterpoint to the obvious safety of proceeding in unison. The rich shading derived from Discepoli’s rhythmic evolutions attach to the dreamy textures of Barbiero’s bass (“Autopoiesis”, “An Eclipse Of Images: Gathering In”, “An Eclipse Of Images: Atopos”), and at times emerges insistently and strongly above the lyrical and classical textures designed by the American musician (“The Occulted Measure”, “Under the Stream of Consciousness”). The injection of chiseled synthetic grafts constantly acts as an amalgamation and contributes, through a layering of sound sources, to the creation of a suggestive and visceral ambience that occasionally veers toward a darker and more rarefied atmosphere (“Multiple Horizons”, “Transparency and Its Shadow “).
A collaboration that certainly is successful, and interesting especially for its ability to generate a “hybrid” (as Barbiero calls it in the liner notes) able to escape any attempt to categorize.