Netherworld "Algida Bellezza"


To say that this is soul music would not be correct. However to say this is music for the soul would so obviously be right. Behind the alias is Alessandro Tedeschi who also founded Glacial Movements and this selection of musical landscapes delves deep into his psyche – I suspect yours too when you listen. Composed entirely on a Roland VP9000 alongside a wash of various effects the music stretches out the imagination in ways to be revealed, as notes and the dialogue of sound is whispered, sometimes spoken more loudly and forcefully. Mastered and co-produced alongside Matteo Spinazzè Savaris the notes themselves talk several languages of emotional beauty and turmoil. And while it is difficult to describe it to a T, as music is such a personal and subjective matter, it is a deeply immersive experience that you will find yourself in. You may also find yourself lost in. There is an ecological story to be told as well, highlighted by the accompanying artwork which was shot by photographer Carsten Egevang, regarding Greenland’s endangered Sled Dog population. I guess that suggestion of loss comes from that not so hidden danger… Spanning five separate tracks I would also suggest that music of this scale which is not about melody and conventional song, but about something altogether more organic and primal, despite being created solely via electrical impulses, feels perfectly human.MAGAZINE 60
El italiano Netherworld vuelve a su sello Glacial Movements El italiano Alessandro Tedeschi, también conocido como Netherworld, ha decidido lanzar un nuevo álbum en su propio sello, la respetada plataforma de ambient Glacial Movements. Han pasado seis años desde su anterior largo en solitario en el sello (sin contar con su aportación a la serie ICEBERG con su trabajo Zastrugi) y vuelve con cinco composiciones inspiradas por el nacimiento de su hija en noviembre de 2015."Un impulso emocional muy fuerte llevó al artista a componer las texturas de las cinco canciones del álbum. Los paisajes sonoros se compusieron principalmente durante la noche mientras la pequeña princesa se acunaba en los brazos de su padre. Solo utilizó un instrumento: el Roland VP9000 conectado con un rack multiefectos", explican en la nota de prensa. "Las pistas de las canciones las envió a su amigo e ingeniero de sonido Matteo Spinazzè Savaris, quien además de realizar la mezcla y masterización final, también fue coproductor del disco".Para seguir con la tradición "ártica" del sello, Los cinco temas tienen como títulos los nombres en latín de cinco especies que habitan en el ártico: Vulpes lagopus (Zorro ártico), Somniosus microcephalus (Tiburón de Groenlandia), Orcinus orca (Orca), Monodon monoceros (Narval) y Ursus maritimus (Oso polar). Y la foto de portada fue tomada en Groenlandia por el fotógrafo Carsten Egevang para el proyecto Qimmeq cuyo objetivo es mostrar la importancia del perro de trineo de Groenlandia, tanto en Groenlandia actual como en el pasado. A la venta el 18 de octubre, escucha un par de temas bajo el tracklist, mira el vídeo que acompaña a otro de ellos y si te gusta reserva tu copia en Bandcamp.CLUBBING SPAIN
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Dedicated to the birth of his daughter in 2015 we have the new recording by Rome’s Netherworld (Alessandro Tedeschi), Algida Bellezza (which may roughly translate to “beauty in Algier“). Singlehandedly using the Roland VP9000, his chilly atmospheres offering something altogether of the most compelling of ambient today, dare I term it a ‘sleepscape’. At Tedeschi’s side is producer Matteo Spinazzè who mastered and mixed this with a keen ear yielding a meditative vision in the most minimal, tranquil record this half of 2019. The titling, at first, needed further inspection, and turn out to be “Latin names of various animal species living in the arctic” like the sled dog appearing on the blizzard-like conditions depicted on Carsten Egevang‘s cover designed by Rutger Zuydervelt. These five elongated tracks (none of which tries to overstep the other) keep you in suspense and floating for three-quarters of an hour, and I can only want more. The works cycle and loop and rapt the listener into an unknown circumference that dazzles in fleeting repetition. It’s a challenge to write about this, as it tends to be more something you experience, of the body, something you feel moreso than try and rationalize. Still, the work is bathed in dappled shades, and illuminated with gradual gusty instances. The churning, almost avalanche-like falling amid a lots wilderness has become synonymous with the imprint in which Tedeschi runs himself. A lost world, mottled by its dusty vistas and given new breath by an enchanting (and intimate fatherly pride) celebration of his now four year old daughter Ginevra.TONESHIFT
Alessandro Tedeschi’s Glacial Movements label has been around quite a while now, and in this latest release it’s Alessandro’s own turn to shine under the spotlight. And, as the label name suggests, it’s entirely devoted to releasing ambient music of the cold and isolationist variety, music as a soundtrack to Arctic and Antarctic expeditions. Let’s face it, many of us must have wondered what it would be like to visit either of the coldest regions on earth. Additionally, both the Arctic and Antarctic continents have appeared in popular culture (Superman’s Fortress of Solitude, Lovecraft’s ‘At the Mountains of Madness’ to name but two) and also in conspiracy theory (the hollow earth theory for one, the place insideour planet where all kinds of weirdnesses abound and having its entrance in the polar regions…). There’s no denying that it has captured the imaginations of a great many people throughout history. But let us not forget that both Polar Circles are home to an array of purely earth-based animals, and this album concentrates on those living within the Arctic. They are: Arctic Fox (Vulpes Lagopus), Greenland Shark (Somniosus Microcephalus), Killer Whale (Orcinus Orca), Narwhal (Monodon Monoceros), and Polar Bear (Ursus Maritimus). And it would be as well to remember that, as robust and as implacable as both continents appear to the untrained eye, these creatures live within an extremely delicate and fragile environment, and it is this that makes them precious. Over and above that, Alessandro was inspired to record this album by something equally precious, delicate, and fragile – the birth of his daughter, who he would often cradle in his arm whilst recording. What delights, then, does Algida Bellezza (which is Italian for ‘icy beauty’) hold for the listener? Beginning with ‘Vulpes Lagopus’, the stunning Arctic Fox notable for its pure white fur, we are immediately greeted with wispy ethereal tones, a cold but gentle wind whipping up little flurries of snow. In the snowfield is a small mound, a noticeable bulge in an otherwise flat landscape. We may be tempted to move on, thinking it just another oddity in an odd land, but to our surprise the mound moves, and up pops the face of an Arctic Fox, whose slumbers we’ve just disturbed. It eyes us with disdain, and then gets up and trots off, until it disappears, a white shape on a white background, an astonishingly beautiful animal merging into an equally gloriously stunning landscape. The little fox is as ethereal as its surroundings, and its presence seems as ephemeral as a snowflake’s. ‘Somniosus Microcephalus’, the Greenland Shark, is a member of the sleeper shark family, and is also the longest-living vertebrate known (in fact, females are only sexually mature when they grow longer than 13 feet, which scientists believe takes 150 years to achieve). In Netherworld’s mini-bestiary it is described via ghostly whistles that start off just on the verge of audibility before gaining in strength, becoming a slow-moving howl that is perhaps descriptive of the creature itself. The shark’s life is a slow one, lasting for up to 400 years, swimming endlessly in the frigid waters of the Arctic. Nevertheless, the icy sweep of the drones here also describe a species of majesty, a kind of imperious movement befitting a creature that outlives many of the species it shares its environment with. ‘Orcinus Orca’ is also slow, but deeply imbued with a sense of mystery. Killer whales have been studied extensively, yet there are still many things that remain elusive about them. Cold tones combined with a crawling deep bass framework floating just below the surface somehow captures the essence of these highly sociable but predatory creatures. There’s even a sense of drama unfolding, as if a pod has been caught in the act of hunting, which they do cooperatively. Above all, we get the idea that, in spite of their looks, they are efficient hunters, and that it would be wise to avoid them. ‘Monodon Monoceros’ (Narwhals) seem to appear right out of some medieval bestiary, a creature of myth and legend whose horn gave rise to the legend of the unicorn. They’re curious creatures to be sure, but also possessed of a profound mystery, a biological curio that somehow defies the natural order of things. Netherworld’s rendering appears to reach out to us from some deep distance in time, perhaps to the youth of the world, with gentle, plangent tones, almost human in nature. It sets the hairs on the back of your neck to standing up, while a deep, deep rumbling can be heard, and felt, from time to time. This is deep time indeed, or so it seems, as well as a message from the depths of the ocean. Sonorous, magisterial, and deeply magical. Finally, we get to ‘Ursus Maritimus’, the polar bear, perhaps the most iconic Arctic species of all, and also the one animal most associated with the fragile state of its habitat due to climate concerns. It is as much of a ghost these days as the ethereal Arctic Fox is that I mentioned above. It is majestic, a visible symbol of survival in a harsh climate, a fighter, and the creature that most people would recognise. The track itself is a beautiful aurorae of harmonics and shifting percussive shuffles, moving precariously just like the floating islets of sea ice the bears use to get around and hunt. One can imagine a bear sniffing the breeze, or staring up at the twinkly lights above, or gazing at the strange dancing lights as the chords float and drift. It’s a solitary existence, here at the end of the world, but it means a measure of freedom, which the animal innately understands even it can’t articulate it to itself. One of the strongest things I got from listening to this, apart from revelling in the beauty of these far-flung lands, is that out of sight, out of mind. These creatures, this album seemed to be telling me, are living on borrowed time, but because we don’t see them (unless it’s on a TV screen) we forget about their plight. But it’s the very achingly beautiful vistas presented by these five pieces that should remind us that, while we live within four comfortable, warm walls, these wonderful and exotic creatures are perhaps heading for extinction, and once gone they’ll be gone for good. It’s sobering to think that even while I am sitting here typing these words, half a world away, there might be a polar bear wondering when (or if) it’s going to get its next meal. Behind the staggering beauty lies a sobering reality.1208 FULLERAVE BLOGSPOT
Se si eccettuano la divagazione ambient-dub di “Zastrugi” (2015) e il lavoro condiviso con Eraldo Bernocchi (“Himuro“, 2017), erano ben sei anni che Alessandro Tedeschi non era protagonista in prima persona di una delle uscite della sua Glacial Movements con il proprio alter-ego ambientale Netherworld. “Algida bellezza” si pone dunque quale ideale seguito di “Alchemy Of Ice” (2013) nella ricerca dell’artista romano di sonorità che incarnino gli aspetti di minuta vitalità di ambientazioni naturali ghiacciate in apparenza cristallizzate in una stasi perenne. Come già numerose proposte dell’etichetta da lui curato, “Algida bellezza” esplora l’ambiente naturale osservandolo attraverso lenti percettive intese a coglierne dinamiche fisiche ed emozionali, nell’occasione incarnate dai riferimenti alla fauna artica che ne contrassegnano tutte le cinque dense tracce, la media di durata delle quali sfiora i dieci minuti. Composto in corrispondenza della nascita della figlia di Tedeschi nel 2015, “Algida bellezza” reca con sé un senso di attesa e di condivisa inquietudine, proiettata sui fragili equilibri di un ecosistema rappresentato da una sequenza di echi e filtrati impulsi di tastiere. Tra saturazioni tenebrose e texture stratificate che a tratti suggeriscono parabole di placido abbandono sensoriale, Tedeschi sviluppa una compenetrazione tra ambiente naturale e partecipe dimensione umana, che dischiude gli sconfinati orizzonti di un ecosistema in lenta ma inesorabile trasformazione, elevato a metafora di una non meno sensibile sfera interiore, che continua a riscaldare sensibilmente i suoi scenari di isolazionismo ghiacciato.1208 MUSIC WON'T SAVE YOU
Inspired by first-time fatherhood, Glacial Movements label founder Alessandro Tedeschi - also known as Netherworld - has dedicated his latest album Algida Bellezza to his baby daughter. With its tracks named after the Latin labels for various Arctic-dwelling animals, the almost entirely synthesiser-driven collection is preoccupied with disappearing innocence and beauty. NORMANN RECORDS
Glacial Movements founder Netherworld (Alessandro Tedeschi) presents another set of wintry ambiences in the form of new LP Algida Bellezza. This is a record of muffled and sombre drones, one that conjures up mental images that are as icy as its cover artwork. Imagine a far less bombastic version of what bvdub has been doing the past few years and you’re on the right track with Algida Bellezza. Glacial Movements by name, Glacial Movements by nature.BLEEP
Algida Bellezza is Alessandro Tedeschi‘s seventh album for Glacial Movements and it is another release that fits perfectly into their oeuvre. Over five mistily submerged tracks, a bleak, monochrome landscape is evoked through the slow moving actions of Netherworld‘s electronic drones and mysterious unseen sounds that lurk in the flailing snow storms that envelope the fractured pieces on offer here. This is how I imagine a slow trek through the Arctic would unfold, with whiteout conditions turning the visibility to zero and having to rely on hearing and smell to guide your way; but for all the blizzards, there are moments of clarity when the storms stop and suddenly a breathtaking vista of ice and mountain unfolds before you. Wrapped in warm clothes, dragging a sled, this is your soundtrack. squeals and thrums of the body moving through narrow spacesEverything is opaque, nothing is really clear and the slow drone scours the landscape, all grey and white with hints of the very edges of blue. It is this absence of colour, something which we in more temperate areas take for granted, that is so well represented here; but at one point on “Somniosus Microcephalus”, the sounds resemble an underground train passing through a frozen station. The whine of the electric motor, the monotonous sound of the track joints, the squeals and thrums of the body moving through narrow spaces as the vibrations make their way into the seating area, the whole things a smorgasbord of sound that also contains imagined warmth from the external chill.It isn’t all comforting though. The slow, dark, cavernous metallic elements of “Orcinus Orca” clash like scaffold poles loose in a sea of ghostly, almost human groans that upset the ambience. The light and dark, the known and unknown are unwelcome bedfellows as the album progresses. Your senses definitely aren’t always to be trusted as the metallic slashing in “Ursus Maritimus” sits in the distance, muffled and mesmeric; the sound of a descent into unreality, again the blurring of light and dark, form and phantasm taking place before you, but unwilling to be confronted. Algida Bellezza is at times disconcerting, but in the comfort and warmth of your own home, it is worth allowing this series of blurred soundscapes take you to some unexpected places.FREQ
Those who pay close attention to the obscure fringes of the ambient scene may already be familiar with Alessandro Tedeschi aka Netherworld. Although he's not been particularly active of late, he's released umpteen quietly impressive - and often icy - sets on the Glacial Movements label he established some years ago. "Algida Bellezza" was originally recorded in November 2015 following the birth of his daughter, with Tedeschi creating everything using a Roland VP-900 and multi-effects rack. These tracks were then remixed and reinterpreted by co-producer Matteo Spinazze Savaris, who shaped them into evocative, slowly shifting arctic epics in the style of Norwegian ambient don Biosphere. Well worth a listen if you're a fan of the latter.JUNO RECORDS
ROCKERILLA Novembre 2019
The title of this track by Rome-based artist Alessandro Tedeschi (aka Netherworld), comes from the Latin name for polar bear. Created entirely on a Roland VP-9000 connected to a multi-effect rack, and while cradling his baby daughter, this majestic excursion into arctic ambience lives up to its title. Icy cold soundscapes hover in stasis, while bass rumbles and a clustered rhythmic sample stumble on like a gentle giant trudging through deep snow.DJ MAG
After a few years’ hiatus Glacial Movements‘ artistic director, Alessandro Tedeschi aka Netherworld, is back with Algida Bellezza. Alchemy of Ice (2013) signaled something of a landmark in his recording career, followed by Zastrugi (2015) and Himuro (2017) with Eraldo Bernocchi. On the back of the birth of his daughter in November 2015, it’s dedicated to her, the soundscapes being composed mainly during the night while she was cradled in Papa’s arms, using only one instrument—the Roland VP9000 connected with a multi-effect rack. Titles invoke various arctic species: Vulpes lagopus (arctic fox), somniosus microcephalus (Greenland Shark), orcinus orca (Orca), monodon monoceros (narwhal) and ursus maritimus (polar bear). A parallel perhaps between the beauty, innocence and fragility of a newborn baby girl and that of the flora and fauna of the fragile Arctic ecosystems.IGLOO MAG