Zzz. Musica per un giorno registrata in un mese – NERO hq

29 January 2013

After the experience of Zzz…Narcomantic replayed, a live event in Rome that broadcasted the sleep concert simultaneously performed by John Duncan at Raum in Bologna, NERO will host a night-long concert titled Musica per un giorno registrata in un mese, the new music experiment by Ottaven (Giovanni Donadini, also known as Canedicoda). Ottaven is a project focused on borders and the relationship between music and time. For this event, Ottaven will be channeling sounds that have been collected in the course of a month in a 24-hour performance. Musica per un giorno registrata in un mese is above all a place where sound is revealed in its most simple nature, beyond any kind of syntax: it is time itself that becomes music.

The audience will be able to participate in this 24-hour music event for free, from 6 pm on Saturday, February 2, to 6 pm on Sunday, February 3 at the NERO Headquarters.

We asked Ottaven to put down a few words in which he explains his project. You can read it below. In the meantime, we will be waiting for you, come and find us, and don’t forget your sleeping bag and pillow.

“Our lives are often strictly connected to time. Time’s random swarming within and around ourselves creates interruptions. Life is fragmented, cut into a chronology of events. Musica per un giorno registrata in un mese is the 3rd chapter of my project about Time. The idea started in the beginning of the 90s, when the mp3 format appeared and started to spread around. From one day to the next a simple CD could carry lots of music, much more than before. I was thinking about 7-inches, LPs and tapes. In those typical formats – that we were all commonly using – there was a specific and physically limited length of time, hard to force and maybe better not to stretch. I felt that, somehow, with the mp3 format the time for music, the length of music in general, could start to change or at least to evolve. It was now possible to listen to a 24-hour piece – despite the absurdity of the idea, given our life pace – all in one easy format. We jumped into the digital audio era. The format influences the music itself. A 7-inch is not a proper support for a 30-minute set, or what about a C-90 with just a 10-minute piece on one side? What happens during the rest of the tape time? Crackling silence? Or can you imagine a big LP, a very big one: with a12-hour-long A side and a 12-hour-long B side? The digital audio era gives us lots of new possibilities. I’m sure there is a physical difference between analog and digital listening. We probably feel the gap in a very deep area of our body, it’s hard to explain, but there is a sort of cold membrane over a sound coming out of a computer… Time. I need time to explain. I need time to think and reflect. I need time to listen, with or without interruptions. I had one month to record a 24-hour piece, a series of my life’s pieces or audio events. It became an exercise: going back home to record, recording in the train, recording while walking, listening or recording everywhere. From January 4th to February 4th I thought about those 24 hours. 24 hours are one day. How long will it take for me to listen to this record? is Time flexible? See you later…”
Ottaven

Saturday, February 2, 18.00 – Sunday, February 3, 18.00
Musica per un giorno registrata in un mese
NERO Headquarters  - Lungotevere degli artigiani , 8b
Rome