Dominique Vaccaro: field recordings, tape manipulation, stereo looper
Field recordings from different times and places, a walk through the woods or an exotic place far away from home. Studio-made sounds using instruments, tape loops, reel to reel Revox recorder and digital editing. Otherwise insignificant everyday life sounds. Everything mixed together in a diaristic manner, like seamless notebook sketches.
Recorded between July and September 2018
released september 25th, 2019
Bandcamp – Best Experimental Music, october 2019
On the Bandcamp page for Overlapped Memories, the sonic material Dominique Vacarro uses is described as “otherwise insignificant everyday life sounds.” On its face, that sounds like a dig, but it’s actually an accurate way to frame what Vacarro does on these 15 short, subtle pieces that land between electronic minimalism and musique concrète. All the tracks here—most of which last less than two and a half minutes—rely on just a few elements to paint rich sonic landscapes. Vacarro blows up small moments—tiny clicks, cut-off tones, droplets of sound—into sparse but complex tapestries. In the process he creates spaces that listeners’ minds can fill in, like abandoned buildings that inspire their viewers to imagine what once went on inside.
Field recordings meet tapeloops head on via the latest from Dominique Vaccaro on Italian tape imprint tsss tapes. Overlapped Memories is a fresh fusion of many elements, built and arranged like an assemblage of engaging and irrational principles. He tends to have hidden his sources well, allowing some parts to be sustained while other short actions pivot in and out. Water is lifted from a larger source via some sort of container while an amplified bounce like a basketball at close range fades in and out, these sounds are ultimately braided together, making for a strange pattern.
In fifteen short tracks my introduction to Vaccaro‘s work resonates with me powerfully. While it has analytic intentions, it’s not exclusively about digging into a surface to find a hidden treasure, instead he allows you into the process with each gesture. It’s less about the end result and more about the road taken, even if the traces are purposefully vague. The composer seems to take delight in digging through layers, and the resulting resonance of apparatus and other detritus that comes into earshot.
When he includes the sound of human nature, voices, repeated, on 022933 ii, it sounds more like a wasp’s nest than anything else – despite the strings and other lost melodies. Percussion is made via residual noise made by movement, perhaps the open mic hitting a surface in the process. In this light, the most mundane of whitenoise comes into the sphere and finds meaning. There are tears, scratching, static and hiss along these lines, though moreover what you are experiencing is a detailed sense of editing throughout, and Vaccaro does so with a nuanced ear, one that doesn’t simply press repeat, in fact, each of his loops slips in and out of frame when you least expect it. Don’t miss my standout cut here, 022933 i. This is a superb recording.
Appunti fonetici estratti dal reale per divenire lirica osservazione di una quotidianità semplice. Accantonando la voce evocativa della chitarra tanto cara al suo alter ego J.H.Guraj, Dominique Vaccaro torna a dipingere a suo nome ribollenti bozzetti elettroacustici, declinazione sonora che già aveva caratterizzato il suo lavoro d’esordio.
Incrociando estratti ambientali, suoni trovati, reiterazioni e manipolazioni di nastri il musicista emiliano costruisce un surreale universo dalla pronunciata consistenza materica. Risonanze naturali e traiettorie acustiche crepitanti si fondono definendo fugaci visioni che nutrendosi del dato oggettivo virano verso orizzonti allucinati e spiazzanti. Attorno ad ogni elemento estrapolato si sprigiona un racconto possibile, solamente accennato, dando origine ad una sequenza di bozzetti magneticamente vividi.
Una vorticosa raccolta di storie da immaginare.