Subject to Drift

by Carlo Maria

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Carlo Maria Amadio is a composer and performer of electronic music.
His music is influenced both by minimalism and contemporary club culture related music genres. The feedback process between humans and machines in music making, considered as a primary trigger not only for creativity but also for a wider knowledge of the self, is one of the main inspiration of his current sonic research. In early 2016 he was as a guest composer in residency at Elektronmusikstudion (EMS) in Stockholm, where he has worked on a collaborative project (Punctum) with Caterina Barbieri. After their debut concert at Nowhere Festival 2016 in Rome, Punctum’s debut album is due to be released in 2016.
He studied at the Conservatory “G.B. Martini” of Bologna where he obtained a degree with honor in Electronic Music and at the Institute of Sonology of The Royal Conservatory of The Hague, where he attended the Course.

Subject to Drift has been recorded in October 2015 with a Roland TB303 and a TR606 running through a computer programmed with algorithms for digital signal processing. Like a prism breaking up the light into its spectral components, the computer based processing dissects the sound of the Roland boxes enhancing a higher resolution insight into the sound matter. By processing the TB303 and TR606 through many layers of delay lines is indeed possible to explore polyrhythms, therefore unfolding the spectral complexity wrapped in a single pattern and addressing the listener perspective towards the microscopic details of the sound spectrum.

The TB303 is one of the most influential and iconic musical instruments of the last 30 years, having played a critical role in the definition of the so called “acid” sound and being involved in the development of dance music genres. Being at the core of different dance music aesthetics, the possibility to interact with a pattern based memory and a limited set of parameters is one the TB303’s design feature that mostly inspired the research underlying this work.


released May 31, 2016


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