released March 1, 2006
“Synesthesia is a crossing of the senses.”
Milan/Rome based Matteo Milani and Federico Placidi are sound artists whose work spans from digital music to electro acoustic improvisation.
U.S.O. Project was born from the desire to discover new paths and non-linear narrative strategies in both aural and visual domains.The project includes several collaborations with visual artists and performers.
Milani and Placidi are the co-founders of the label "Synesthesia Recordings", a repository of electroacoustic works.
U.S.O. is a continuing evolving organism.
Self-published by authors Federico Placidi and Matteo Milani, a.k.a. “Unidentified Sound Project”, this album opens with a section entitled “Quantum Dripping” (three tracks), which relays their non-compromising sound research that deals with stylized interferences. Nervous sound structures (which are then modulated in the subsequent “Rebirth” section), elementary sound particles, cacophonies and granular sound frizzles consistently abuse the electronic medium. The project - with no frills - shows a definitive coherence, a terse power, but gives no clue to those not interested in structured audio technicalities. The authors underline a separation with the listener, indicating their refusal to create a work that “must” communicate. The clusters of musical “concretions” here seem then to self-organize, following internal algorithmic protocols. It’s a procedure that the authors define as “transient drawing” and they combine it with the editing of extremely small sound-wave pieces. - Aurelio Cianciotta