Attilio Novellino was born in Catanzaro in Southern Italy in 1983. Since his first release in 2009, Attilio's approach to sound has focused on its use as a psycho-acoustic tool.
He has released several albums, solo works; "Through glass" (Valeot, 2012), "A conscious effort" (Midira, 2018) and collaborative works with Collin McKelvey, Rob Mazurek, Tim Barnes, Saverio Rosi and The Great Saunites.
In the early 2010s' Attilio featured on collective works and compilations focused on field recording and soundscape composition (Crònica, Oak, Dragon's eye recordings).
Attilio was part of the trio who received the Sonic Arts Award in 2013. The jury of PIARS composed of David Toop, Gunter Muller, Rhodri Davies awarded the first prize to Novellino/Panico/Rosi for the experimental music composition "Black sand".
Novellino has performed live sets at festivals across Italy, Europe and occasionally the US. He was invited to perform at San Francisco Electronic Music Festival (SFEMF) in 2018.
He is a member of the Luton duo with Roberto P. Siguera. Their debut album Black Box Animals was released by Lost Tribe Sound, 2018. They performed at Dni Muzyki Nowej Festival 2019 in Gdańsk.
June 2020 sees Attilio make his debut on Forwind with an attentively produced album of electronics and electro-acoustics, featuring a wide range of sound sources from grand piano to modular synths.
Attilio is currently conducting research on anarchism and power during his PhD in philosophy of law.
Italian musician and sound artist Attilio Novellino made his debut release in 2009. Since then he has been focused on the use of sound as a psycho-acoustic tool throughout his solo albums, collective and collaborative projects. (See bio for more info) June 2020 sees Attilio’s first release on Forwind with four tracks of piano variants, electronics and electroacoustics.
The somewhat blunt and remote title ‘Strängar’ (meaning Strings) was an intentional choice made to avoid going down the route of ‘conceptronica’.
‘Contemporary electronic music seems to need extra-musical meanings and a specific concept to be listened to. This is losing sense in my opinion. For Strängar I was just honest and direct, talking only about the sound aspect and describing the process I followed.’
While the concept approach works perfectly for some releases and adds convenience for listeners and reviewers when trying to decipher or add meaning to abstract and instrumental music, there are undoubtedly a lot of releases where the big idea feels glued on and a bit of an afterthought. Despite eschewing an obvious story or theme, Strängar engages, emotes and prompts with its collisions, harmonics, rumbles and reverberations.
Recorded in Stockholm at EMS Elektronmusikstudion, and in Catanzaro, Italy, Attilio used a wide range of sound sources including; piano soundboard with strings, grand piano, prepared piano, Buchla 200 modular synthesizer, Serge Modular, Prophet 5, harmonium, organ, percussions and electronics. There are varied approaches and results across the four pieces as it moves from some beautifully recorded grand piano sections via ambience and carefully crafted noise.
Living in Sweden was a big influence on Attilio's thinking and along with some other subtle cues like the artwork, adds another clue as to the geographical and cultural influences Attilio did not want interfering with the music too much. While always tempting to dig for these things as part of a species who are constantly trying to make connections and spot patterns it is probably best to heed the artist's direction and enjoy it as a piece of work working within its own framework, wherever the pieces might take you.
Strängar will be available as a limited edition Digipak and digital release