Michael Peters & Fabio Anile

Michael Peters (Germany) played guitar in punk bands, ambient projects, avantgarde jazz/rock bands, and open improvisational groups. His guitar is usually extended by electronics, software, and livelooping techniques, sometimes using the classical "Frippertronics" method based on tape delay. His solo ambient/experimental guitar music usually relies on improvisation and often involves sound collages and field recordings. He has performed at festivals in Europe and the USA. www.michaelpeters.de

Fabio Anile (Italy) is a classically trained pianist and composer. Over the years, he has developed his own unique approach to combining electronic tools and live playing. He defines his music as a "a work on the theme of time". In this regard, there is a continuum between his ambient and his polymetric minimalist pieces. Fabio has worked with many ensembles and artists. He has created audio-video installations and film soundtracks. As a soloist, he performed at many international festivals both in Europe and in the USA. www.eterogeneo.com

Presence

"Presence" - the natural, silent, transparent state of mind, nonconceptual and not identified with any mental content, entirely and effortlessly awake and lucid, in total peace.

Quiet ambient soundscapes for piano, electric guitar, electronics, livelooping, and field recordings. The music was entirely improvised and recorded during several recording sessions in Rome between 2010 and 2018. There are no overdubs (except for the field recordings).

  • Michael Peters - guitar
  • Fabio Anile - keyboards
  • Mastering by Erdem Helvacioglu
  • Cover image by Philippe Paulus Jacobus Smeyers

Cat: AB094

Release date: December 2019

 

Reviews

  1. Vital Weekly

    There are many forms of ambient music, from extreme drones to ambient house, from metal to new age. Here at Vital Weekly, we write it all, and yet some variations are not present a lot. Such is the case with variations as played by Michael Peters and Fabio Anile. I am not sure if I heard of either of them before, and perhaps I am too lazy to found out. Peters is a guitarist from Germany who played in punk bands, avant-garde jazz/rock band, "open improvisational groups" and ambient.

    He uses electronics, software and live-looping techniques, which includes the classic Frippertronics variation. Anile plays piano is classically trained and he uses electronics. They have been playing for some time together as these recordings were made during "several recordings sessions in Rome between 2010 and 2019". All music was improvised, except for field recordings which have been overdubbed. To start with that: I didn't hear many of those, so I am guessing they are there but they don't take up much space (only in 'Hovering' there is some sound of water and doors).

    The thirteen pieces on this CD are not very long, ranging from one minute to seven minutes. That makes all of this perhaps a bit sketch-like in approach. When you think you are into something a piece, it is also gone, such as 'In The Distance'. That is a pity; it seems like they are an extract of a much longer piece, which we are not allowed to hear. With music like this, I think it needs some space to explore the sounds used; even if these sounds are only sparse, as in 'Frozen'. Some glacial-like drones swirling slowly in and out of the mix and with some time before a very sparse piano note drops in.

    It is here where the music owes quite a bit to the work of a certain mister Brian Eno, who from time to time also had albums with such shortish pieces and with the piano it is not difficult to think of his work with Harold Budd. I have no idea what kind of software they use (perhaps the one that this label also produces? I wrote about that before; see Vital Weekly 1205) and if this software is a live treatment of the instruments they play. There is a pleasant variety in these pieces here, which makes it all the most enjoyable. The music is never really dark, which is a rarity among ambient
    music it seems, without being very new age; here, another Eno rule is observed; the music can be both enjoyed as well as ignored like all good ambient music should be. I wouldn't have minded if some of the shorter pieces were a bit longer and then we have fewer pieces here, but it would not make a difference for the variety of ambient interests on offer. Sometimes piano and guitar are easily recognized, and sometimes not at all. It is the two parameters between which all of these pieces seem to move. This is music for a lovely Sunday afternoon, at home with a book. (FdW)

  2. Merchants of Air

    When creating a minimalist album everything has to surrender the approach you take for such an album cannot simply “be made” - it needs a framework in order to make sense of itself. It is nothing you can simply do, right? Hell, no! Sometimes minimalist recordings can be created out of nothing, but only if the people involved know what they do and how they need to do it. Simpletons cannot create minimalist music for improvising such an abstract version of music needs a lot of skill, knowledge, craftsmanship and experience. 

    Fabio Anile and Michael Peters, two very experienced musicians with more than 50 years of making music shared between them, are such connoisseurs and aptly skilled instrumentalists stemming from very different backgrounds. While Fabio was trained in composing and performing classical music, Michael comes from the rather avant-garde corner of punk and direct interaction. Both artists share a sense of closeness when performing together, which they did over a longer period of time. The recording of “Presence” took eight years, probably because they did not follow a pattern but improvised everything together which, of course, is pretty difficult considering you must really get a feel for where your partner “is heading” with this one sound and this one idea. 

    When you combine that with an immense feeling for beauty, for just the right amount of using the elements of Peters’ guitar (looped through some effects and such, sometimes even certain software) or the right pressure on Anile’s keys (also incorporating field recordings of natural sounds) in order to make it sound like a perfect soundtrack to a day off in the dark, newly erect skyscraper before it’s being furnished or amidst the rain in a dense, moss-covered wood with the first rays of sunlight just stretching through the clouds and touching you while simultaneously the last drops splash heavily onto your shoulders and neck.

    This is a really, really beautiful ambient album made by two musicians who know themselves, their instrument and each other so well that the product inevitably had to be either a forerunner for next year’s album of the year among post-rock and ambient fans or a late dark horse for this year’s lists full of such sounds and spaces.

  3. So What

    L’istante colto nella sua fugace pienezza, privo di orpelli e sovrastrutture che possano scalfirne la cristallina essenza. Si affidano all’esserci, all’estemporaneo navigare all’unisono  Michael Peters e Fabio Anile per dare concretezza al loro condiviso immaginario sonico fatto di frequenze e riverberi liberi di fluttuare per disegnare contemplativi territori sensoriali.

    Generati da un reiterato processo di improvvisazione a cui a tratti si sovrappongono flebili echi ambientali, i paesaggi risonanti plasmati si sviluppano quali vaporose istantanee in graduale definizione che combinano essenziali fraseggi di tastiere e chitarre con sinuose modulazioni sintetiche fissandosi in fluide visioni pervase da una luminosità calda e morbida, solamente a tratti velati da un senso di latente inquietudine che appare sotto forma di ruvida grana tendente al rumore.

    Tutto suona immediato e confortante, accogliente come un rinfrancante sogno lucido nel quale immergersi per sfuggire alle ansie di una quotidianità frenetica e opprimente, flusso avvolgente di evanescenti trame che strutturano un ambiente sospeso privo di connotazioni spazio-temporali.

    È un incedere lieve, che concede il giusto respiro ad ogni singola stilla, consentendole di sprigionare interamente il suo portato evocativo estratto da un quieto vibrare con un presente effimero che immediato si tramuta in preziosa memoria.

    Spontanee cronache di attimi di preziosa calma interiore.