Ricardo Mandolini ‘Elektro Akustische-Musik’


01 Estallido Breve (8:30)
02 Juego De Marionetas (9:52)
03 El Cuaderno Del Alquimista (9:25)
04 Cancion De Madera Y Agua (8:24)

Total time 36:11
LP released by Edition RZ (Robert Zank), ref. RZ1, 1982

rmandol-portraitRicardo Mandolini was born in Buenos Aires, 1950. He came to Europe to study at Köln’s Musikhochschule in 1977, then in various European countries and is now a teacher living in France. This LP was the first to be issued on Edition RZ, launched by Berliner curator and art critic Robert Zank in 1982 to document the local Inventionen Festival – with figures like Luigi Nono, Pierre Schaffer/INA-GRM, Mario Bertoncini, Canadian electroacoutic group Sondes, etc. Mandolini’s agenda for electro-acoustic music is more or less the same as Monoton for dub: ‘der Ökonomie der Materialien’, ie: rarefied and self-restrained compositions. Mandolini indeed reduces electroacoustic music to its vital skeleton (the fishbone of music, so to speak) but never forgets structure, dramatization and the evocative power of well chosen sounds. The 4 electronic works included here were created in various European electroacoustic studios between 1979-1981. They’re all based on a few sound sources, usually 2 only. ‘Estallido Breve’, for instance, is build on an increasingly accelarating electronic sound over a slow synthetic percussion rumble, the composition consisting of the articulation of both with occasional additional sounds for drama. ‘Juego De Marionetas’ comprises musique concrete and synthesizer sounds for an evocation of a puppet game where your imagination is left figuring out the games at play. Pressing quality is unbelivably good, arguably one of the most impressive piece of vynil engineering I have ever heard, with virtually nonexistent background noise.

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11 Responses to “Ricardo Mandolini ‘Elektro Akustische-Musik’”

  1. 1 space debris January 10, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Wow ! Thank you – this I have wanted to hear FOR YEARS !!!

    Thank you thank you THANK YOU !

  2. 2 continuo January 10, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Good news. This is definitely worth a listen.

  3. 3 space debris January 10, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Cancion De Madera Y Agua was on one of the old Touch compilation tapes. Magnetic North if I remember well. Those were great tapes. Glad I have them digitized – should revisit them and see what else is worth looking up.

  4. 4 sto January 22, 2009 at 9:54 am

    the mandolini piece on the “inventionen” compilation (RZ2) is also very nice (as is the entire lp).

  5. 5 continuo January 22, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Why don’t you send the file along for everyone’s benefit?

  6. 6 sto January 23, 2009 at 1:40 pm


    I recently moved and not everything I know I have has (yet) resurfaced … that is why :-)

  7. 7 Mandolini Ricardo February 24, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Nice to read so enthousiastic comments about my music. I really appreciate, this was my first LP and Robert Zank was behind the production to assure the good quality of my music.

  8. 8 continuo February 25, 2009 at 8:46 am

    You’re welcome, Ricardo.

  9. 9 Roger January 4, 2015 at 4:20 am

    Wow, this is really good stuff – thanks for sharing!

  10. 10 soundactivity January 15, 2017 at 12:49 am

    This is a really great work, I particularly enjoyed the piece ‘Juego De Marionetas’ that makes great use of low amplitude textures and slow rising movements, and an overall slow-rising structure.

  11. 11 soundactivity January 15, 2017 at 12:58 am

    Reblogged this on SoundActivity and commented:
    Interesting and informative review of the electroacoustic LP ‘Elektro Akustische-Musik’ by Argentinean electronic music producer Ricardo Mandolini.

    This is one is particularly good with carefully chosen sound textures and well crafted compositions. I found a lot of joy listening to this while considering all the subtleties. The composer makes great use of his sounds, limiting himself to a handful of textures and slow-rising compositional features, this creates a soothing yet gripping flow throughout the work.

    I recommend this to fans of musicians such as Donnato Dozzy.

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