music

"Ether, or aether in ancient Greek, was the word used to describe the evasive substance that we breathe, and that we call air."

Music styles

ambient - techno - soundtrack - dance - trance-jazz

"Modling these sounds can almost be compared to sculpting, where you refine every angle of a raw stone to finally obtain marvellous gems. Painting these tracks becomes a visual art where a melody is a line of colors, the textures of the sounds are made by various types of brushes that are called instruments, and harmonies are crafted like a supporting background. It is a complete process starting with the very essential elements (sounds and fundamental waves), and ending with a sophisticated song structure."

Musical influences

Many : debussy, ravel, chopin, bartok, hancock, coltrane, megadeth, art of noise, morricone, peter gabriel, seal, ltj bukem, jm jarre, and many more : "you are what you listened to"

"The choice of the textures, harmonies and melodies of my music, deliberately on the darker side, does not reflect any intention of transmitting a sad mood, but rather as a tool to open up the listener's mind. Minor harmonies, as well as phrygian modes and blue notes are very effective in setting up that scene. But the fundamental underlying impressionistic message is of strong positivism : to appreciate the beauty of life and to shape your future yourself."

Instruments

Although synthesizers are his predominant instruments, Giacomo does also work with the human voice and guest instrumentalists. All of the melodies, harmonies, as well as the majority of the sounds are original. Sampling is very scarcely used.

Various instruments and sound generations techniques are used, including: FM, AFM, PCM, analog,... Software synthesis includes tools such as CSound and Soundhack.

"I believe that an artist absorbs everything around him, to finally distill his (or her) art and communicate it. When the artist is surrounded by beauty, he/she produces beautiful things, as all of us do shine when exposed to happiness..."

Equipment

I have used so many synthesizers, computers, software that I cannot recall them all. What I know is that my first synth was an AlphaJuno2 from Roland, and the first time I hooked it up on a computer, it was an Amiga 500 running Bars & Pipes from Blue Ribbon Software... My first sampler had been crafted my an electronician friend. Yes it sounds like it is coming from the paleolithic of the computer age ;-)

Logic Audio : a fantastic all-in-one tool
Macintosh : what would I be without my MacBook Pro ?
Opcode Systems : Studio Vision Pro was a visionary software
Roland : Roland got me started with synths : AlphaJuno2, SH2, A-90, MC-505, JD-800, JD-990
Yamaha : SY-77
Adam : A77X
MOTU : 828x
Oberheim : Matrix 1
M-Audio : Axiom
Kurzweil : K2500
Digidesign
East West
Ensoniq
Hyperprism
Ibanez
Iomega
Samson
Boss
CSound
Sony
SoundHack
Tannoy
Tascam