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Ep. 2 / NICOLA’S STUDIO

SQUARE METERS

Ep. 2 – NICOLA’S STUDIO

The second episode of SQUARE METERS features sound artist Nicola Ratti.

Talking about his first approach to music through cheap and basic materials, sound’s physicality as a form of inspiration itself, and collective prospectives in pandemic times, Nicola lets us peek into his personal soundscape.

For him, sound comes from the most unexpected sources. It is a physical element perceives by the artist through his touch, and by the audience through the space they are in. For Nicola, everything is unpredictable in sound art and ‘surprise’ is a key factor that opens new possibilities. Nicola’s previous career in architecture definitely has influenced his way of doing music: sound shapes the space to the same extent that it is shaped by architecture itself. Finally, sound leads to a collective and participative dimension, in a way that should let us think in terms of the future of art and culture.

This episode has been recorded at his studio located at STANDARDS in the North of Milan, Italy.

Born in Milano in 1978, Nicola Ratti is a musician and sound designer active for years in the experimental fields. He has performed live in Europe, North America, Russia and Japan and his albums had been released by labels such as Where To Now?, Boomkat Editions, Shelter Press, Room40, Students of Decay, Die Schachtel, Entr’acte, Senufo Editions, Holidays Records, Anticipate, Preservation. He is currently working with Giuseppe Ielasi with whom he formed the project entitled Bellows.

Since May 2015, he has been one of the founders and curators at Standards, an experimental sound research gallery located in Milano, in 2016 he founded Frequente, an art organization based in Milano devoted to sound art and experimental performances. He is a founder member of NeitherSound, a Milan based company active in design and sound productions for exhibitions, performing arts and movies.

He’s currently working as live sound director and sound technician with Romeo Castellucci–Socìetas and with Silvia Costa as musician and sound designer.

His last album “Continental” has been released by Students of Decay in July 2019.

Photo Credits: THE ROOM…
Curated by Alessandra Chiericato
Intro Music: Roberto Farina

Music Fragments: Nicola Ratti’s new album Continental

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