When Sergio Maggioni returned to his home in northern Italy, he immediately discovered the peculiarities and secrets of the region and set about translating them into a form that surely stands as one of the more audacious and refreshing pieces of music from this year. His site of inspiration: the iron forges of local villages buried deep in the mountains of the Italian alps.These pulses, vibrations and industrial sonorities became the source material of Sergio’s new EP Neunau, Sounds From The Forge. Over three recording sessions inside these local forgeries, which still employ older hydraulic techniques of compression for their massive hammers, Maggioni produced tracks ranging from mediative electronic suites to rhythmically intricate (but also totally banging!) dance pieces. You can watch the documentary of the whole process above. Sounds From The Forice feels not only like an homage to the waning influence of traditional industries in a world rapidly distancing itself from local manufacturing and craftsmanship. He brought music to the forge, and forged it into music.
For a different type of mountain music, listen to Magic Mountain High’s live set for Electronic Beats here.
You can listen to two cuts from the EP below:
(via Creator’s Project)