In the hope of silencing any cynics who’d otherwise say, “Oh great; another crowdfunding campaign,” we’d like to point out one project worth supporting this week: MARMO, an Italian duo that dabbles in the gray area between drone and techno music. While Christian Duka and Marco Maldarella went their separate ways for a few years—pursuing their respective degrees in sound engineering and design—the longtime friends have worked on music together since they were 16. Their raison d’être back then was a progressive metal band called SHEN, a heavy and harsh sound that stands in stark contrast to the plaintive improv pieces they create now.
Case in point: the exclusive album excerpt below, which is presented alongside some commentary from the group on their creative process. Like what you see/hear? Be sure to support the pair’s double LP over at their official Kickstarter page….
We recorded hours of free-flow improvisation and cut seven sections that we believed contained the birth and death of a track. For every improvisation we aimed to free our mind of thoughts and engage with music making similarly to how a monk would engage in meditation; this is how we create our music, and, to us, this is the best way in which we can express unconscious feelings.
It is our first full-length album made of only unedited, first take improvised recordings. Each take immortalises the complexity of our story in musical form.