Jon Hassell

sulla strada

Sulla Strada

Jon Hassell/i Magazzini

Materiali Sonori 90066

1995 • 60:05


1  Sotto il cielo, in un punto qualsiasi del pianeta (Beneath the sky, in a point of the planet) 1:19

2  Passaggio a nord-ovest

(North-west passage) 7:05

3  Ho avuto una visione, anch'io!

(I had a vision, me too!) 1:16

4  Temperature variabili

(Variable temperatures) 7:00

5  Camminavo nella sera piena di lilla

(I walked in the lily-filled evening) 0:55

6  Tenera e la notte (Tender is the night) 13:28

7  Frontiera a sud-est (South-east frontier) 11:26

8  Tramonto. Caldo umido

(Sunset. Hot and humid) 22:22

9  Notte. Umidita crescente

(Night. Increasing humidity) 0:27


Jon Hassell—trumpet, synth, tapes

Nana Vasconçelos—Udu drum

Miguel Frasconi—percussion

Michael Brook—guitar

Julie Ann Anzilotti—narrator

Marion D'Amburgo—narrator

Sandro Lombardi—narrator

Federico Tiezzi—narrator


All titles by Jon Hassell

Produced by Jon Hassell


album notes

The style of music which I call "Fourth World" is a continual exploration of ways in which exotic musics from the tribal cultures of the Southern hemisphere might be fused with the technological possibilities of the Western World (primitive/future). It is an attempt to create music which dissolves the dichotomy between the structural and the sensual (classical and popular in western terms).

The music for Sulla Strada is partially inspired by ceremonial music of the Beti and Bemileke of Cameroon. This is blended with other compositional and less geographically-specific elements in an attempt to create a kind of musical scenery which is not entirely "primitive", not entirely "future" but someplace impossible to locate either chronologically or geographically. In the stage production one musical section gradually evolves into another over long stretches of time.

The aim is to create a dense, ritualized sound atmosphere in which the stage action might take place and be formed within, in the same way that the density of water can be said to form the movements of a swimmer.

jon hassell, April 1992, Florence

atmospherics: stories in words and pictures


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Art direction and design by Ernest Thornton from set designs by Tanino Liberatore