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EULOGY FOR THE SURRENDERED — WORDS ON “ALEAS”

Posted on Fri, 16 Jun 2021

I would like to introduce the first part of the Aleas series ahead of its release this week.

The music is an attempt to rebuild an art practice upon the principles of freedom and human connection. Three years ago I began a tortuous journey of recovery, admittedly pushed by the urgency to fix the parts of myself I had come to despise. At that point my ability to create personal work had been steadily declining for a while, and would have soon become completely paralysed. It all felt unavoidable. But more than hurting, this angered me: for a millennial fully devoted to the religion of self-made entrepreneurialism, I could not accept the thought of stillness. My ambition could not accept it.

I believed that the work would have saved me, but only once it could have been perfect. I thought that by leaning further into ambition I could iron out any of its flaws, and mine in turn. The ego laid out a plan, outlined a perfect form for my work to fit into way before knowing what the work even was going to be. Silly attempts to negotiate against the fear of the unknown — and of doing. Everything grew devoted to this arrogant idea of becoming infallible. But the more I worked to serve this vision, the further I alienated myself from reality. Now I see that I could never outwork anything, and how uncertainty is essential to any creative practice — you could say of any life, too.

                          “The existential anxiety of our society is the individual trying to go it alone, deprived of secular and sacred counsel. With nothing before held as credible and nothing definite to follow, we seek our own advice for our own salvation.”
(P. London, Beyond Individualism in the Arts)

Does music have to be infallible? Do I have to be?

I try to face these questions and some more in the Aleas series. It’s a clear diversion on the path, a leap towards becoming my own imperfect form-maker (borrowing from Eugene Gendlin here!). But more than anything, this is an act of surrender to the process. This first group of songs was composed with old and new friends across video calls and noisy computer mics, embracing chance and all other oddities of the process. Exercises to remove inner resistance. After losing the privilege of working in a studio last year and being forced to sell most of my equipment and material possessions, this was the urge I was left with: to make for the joy of making, from the humblest place I could find within me. To use music as a means for community and sharing.

In October 1991 the biggest theatre in my hometown, and the fourth in the whole country, was burned down overnight in obscure circumstances. The building lay destroyed for ages — it took eighteen years before its reopening. I only recently understood how much the sight of those ruins affected me growing up. I thought that art had been stolen from us, that we had lost it to a monster in the sea (PS: the beautiful film Lua Vermella ☾☾☾ by Lois Patiño explores this feeling incredibly well). I felt to be often working in an attempt to gain it back - but can it ever be taken away?


With love and gratitude,

Marco

xxxx





JW ANDERSON

Posted on Wed, 16 Jun 2021

Marco has collaborated with British fashion label JW Anderson for a series of new short films. Watch here.





ABRIGO

Posted on Fri, 28 May 2021

Listen to a new song from Marco featuring vocalist Martina Primavera here. Bandcamp → https://marcocaricola.bandcamp.com/track/abrigo





‘FLY’ US PREMIERE @ SXSW 2021

Posted on Mon, 22 Mar 2021

This week the Museum of Other Realities presented Fly both domestically and for its US premiere at SXSW 2021. The interactive piece is part of Immersive Arcade — the first national collection of the best British VR and 360 experiences.





REPRESENTATION

Posted on Tue, 09 Mar 2021

Marco is now represented by SPECTRA, an inclusive creative agency established by Arbel Bedak. Please direct all requests for commissions to → arbel@spectracreativeagency.com.





WORKSHOP @ ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC

Posted on Thu, 04 Mar 2021

On March 5th, Marco will join students from the Royal Academy of Music for LUFT — a generative workshop and presentation that will explore sound weavings in constricted realities.





LUMIERE AWARD FOR ‘FLY’

Posted on Wed, 23 Dec 2020

The Advanced Imaging Society and Stereopsia awarded the immersive installation ‘Fly’ for Best VR Edutainment of 2020.





PLAYING FOR RADIO ALHARA راديو الحارة

Posted on Sat, 28 Nov 2020

Radio Alhara will broadcast a new mix by Marco today at 6PM (GMT+2). Link: https://yamakan.place/palestine/





‘FLY’ WINS AT RAINDANCE

Posted on Tue, 24 Nov 2020

The immersive installation Fly was awarded for Best Documentary Experience at the 28th Raindance Film Festival. Highlights from the virtual ceremony here.





SCORE FOR NDR’S DIE POLIZEIANWÄRTER

Posted on Tue, 13 Oct 2020

Marco has written the music for NDR's new documentary 'Die Polizeianwärter'. The film was directed by Lisa Wolff and Sonja Kättner-Neumann, and will premiere on October 20th.





LEAF: MUSIC FOR AN OBSERVATIONAL SHORT FILM

Posted on Thu, 17 Sep 2020

Across multiple years, a camera captures the moving leaves of Autumn as they slowly dancer over a silent pond. On the backdrop, cobwebs intertwine perpetually to create a brief illusion of perfect suspension. Until the inexorable fall of an exhausted leaf. The rippling water, its voice’s echo. Stream a new piece here.





‘PROJECT: DEJK’

Posted on Fri, 21 Aug 2020

‘Project: Dejk’ is a three-part study on the multiple facets of loss, explored under the lens of a Southern Mediterranean culture. In collaboration with Maltese choreographer Eleonora Fae and featuring music by Marco Caricola. Watch the announcement here.





‘FLY’ SHOWING AT CANNES XR 2020

Posted on Sat, 06 Jun 2020

From 24 to 26 June, Cannes XR Virtual will present ‘Fly’ as part of its selection. The installation piece features an interactive score by Marco that debuted at Saatchi Gallery in August 2019 and won a Virtuality XR Award.





SOM MIX WITH LIDEWIJ HARTOG

Posted on Fri, 05 Jun 2020

Marco and Lidewij Hartog performed a short audiovisual set of inspiring music and unreleased material for SOM. Find it archived here.





MEMORY THORN

Posted on Thu, 21 May 2020

Glanko’s album ‘Remission’ is now available on all platforms. Marco has collaborated on the project and features in the opening track Memory Thorn — a composition for voice and synthesisers performed with singer Maria Grigoriu. Listen here.





NEW SINGLE ‘LAST EXILES’

Posted on Mon, 06 Apr 2020

Listen to both versions of the piece here. 1631 Recordings will release Last Exiles on May 1st as part of its fifth anniversary compilation.





MODERN MATTER 17

Posted on Mon, 09 Mar 2020

The latest video campaign for Modern Matter was produced by OMO and David Jenewein and features new music by Marco. Watch here.





GUEST FEATURE FOR CONTEMPLATIVE CLASSICAL

Posted on Fri, 21 Feb 2020

Marco has curated the new playlist update for the Contemplative Classical website. Listen here.





‘HOMS UND ICH’ ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK

Posted on Fri, 14 Feb 2020

Marco composed a music score for the German documentary Homs und Ich: the real life story of a young Syrian man surviving the siege of Homs for almost two years before deportation. The film premiered at Filmfest Hamburg 2019 and was broadcasted by NDR the following November. You can now listen to the soundtrack album at this link.





FINDING WATER

Posted on Tue, 21 Jan 2020

New website online - please direct all further requests to music@marcocaricola.com