Composer and electronic tactician Dino Spiluttini isn’t concerned with grandstanding or dramatic revelations—his work is best viewed as a series of continually fluctuating emotional cues that evoke our deepest desires and fears through simple yet thought-provoking ideas. Focusing on both the vast distances and intimate narratives that he collects from the keys of his piano, Spiluttini builds whole worlds from individual moments of dense gravitational activity. Instead of a physical reaction, we’re left to deal with his rhythmic suggestions on a purely emotional level. Echoing with a filtered reverb and fog, his songs play to the darkness that circles our hearts, the shadows that cling to our memories and influence our perspectives on the past.
There’s a tangible sense of finality and history to Spiluttini’s newest collection of songs called “I Do No Want What Heaven Gave Me.” He adorns these tracks with a mournful elegance, laced with the suggestion of mortality. Inspired by a visit to his mother a few years back, these sounds were the result of his coping with the fact that she had shown him the place where their ashes would be interred after their deaths. This sudden and unexpected confrontation with death left Spiluttini shaken and struggling to cope with the idea of specific legacies and decay. Born from hours of organ recordings from that very church--and subsequent piano additions—“I Do Not Want What Heaven Gave Me” is his abstract way of parsing out the reasons why we leave such emotional craters in each other’s lives and how that same music is itself part of a series of infinitely crumbling movements hard-wired into our brains.
released December 12, 2016
Piano, Church Organ, DSP, Layout/Photo