SONGS OF THE WATER SPIRITS ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
Songs Of The Water Spirits , the soundtrack of Nicolò Bongiorno's documentary that I composed together with Matteo Milani, is out today on the Miraloop Diamonds label. A truly intense experience, both for the size of the film (which I also edited) and for the period in which it was made.
Once again writing music for a film proves to be an exciting and all-encompassing journey, but I can say that this time
I am particularly proud of the result, and the synergy with Matteo has never been so exciting.
The official premiere of the documentary will be on September 19th at the "Visioni Dal Mondo" festival.
SONGS OF THE WATER SPIRITS, FILM AND SOUNDTRACK OUT IN SEPTEMBER
After five months of work, much of it during a global pandemic,
we have finally completed the editing and post-production of the new documentary by Nicolò Bongiorno.
Songs Of The Water Spirits represented a double challenge for me, first of all because Nicolò had shot a huge amount of material
during 3 years of travel in the Ladakh region, from which it emerges as the remote territory north of India
is an incubator of global issues and problems: from climate change to the loss of cultural identities,
from the impacts of mass tourism to ethnic conflicts and political tensions.
We did our best to tell the eternal and ever-present theme of the relationship between man and nature from different perspectives.
Secondly, because in addition to editing I am also co-author of the original soundtrack together with Matteo Milani. It's not the first soundtrack Matteo and I make as a couple, but this time we are so happy with the result that we will make an album that will be released in autumn, after the official premiere of the film in competition at the "Visioni Dal Mondo" festival, scheduled from 17 to 21 September 2020.
CINEMAROCCHI THE BLOG
Do not deny it, you do it for yourself. Not that you don't care if you are not read, commented, contradicted: it's the contrary. But you don't even want someone to feel forced to do so, which would happen exponentially if these contents were pushed into the meat grinder of a social network ... and anyway, hardly anyone into the "social" world reads (or elaborates) thoughts formulated with more than 150 characters.
Basically what has won your reluctance to expose yet another personal showcase on the web is above all the feeling that at this moment for you it could be a healthy thing. As if the doctor had advised you, in short. The fact of dealing with issues you hardly have the opportunity to speak of, combined with the awareness that the present time is surely bleak, but also full of turns and possibilities, did the rest.
Having said that, if this is a kind of medicine, well, medicines should not be taken for an unlimited time, otherwise it means that the matter is more serious than expected. So this blog has an expiration date: not too close nor too far, but one day, as it arrived, it will vanish.
Conclude with the words borrowed from the introductory note of "Note di pop inglese", a milestone in Italian musical essays by the never forgotten Roberto Cacciotto and Giancarlo Radice: "Despite the particular structure of the book there are no encyclopedic ambitions, no one has sat down on the highest chair and, therefore, on every line it is fair to reflect, dissent or spit ".
JAM PEDALS, THE STORY'S GOING ON
If you scroll this page down to the bottom you will come across an article dated June 2011 in which I presented my Jam Pedals multi-pedalboard.
Since then, the work of Jannis Anastasakis and the guys at Jam, which was already excellent, has only improved: so I came back from Athens with a new, wider, more colorful custom multi-pedal.
Alongside the effects I have most used in these years (the TubeDreamer 58 overdrive, the Dyna-ssor comp, the Chill tremolo, the Waterfall chorus), I added an additional overdrive (the TD 72, which comes as the 58 with an extra switch to increase gain), a Rattler distortion (based on the Pro-Co Rat that I often used until 2011), a booster, a phaser and especially the Supreme version of the legendary Delay-Llama which features functions like tap-tempo, hold and some delay eq and modulations. All pedals are always true-bypass. Final touches one send-return and two inputs for the expression pedals, one for the delay and the other for the tremolo.
Reduced in size but excellent in sound.
This time I had to put my sign on it.
MEXICO, VIOLETA, AND MORE THAT YOU CAN CHEW
Quite intense months these last ones guys. That's why I find myself updating the page with great delay, giving news of what has already been and what will still be.
On the editing front, hard work from October: the 3 episodes of Tutta Colpa Di Galileo, a travel in space research with Annalisa Scarrone; Portrait In Solid Light, documentary on contemporary artist Fabio Mauri; and then 3 more unreleased documentaries, the latest being finalized these days, which investigate 3 different aspects of today's Italian reality and that will be aired next season on Sky Atlantic. Everything under the proud direction of Andrea Bettinetti.
In May Mexico! Un Cinema Alla Riscossa, the film by Michele Rho I've been working on last year finally hit theatres, and it's going to be published on dvd after summer. A story about passion and independence made with the same passion and independence.
Among the non-documentary work I have recently cut, I like to mention the Stand Against Violence commercial shot by Laura Chiossone.
On the musical front, about 30 shows over the past 10 months with Carretera Sur, JTBTB, Anacondia plus featuring with The Flight and Matteo Milani ... among the many projects going on I'd like to mention the new show Gracias A La Vida, dedicated to Violeta Parra, that Carretera Sur are carrying along with author and narrator Milton Fernandez. We already have some new gigs in the pipeline ... but on this I keep my mouth shut ...
SENDAS DE LIBERTAD, CARRETERA SUR'S PANAMERICANA
As announced a few weeks ago here it is: Sendas De Libertad, the first album by Carretera Sur, the acoustic duo I share with Ornella Vinci.
We have come a long way in just less than two years, and this, of all my cds, is perhaps the one I wouldn't have expected to realize. But the raid we made on December 8th 2015 at Torrevado studios and the following post-production work done in the clippings of the last four months have restored a beautiful testimony of our "versions" of some highlights of our LatinAmerican songbook... and so let's print, fast!
Keep an eye on the Music section for our next gigs. In the meantime I can tell you that the official presentation will be on Saturday, June 11 in Milan.
While Jethro Tull Benefit Tribute Band marches on with great live satisfaction and will continue to bring on stage the repertoire of Ian Anderson's band all throughout spring and summer, we are about to publish the first album by Carretera Sur, which is also my first cd based on non-original songs.
Thanks to the graceful Ornella Vinci and to all the friends at Torrevado studio for their indispensable collaboration.
In May then, Ornella, Giovanna Ferrara and myself will be back live to tell the stories of Tema Libero, nearly a year after the wonderful evening at the Triennale in Milan. A project that, fingers crossed, will always have more breath in the near future.
Along with director Michele Rho I'm finishing the edit of Mexico! Il Cinema Alla Rivoluzione, about the most legendary cinema theatre in Milan. Soon to be released also the short film Claustrophonia, directed by Roberto Zazzara, starring Matilde Gioli (Il Capitale Umano), cinematographed by Michele D'Attanasio (Lo Chiamavano Jeeg Robot), and featuring the musical collaboration of Gary Jules.
L'ORIZZONTE DEGLI EVENTI, ANACONDIA'S FIRST OFFICIAL ALBUM OUT NOW FOR LIZARD RECORDS
Anacondia have a long story to tell. It's rooted in the encounter between two young classmates, Gabriele Ramilli, singer, and Andrew Canonico, keyboard player. An idea, to write original songs, which back in 1995 did not seem to be so much against the tide.
It's a slow story, born out of many expectations, of fragile balances, of exhausting attempts to overcome barriers in music, to share a creative project by placing the group and the people who make it on top of everything, even of the music itself.
A stubborn story, because it takes stubborness to continue after two decades, to believe in it and to face all the difficulties, limitations and the inevitable frustrations that those who propose original music have along their way.
Above all it is a passionate story, because it's fed by the passion of five people who have grown together personally and musically.
Produced by the band and Andrea Pestarino and published by Lizard Records, L'orizzonte Degli Eventi is Anacondia's first official album and comes in the year of the twentieth anniversary of the birth of the group.
If we'd have to talk about musical genres, we should bring up progressive rock, hard&heavy, perhaps folk and psychedelia.
But ultimately, it's the sum of all these stories.
ASMARA, ROME AND BEYOND
Asmarina is a super-independent production conceived and directed by Alan Maglio and Medhin Paolos: Alan and Medhin spent one year and a half gathering material, selling their collections of vinyl records to produce this brave documentary that focuses on the "habesha" community in Milan, but also deals with hard themes such as post-colonialism and immigration. The film is receiving wide success at every screening, and filling theatres at every show, which is really rare for an independent project.
Visit www.asmarinaproject.com for more infos.
Working with maestro Andrea Bettinetti is always great. Swinging Roma was a long and hard work, but we managed to squeeze in a 73 minutes film ten years of art, literature, cinema, often told by the protagonists of the times. Rome in the '60 was the place to be for artists, and it's a great goal to have this film premiered at Rome's Film Fest next week. From October 24th it will be on air on Sky Arte, and then probably distributed on dvd. It's always an illuminating experience to work on interesting projects with talented people. Hope to give more news soon.
NEW DOCUMENTARY WORKS
I've been editing a couple of documentary films in the last months, both realised by the expert hands of director Andrea Bettinetti, and both will be on air between February and March 2015.
Lungo La Blue Line is set in the South area of Lebanon, just along the Blue Line that divides Lebanon and Istrael, and offers glimpses of life and stories of the members of the Unifil peacekeeping mission.
The voice of famous actor Filippo Timi provides a special narration to the film.
Il Sindaco follows Renato Natale, mayor of Casal Di Principe, in his long civil fight against Camorra. Besides taking part in the editing process, it's been an honor and pleasure to provide a musical score for this little but important project.
Two stories of human survival in environments made hostile by war, corruption and racquet.
SOUND FICTION, SCIENCE FICTION IN LIBRARIES
In the whirlwind of recent projects I am pleased to present a new experiment featuring myself and the ubiquitous Mario Cominotti: Sound Fiction is the name we have given to the anthological reading dedicated to science fiction which will premiere in Milan at the Baggio Library on Thursday, November 13th. Readings by Frederick Brown, Ray Russell, Rod Serling, Arthur C. Clarke, Jorge Luis Borges (with adaptations and translations of the original texts), live soundtrack and interspersed musical tributes to Bernard Herrmann, Vangelis, Area, Battiato and ... some original composition.
It will be a spaced-out experience.
UPCOMING SHOWS AND NEW PROJECTS
I'm going to perform in a couple of very different musical situations next month.
In Carretera Sur I will try to worthly accompany Ornella Vinci's voice in a personal rendition of latin-american songs, spanning from the very rich folk tradition of Chile, Argentina, Cuba, Brazil and paying homage to authors and performers such as Victor Jara, Mercedes Sosa, Silvio Rodriguez, Marisa Monte, Elizabeth Morris.
Always paying homage but to one of the most prominent rock bands of all time with Benefit Tribute Band, playing the music of Jethro Tull and especially focusing on their first golden period (1968-1972). Beside myself on electric guitar, there's Mario Cominotti on vocals and flute, Giulio Quario on acoustic guitar, Maurizio Mambretti on bass and Roberto Gigliotti on drums; the debut will be an (unplugged, due to location necessities) session in a special evening dedicated to the band's history and music.
Can't wait to see what happens, check out the MUSIC page for details!
WALTER MAROCCHI MALA HIERBA NOMINEES AT INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS
The jury of the 13th Independent Music Awards has nominated our song Yalistan in the Spoken Word Song category.
We join the nearly 400 self-released and independent label artists (as well as former major label acts named today by Music Resource Group) chosen among thousands of acts in 70 countries and 6 continents by judges such as Laurie Anderson, Suzanne Vega, Meshell Ndegeocello, Bernie Worrell, Joshua Redman as Nominees in the influential awards program for independent bands and fans.
We're proud to be included in this contest also because there are not many europeans artists among the nominees and definitely a very very few italians (and only one italian band singing in turkish and greek...) but what makes it more special to me is that we made it with the "toughest" song on the album, the one that almost didn't get in, the one speaking (literally) of exile and music crossing borders and nations.
And now that I've said it, let me open a bottle of ouzo.
WM LIVE AT WEB PIEVE RADIO
On February 26th at 11 p.m. I will be guest at "Lotta Love", online radio show hosted by Web Pieve Radio. An acoustic evening with my friend Mario Cominotti, chatting about music and Mala Hierba and playing unplugged versions of some good prog-rock classics!
V.OLKS W.AGEN'S MODERN HEADPHONES OUT NOW
So here it is, available from today on iTunes, CDBaby, Amazon, Spotify and many more, and directly downloadable from the band's Facebook page.
In a time and place where making original music often means to deal with struggle, privation, frustration and trouble, to end up with something that merely comes out of the pleasure of putting sounds together and not having any expectation about it seems to us such a fantastic escape.
BRAND NEW ALBUM AND PROJECT: V.OLKS W.AGEN ARE COMING
V.olks W.agen were born accidentally one evening in a japanese restaurant in Milan,
about one year and a half ago.
Me and my italian-belgian friend and composer Vincent Dalschaert just put it out like this:
why don't we write and record some tracks, sending each other files through the Internet...
A boutade, the ectoplasm of a project which slowly turned into a real collaboration
even if one far from the other: music poured out of digital exchanges in which
everything was accepted and nothing expected, not even they could come to an end.
We had never played a note together and we came up with an entire record.
It surprised us in the first place to have realized it with such a perseverance,
and such a democratic, almost anarchic sharing of ideas and choices.
You can listen to V.olks W.agen's first single on Facebook.
Let us know what you think of it. .
MORE NEWS FROM THE THEATRES
Laura Chiossone's On Stage in Five Minutes, which features my editing work, keeps doing very well: awarded as Best Independent Film at Mantova Film Fest, still screened at the Mexico theatre in Milan, and soon crossing the ocean to Seattle's International Film Festival on November 17th.
Not bad for a little, low-budget independent italian movie. .
A snapshot of my desk while editing the brand new documentary film by Andrea Bettinetti,
about contemporary art master Piero Manzoni.
NEW VIDEO EDITING COURSES
Subscriptions are open for the new video editing courses I will hold at the Emit Feltrinelli in Milan.
Don't miss the open day, Monday September 23rd from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.!
TRA CINQUE MINUTI IN SCENA, IN THEATRES FROM JUNE 27TH
Finally out in movie theatres in Italy Tra Cinque Minuti In Scena, a film directed by Laura Chiossone.
I feel lucky and proud to have worked as editor on this one. After the awards at the Annecy festival and at the "Rivelazioni" festival in Milan and after the first positive critical reviews, things that already felt like miracles to us, we've finally come to the long awaited, toughest and most exciting test: the audience.
I eagerly recommend this film, not only cause I'm involved in it, but because it is the fruit of the work of a very clever bunch of people, entirely produced in Milan, and treats an uneasy matter with sensitivity and humor…at least, we hope we got that made.
With the exception of quick solo appearances and underground radio shows,
more than a year and a half had passed from Mala Hierba's last gig.
You rarely get what you expect when you're back onstage after a long break,
because it's impossible to squeeze in an hour and a half all you've been living
in almost 20 months. But maybe that's one of the reasons why the warmth
and enthusiasm of the audience was a cure-all!
You made us understand that we've been giving,
and even more, that it was fun.
So thank you all for coming to the concert, because we really needed to fill up.
So, mmhh, where do we go now?
DOWNLOAD THE MAKING OF "ALISACHNI" FOR JUST 2 EUROS!
A silent presence handling a camera was wandering in the studio while we were recording Alisachni. Director Antonio Puhalovich followed us in almost all recording days, and thanks to the help of other valid videomakers such as Sergio Bosatra and Simona Confalonieri he has given life to La Fabbrica Del Sale, a 20 minutes documentary on the making of the record, narrated by...me! You can watch a short version of it at this link. On cinemarocchi.com, for just 2 (!) euros, you can download the complete version, featuring more songs and deleted scenes...and help us put some fuel in the car for our next live gigs.
WM MALA HIERBA ON INTERNAZIONALE
Tango Del Pesce Azzurro is featured in Pier Andrea Canei's playlist
in this week's number of Internazionale.
ALISACHNI STREAMING PREMIERE ON JAM WEBSITE
From today, and for a week exclusively, Alisachni is streamed in its entirety, on the website of the musical newspaper JAM, with a track-by-track analysis.
ALISACHNI, THE NEW ALBUM FROM WALTER MAROCCHI MALA HIERBA IS OUT TODAY
Alisachni is a greek word meaning "the brittle salt layer minutes left in the hollows of the rocks by the sea waves".
From today it is also the title of the new record by Walter Marocchi Mala Hierba, a work that leaps even further in melting different musical genres and sounds, almost a concept album revolving around the concept of music as a consequence of human movement, everlasting and unstoppable like the migrations of animals or the tidal currents.
Joining forces to the quartet which performed in Impollinazioni (Marocchi, Mocata, Ferrara and Lazzari), we now find extraordinary multi-instrumentalist Antonio Neglia, plus Felice Clemente, one of Italy's best jazz saxophone players, Roberto Romano on clarinet and duduk, Fabrizio Barbareschi on percussions, and in two songs the voices of Ornella Vinci, Altin Manaf and Giovanna Ferrara, and again the eight members of the Aquilante choir. An album of such intensity that in need to recover we had to release it on Sunday.
From today you can find it on CD, distributed by I.R.D., and in all the best digital stores such as iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody. You can also order the physical CD through the net on the CdBaby website...and don't forget you can download the original booklet for free at the link below!
ALISACHNI: DOWNLOAD THE BOOKLET
Click here to download the digital booklet of Alisachni in pdf format.
ENOUGH OF PREVIEWS!
From today on, you can listen to all tracks in the MUSIC section in their feature-length, in mp3 version. Give the player just one more second to load and...have a good time! Very soon songs from "Alisachni", the new Mala Hierba record, will also be available.
We're almost ready. Alisachni, the new album by Walter Marocchi Mala Hierba, will be released on January 27th. Some more infos in the MUSIC page.
TRA CINQUE MINUTI IN SCENA WINS THE CICAE TODESCHINI AWARD AT ANNECY
I'm proud to announce that Laura Chiossone's first feature film, which I edited and partially contributed to the soundtrack, has won the CICAE (Confederation internationale des cinémas d'art et d'essay) Award at the 30th edition of the Annecy Italian Film Festival. The jury unanimously awarded the movie for the difficult and courageous subject and conscious staging of the relationships between the characters. Were also appreciated the clever commingling of different cinematographic languages??, the ability to arouse strong emotions but moderate, the formal strength and aesthetic of the film. More news here: http://www.facebook.com/Tra5MinutiInScena.
RASSEGNA PER CHI NON SI RASSEGNA
The music festival "Omaggio A Demetrio Stratos" moves at Rivoli's Maison Musique, near Turin. On Saturday, July 14th exhibitions, lectures and music performances with many special guests...
Recordings for new Walter Marocchi Mala Hierba album are scheduled for the end of April.
2012 and I'm back on the site after a while. A lot of editing from september on, and I'm proud to announce that a documentary I've been working on in these last months, doing both editing and original score, will evolve into a feature film! I've just started working on this new project with director Laura Chiossone and will be for a couple of months at least. Soundtracks apart, my musical activities slowed down a bit, but let me say that both Mala Hierba and Anacondia are planning to record some brand new stuff. I swear I still don't know when, but I hope soon, and as soon as I know I'll let you know. Cheers!
"FIMMINE FIMMINE, CA SCIATI ALLU TABACCU"
It's the title of the evening event that will take place on Monday, June 27th at the Circolo ARCI Martiri di Turro in Milan. WM and director Antonio Puhalovich present L'Ultima Raccolta (The Last Harvest), a documentary film shot during the last year of the reaping of tobacco in the south-italian area of Salento: myths and memories of an ancient rural world now disappeared.
A brief guitar accompaniment will be provided by WM, re-interpreting some workers' traditional chants...
WM AND JAM PEDALS
I was asked to write a few lines about my collaboration with JAM Pedals, which realized the multi-pedal I've been using recently.
JAM is a little big factory based in Athens, Greece, manifacturing analog,
true-bypass, great-looking guitar pedals, inspired by classic 60's and 70's vintage pedals.
The interesting thing is the possibility to choose different types of effects and configurations
and mount the circuits straight into a compact custom multi-pedal. That's the ideal thing for guys like me whose aim is to shrink the equipment and reduce the time spent to get ready to play,
without having to lose quality.
I will not discuss here the features of every single effect, suffice it to say that the quality of sounds is very good, the warm and natural tones of analog instruments prevail, and also the clarity of the signal is excellent. As everything, analog has its pros and cons, especially on some specific effects, but anyway nothing will stop you from connecting other pedals, even the digital ones, to this unit.
In short, my multi-pedal includes: a Dyna-ssor compressor, inspired by MXR Dyna-comp; a TubeDreamer 58 overdrive with an high-gain switch to boost the signal; a Red-Muck fuzz distortion shaped on the legendary russian Big Muff; a Chill tremolo, that can be used as a booster too; a WaterFall chorus with 2 extra switches, one to add a vibrato and the other to adjust the maximum speed of the effect;
a Delay-Llama, with an hold switch to create a "looping" effect.
One jack gets in, one jack comes out, with a send-return output I've placed after the distortion pedal.
Everything works just fine.
It's extremely light and small-sized, so if you're doing it just for show this is not for you, but on the other hand its hand-paintings look great and it surely clears a lot of space. I managed to slip it, with cables and stuff, into one of those briefcases that drug dealers (or accountants) always exchange in action movies.
I make an impression.
Altrimenti Ci Arrangiamo live 2011: under this prophetic name a new series of Mala Hierba gigs begins, in which never-played-before material will be presented with different line-ups. Details in MUSIC section.
WM is currently working, once again both as film editor and musician, on the documentary film ¿Necesitas Algo, Nena?, directed by Laura Chiossone, based on the true story of the italian-argentinian desaparecida Angela Maria Ajeta. The soundtrack features songs by Mala Hierba, Mauro Ermanno Giovanardi, Marlene Kuntz, Fabrizio Mocata.
Saturday, march 13th at the Auditorium Demetrio Stratos in Radio Popolare Milano Walter Marocchi Mala Hierba+special guests: a special evening to present Impollinazioni "at home", featuring Antonio Neglia (who appeared as a guest on the album too) on acoustic guitar and Roberto Romano (Stewart Copeland, Rosso Maltese, Atleticodefina) on saxophone, woodwind and percussion. Free entrance while seats last, reservation recommended at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WM interviewed at Radio SNJ on february 9th at 4 p.m.
New award to Impollinazioni: after winning Premio Toast the record has been nominated at the Progawards edition 2009 in the Best Debut Album category.
Tonight WM on Fandango Web Radio at 9.15 p.m.
Mala Hierba on air: november 15th Radio Capodistria (www.radiocapodistria.net) at 9.30 a.m., november 17th Radio Onda D'Urto (www.radiondadurto.org) at 4.30 p.m., november 29th Radio Sherwood (www.sherwood.it) at 3.15 p.m.
Impollinazioni has won the Premio Toast 2009 award for Best Italian Instrumental Album. The award, created by Toast Records in association with M.E.I. (the italian meeting of indipendent labels, a very important musical fair in Italy), was given "for the rare ability to convey music without boundaries", and the band will receive it and hold a brief performance on November 28th at M.E.I., where they've also been pointed out as one of Best New Indie-Rock Acts of 2009.