Hanami


Let’s start immediately from the term hanami, which in Japanese means flower time, and it is precisely at the beginning of spring when all the cherry trees come into bloom and create an intoxicating (entrancing) spectacle in the Japanese streets, the light that filters through the petals creates a fairy-tale atmosphere and surreal. From this atmosphere I took inspiration for the creation of a perfume called Hanami, sparkling, spicy, it is not only the evocation of the cherry blossom but rather spring, the awakening from the long hibernation, metaphorically speaking youth.

Therefore this album is the distillation of a colored image (composition), to a perfume, from a perfume (olfactory composition) to a sound composition. Some of you will know my great passion for botany, especially for aromatic plants, in this case it is an attempt to approach 2 senses that are practically never associated, perhaps because the 2 perceptions affect two different points of our brain? Smell is deeply connected to our deepest brain, often hidden from the ordinary state of consciousness, but when you smell an aroma it can evoke memories hidden in our unconscious, old experiences, forgotten situations can resurface, I have seen people cry or otherwise get emotional when smelling a some perfume, or “simple” essential oil. Just as a key can open completely removed meanders, this is why it is also possible to do therapy with an aroma, as with music, even if the sound vibrations affect our receptors and the emotional sphere in a different way.

 

Furthermore in this project there is a second experiment, each track is made with a different intonation from the others, normally the instruments are all tuned to 440Hz or as in the case of synthesizers they have the default setting in this precise frequency, i.e. the conventional standard all over the world. In my case, having used my modular synthesizer for 70-80% of the album, the oscillators, that part of the module that generates the basic sound (waveform), must always be tuned manually or use other modules with quantizer, instead of using this default parameter I let myself go to simple sensations. In fact, for each title you will find the pitch frequency in brackets.

432 seems to be the true frequency where instruments were once tuned, starting from a tuning fork, obviously all this is an international convention to standardize the tuning with all the instruments of the world and of all cultures, which perhaps in ancient times every territory and civilization had its own way of tuning and perhaps with different frequencies.

Here I decided to “free myself” from this grid and only follow perceptions, which is not easy and not perfect to tune all the other instruments just by ear.

Hanami is a pure flow of spontaneity, simplicity of execution, minimalism is often dominant, like observing a large tree in flower, all that majestic light comes from a single petal, repeated thousands and thousands of times like a fractal.

With this album I am starting a journey dedicated to cymatics, that is, those frequencies that influence matter.

 

The term cymatics designates a pseudoscientific theory created by the Swiss scholar Hans Jenny, who attempts to demonstrate a morphogenetic effect of sound waves. The name cymatics was coined by Hans Jenny himself, and derives from the Greek kymatika (κυματικά) meaning “study concerning waves” (from kyma (κΰμα) meaning “wave, wave”).

 

Normally these experiments are performed with static frequencies or alternating them between each other, to see materials such as sand move, or for some of these experiments the spores (seeds) of lycopodium were used, being micro-spheres in the shape of sponge, therefore very light and easy to react to sound waves.

I would like to transform all this into something pleasantly catchy, but which perhaps can no longer be called music.