Just as the narrative genre of the same name was born 70 years ago to tell the darkest corners of society in times of censorship, today La Fantascienza (science fiction) enlightens the life and death, dreams and nightmares of real human beings inserted in the typical "environments".
First album is "È Pieno di Stelle" (It's Full of Stars).
Our relationship is not about to change: born on the same day, with a difference of exactly 10 years, Vicky and me are bounded on many levels: humanly and artistically for sure.
This thing has really been a game-changer since we had the chance to work together on The Singers. It translates into empathy, chemistry, motivation and high level of productivity.
It just goes over the technics or the equipment used. All is directed from the inside: the emotions, the message to send. Let's call it "human factor".
This was my first time approaching a music production in this way: at the beginning I had to direct the drums, bass and guitar recording sessions from abroad, literally giving instructions on how to record a guitar and bass properly (types of mikes, miking, acoustics...), what was the best choice for the drums.
What about the rest? Vicky pre-produced all the tracks in the box, so he sent me the projects and I started producing the whole album (voices excluded), giving it a shape and it's own sound.
It was growing the idea of doing the last steps together. In the end Vicky came in Berlin -January '18- to hit the gas together.
The sonority of the album gave way to experiment by creating a mixture of traditional instruments and electronics. I know what Vicky likes and in almost every situation we could live together, we had the same taste about what we wanted to hear. So I felt comfortable and free to do not limit myself. This is why synthesisers, strings, concrete materials and sound effects play a big role in this production.
Since I am still a student of dBs Music Berlin, I took the chance to record all the voices at the Funkhaus-Studio using different rooms and outboards.
The 'musts' were just two: the fantastic tube mic Mojave MA-200 well warmed and Vicky's voice at the top.
It has been such a marathon: two days, three hours a day. We recorded all the voices' tracks during that time. It's crazy but we made it, while continuing producing and recording the additional instruments the rest of the time.
We recorded using my little friend Audient ASP8024, a full analog console directly linked to Pro Tools HD through an Antelope Orion 32. The warm sound of Mojave MA-200 is outstanding: it seems that the voice is already compressed and is always so clear and balanced. I definitely love it. All sounded amazing from the very first moment and I was completely satisfied of our work listening to it by a couple of HEDD Audio Typ 20 which leave no room for doubt: if something is wrong with your sound, they will let you hear it.
About the choirs, I have a special sensibility about them. Since I have been into a gospel chorus for some years, I developed a natural tendency to harmonise many different voices together. This doesn't mean I put choirs everywhere: they have been used just in some key points subtlety or massively to emphasise the feelings already present in the song.
Vicky has always said from the beginning "it is an album of voices".
Today I can say it loudly: yes, it is.
Edited, mixed and mastered in about 2 months, this album is a little jewel which I am proud to present to the world and which is the proof that if things come naturally, they are great.
Ah, one more thing: it is in Free Download.
The result can be listened directly by here:
Quoting what is written in the back of the cover, "La Fantascienza thanks who's still here as well as who is no more. This album comes from the affectionate embrace of lifelong friends, fathers, mothers, brothers, gradnparents.
Keep on teaching us, knowledge will save us."
Rome/Berlin, A.D. 2018.