Armenia

Productions


discography

2011 - A New Beginning - Digital Album, CD, self produced, on Bandcamp.
2015 - Reboot (Live) - Digital Album, CD, self produced, on Bandcamp.
2017 - We Are Still Machines - Digital Album, self produced, on Bandcamp.
2018 - Echoes (Live) - Digital Album, self produced, on Bandcamp.
2018 - The Wedding Gig - by Andy Moor, Armenia, Valentina Campora - Digital Album, self produced, on Bandcamp.

Compilations:
Duplex Ride vol. 1 2013 - CD, track: Saving Energy (Live) (sold out).

Posted: June 9th, 2018
Author: Armenia

2018 - THE WEDDING GIG Album - by Andy Moor, Armenia, Valentina Campora

THE WEDDING GIG - by Andy Moor, Armenia, Valentina Campora

The Wedding Gig
Live recorded in Montanesi (Italy). July 28, 2018.
Two musicians and a contemporary dancer and choreographer. Three independent artists who are also friends and relatives. The marriage in Genoa of one of them (Armenia) and the invitation to a free performance at the wedding party, totally improvised, without rehearsals. This is how "The Wedding Gig" was born, live recorded in Montanesi (Italy). The emotional and energetic mix of an unreleased international trio that blends visceral electronics, experiments on electric guitar, noise with the bodily expression of the dance. A purifying ritual of the place and time.
With Andy Moor (electric guitar, born in London, EN, from Amsterdam, NL), Armenia (electronics, from Genoa, IT), Valentina Campora (dance, born in Genoa, IT, from Amsterdam, NL).
The excellent Andy Moor (born 1962) [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Moor_(The_Ex)] began his musical life in Edinburgh, Scotland playing guitar with Dog Faced Hermans, an eclectic group that mixed post-punk energy with traditional tunes and improvisations. In 1990 he moved to the Netherlands after an invitation to join Dutch band The Ex. In 1995 he began another group, Kletka Red with Tony Buck Joe Williamson and Leonid Soybelman, fusing traditional klezmer, Greek and Russian songs with their own styles of playing.
Moor's own background is rooted in the post-punk Britain of the 1980s, but in more recent years he has collaborated with many musicians from varied backgrounds and disciplines. Many of these collaborations are duos, with amongst others Cypriot composer Yannis Kyriakides with whom he performs a set of rebetika songs (urban Greek tunes from the 1920s and 1930s), French sound poet Anne James Chaton, ex bass player from Dog Faced Hermans Colin Mclean, who now works with electronic music and live sampling, Brooklyn-based DJ, producer and writer DJ /rupture, and Lebanese Paris-based saxophonist Christine Abdelnour.
Moor has also begun composing soundtracks for films, working former Dog Faced Hermans vocalist-turned filmmaker Marion Coutts, with Iranian filmmaker Bani Khoshnoudi and US experimental filmmaker Jem Cohen. His latest projects include a quartet with Ken Vandermark, Terrie Ex and Paal Nilssen-Love called Lean Left, a trio with Berlin-based artists and musician Alva Noto and Anne James Chaton called Decade and a trio project with Anne James Chaton and Thurston Moore called Heretics. In 2013 he began a duo project with John Butcher. Moor lives in Amsterdam at present and continues to be a full-time member of The Ex. He is a founding member of the music label Unsounds, in Amsterdam, with Yannis Kyriakides and Isabelle Vigier.
Music for Armenia (http://www.armeniamusic.it), based in Genoa (Italy), is a tool for describing and understanding through time. It's movement and stillness. Sound but silence. Electronics and computers are intended to be wonderful tools facilitators of creativity. It's since the early 80s that he makes experiments with the timbre of synthesizers and samplers. He has written and performed songs initially as a duo, with his sister Luisa Armenia. After the natural decreasing of the driving force of Distesa, Armenia is increasingly dedicated to electronic solo productions. After a very long absence from the scenes, "A New Beginning" is the work which he has published and presented to the public and to the Internet in 2011. 2013 becomes the year of the return to live concerts and attention to the experimental and expressive use of images.
He collaborated in 2016 with dancer and choreographer Alekseij Canepa and his "Kseij Dance Company". They presented together at "Teatro Rina e Gilberto Govi" in Genoa the Italian premiere of "IO È" show, which represents the transformation of mechanical man into machine and they have replicated the entire performance in Budapest in 2017. He has also collaborated in 2017 with Fulvio Guidarelli (stage name Lisfrank), a pioneer of Italian synth wave, active since 1980 within the rising underground turmoil of Italian electrodark.
Valentina Campora (https://www.facebook.com/Safe-Piece-212436116257568/) graduated in 2005 at the Modern Dance Department of the Theaterschool of Amsterdam and in 2009 at D.A.M.S. - Disciplines of Arts, Music and Entertainment - at the University of Litterature and Philosophy of Genova, Italy. She has danced and collaborated, with among others, Erik Kaiel, Jakop Albom, Cristina Planas Leitao, Heather Ware and Andy Moor and is an active participant and collaborator in the Amsterdam music and dance scene. She has been involved in several dance research projects at Danslab in Den Haag (NL). From 2008 to 2014 she worked with Gabriella Maiorino, with whom she developed some of the basic tools that she uses in her workshops. In 2013 she co-founded the dance company Clancarnal together with Gabriella Maiorino and Adrian Sneeuw. Currently she works as freelance.
Digital recorder: Tascam DR-40

Track list

The track list is:
1. The Wedding Gig

On Bandcamp €. 3,00.

THE WEDDING GIG Album - by Andy Moor, Armenia, Valentina Campora

Armenia and Andy Moor

Posted: September 8th, 2018
Author: Armenia

2018 - ECHOES Live Album

ECHOES

"Nobody can take what you are"

Live recorded @ Museo di Sant'Agostino - Deposito Lapideo, Genova (Italy). March 17, 2018.

This live set's location is the Deposito Lapideo at Museum of Sant'Agostino in Genoa, where I performed "We Are Still Machines" that looks to the near future, among ancient marble finds, catalogued and preserved therein. A superb blend.
Man's true awareness, almost never fully developed and, at the same time, the condemnation to depend on his mechanical nature and lack of will, are at the center of musical and poetic speech of WE ARE STILL MACHINES that tells, through the codes of electronic music that belong to me, the final time of deception, malleability and modern weakness: where we are waiting for a savior who lift us from effort and suffering and hope for the hyper-technological future that will actually fall asleep us more and more, following a non-development line, even through artificial intelligence, making man increasingly alien from his hidden center.

Instruments: Novation LaunchKey 61 USB midi controller, Novation Audiohub 2x4 audio interface, Ableton Live software

Digital recorder: Tascam DR-40

Thanks to Duplex Ride and Adelmo Taddei (museum's curator)

Track list

The track list is:
1. Opener/Here I Am (feat. Lisfrank)
2. Like A Dervish
3. Impressions (Future Is Now)
4. 3 9 4 3 6 7 2
5. Balance
6. 3days (Tech-Gleba)

On Bandcamp €. 4,00.

ECHOES Live Album

Posted: June 21st, 2018
Author: Armenia

2017 - WE ARE STILL MACHINES Album

WE ARE STILL MACHINES

Our true conscience can be, and in fact it's almost always, completely absent from all that we do, think, want and imagine...
WE ARE STILL MACHINES – Album - September 2017
My new studio album, the second of my new artistic cycle, finally lands on Bandcamp, uncomfortable, restless and faceted. Man's true awareness, almost never fully developed and, at the same time, the condemnation to depend on his mechanical nature and lack of will, are at the center of musical and poetic speech of WE ARE STILL MACHINES that tells, through the codes of electronic music that belong to me, the final time of deception, malleability and modern weakness: where we are waiting for a savior who lift us from effort and suffering and hope for the hyper-technological future that will actually fall asleep us more and more, following a non-development line, even through artificial intelligence, making man increasingly alien from his hidden center. Men and women who will have to, or already have to, appear balanced, integrated or intimidated by fear, but above all to be dependent on macro or micro needs, sufficient to themselves or to a small group, influenced by a personal, narcissistic, narrow home-based center of gravity.
You should preferably listen to the album's nine tracks, including two each ones lasting more than 14 minutes, all of a breath, in order to sense an invisible and strange overall effect I want think it could paradoxically reposition, even for a moment, the listener-man in his center.
Because the real question, however uncomfortable and buried, will always resound alive and identical in each of us: who am I?
In "Engage Me" kamancheh is played by Amir Mofrat, Iranian musician from Arak, to whom my biggest and sincere thanks goes. The kamancheh is an Iranian bowed instrument, used also in Azerbaijani, Turkish and Kurdish music and related to the rebab, its historical ancestor and also to the Byzantine lyra, the precursor of the European violin family.
The closing bonus track, "Here I Am", is the result of a great collaboration with LISFRANK (https://www.facebook.com/lisfrank.official). Fulvio Guidarelli (stage name Lisfrank), is an historic name, a pioneer of Italian synth wave, active since 1980 within the rising underground turmoil of Italian electrodark. In "Here I Am" (one of my tunes of 2011 specifically recreated here) he has brought his voice, his crucial style, text's invention, his synth, merging with the song in a unique way and bringing it to a new exciting level. I am infinitely grateful to him for the gift!

Texts

WE ARE THE ENEMIES

And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who were buying and selling in the temple. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. We don't want any more false flags, we don't want 9/11, we don't want Sandy Hook, we don't want in Orlando false flag, we don't wanna Obamacare, we don't want trade agreements that are disadvantages, we don't want wars in Iraq, we don't wanna wars in Libya, we don't want wars in Syria, we don't want wars in Afghanistan, we don't want wars in the Sudan, we don't wanna wars in Somalia, we don't want wars in Djibouti or in East Africa. We don't wanna make believe that someone killed Osama Bin Laden, we don't wanna make believe that children were killed at Sandy Hook, we don't wanna believe that all of this nonsense that's been propagated to us over thirty years is in fact a reality. We are the enemies/fuck EU/make war/new order/LAUDATO SI'/nuovo ordine/make war/fuck the devil/make resistance.

LIKE A DERVISH

I'm not your Slender Man. I live in a broken day. I'm not your Slender Man. I eat like a dervish. I drink like a dervish. I think like a dervish. And I live like a dervish. Like a dervish.

IMPRESSIONS

Padre nostro che sei nei cieli/sia santificato il Tuo nome/venga il Tuo Regno/sia fatta la Tua volontà/come in cielo così in terra./Dacci oggi il nostro pane quotidiano/E rimetti a noi i nostri debiti/come noi li rimettiamo ai nostri debitori/e non ci indurre in tentazione/ma liberaci dal male/Amen
Ricordati dei nostri fratelli, che si sono addormentati nella speranza della resurrezione, di tutti i defunti che si affidano alla tua clemenza: ammettili a godere la luce del tuo volto.
Amen, again Amen, again again Amen

3 9 4 3 6 7 2

3 9 4 3 6 7 2

BALANCE

Right. Left. Upstairs. On the top. Where are you? Where is your heart? Nothing is real here. We went so far. Everything seems to be wrong here. I need a point. Balance. We are still machines. Balance. We are still machines. Balance.

3DAYS (TECH-GLEBA)

Upgrade/compare. Armata di nanotecnologia all'avanguardia l'intelligenza artificiale risolverà tutti i problemi del mondo. Share/upgrade. Armata di nanotecnologia all'avanguardia l'intelligenza artificiale risolverà tutti i problemi del mondo. Compare/share/upgrade/upgrade. Compare/compare/upgrade. C'è una domanda ancora che rimane senza risposta: su quanto potremo spingerci oltre e rimanere ancora umani. Mentre ci fondiamo con le macchine (e io credo che ciò sarà inevitabile) ci trasformeremo in qualcosa di nuovo; mentre la tecnologia diventa ampiamente superiore a noi la piccola parte che sarà ancora umana diventerà sempre più piccola fino a essere del tutto trascurabile. Quando la nanobiotecnologia si sarà impiantata fermamente in noi sarà facile aggiornare o declassare chiunque e qualsiasi cosa in ogni modo. When nanobiotechnology will be firmly implanted in us will be easy to upgrade or downgrade anyone and anything anyway.

HERE I AM (FEAT. LISFRANK) - BONUS TRACK

I'm not far away away away

I'm I I I

I'm I I I
Here I Am

I'm I I I
I'm I I I
I'm I I I I'm
Here I Am

Here I Am I Am
Here I Am

I'm I I I
I'm I I I
I'm I I I I'm
Here I Am

Sono qua

Track list

The track list is:
1. We Are The Enemies
2. Like A Dervish
3. Impressions
4. 3 9 4 3 6 7 2
5. Balance
6. 3days (Tech-Gleba)
7. Engage Me (Ballet)
8. Engage Me
9. Like A Dervish (Waving)
10. Here I Am (feat. Lisfrank) - Bonus Track

On Bandcamp €. 7,00. Hidden bonus track in download included: "Impressions (Future Is Now)"

Armenia and Lisfrank

kamancheh

Posted: September 12th, 2017
Author: Armenia

2017 - LIKE A DERVISH Digital 45

LIKE A DERVISH

"Like a Dervish" is my killer Digital 45 of the year on Bandcamp. It anticipates the release of the album "We Are Still Machines" in 2017.
With "Like A Dervish" I wanted to experiment with my voice, creating something intense and shareable, very close to the song format. The ambience is strange, mysterious, with unexpected openings toward the light. Rhythm doesn't give breath and the whole comes close to something that could be defined as "alternative dance".
The text (which mentions the imaginary character Slender Man, the so-called "boogeyman") says:

I'm not your Slender Man
I live in a broken day
I'm not your Slender Man

I eat like a dervish
I drink like a dervish
I think like a dervish
And I live like a dervish
Like a dervish

I arranged the song in two versions. The second is named "Waving". It sways. Like true dervishes, of course. :-))

This is the full track list:

1. Like A Dervish
2. Like A Dervish (Waving)

On Bandcamp €. 1,98

Posted: March 23rd, 2017
Author: Armenia

1998 - DISTESA - L'ULTIMA STANZA (90s) Digital EP

L'ULTIMA STANZA (90s)

February 1983 is the date of birth of the musical group Elettra, become Distesa in 1987. The band is from the very beginning formed by two brothers Armenia residing in Genoa.
Distesa one day suddenly emerged from the unconscious motivations of their members and thanks to the possibilities triggered by instinct.
The result has been the development, over a period of fifteen years, of a musical adventure that never came to the honor of the limelight.
These vintage digital recordings are a document of their latest production in the late 90s, before terminating their artistic activity.

Antonio Armenia: synth, sampler, drum machine
Luisa Lù Armenia: vocals, Digitech Vocalist

Music and lyrics by Distesa
released 01 January 1998

Texts

NUOVO CREDO

Uomini senza occhi lasciano resti lungo il fiume
Con mani senza segni cercano un corpo da ghermire
Con movimenti sempre uguali in un rito mai compreso
Tormento senza fine nei loro sogni mai bruciati

Corpi avvinghiati in un disegno senza forma
Nel buio e nella nebbia nascondono lacrime di sangue
Con occhi senza storia sepolti dalla sabbia
Comprano fiori per il loro funerale

Quando parla il cane ci si alza ad applaudire
E quando si alza il cane il mondo saluta il suo padrone
Quando parla il cane ci si alza ad applaudire
E quando si alza il cane il mondo canta la sua gloria

AURORA

Dalla finestra il chiarore della luna sulla strada
Entra nella stanza ed illumina la tua guancia tu ora dormi
Ed è così strano ed è così strano
Che io adesso mi senta così sola
Ma il tuo pallido viso sembra così lontano forse stai sognando
La notte è così magica
E rimango a guardarti

E resto così immobile
Cercando le giuste parole
Tutto quello che posso dire
Tutto quello che posso dire
Io sto bene con te

DI VETRO

Qui non esiste più tempo
Qui i tuoi occhi sono di vetro

Ti puoi adagiare sul prato senza fine
Dentro una nuvola ti puoi fermare

Prendi le mie mani chiudi gli occhi e lanciati
Oltre l'universo
Oltre lo spazio dentro noi

Mi puoi tenere dentro una mano
Io posso entrare dentro di te
Qui non esiste più tempo
Qui i tuoi occhi sono di vetro
Ti puoi adagiare sul prato senza fine
Dentro una nuvola ti puoi fermare
Qui non esiste più tempo
Qui i tuoi occhi sono di vetro
Giù giù sino all'orlo
Nel precipizio senza rimbombo
Giù giù nel grembo
Dentro il vetro dentro gli occhi
Dentro il vetro in fondo al ventre
Una voce sale sulle onde
Come un sasso che si schiaccia nel mare
Una voce sale sulle onde

Prendi le mie mani chiudi gli occhi e lanciati
Oltre l'universo
Oltre lo spazio dentro noi

Prendi le mie mani chiudi gli occhi e lanciati
Oltre l'universo
Oltre lo spazio dentro noi

Prendi le mie mani chiudi gli occhi e lanciati
Saremo uno cento mille
Oltre lo spazio dentro noi

LE RADICI DEL RITORNO

Tienimi le mani sto naufragando e rido è meglio ritornare
Ho visto un sogno in grigio non c'era niente nulla che fosse irreale
Non è facile ma certi aghi segni sulle mani sono rami biforcuti

E ma tu non morire
Coglimi un silenzio cogli quando cade
Voli di voci
Le mie radici stanno nel ritorno

Graffiati le mani e quando parto non morire
Qualcuno deve andare
Ho visto dietro l'ombra la strada che si arcuava
Neppure la scelta

E ma tu non finire i solchi di una storia
Stanno come stelle
Coglili in un nome
Sulle tue mani incrocia le mie ali
Incrociale
Incrocia le mie
Incrociale

Track list

1. Nuovo credo
2. Aurora
3. Di vetro
4. Le radici del ritorno

On Bandcamp €. 2,00

Distesa - with Luisa Armenia, Antonio Armenia

Posted: September 1st, 2015
Author: Armenia

2015 - REBOOT Live Album

Reboot Live Album

REBOOT

Finally in 2015 my first live electronic album REBOOT comes, available in digital stores and on self-produced CD!
REBOOT, live recorded album at Centro Civico G. Buranello in Genoa, January 10, 2015, comes out.
During the search of just the perfect gig, after having digitally stored on many occasions the electronic performance, the first live set in 2015 reveals itself as one to immortalize, thanks to a magical combination of characteristics: the feeling and right warmth, intimacy, public involvement and the excellent audio master which keeps energy!
REBOOT, trustworthy picture of the whole concert, in addition to seven updated instrumental pieces from the previous studio album A NEW BEGINNING, includes three unreleased tracks, which were created during concerts in past two years: UNDER SKY, YOU ARE THE TASK (in double version) and LEAD ME TO LINES.
To complete the album for the visual side nine corresponding live videos will follow: the first two are already available on YouTube and Vimeo (UNDER SKY/YOU ARE THE TASK and TO THE STARS).
A big thank you to Barbara and Claudia for care and constant support and to the whole association Duplex Ride for the strength of its intent: in particular one thank goes to Marco Cacciamani, Riccardo Canessa, Gerardo Fornaro, Angela Mambelli, Gianriccardo Scheri and Valerio Solari. Without their attention and their engagement in the artistic Genoese association that took care of the organization of the concert within the festival REPARTO OVEST, this release would not exist today.
Album's graphics was created by Armenia and Marco Cacciamani for video capture.

This is the full track list of REBOOT:

1. Under Sky
2. You Are The Task
3. To The Stars
4. Slave
5. Lead Me To Lines
6. Saving Energy
7. Quantum Dot
8. My Secret Heart
9. A New Beginning
10. You Are The Task (Reboot)
11. Alma

Good listening!
Armenia

On Bandcamp €. 7,00

Posted: February 19th, 2015
Author: Armenia

2013 - DUPLEX RIDE vol. 1 CD

ELECTRONIC SOUND Made in Genoa

Duplex Ride CD

Duplex Ride CD

Duplex Ride CD

CD Limited Edition. For sale only at "Doctor Music", via di Scurreria 24-26 R, Genova.
CD includes "Saving Energy" by Armenia: live recording at Casa della Musica, Genova, January 11, 2013.
By Duplex Ride.

Posted: December 25th, 2013
Author: Armenia

2011 - A NEW BEGINNING Album (remastered)

A NEW BEGINNING (remastered)

Totally remixed and remastered in November 2018. It contains an hidden bonus track.
Armenia consolidated here his experience as electronic musician, focusing on the search for naturalness that comes from the attention in the arrangements but also from the spontaneity of improvisation in studio, in a context where sound's synthesis and pulsation become charged with an obscure emotionality.
"A new beginning" is a systemic work, an overall view, where Bush is overlying Gandhi, science crosses over into metaphysics and reassuring control reveals itself as modern man's obsession. From the explicit and implicit messages that are conveyed by the musician transpires attention to the perception of the world and to interpretation of the Essence.
Musically, serial repetition and search for difference at the same time are two important stylistic figures. The rhythm, which often denotes tribal references, intensely carries out a grounding's strong function.

The track list is:

1. Saving Energy
2. Slave (Flash)
3. Facing The Abyss
4. Empty World
5. The Core
6. Quantum Dot
7. Slave
8. Here I Am
9. To The Stars (Intro)
10. To The Stars
11. New Worldline
12. My Secret Heart
13. Alma
14. A New Beginning
15. Il Compito Sei Tu - Bonus Track

On Bandcamp €. 7,00

A NEW BEGINNING remastered

Posted: October 2nd, 2011
Author: Armenia


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