Armenia

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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

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 2 tracks €. 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

This is the full track list:

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

On Bandcamp 4 tracks €. 3,00

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 11 tracks €. 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

A NEW BEGINNING

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

On Bandcamp 14 tracks €. 7,00

Posted: October 2nd, 2011
Author: Armenia