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Body Maps

by Barbara De Dominicis

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obliolupo Body Maps è avvolgente: Un abbraccio minimale di suoni elettroacustici dove le parole sono poesia crepuscolare e la voce uno strumento di profonda introspezione ipnotico terapeutica. La sperimentazione è al servizio del canto. Può piacere anche a chi segue una forma canzone più vicina al rock e al pop ( Nico, Björk) per poi approdare a sonorità decisamente più complesse ( l'ultimo David Sylvian e l'ambient esoterica minimale, certo jazz nordico e il post rock)
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_steppen_wolf such an hypnotizing and deep journey unfolding with mesmerizing velvet voices, textures, instruments... Favorite track: Mouth.
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stetom Barbara, con questo suo album, ci porta in luoghi profondi e densi. E' un vero e proprio viaggio interiore, un volo ad occhi chiusi, dove si può aver paura, ma non si cade.

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Mouth 04:47
Bones 07:12
Womb 05:27
Hands 07:21


Body Maps has been inspired by Jean Luc Nancy’s Corpus.
These tracks evolved from a series of recording sessions held in Italy between 2019 and 2021.
A blend of spoken word, electroacoustic textures and instruments, found sounds and voice, these tracks evolved from a series of recording sessions held in Italy between 2018 and 2021. 
This release had a quite long incubation, almost two years and a half of tryouts, interruptions and afterthoughts to find a possible way to decipher this ineffable and particularly crucial moment of Barbara’s life.
The lyrics represent the attempt to transfigure the fragility into which her body was definitely sinking: a private emotional labyrinth made of abandonment, imperfection, vulnerability, time, alienation, sensuality, illness, identity. A sad and carnal quasi geography of the body, strongly related to a denied, (un)revealed, recovered sensuality.
Barbara wanted the music to preserve a sense of vulnerability and spontaneity therefore during the post production process she kept plenty of unvarnished sounds (teeth, fingers, mouth), half broken melodies, cracked words, ghostly echoes.
The generous musicians involved improvised following very subtle suggestions in the attempt to paint a picture in which everything is exposed to unexpected change; a kaleidoscope of sensations tied to disbelief, fear, and sudden absence.
The fluctuating vocal melodies fade into the electroacoustic interventions of Marco Bonini (electronics and guitar), Giulio Maschio (drums), Elio Martusciello (guitar, bass, synths, manipulations), Marco Messina (electronics), Massimiliano Sacchi (clarinets), Erica Scherl (violin), Andrea Serrapiglio (cello), Teho Teardo (guitar, piano, strings), and weaving languidly in and out, in a slow fragmented exploration that is sometimes painful, sometimes steady, sometimes disorienting.
A collective but gaunt architecture opened to mesmerizing sonic landscapes around which the body unfolds its maps
The artwork is curated by Raffaella Nappo. Her multifaceted artistic practice bridges distinct realms from drawing to painting, from photography to video and installation, blending analog and digital . Her work on Body Maps portrays a world of delicate images as the footprints of a rarefied, delicate but still intense inner world.
Body Maps has been endorsed by Marco Contini’s special and encouraging gaze.

to Alice

Thank you to all the wonderful and generous people who have
become part of this irregular work
Raffaella Nappo, Giovanni Antonio Ruffo, Marco Messina,
Erica Scherl, Elio Martusciello, Teho Teardo, Giulio Maschio,
Marco Contini, Marco Bonini, Andrea Serrapiglio, Antonio Romano,
Marco, Massimiliano Sacchi, Neda Petrova, Giada,
Tamari Teliasvili, Alessandro, Teresa, Velia, Danilo Scarpati,
Stefania, Cristiana, David Stampfli, Ilaria, Antonia.


released December 15, 2022

Composed by:

1. Mouth
Music by Erica Scherl, Marco Bonini, Barbara De Dominicis

2. Bones
Music by Teho Teardo, Massimiliano Sacchi, Barbara De Dominicis

3. Womb
Music by Elio Martusciello, Barbara De Dominicis

4. Heart Unbeaten
Lyrics inspired by Sir Philip Sidney’s Arcadia
Music by Marco Messina, Barbara De Dominicis, Andrea Serrapiglio

5. Hands
Music by Marco Bonini, Barbara De Dominicis, Giulio Maschio,
Erica Scherl

Performed by:

- Barbara De Dominicis: lyrics, voice, electronics, programming,
found sounds
- Marco Bonini: guitars, electronics on tracks 1-5
- Elio Martusciello: electronics, programming on track 3
- Giulio Maschio: drums on track 5
- Marco Messina: electronics, programming on track 4
- Massimiliano Sacchi: bass clarinet on track 2
- Erica Scherl: violin on tracks 1-5
- Andrea Serrapiglio: cello on track 4
- David Stampfli: spoken voice on track 2
- Teho Teardo: piano, guitar, strings, programming, arrangement on track 2

Recorded and mixed by Marco Messina and Barbara De Dominicis at
Folder Studio - Naples, Italy, except:
- track 2 mixed by Teho Teardo
- track 3 mixed by Elio Martusciello
- tracks 1 and 5 recorded by Luca Gaudenzi and Antonio Romano at
Pyramid Studio - Rome, Italy

Mastered by Renato Grieco

Drawings and artwork by Raffaella Nappo
© All rights reserved - raffaellanappo.com

Video teaser: vimeo.com/manage/videos/781274976
Video illustrations and animation by Maria Pia Picozza 
Editing Pierluca Zanda

Produced by Barbara De Dominicis and Marco Contini
Executive production: Marco Contini for Kappabit

Artist's Website: barbaradedominicis.org

Published by Folderol* - folderol.it
℗ © 2022 by Kappabit S.r.l. (SIAE) - All rights reserved


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