Prepare for this transportation! We land somewhere in between “Tron” and “Blade Runner” and as I listen, I feel fast. I feel energized and I feel like I’m in pursuit (or something is in pursuit of me). Daniele Sciolla, an Italian composer and student of jazz and mathematics, produces something engaging and unique. The work is electric and chaotic but you never once doubt Sciolla’s control. “Scherzo” is the opening of Sciolla’s new release “Synth Carnival“. The title nods to classical nomenclature and is defined as a playful, light composition that usually opens a movement or section of music and so it is the introduction to the EP.
Synths are no easy instruments, they are incredibly malleable and adjustable, and it is easy to get lost. Consistently rising to popularity since its invention in the 1950s, they’ve extended the sonic landscape, pushing artists into new territory. Sciolla presents the synthesizers in a somewhat unaccompanied, solo form. Nothing is missing as the song fills the frequency spectrum with pulsing lows and thin strikes of metal in the highs while maintaining melodic and percussive elements. His cinematic piece “Scherzo” is less than 2 minutes, so I encourage you to head over to Daniele’s Bandcamp and buy the whole album.
This balance between chaos and control, consonance and dissonance, conflict and resolution, makes his work fit for the soundtrack to revolution as populations around the world become increasingly uncomfortable with the ruling circles and systems in place that coerce our cooperation.