Giovanni Civitenga, here using his My Dry Wet Mess alias, splits his time between music production and audiovisual art. In 2009, having relocated to Barcelona from his native Italy, he wrote a software programme for a sound-reactive video performance that caught the attention of Alfred ‘Daedelus‘ Darlington, and led to their collaborative experiments. Daedelus then signed Irrational Alphabet, Civitenga’s debut LP, to his Magical Properties imprint. Fans of this well received collection were soon disappointed at Civitenga’s subsequent departure from public sight. Spare a handful of bootleg remixes, there didn’t appear to be a follow up planned to this opening sonic statement.
And then, as unexpected as the sonic twists and turns contained within, Stereo Typing bolts from the esteemed Brainfeeder stable, an hour long collection of unsettling rhythms bound by Civitenga’s morphing, filtered synths. ‘Clappin’ Ears’ is the most accessible cut in the set, its gently bumping drum track and R&B vocals given the ubiquitous pitch-shift treatment combine for an almost dance floor friendly outcome.
I had no idea there even was an album by My Dry Wet Mess and I only found out after watching this beautiful video by Martin Allais. Apparently, it came out in 2010 on Daedelus’ Magical Properties label – how could I ever miss that one?
If you read Spanish (or don’t mind the Google translation), you should also read the interview with the video’s director on Creator’s Project.