Vagal Group — Exciter

The breeze of delicate synths and non-defined music is what I was searching for these past few months. No need to say that we are all experiencing a really weird and scary time, but it’s also interesting how this situation has affected me in music and moreover in the research process: time froze and allowed me to get lost in the Internet maze.

One day, I stumbled upon “𝙈𝙪𝙨𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙡 𝙙𝙚𝙡 𝘼𝙢𝙗𝙞𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙚” from Vagal Group and I remember being quite amazed by what I just heard. It sounded so light, soft and intense at the same time. I tried to get deeper in the artist’s work and found some really interesting material.

Vagal is a contraction of both the first and last name of Valerio Gallo, and “Group” must be a joke because Valerio did it all by himself. Well as I started to become obsessed with his work, one thing led to another, and I was chatting with Valerio about another experimental project he worked on 4 years before called “𝙀𝙭𝙘𝙞𝙩𝙚𝙧”. Valerio said this project was a kind of “art commission”, launched by the Italian national television.
They needed tons and tons of music material to illustrate different TV contents for advertising and documentaries, things like that. It reminded me how much TV and music were bound to each other, and how you can easily find really nice musical projects that were initially made for TV (jingles, OST, etc...)
Never underestimate the power of TV!

At that time, the raise of MIDI protocol was just at its beginning, placing the computer as a key instrument in the process of creation and experimentation. Valerio told me this period was kind of hybrid to him, some of the instruments he used were able to be controlled with this new protocol, some weren’t, which lead him to improvise and experiment new ways of making music. The way in which Valerio used the Yamaha DX7 helped to create an imaginary musical landscape, each track of this LP refers to a place, or a state. This project is built in order to take you on a pleasant trip across the "𝙍𝙚𝙙 𝙎𝙚𝙖" or even to get lost in "𝙈𝙪𝙨𝙚𝙪𝙢𝙨” .

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