Making of: Marinconia

In September 2013 we started our third DIY artwork for the upcoming release Marinconia.Promotional pics

The music has been worked in 3 phases during 3 summers: composition and concept in 2011, arrangements and recording in 2012, amplification, mixing and mastering in 2013.

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We thought all the human senses should feel the same as the hearing one, so the packagiforma+sagomang had to represent at the best the
music. Our idea has been to create a shell box in a net and put inside the booklet and the CD.

Shell box mold has been made of clay then wrapped in cellophane. Shell valves have been built on the mold with paper and glue, then darkened with water and coffee and scattered with sand.

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When all the 25 shells were dry, we treated them with three layers of flatting, first one to paste the sand on the shell, last two to fix and refine it.

Boxes come with 4 Polaroids of marine landscapes, took in various South Italy places, to influence through the eyes the feeling of the opera.

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A handmade crochet cord net completes and strings together the packaging.

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Shells and respective nets are hand-numbered.

So we are definitively satisfied with our DIY sea-scented packaging which looks, sounds, smells, tastes and “touches” exactly how we would like.

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Enjoy the photographic reportage.

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:§:omnium – Marinconia. Summer release!

Today 21st June 2014 Somnium celebrate the summer solstice releasing Marinconia, a pure drone ambient work about seashore landscape feelings.

Tracks have been composed during summertime of 2011, 2012 and 2013.
This work is totally D.I.Y.: Calliope made a shell box with recycled paper, glue and sand, the artwork has been printed in polaroid format and everything is wrapped in a handmade fishing crochet net.
Marinconia has been structured as a shell: symmetrical disposition of tracks and title concepts.
We present a softly melancholic album that smells of saltiness and penetrate like sand of wet shore between the fingers of feet in a late afternoon journey of August.

Listen to Marinconia or purchase your copy: :§: Bandcamp

Aurumaris – demo

Marinconia is a marine album and will be released on Summer. It’ll be a self producion, limitated to 25 copies, with a shell saped jewel box and a polaroid artwork (soon it will be pubished the photoset!).

Aurumaris is the promotional demo of Marinconia and it contains 3 tracks:

  • Solo il lento logorio dell’asse
  • Marinconia
  • Aurumaris

These are raw versions of the tracks will appear in the album. The main theme is the melancholy of the sunset on the sea.
It’s been released a dreaming video of “Solo il lento logorio dell’asse”, with sequences that show the natural cycle, how time passes, whether or not human lives, and things change with elegance like a (deca)dance.

A video for Marinconia will be made with the rotoscoping tecnique, where fishes swim in a lunar atmosphere, grabs dance and shells disappear in water, all in perfect harmony with our soft and sweat sound, that leads who’ll listen and see into a surreal, smooth dimension.
But for now enjoy Aurumaris and it’s promotional video, while the ice is melting…

here you can listen and download the full demo:

and here we talk about Solo il lento logorio dell’asse.

:§:omnium – Katadeo

A path is not traced, an inner journey with a distant goal: to approach the unknown and immense power of the gods through ancient pagan curses, so as to bend their power for their own purpose, which is precisely the revenge, the quest for a divine justice stating things in the right order. The curse is something that contrasts the fact that the deity is over and that the lower order to bring the message to the next level. The aim of this work is to develop a theme esoteric and occult but did not see that as the fulcrum Satanism or the easy alchemical symbolism eighteenth and nineteenth century, but rather ripercorresse the power and mystery of ancient traditions, bringing to light the pagan Greek and Latin cocks almost forgotten, reinterpreting contaminated by the cultural influences of the Middle Ages. There is no mention of witchcraft, but communication with the elements, where the deities represent the forces of nature or natural phenomena. It ‘a net return to the violent and devastating power of the earth and the way of man to deal with it.

Agatunet / :§:omnium / Rh- (Split)

8th Oct 2013

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Three different ambient interpretations of the sea.

Download the split here:
https://archive.org/details/agatunet-somnium-rh-split

 

Tracklist:

1. Agatunet – Marea
2. :§:omnium - Solo Il Lento Logorio Dell’Asse
3. :§:omnium - Marinconia
4. :§:omnium - Aurumaris
5. Rh- - Oceanic

καταδεω (The Siren Sound)

Taken from The Siren Sound

A path is not traced, an inner journey with a distant goal: to approach the unknown and immense power of the gods through ancient pagan curses, so as to bend their power for their own purpose, which is precisely the revenge, the quest for a divine justice stating things in the right order. The curse is something that contrasts the fact that the deity is over and that the lower order to bring the message to the next level. The aim of this work is to develop a theme esoteric and occult but did not see that as the fulcrum Satanism or the easy alchemical symbolism eighteenth and nineteenth century, but rather ripercorresse the power and mystery of ancient traditions, bringing to light the pagan Greek and Latin cocks almost forgotten, reinterpreting contaminated by the cultural influences of the Middle Ages. There is no mention of witchcraft, but communication with the elements, where the deities represent the forces of nature or natural phenomena. It ‘a net return to the violent and devastating power of the earth and the way of man to deal with it.

:§:omnium – Solo Il Lento Logorio Dell’Asse

 

promo track of Marinconia,.
Here is avaible the demo version of work:
https://soundcloud.com/somniumita/set…

The video is composed by 9 stop motion sequences of natural summer scenery in a dreaming atmosphere.
They represent the nature and its course: bees eat flowers, ice breaks, fire burns a leaf and ink spreads in the wather.
Hundreds shoots carry the viewer into a slow develop of nostalgic feelings and a sea of melancholy.

Making of: Katadeo ep

In May we decided to produce a self-made artwork using raw materials to bestow on each copy a personal identity.

This double EP was recorded on two mini CDr.

 

 

 

We used kraft paper to make the case and a twine stopped by an handmade carved seal (made in synthetic paste) to lock the Digisleeve.

Abraxas

Calliope sketched an alternative version of Abraxas symbol, confined inside an Ouroboros.
Second drawing represent a stone doll found in Egypt (originally made in Greek) used for a Katadeo ritual.

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The doll is pierced by nails, like a voodoo rite.
Other dolls had been found with the marks of similar tortures.

 

Seals were made in two different colors, white and red, and were carved with Somnium’s symbol.

The surface of every mini CDr has been painted using acrylic and china ink (first minicd is red, second is black), and we chose to draw a childish circle, like a gear wheel.

Katadeo was released in 11 copies. Actually this double EP is sold-out, but it is going to be reprinted with some new tracks through a label soon.