Sein is the debut collaborative effort between Italian composer and improviser Demetrio Cecchitelli, and American sound artist Nicholas Maloney aka Blanket Swimming. Sein (German for “To Be”) began as a series of contemplative, minimal tape sketches that were then transferred back and forth between the artists as new layers of instrumental improvisation, field recording, and spontaneous object recordings were added to create a textured, ever-changing space.
To live and exist is a continual, spontaneous act. Sein adds to this dialogue of what it means to compose in the moment, to listen, and to create fluid symbolism through sound. Though separated by the distance of an ocean, the two performers were able to communicate via this spontaneously arising symbolism to weave a narrative, imaginative and dreamlike, yet concrete and lucid. When this auditory/fleeting sensory space is experienced, the meaning of Sein begins to appear quite literally.
Blanket Swimming (USA)
Nicholas Maloney is a musician and sound artist currently based in Nashville, Tennessee. Since 2015, he has recorded ambient music under the moniker Blanket Swimming and since 2019 has released sound art and environmental recording works under his given name. He has been released on labels such as Grisaille, Modern Concern, ROHS! Records, Giraffe Tapes and many others. He also curates the labels Warm Milk Recordings and Asonu.
Demetrio Cecchitelli (Italy)
Demetrio Cecchitelli (1997) is a composer and musician mainly active in the field of electronic and electroacoustic music. Released on Healing Sound Propagandist, Whitelabrecs, Sounds Against Humanity, among others. He has collaborated with theatre company Motus and the director Cecilia Lentini.
Nicholas Maloney – synthesizers, electric guitar, tapes, field recordings, objects
Demetrio Cecchitelli – electric guitar, electronics, synthesizers, mallets, piano, field recordings
Mastering by Dionis Afonichev (Dionisaf)
Photo, artwork and cover design by Dionis Afonichev (Dionisaf)