Tony Arrabbito / drums
S.P. / guitars, electronics
Claudio Rocchetti / turntables, electronics
Valerio Tricoli / tapes, electronics
3/4HadBeenEliminated was founded in Bologna, Italy, in 2002. Starting as a trio (guitarist/double bassist Stefano Pilia, turntablist/sound assembler Claudio Rocchetti, sound architect Valerio Tricoli) in 2004 the line up was extended to drummer Tony Arrabito. Their first self titled record (bowindo, 2003) was released after playing a series of live concerts in which the group attention was strongly focused on the performative/theatrical/ecological aspects of the event: as starting point of the complex dramatic crescendo of the performance, 3/4 usually opened their concerts with amplifying a suspended bulky object of everyday life that they occasionally find at the location. Comprised of a large number of electronic and acoustic instruments, the album mirrors the disparate musical influences and aesthetics of the group. Live electronics, electroacoustic composition, field recordings, drones… All elements are here combined to “create a seven-part cycle of radiant acoustic imagery, with a sonic-methodology aimed at continuity rather than clash, and one that helps to create a fluid sound world, full of juxtapositions, but ones which provide an indecisive magical middle passage.” After exploring and experimenting with self invented recordings techniques and with drummer Tony Arrabito joining the band, 3/4’s modus operandi focused on live interaction between electronic and acoustic instruments within a context in which the studio itself (tape machines, mixers, effects…) and the actual space in which the interaction take place (weird microphoning, feedbacks…) are considered and manipulated as instruments themselves (not by chance 3/4’s are fans of musicians such as This Heat, P16.D4…). In this process improvisation and group playing are the main issues, whereas 3/4’s first release was more based upon electroacoustic découpage. The goal 3/4’s are trying to reach is that of unifying in one moment the three steps of songwriting, recording, and electroacustic post-production…