ALFREDO COSTA MONTEIRO – Endlessness

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The persistence of time is our measure of infinitude. This is the core meaning of Alfredo Costa Monteiro’s third organ album after 2011’s Umbralia and 2014’s Insula. The essential concept should be clear; but just take a look around, and you’ll see that it’s not so.

We’re still here to talk about inherent pulse. It exists in our own body, and the planet we inhabit offers literally billions of examples in that regard. Unfortunately, the average human being is inevitably repelled (or, on the contrary, plain subjugated) by the external appearance of practically everything, including purely verbal representations of “depth” hiding a thorough nada. Indeed the preaching specimens claiming to know the secrets of the universe have problems in grasping physical realities that jeopardize self-enforced certainties.

Microtones? Gosh, where is my brain-dead “intervallic comfort”?
Odd metres? No way, I can barely understand twos and threes (but keep rambling on Fibonacci and fractal geometry in the meantime).
Complex harmonic content in an abrasive sound? Argh! Stop that noise!
Multiple perceptions on parallel sensory levels to achieve a small fraction of intuitive knowledge? What’s that, dad?

I could go on forever. With gradually growing sadness, perhaps masked by a little sarcasm. It is difficult to accept that supposedly “evolved” creatures are so dramatically restricted by their very mind.

Endlessness is an enriching trip through psyche-boosting frequencies deriving from a succession of organ clusters played in all the regions of the keyboard. In turn, it sounds piercing, massive, impenetrable, galvanizing, hypnotizing. It surely puts a considerable degree of pressure on the ears, possibly also modifying the atmosphere in the room where the “play loud” advice is followed.

But, most important, it’s a loop: the symbol of that transformation of the resonant substance lying at the basis of our previous and future modifications.

Luckily, only once as fully embodied, and totally deluded men. Other than that, let the fairy tales continue.

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