AROUND WITH UNCLE SEM

by Mac of BIOnighT

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JUST MUSIC series - vol 50

Genre: instrumental, various

(please refer to this page for notes about this series macofbionight.bandcamp.com/track/introduction-to-the-just-music-series )

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(Italiano più sotto)

When - at the end of 2012 - I decided to get more serious about photography and felt I needed some guidance, my uncle Domenico "Sem" Semeraro was an obvious choice. Actually, his amazing talent was what made me want to learn to express myself through this medium. His stern and patient teachings mostly come via email (we don't live in the same town) in the form of criticism and suggestions regarding the photos I send him. However, the best part for me has always been when we go around to take pictures together, which makes me feel extremely well. One of the first places we visited was an abandoned factory. When I went home that night I had a bunch of very crappy absolute-beginner photos and a piece of music that the factory had generated in my head and that I recorded. He made a video for it with the pictures he had taken. That gave me an idea: we could visit all the abandoned factories in our area and every time I would compose a piece in my head (while practicing my photography), which would then be accompanied by his awesome photos to finally become an itinerant exhibit. That idea was eventually aborted, so no more factories, but I kept creating tracks in my mind wherever we went, and this album collects the results, recorded over a period of three years. This is just volume one, as hopefully more will follow, as long as Unc will have the patience to drag me around ;-)

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(Italiano)

Quando, alla fine del 2012, decisi di affrontare seriamente la fotografia e sentii quindi il bisogno di una guida, mio zio Domenico “Sem” Semeraro fu la scelta ovvia. In realtà, fu proprio il suo talento straordinario che mi spinse ad esprimermi attraverso questo mezzo. I suoi severi e pazienti insegnamenti arrivano principalmente via email (non viviamo nella stessa città), sotto forma di critica e consigli riguardo le foto che gli invio. La parte che però preferisco è quando gironzoliamo a scattare foto insieme, cosa che mi fa stare benissimo. Uno dei primi posti che abbiamo visitato era una fabbrica abbandonata. Quando tornai a casa quella sera avevo un mucchio di foto schifose da principiante e una musica che quel posto aveva generato nella mia testa, che registrai. Lui ne fece poi un video con le foto che aveva scattato. Questo mi diede un’idea: avremmo potuto visitare le fabbriche abbandonate della zona ed ogni volta avrei composto un brano nella mia testa (mentre facevo pratica di fotografia), il quale sarebbe poi stato accompagnato dalle sue foto spettacolari, per diventare, infine, una mostra itinerante. L’idea fu poi abbandonata, quindi niente più fabbriche, ma ho continuato a creare brani nella mia testa in ogni posto dove andiamo, e questo album raccoglie i risultati, registrati in un periodo di tre anni. E’ solo il primo volume, dato che sperabilmente ne seguiranno altri, almeno finché lo zio avrà la pazienza di trascinarmi in giro ;-)

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released March 22, 2016

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Mac of BIOnighT Italy

I was one half of BIOnighT (a Berlin School duo that split in 2011) for twelve years. I've always recorded my own stuff, though, lots of it and in no one genre. So make sure to check out all of my albums on Bandcamp, at least one is bound to belong in a genre you like!
You can also find plenty more on my website. My music is also available for licensing, just contact me macnight@inwind.it
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