Article on th EP "Utopia Aerial View" by Moog Music
2022 December 15 Moog Music's article on the EP "Utopia Aerial View" is out today.
Out today "Utopia I - Luca Longobardi Rework"
2022 December 2 The rework of the track "Utopia I" by the Italian composer Luca Longobardi is out today.
"Utopia Aerial View" review by Radioaktiv
2022 November 21 "Utopia Aerial View" review by Radioaktiv is out today.
"Utopia Aerial View" review by Higher Plain Music
2022 November 18 "Utopia Aerial View" review by Higher Plain Music is out today.
Out today "Utopia Aerial View"
2022 November 18 The EP "Utopia Aerial View" is out today on Whales Records. "The EP "Utopia Aerial View" takes inspiration from the famous 1987 movie "Wings of Desire" a feature film directed by Wim Wenders. Brief premise: last May, I was invited by Moog Music to create and perform a composition of mine at their exhibition area at Superbooth 22 in Berlin. Reflecting on the possible topics that might have prompted my imagination, I thought almost immediately of Wenders' film as a tribute both to the city that would host the performance and to the aesthetics of the film and the various suggestions derived from its vision. I remember being struck by the aerial shots of the city, the dreamlike atmosphere of the whole work, and especially the consideration about childhood and children observing the world with eyes full of awe. Feeding the imagination and dwelling on the beauty around us is a fundamental thing, especially in our historical period, because I think that being able to be surprised by the world, even with its many contradictions, is one of the things that makes us truly human and brings us a little closer to the concept of "Utopia". Therefore, by drawing from memory the black-and-white fragments of the film and starting from this consideration, I thus composed the track Utopia III for the Superbooth and then the other tracks that make up the EP as well, letting the imagination flow freely. The music is characterized mainly by dialogue between the violin and Moog synthesizers, especially the Grandmother, DFAM, and Subharmonicon. Indeed, I think Moog's synthesizers, with their warm and unique sound, are perfect for playing with strings. As a fan of small ensembles and chamber music, it was a fun and exciting challenge for me to translate that kind of writing for instruments that are generally associated with other genres of music. Thus, for example, the Subharmonicon reiterates bichords from where the entire structure of a track unfolds, thus imitating what two cellos would do, or the Grandmother performs minimalist cells that, intertwined with the melodic line of the violin, makes it possible to create an intense dialogue and exchange of voices between the various instruments."
Out today "Naiade"
2022 November 4 The single "Naiade" is out today on Little Symphony Records. This single is contained in the album " Project X".
Out today "Utopia I"
2022 October 21 Out today "Utopia I" the first single from the EP "Utopia Aerial View".
Live at Tartini Electronic
2022 October 15 Watch Francesca's performance at Tartini Electronic festival.
Out today "Shodō - Jameson Nathan Jones Rework"
2022 October 12 The rework by the American composer Jameson Nathan Jones of the track "Shodō" is out today. Here a few words about the track from Jameson Nathan Jones: "When Francesca sent me the piece I was really struck by how moving the string parts were. I knew I wanted to keep that as a constant focal point of the rework, but decided to have a bit of fun manipulating the main melodic idea through my modular system. The result is something that feels more robotic and artificial in the beginning. This leads us into what seems to be a more straight-forward electronic reinterpretation of the track. I have been exploring the inclusion of my primary instrument, the organ, in more of my productions lately, and I really liked the idea of having this massive pipe organ sort of swallow the mix whole and take the listener in an unexpected direction. The organ is slowly stripped away at the end leaving only that original melody and counter melody in the strings."
Out today "Shodō - Six Missing Rework"
2022 October 5 The rework by the American composer Six Missing of the track "Shodō" is out today. Here a few words about the track from Six Missing: "Getting to work with such beautifully performed and delicate strings was a true joy for me, so I was instantly inspired when Francesca asked me if I had interest in joining her with a rework. I wanted to retain portions of the original but put my own take on it, so I manipulated the piano using spatial audio plugins. For the strings, I sent them through multiple effects, largely, my pedalboard of guitar effects and performed the pedals in real time until I got a cloudlike pad and drone going. And then I sent them through my eurorack effects which pulled them apart and made them like saltwater taffy. Once the vibe had been created I set to work in arranging and shuffling pieces around. The piece that pulled it all together and the most "un-effected" layer is the vintage Minimoog. I wanted that to be the anchor in the center of the sonic kaleidoscope. Best listened in headphones and in a relaxed state. Inner journeying may occur, this is intentional"
Out today "Shodō"
2022 September 23 Out today the single "Shodō" on Whales Records.
Out today "Mare Tranquillitatis"
2022 June 17 The track "Mare Tranquillitatis" is out now as part of the compilation "String Layers Vol. II".
Live at Superbooth 22
2022 May 13 Watch Francesca's performance for Moog Music at Superbooth 22.
Out today "Muqataea - Reworks"
2022 April 26 The album "Muqataea - Reworks" is out today; the album collects several reworks by international artists like Robot Koch, Julien Marchal, Hélène Vogelsinger and many more of the tracks of "Muqataea.
"Muqataea - Reworks" review by Rockit
2022 April 26 "Muqataea - Reworks" review by Rockit is out today.
Out today "Hysope - Francesca Guccione Rework"
2022 March 18 The rework of "Hysope" by Francesca is out today. "Hysope" is a beautiful track by the French composer Arandel, inspired by the music of J.S. Bach.
PAUSE - L'Èmission Musicale interview
2021 November 1 Francesca's video interview for PAUSE - L'Èmission Musicale is out today.
Out today "The Next Millennia of Sa Tanca Manna"
2021 October 29 Today Francesca and River Camille (aka David Shoults) released “The Next Millennia of Sa Tanca Manna” under the collective Soundscape Architects! Sa Tanca Manna is a thousand-year-old tree in Sardinia, which was almost completely destroyed by fierce fires this past summer; more and more often, incredible landscapes and precious forests are devastated by these tragic events. This track is meant to be a message of hope for the future and an invitation to respect our home.
Out today "Rebirth (Remix)"
2021 September 21 The remix of "Rebirth" by Francesca is out today. "Rebirth" is a beautiful track by the French composer Hélène Vogelsinger.
"Muqataea" review by colonnesonore.net
2021 July 19 "Muqataea" review by Massimo Privitera of colonnesonore.net is out today.
"Muqataea" review by Rockit
2021 July 12 "Muqataea" review by Rockit is out today
"Muqataea" review by Totoromoon
2021 July 7 "Muqataea" review by Totoromoon is out today.
Fifteen Questions interview
Francesca's interview for Fifteen Questions is out today.
Digital in Berlin interview
2021 June 1 Francesca's interview for Digital in Berlin is out today.
Out today "Muqataea"
2021 May 7 Francesca's first album, "Muqataea" is out today. "Muqataea, which means county in Arabic, is my personal journey to rediscover my hometown, Modica, observed with the eyes of the imagination; a city that was just a county for several centuries. In fact, the record describes a day spent in this imaginary place that takes life from the places of my land, in a horizon where if lost it confines between reality to the imagination. To carry out this work, I was inspired by the morphological characteristics of the territory, the labyrinthine streets, the late Baroque architecture and the most fantastic world of Sicilian folklore, giving space to has what figures like "il Pircanti" and "la Majara" that inhabit still today the folk tales of the island. From a musical point of view, in addition to the minimalist structure of the strings and the piano, the electronic background is made up of various synths and various elaborate audio samples that capture the dialectal idiom of my province. Dialect that constitutes the soundscape in which I live daily and the sound house that is dearest to me."