The Ecstatic-Materialist Perspective

Routledge (Taylor & Francis, 2021)

What does a one hour contemporary orchestral piece by Georg Friedrich Haas have in common with a series of glitch-noise electronic tracks by Pan Sonic? This book proposes that, despite their differences, they share a particular understanding of sound that is found across several quite distinct genres of contemporary art music: the ecstatic-materialist perspective. Sound in the ecstatic-materialist perspective is considered as a material mass or element, unfolding in time, encountered by a listener, for whom the experience of that sound exceeds the purely sonic without becoming entirely divorced from its materiality. It is "material" by virtue of the focus on the texture, consistency, and density of sound; it is "ecstatic" in the etymological sense, that is to say that the experience of this sound involves an instability; an inclination to depart from material appearance, an ephemeral and transitory impulse in the very perception of sound to something beyond –but still related to– it. By examining musical pieces from spectralism to electroacoustic domains, from minimalism to glitch electronica and dubstep, this book identifies the key intrinsic characteristics of this musical perspective. To fully account for this perspective on sonic experience, listener feedback and interviews with composers and performers are also incorporated. Sound in the ecstatic-materialist perspective is the common territory where composers, sound artists, performers, and listeners converge.

• (12/2016) Unlanguaged:Seoul:

Riccardo Dillon Wanke - sound & image. Text by Italo Calvino - Invisible Cities. This video is part of a larger work in collaboration with Korean artists Youjin Jeon and Minki Hong (Seoul Express), called "Sign Seoul Sound". 8-23 DEC 2016 at Seoul Art Space Mullae, Seoul.

• Collaboration with Italian artist Luca Dipierro

The Beautiful Soul

Short animated film for Electric Literature, based on a sentence from the story The Devil's Treasure by Mary Gaitskill. Art and animation by Luca Dipierro. Music by Riccardo Dillon Wanke.

Agora o inverno entrava em um novo estágio

Animated short film for the novel A Traidora Honrada by Tove Jansson, published by a Bolha Editora. Portuguese translation by Guilherme de Silva Braga. Art and animation by Luca Dipierro. Music by Riccardo Dillon Wanke.

• other activities

Member of Editorial Board of Journal Of Temporal Design.

• writings

(12/2015) "Alvin Lucier: The Space In The Sound The Sound In The Space." Linear Notes of new CD-Edition, link

(11/2015) "A Cross Genres Study Of The (Ec)Static Perspective Of Today's Music". Organised Sound, Vol. 20 (3), pp.331-339

(12/2017) "The Emergence Of An Ecstatic-Materialist Perspective As A Cross-Genre Tendency In Experimental Music". Organised Sound, Vol. 22 (3), pp.428-436