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Silence Sounds and Spaces

by Renzo Spiteri

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Invocation 05:30
Hypogeum 06:29
Solstice 03:33
The Hunt 08:52
Għar Dalam 04:02
Afterlife 06:03


Silence, Sounds and Spaces is a contemporary concept project inspired by the prehistoric sites spread across the Maltese Islands. What began as a commission by Heritage Malta (the national agency for museums, conservation practice and cultural heritage) to score music to the visitors' audio guide of the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), developed into the release of a music album, and the presentation of a series of live solo percussion concerts in Malta, the United Kingdom and mainland Europe.

In Renzo's words: "All the sounds heard have been recorded while working and experimenting during solitary nights enthralled by the mysteries that shroud these magnificent sites. The unique spaces, the particular environments, the known and the unknown, chambers that vibrate and resonate so splendidly- these were all factors that have inspired me to put together this contemporary score. I have played the barest of ‘instrumentation’ using materials such as stone, clay, wood and voice in keeping with the particular atmospheres of these spaces."

Silence, Sounds and Spaces audio CD has been described as art music with rich, engaging and deeply expressive soundscapes, and a skilful blend of unique on-site recordings at the various neolithic sites (including Ghar Dalam, Ggantija temples, Hagar Qim temples and the Hypogeum), an extraordinary world of sounds and the use of non-conventional instruments to evoke powerful visuals of Malta’s stunning archaeological sites. The result is a “chilling, mysterious, and forward-thinking musical journey” that draws listeners in to Renzo’s personal musical universe.


released November 11, 2011

Total time: 42:20

Created, recorded and produced by Renzo Spiteri
Additional mix & mastering: Andrew J.Jones, 2bit Studios, London (UK)
Orange Dot Studios, Malta

Cover photo: Daniel Cilia



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Renzo Spiteri Scotland, UK

Sound artist, composer, percussionist, improviser and arts collaborator, active on the international arts circuit. Through his work, Renzo seeks to bring about a deeper sensorial engagement between listeners / audiences and his work.

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