"What type of music can represent the contemporary world? Doubtless it would be modern music, the type of music that has its roots in the reality of daily life, that reports on social upheavals and the fact that the majority of the public couldn't care less about music. At the same time there would have to be — as is true of any truth — something sensational about it and to this aim it would suffice for it not to be false, as is the type of music that is going around the cultural world at the moment and that imposes false feelings and relationships on the public, as well as constituting a perpetual obstacle between Man and his time." Fred K. Prieberg, Musica Ex Machina, Berlin, 1960.

Setola di Maiale is a radical label of independent musicians, improvisers and composers. It was set up in January 1993 by musicians Stefano Giust and, in the early, Paolo De Piaggi, with the intent to highlight creative music. Setola di Maiale is founded on the direct participation and on the peculiar creativity of all musicians involved in its music productions. From this way of working, many forms of collaborations were born along with meetings, friendships, festivals, the performances at the 48th Venice Biennale or at Radio Resonance of the London Musicians' Collective or even, the presence at the Hanoi New Music Festival in Vietnam. The catalogue presented here - initially printed on paper and than on line from 2005, thanks to musician and computer scientist Daniele Pagliero - documents both the music and the experiences of this years of work. It offers official works of soloists and groups, in the fields of so-called avant-garde, such as free improvisation, free jazz, electroacoustic, modern composition, acousmatic music, electronic and experimental music. Contemporary music in its wider form of expression. The productions - very careful high quality cdr's, just to say that cdr's can be professionally well done, and the music can be great - has been released according with the artists own will in a very free manner. Setola di Maiale is neither a commercial label nor an association: it's rather a laboratory/archives that operates within a free and creative environment. The polemical Prieberg's words, the exergue above, has always been used since the very beginning of the label. Note that nothing is changed in more than 50 years. DIY attitude is inevitably the only way for certain type of music to exist, in a market that either is clearly not there, or is stereotyped. Setola di Maiale could be thought as a pure commercial utopia.


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