Panopticon

by 常楽 Gianni Gebbia

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The new solo album in years from saxophonist 常楽 Gianni Gebbia: solo alto saxophone, buddha machine and little electronics. Among the materials inside: some Sicilian traditional chants and recalls plus musical haikus & visions from the past until the coming of the contemporary panoptical state of things.

常楽 GIANNI GEBBIA
alto and Eb sopranino saxophones
Buddha Machine & cheap electronics

The Panopticon is a type of institutional building designed by English philosopher and social theorist Jeremy Bentham in the late 18th century. The concept of the design is to allow a watchman to observe (-opticon) all (pan-) inmates of an institution without their being able to tell whether they are being watched or not. The name is also a reference to Panoptes from Greek mythology; he was a giant with a hundred eyes and thus was known to be a very effective watchman.The design consists of a circular structure with an “inspection house” at its centre, from which the managers or staff of the institution are able to watch the inmates, who are stationed around the perimeter. Bentham conceived the basic plan as being equally applicable to hospitals, schools, sanatoriums, daycares, and asylums, but he devoted most of his efforts to developing a design for a Panopticon prison, and it is his prison which is most widely understood by the term.Bentham himself described the Panopticon as “a new mode of obtaining power of mind over mind, in a quantity hitherto without example.” Elsewhere, he described the Panopticon prison as “a mill for grinding rogues honest”.

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released November 21, 2013

Recorded and mixed at objet-a Studios
Produced by objet-a 036

Alavò is based on a traditional sicilian chant. Castorp is dedicated to the same character from the Holy Mountain by Thomas Mann. Geist der Utopie to Ernst Bloch.
Vanniata du Giornale di Sicilia is based on a traditional sicilian recall used in 1800 to sell the newspaper Il Giornale di Sicilia on the streets of Palermo.
Taken from the book: " La musica dei Vanniaturi"by Corrado Ferrara, officine grafiche Zammit Noto 1896. - Bar-do State it refers to the Tibetan Book of the Deads.
SPECIAL THANKS to: Christiaan Virant and Zhang Jian the creators of the amazing Buddha Machine .wwww.fm3buddhamachine.com
Cover art by objet-a Cover picture off the Panopticon Halo in Haslingden, Rossendale Valley Lancashire UK.

CONTACTS : objet.a4@gmail.com

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