Making Barolo

October 13, 2020

This is one of eight acoustic postcards blending music, sounds of place and people, and images to immerse you for a moment in the world of white truffles and Alba.

Filippo Cosentino found inspiration in his homeland for each song, drawing from his experience as a musician, composer, and producer. His sounds evoke the spirit of the subject of each postcard and demonstrate his unique talent in venturing with music to different areas, in some ways like a truffle dog, looking for the treasure.

Photos by Bruno Murialdo stir dreaming. Much is said in his images about the lands and people of the Piedmont. They provoke contemplation. Each postcard has music that speaks to that postcard’s subject. A phrase from the book, The Treasures of Alba (to be published by Pegasus Books) completes the experience.

Making Barolo: The postcard starts with the sound of a door opening to a winery’s cave. The music is atmospheric—sounds of what you imagine the aging of wine in a barrel to sound like. Steady bass notes suggest the ongoing process. The electric bass wanders in different directions; various things are happening to impart flavors and aromas to the wine as it rests in a barrel. The sounds reflect, too, the quiet of the cave. Wine is at the heart of all things Italian. Amici e vini sono meglio vecchi. Friends and wines improve with age. Care for your family and friends as you do the wines you make.

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