Metaphonic Portrait 1230 A.D.
2010 release from Italian sound artist Pietro Riparbelli (AKA K11). on his last release as K11, 2009's Voices from Thelema, Riparbelli visited the ruins of Aleister Crowley's Thelema Abbey in Cefalu, Sicily, where he documented signals and sounds coming through short-wave radio receivers-an instrumental trans-communication ritual, acting as a conduit for whatever spirits remain in the Abbey. Continuing his interest in cathedrals with Metaphonic Portrait 1230 A.D., Riparbelli entered Assisi Cathedral in the Umbria region of Italy, not far from his hometown of Tuscany; the 1230 A.D. in the album's title refers to the date of completion of the original cathedral. Audio was recorded in the cathedral's lower basilica, the oldest area where the actual relics of St. Francis of Assisi are kept.