Xabier Iriondo

1971
Milano, Italy

Xabier Iriondo, musician and composer, born in the Isola area in Milan (Italy) in the early seventies from basque father and italian mother. At the age of seventeen he began to amuse himself with an electric guitar and he still does now. Between 1992 and 2001 he made 5 albums and hundreds of concerts with the rock band Afterhours, 3 albums with the indie/rock band Six Minute War Madness and 3 albums + 2 miniCDs with A Short Apnea, and 3 album with Uncode Duello.
In 2001 he started to explore the possibilities gave him by some handbuilt instruments he made and the meeting between these weird instruments and electronic music, field recordings and electroacoustic instruments. From 2005 to 2010 he opens in Milan Sound Metak, a vintage/collector instruments and musical objects shop where he organize concerts/performances.

Irrintzi

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September, 2012
2x12inch LP
9 tracks
40 minutes

Irrintzi is the full leght solo debut for Xabier Iriondo, after his split with Paolo Cantù in the Phonometak Series 10.

Irrintzi is the sum of the collaborative attitude that Xabier has continued over the years. Indeed, one of the vinyl is composed by covers (Motorhead, Springsteen, Battisti, Currà, Lennon ..) for which Xabier chosed longtime collaborators, among others Gianni Mimmo, Cristiano Calcagnile, Roberto Bertacchini, Bruno Dorella and Stefania Pedretti (Ovo), while the second disc sees Iriondo in his most usual side od sperimental musician.

It’s a double one-side LP, each vinyl have one side playable and the other silk-screen printed. 500 copies only.

Phonometak Series #10

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Phonometak Series 10
March, 2012
10inch LP
6 tracks
26 minutes

Last issue for the series conceived by Wallace Records and Phonometak Labs. This finale brings with it a debut, or rather two, This is the first publication of the work of two guitarists who have made ​​history by Wallace Records and a good slice of underground italics:Paolo Cantù and Xabier Iriondo.

Paolo Cantù:  Born in Monza in 1964, self-taught, plays electric guitar and whatever else he can get. His first experiences are as member of the experimental band Tasaday, after which he is founder of the rock band Afterhours from ’86 to ’90 and in ’92 in the seminal Six Minute War Madness. In contemporary he is the band A Short Apnea, another piece of hystory of the italian undergound scene. He continue plays with Tasaday in their ’00 renaissance and in various side project as Four Gardens in OneEnd of SummerDamo Suzuki’s Network and EAReNOW since the new band as duo with Xabier IriondoUncode Duello. The Phonometak Series # 10 is his solo debut. Expect news from Paolo very soon.

Xabier Iriondo, musician and composer, born in the Isola area in Milan (Italy) in the early seventies from basque father and italian mother. At the age of seventeen he began to amuse himself with an electric guitar and he still does now. Between 1992 and 2001 he made 5 albums and hundreds of concerts with the rock band Afterhours, 3 albums with the indie/rock band Six Minute War Madness and 3 albums + 2 miniCDs with the A Short Apnea project. In 2001 he started to explore the possibilities gave him by some handbuilt instruments he made and the meeting between these weird instruments and electronic music, field recordings and electroacoustic instruments. From 2005 to 2010 he opens in Milan Sound Metak, a vintage/collector instruments and musical objects shop where he organize concerts/performances. In these times he’s involved as guitarist/sound manipulator in the projects AfterhoursNoGuRuThe Shipwreck Bag Show.

Il Riskio Remix

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October, 2015
Digital
9 tracks
35 minutes

Ultravixen gave their latest album tracks to some friends, in order to manipulate and re-interpratet their sound.
Wait a couple of weeks to listen this tracklist:
1. TESTA DI MORTE - Bologna Violenta
2. ACROBATICI EQUILIBRI - John Lui
3. AGUZZINA - Nutype feat Geo Johnson
4. LE COSE Più BELLE - Matilde Davoli
5. VELLUTO NERO (DESTRUCTURED PUSSY) - Xabier Iriondo
6. FINO ALL’ULTIMO RESPIRO - Andy Trema
7. LOVE IS NO PAIN - Gianluca Bartolo
8. SPARAMI SULLA SPIAGGIA (OFF MUZIEK) - Giulio Ragno Favero
9. TERRA ELETTRIFICATA - Pola

Your Very Eyes

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April, 2008
CD
9 tracks
44 minutes

Performance recorded early on a sunny dawn, June the 24th, 2007, in an ancient 10th century cave-church in a magic stone town named Matera, South of Italy.

The church is named Santa Lucia alle Malve. Summer solstice is a holy moment isn so many and various traditions. We chose there because of the sound of these alveolar stones. Not only we had beautiful reverbes and resonant echoes but the sound seemed to go into the stones themselves. It’s naked music, as we had to solve our golems there. We like to think about it as a laical psalmody.

Our equipment was light: a soprano saxophone, a couple of table strings (taisho koto and mahai metak) and a very discreet low-fi device to get some frequencies.

The output has been a great sharing and a pure communication.
Holy, sometimes.

Phonometak Series #1

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Phonometak Series 1
September, 2006
10inch LP
9 tracks
27 minutes

Zu and Xabier Iriondo: The Collaboration between Zu and Xabier Iriondo is experienced on stage from years, started with A Short Apnea and most recently with Damo Suzuki’s Network. Now this mix of noise, jazz and radical improvistaion is finally photographed in a studio recording

Iceburn: Utah’s Iceburn are a legend in the underground rock of ’80s. Their music, at debut defined skate-metal,fused the languages of progressive-rock, jazz, metal and hardcore. Founded by the guitar of Gentry Densley, theu published records for most important labels of US hardcore: Victory and Revelation. The recordings on the 10″ split with Zu are their lastest studio work.

Phonometak Series #3

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Phonometak Series 3
September, 2007
10inch LP
6 tracks
24 minutes

Ovo is a project of music and life. Ovo are Stefania Pedretti and Bruno Dorella, often joined by friends that belong to many different musical scenes. Bruno and Stefania basically started this project to stay together: they were used to follow their partner’s different bands on tour, but they were also sick of the problems that every band has connected with the members lives, works, studies. It was natural for them to form an open but autonomous duo, free to tour and record with or without the collaboration of other musicians. A lifestyle project, so. Or the last frontier of DIY, or the maximum freedom level. In 2006 Load records publishes Miastenia

Sinistri with Xabier Iriondo: Sinistri, formerly known as Starfuckers, is an experimental music unit with drums, electronics, guitar and sometimes vocals, based in Italy. Since their forming in the late 80's they've established a highly unique musical language based on nonmetric rhythms, minimal riffs and improvisational vamps that bear traces of proto-punk, black and contemporary classical music. Sinistri's music comes out from an evolving process and appears like a relentless ultra-syncopated groove which filters, through a raw rock perspective, techniques and primal elements of funk, dub, free jazz, blues, concrete and electro-acoustic music. In this split Xabier Iriondo join Sinistri playing his Mahai Metak, electronic string instrument conceived and built by him.