They're not kidding with the title of this one – as the album leaps off to a very dramatic style, right from the start – with a surprisingly noisy sound titled after the incubation of the heavens! That noise moves aside a bit as the album moves on, but the whole thing still stays very strongly in the fuzzy, freaky territory you might know from other Italian rarities issued under the name of Braen and Raskovich – which were both studio pseudonyms for Alessandro Alessandroni and Giuliano Sorgini! Yet despite the fame of both of those artists in other settings, they're very much in a different space here – not just psych-inspired sound library modes, but also pre-industrial sounds too – of a style that seems to hint at the darker depths of the British underground in the post-punk years. At times, if we told you the album was a project by Throbbing Gristle, you wouldn't be surprised – and like TG, there's some surprisingly tuneful points amidst the noisier moments. Titles include "Dispersi", "Accerchiamento", "Linea Di Resistenza", "Insidia", "Ultimo Istante", and "Avanzata". LP, Vinyl record album
Maybe the coolest and grooviest music we've heard from the obscure Braen's Machine sound library project from early 70s Italy – a record that's less tripped out than its predecessors, and instead has this great style that's heavy on bossa elements and funky jazz! The vibe's a bit like the best Italian soundtracks of the period – especially work by Morricone or Trovajoli – and the group still apparently features contributions from Alessandro Alessandroni, working with Piero Umiliani – which gives the whole thing a very strong soundtrack pedigree! Instrumentation includes some mighty nice keyboards – both Hammond and electric piano – and lots of great production on familiar instruments, which can give things like a snare drum a very odd crackle, or a flute this weirdly spacious sound. Titles include "Movimento", "Dinimica", "Gara", "Passeggiata", "Aspetti Grotteschi", "Esercizi Ginnici", "Ritmica Sportiva", and "Rinuncia". LP, Vinyl record album
Lost sound library genius from Fabio Fabor – working here under the name of The Astral Dimension – which is a very good tag for the sound on the set! Although recorded in 1981, the record has all the warmth of some of Fabor's 70s material – lots of swirling, spacey keyboards – some in these streams of color that are really beautiful, and make you feel like you're taking a trip through the stars, with everything slowing down at warp speed – others in more spare, linear passages that evoke a slightly different mood, and balance things out nicely. The whole thing almost feels like a later update of the old "trip to space" genre for mood music records – and titles include "Antares", "Via Lattea", "Nebulosa", "Beta 700", "Stella Nova", "Monte Palomar", "Eclisse", and "Saturno". LP, Vinyl record album
A really moody little sound library record – heavy on analogue electronics, but used in ways that are nicely changed up from track to track – and quite different than the usual library album of this style! Some tracks are light and tuneful, but others are quite dark and experimental – sometimes almost verging into territory that's not too far from Throbbing Gristle, especially on one weird vocal number! Even the lighter tunes are offbeat – maybe more in the territory of early 80s German groups like Pyrolator or Der Plan – showing once again that most of the sound library scene was years ahead of its time – given the freedom they had to experiment. Titles include "Oscillazione", "Caotico", "Dinamica", "Fede", "Sereno", "Speranza", "Miraggio", and "Ricerca Chimica". LP, Vinyl record album
Maybe not the sound of kung fu fighting that you're used to from the big martial arts boom of the 70s – but a fantastic little record that still fits very well underneath that movement's themes of the time! Rino De Filippi's maybe going for a style here that's an imaginative take on kung fu – with some moments that are shamelessly orientalist, mixed with others that evoke a more upbeat action vibe – almost as if you folded together the different soundtrack styles used on Enter The Dragon and the Kung Fu TV show! Yet as with lots of the Cometa library material of the period, there's also some much deeper ideas going on, too – some moments of surprising sonic complexity that mix woodwinds and offbeat percussion in very cool ways – which really makes for a compelling album as the set moves on. Titles include "Bulli Orientaleggianti", "Sospensivo", "Effetto Flauto", "Antiche Mura", "Sommossa", "Bimbi Orientali", and "Judoisti In Allenamento". LP, Vinyl record album
Mikolaj Hertel —
Spleen ... CD GAD (Poland), 2002. New Copy ...
Mikolaj Hertel may not be a household name, but he certainly knows how to create some great electronic sounds when he wants to – and even on an album as late as this, he comes across with a sound to rival the spacey electronic masters of the European scene of the 70s! The music is spare and open – tuneful, but in a quietly progressing sort of way – and always has the warmth of more analogue electronics, used at a level that rivals some of the bigger name French electronicists of the 70s, or maybe some of the German Sky Records scene, but less ambient overall. Titles include "Atlantydo", "Twarze Melancholii", "Jak To Wyrazic", "Smutek Pamieci", and "Spleen", in three parts. CD