A really special set – one that features three full albums of rare work from Italian sound library composer Egisto Macchi! First up is Desert – a sound library set, but one that's way more than just a batch of short cues or funky instrumentals – and instead, a richly complicated work from Egisto Macchi that might stand perfectly alongside some of the most compelling experimental sides from Italy in the 70s – especially music on the Cramps label! The tracks here are all quite long, and very conceptual – definitely scored in a way that lives up to the desert in the title (also reflected in the sand-colored cover) – with a mix of odd percussion, unusual string tunings, and all these other sounds filtered through the mix to create this very evocative pastiche of elements – almost with an electronic feel at times, although we think most elements are acoustic – and spun over long passages that include "Il Sahara", "Cammelli", "L'Eco Delle Gole", "Suone Per Un Rito", "Ghibli", and "Sabbia Mobile". Next are the three albums in the Pittura Moderna series – all dedicated to modern art in the 20th Century, with individual tracks that are based either on a specific artist, or a style of work – all with musical references to match! There's some moments that are strongly in the territory of Macchi's more avant, outside compositions – those darker tones that have made him the stuff of legend over the years – with odd tones, offbeat woodwinds, and lots of unusual soundshapes that are almost visual in the way they come across – clearly a great illustration of Egisto's genius in scoring. The whole thing's very different than you'd expect if you only know the more playful or funky sides of sound library material – and each track is relatively long, with amazing use of instruments that include piano, vibes, saxophone, and cello. Titles include "Mondrian", "Kandinsky", "Impressionismo", "Chagall", "Optical", "Arte Cinetica", "Lucio Fontana", "Expressionismo Pragmatico", and "Pop Art 1a Parte".
(Hand numbered, limited edition of 300 – in a special fabric-covered box!)