Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tusco - Suspence Elettronica (1983)

Tusco is composer Piero Umiliani and this is an experimental/ambient electronic album from the early 80s. Very little is known about this rare lp but I'm guessing he is using a giant EMS Synthi 100 synthesizer. If you have any information please post it in your comments.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Beaver & Krause - "In A Wild Sanctuary "+ "Gandharva" (1970, 1971)

Beaver & Krause were a musical duo made up of Paul Beaver and Bernie Krause. Their 1967 album The Nonesuch Guide to Electronic Music was a pioneering work in the electronic music genre.
Beaver introduced Monkees singer-drummer Micky Dolenz to the Moog, which became a featured instrument on the fourth Monkees album, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd., and Beaver himself performed on one track, "Star Collector" in 1967. In addition, he led workshops at the Beaver & Krause LA studio attended by a who's who of film composers and session keyboardists of the time.
In June 1967, Beaver and Krause set up a booth at the Monterey Pop Festival, demonstrating their newly purchased electronic synthesiser, one of the first constructed by Bob Moog.
Thanks to their demonstrations of the Moog at Monterey, Beaver and Krause also introduced the instrument to a number of other leading American pop acts including The Doors, Simon & Garfunkel and The Byrds, helping to create the vogue for the Moog that emerged in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

In 1968, Beaver and Krause released an album for Mercury Records imprint Limelight Records, Ragnarok, then released a series of three albums for Warner Brothers Records, In a Wild Sanctuary (1970), Gandharva (1971) and All Good Men (1972), effectively creating both the electronica and New Age musical movements.


Saturday, June 20, 2015

Dick Hyman - The Electric Eclectics of (1969)

Clever and well-made compositions from Dick Hyman using the moog modular synthesizer. Most of them have the sound of the psychedelic 60s.

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Dick Hyman - The Age Of Electronicus (1969)


Hyman did two principal recordings using the Moog synthesizer. The first was The Electric Eclectics. The follow up was the Age of Electronicus and was predominantly a covers album with Hyman interpreting on the Moog. Great examples of Moog composition.


Dick Hyman & Mary Mayo - Moon Gas (1963)

Dick Hyman studied at Columbia University and played with some of the greatests Jazz musicians like Teddy Wilson, Red Norvo, and Benny Goodman. Hyman did different recordings under different nicknames and in 1966 recorded a cover of "Moritat" on harpsichord with his trio which sold over a million copies. During late '60s he investigated the earliest periods of Jazz and Ragtime and researched and recorded the music of some of the first early Jazz figures. Hyman experimented with various keyboard instruments, including Baldwin and Lowrey organs. In the late 60's he recorded a series of Avant-Garde albums using a Minimoog synthesizer focused in the instrument. He recorded some of the most apreciated albums from the Space Age Pop. Hyman has also worked for TV, scoring film soundtracks for Woody Allen, and as a Jazz pianist and organist.


Friday, June 12, 2015

Joachim Sherylee - Sequencer (late 70s)

Joachim Sherylee is the pseudonym of Jacky Giordano, a composer of library music from France. Jacky Giordano has written several albums with the "Sherylee" pseudonym in his "Musax" french label. This is his first Sherylee album.


Monday, June 8, 2015

Claude Perraudin - Rumeurs (1985)

Wonderful library album by French composer Claude Perraudin. It has both electronic and acoustic sounds and some tracks begin with short field recordings. Some are easy listening and some more experimental. Thanks to Julian of "Progressive Review" for the link.

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Goblin - Profondo Rosso, the complete edition (1975, 1996)

The soundtrack to the film Deep Red (profondo rosso) was mainly composed and performed by the Italian progressive rock band Goblin. Director Dario Argento had originally contacted jazz pianist and composer Giorgio Gaslini to score the film, but he was unhappy with his output, deeming it "awful". After failing to get Pink Floyd to write music for the film, Argento turned back to Italy and found Goblin.[2] In the final score, only three of Gaslini's original themes were retained however, in the film's original theatrical release, Gaslini was given full composer credit for the entire score, while Goblin were wrongly credited only as performers [i.e. "Music by Giorgio Gaslini, performed by Goblin"]. This was corrected in subsequent home video releases.
In 1996, the complete film soundtrack was re-released on CD by Cinevox, under the supervision of Claudio Simonetti. This release includes all the music featured in the film, as well as a remix of the main theme and two sound effects tracks from the film itself.
  • Walter Martino: drums, percussion
  • Massimo Morante: Electric guitars, Acoustic guitars, bouzouki, vocals
  • Fabio Pignatelli: Fender Precision Bass (fretless), Rickenbacker bass (fretted), Tabla, Acoustic guitar, vocals
  • Claudio Simonetti: Mellotron (presets: 3-Violins, church organ and 8-Choir), Elka organ, Logan violin, Celesta, Fender Rhodes Electric piano, Grand piano, Harpsichord,[4] Moog synthesizers (Minimoog and System 55)
  • Giorgio Gaslini: Orchestra conductor/arranger
  • Giorgio Agazzi: recording engineer

  • PS: track 25 ("deep shadows") is one of the most beautiful progressive tracks I ever heard!

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    Friday, June 5, 2015

    Goblin - Roller (1976)

    Having started out as Oliver (releasing a few demo tapes) they later changed their name to Cherry Five, releasing one, eponymous, LP. During the completion of this album, Dario Argento helped bring over the members to score his film "Profondo Rosso"; leading to the final formation of Goblin.

    On December 16, 2009, Goblin announced its dissolution. In Summer, 2010, New Goblin was formed. The personnel of New Goblin included Maurizio Guarini, Massimo Morante, and Claudio Simonetti from the original version of Goblin, together with Bruno Previtali and Titta Tani from Simonetti's band Daemonia,

    In 2013, Claudio Simonetti left New Goblin and formed Claudio Simonetti's Goblin.
    Drums, PercussionAgostino Marangolo
  • Electric Bass, Bass [Ripper]Fabio Pignatelli
  • Electric Guitar, Acoustic GuitarMassimo Morante
  • Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes 88 & 73, Hohner Pianet], Synthesizer [Moog], Clarinet [Clarino], PianoMaurizio Guarini
  • Organ [Vzo Mascioni], Clavinet [Hohner], Synthesizer [Logan, Elka, Minimoog], PianoClaudio Simonetti