- Vampyr and other stories
The first & last song by Roberto Musci & Giovanni Venosta (...for now) and a live concert with Chris Cutler
- Giovanni Venosta and I started working together in 1985, inspired mainly by the works of the Musique Concrete masters especially Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry, , the minimalist composing style of Steve Reich and Terry Riley, and the piano ostinatos of Abdullah Ibrahim (aka Dollar Brand) and the work of Holger Czukay - in particular Boat-woman song with Rolf Dammers (1969) and the album Movies (1979). Then there was David Byrne & Brian Eno's 1981 My life in the Bush of Ghosts. Czukay/Dammers and Byrne/Eno actually created real landmarks of "proto" world music, at least as we primarily conceive it: a more or less complex mixture of elements from different musical cultures. We soon realized that some of the modal, atonal, and even microtonal samples we extracted from our own field recordings - and occasionally borrowed from LPs of traditional music - could, if wisely combined with Western harmonies and instruments, generate, by some strange alchemy, a completely different music. We discovered too, since we were mad cooks, that the end results of our work had almost completely lost the original flavours of its constitutive ingredients, baking an entirely new 'world-music' pie with its own unique flavour. After Urban and Tribal Portraits, we attempted to extend this transformative process to all sounds - in time (chronologically; from the beginning of musical history), or in space (geographically; from every corner of the globe).
Recommended Records UK & Italy 2015
Vampyr, one of the first horror movies with sound, is the work of the highly influential danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer. After directing the monumental "La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc" in 1928, Dreyer decided to make this modest film based on the novel "In a Glass Darkly" by Sheridan Le Fanu; while this is indeed his first movie with sound, it was conceived as a silent film, and the movie contains very few dialog. The movie is about a traveler, named Allan Grey (Julian West), who gets involved in a nightmarish plot when the owner of the inn where he is staying asks him for help to save his family from what he believes is a vampire. We follow Allan Grey in his surrealistic trip to madness as he finds out more and more about the supposed vampire that haunts the manor turned inn.
The Gothic manor and the lonely rural exteriors increase the haunting atmosphere and the beautiful images Dreyer conceived are the work of a genius. The structure of the script may be complicated, but it shows its influence over David Lynch and other filmmakers with similar surrealist story lines and dreamlike sequences. This masterpiece is a must see for any horror fan ; It is a nightmarish trip to the darker parts of the subconscious mind.
The soundtrack for Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Vampyr was one of our later attempts to combine all these elements. There was only one performance - with Chris Cutler contributing unscripted percussion and live-electronics - at the Palazzina Liberty, in 1998; the recording featured here. Vampyr is not a silent movie but there is very little
dialogue, so we sampled the spoken parts, transforming them into sounds to use in building our accompaniment. In an interview in 1935, Dreyer said that the advent of sound in the cinema came ‘too soon’ and, for this reason, we chose to transform the movie’s sparse dialogue using live electronic processing into musical elements of our score, as if Vampyr were, indeed, still a silent movie.
mosaic : a tribute to third ear band
- Mosaic - Tribute to Third Ear Band
The lure to recreate that old music atmospheres for letting them live is still great in me. Basically the project was inspired by John Oswald's work who coined the expression "Plunderphonics" (Plunderphonics : taking one or more existing audio recordings and altering them in some way to make a new composition). His work on Michael Jackson repertoire (with related legal case, i.e the cover: Michael Jackson's head on a female body...) was really clamorous. The idea was to record a tribute to the Third Ear Band just using their original music for recreating that musical poetic and the sensations they gave to me, playing the right instruments and looking for that pictures linked to their specific iconography (ancient Egypt, Alchemy, Druids...)
Gonzo Multimedia (U.K.) 2016
Third Ear Band were a British musical group formed in the London in the mid-1960s. Their line-up was unusual, at first consisting of violin, cello, oboe and percussion, and most of their output was instrumental and partly improvised. Members came from The Giant Sun Trolley and The People Band to create an improvised music drawing on Eastern raga forms, European folk, experimental minimalism and medieval influences. They recorded two soundtracks, the first in 1970 for an animated film by Herbert Fuchs of Abelard and Heloise (which first saw release as part of Luca Ferrari'sNecromancers of the Drifting West Sonic Book in 1997) and then in 1971 for Roman Polanski's film of Macbeth.The way of improvisation and composition that Third Ear band generates is a unique music; a music that wrap and alienate you.The use of modal improvisations, with pentatonic and eptatonic scales derived from Arabian and Indian music culture, the mixing of particular timbre, the use of percussive rhytms with a metric dilatation, that ancestral call to the ritual music (from the ancient Egypt to the Druids). It's a strange sensation, but listening to their music it seems that sounds are stratificating on different levels and the listener loses the cognition of time.
tower of silence
- " Tower of silence " is a double LP with songs from 1983 to 2016. It is a compilation of my music with unreleased tracks and songs from my LPs and CDs from various projects (Loa of Music, Music with Giovanni Venosta, Music with Visna Mahedi and other compositions).
- Music from Memory , Nederland, 2016
Music From Memory is an Amsterdam based record label set up in 2013 by Abel Nagengast, Jamie Tiller and Tako Reyenga. His focus is on compiling music that we believe deserves a wider audience than it received at the time of it's release or has maybe never even been heard; unreleased material which has remained only in the archives of the musicians who made it
the loa of music complete session
- "ROBERTO MUSCI - The Loa of Music
Format: 2LP limited edition
Catalogue: SV 03/04
" Italian experimental music is notoriously resistant to definition and location. If ever there was an object to encapsulate the spirit of that movement, it is the composer and musician Roberto Musci’s debut album from 1984 - The Loa Of Music. Recorded after a decade travelling the world - drifting between African, Indian, and the Near & Far East - studying music, making field recordings, and collecting instruments, not only is it a perfect culmination of such an experience, but a lens into the rigorously democratic and international spirit of the generation of artists to which Musci belongs. Phenomenally ambitious,The Loa Of Music entirely refuses the well trod path - distilling a remarkable range of sonic reference and reality. A work of field recording, musique concrète, electronics, synthesis, and instrumentation, pulling from countless musics from across the globe, the result is nothing short of brilliant and stunningly beautiful. A near perfect work - an egoless gesture, which rather than attempting to find consensus, offers every voice equity and cohabitation - harnessing the history music, with all of its cultural diversity, as a vision for a more ideal future. Geographies and their sounds intertwine, while Musci’s interventions and instrumentation thread a path. Ambiences ripple, sounds and voices converse in a vision of unity that may only exist within sonic realms. Unquestionably seminal, and one of the most important works to emerge from Italy in the last 50 years. Never before issued on vinyl since it’s original release, and surely not to be around for long, this is one not to miss".
Side A: The way of discreet zen / Woman of water and music / Claudia Wilhelm R. and me / Shadow player / The sneerer (Mr G.C.) / Improbably music
Side B: Loa Song / Night Music / Dalang’s dream / Lidia after the snow / Drums on Chambri lake / Katak dance for H. Partch
Side C: Kami shintai / Lazy raga / Night Music II / Okkulte stimme
Side D: Tantric Hymes / The age of fragmentation / The story of the serpent who created the world / The time of fire and dream / Vinaya Pitaka