Alessandro Alessandroni - Industrial [LP]

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Holy Grail territory here from Andy Votel and Demdike Stare's mighty Dead-
Cert imprint, who finally bring you this incredible album of previously unreleased
industrial-themed recordings made in 1976 by experimental pioneer and Ennio
Morricone cohort Alessandro Alessandroni. The concept itself is riveting
enough -- the guy who provided that infamous guitar riff for The Good, The Bad
and The Ugly (1966) delivering utterly bent and synth-heavy recordings previously
unheard by the wider world -- but the material and execution is just nothing short
of a revelation, unlocking an uncannily prescient suite of rhythmik pieces that
sound completely dissimilar to much library music of the same era. Industrial
perfectly encapsulates the heightened state of creativity in the mid '70s
surrounding Alessandroni and his close peers Giuliano Sorgini -- together
known as Braen Raskovich -- and Morricone, for whom Alessandro also
famously whistled the theme to A Fistful of Dollars (1964). Recorded at Piero
Umiliani's Sound Workshop in Rome, and made with an arsenal of EMS Synthi
VCS3 modular systems, tape loops, and a treated Petrof grand piano, plus a
bundle of string instruments, the industrial results (coincidentally issued the same
year as Throbbing Gristle's debut release) present a pulsating take on this kind
of music, breaching tightly-coiled motorik systems and mood percolators with
atonal strings and viral oscillations. Most importantly, the sense of minimalist
efficiency and the clarity of the recordings are shocking, pushing the envelope of
electro-acoustic music and pre-empting the early notions of an entire genre
movement. Artwork by Anthony Shallcross. Liner notes by Shallcross, Jr.,
aka Andy Votel. Limited to 500 copies.
A1. Stozzatrice
A2. Comitato Aziendale
A3. Viabilita
A4. Collata
A5. Fusione
A6. Highway
A7. Discesa Tensione
B1. Moto Sincrono
B2. Avvicendamento
B3. Demolizione
B4. Compressione
B5. Reparto presse
B6. Idrolisi
B7. Camionabile
B8. Amperometri

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