RIYL: the bleep bloops
We can thank Europe for playing host to those who broke ground in electronic music, developing many of the sub-genres we clamor for today – UK garage, jungle, etc. Amedeo Tommasi, according to the synopsis on A Number of Small Things, released seven albums in the span of one year (1973-1974) which varied in genre of course.Â In the 70s, electronic music was still in its infant stage so the likes of Brian Eno, and Tommasi, were still blazing a path through the vast jungle of possibilities that electronica contains.Â Tecnologia sounds slightly ahead of its time, as this seems like it’d fit more at home in one of John Carpenter’s 80s film ventures than in one of Italy’s many infamous giallo flicks doled out in the 70s. Some tracks on this are raw experimentation that pound at the door, while others glide along the wall almost invisibly. Listen to the Spotify stream ofÂ TecnologiaÂ below and see what you think of it. Cheers!
The niche occupied by libraries in the history of Italian music is full of amazing stories, such as Rotary Recordsâ€™ one â€“ actually one of the most interesting and peculiar. The label, created and led by renewed composer Amedeo Tommasi, released seven albums in just one year â€“ between 1973 and 1974 â€“ of material ranging from futuristic experimentations to classic and jazz (the latter being one of the biggest passions of Tommasi).
He wasnâ€™t just the boss, but also played piano and electronic instruments in all the records he released; he then took care of all the brilliant artworks (the original ones can be easily found online) and of pressing duties.
The first three volumes of the series were released in 300 copies each, the other four in a humble press of 100 each: numbers that show how rare these records are nowadays, and how scarce their circulation was at the time.
"Tecnologia" by Farlocco (an alias of the great Stefano Torossi, meaning â€śfakeâ€ť in italian) is the second of the two Intervallo reissues dedicated to Rotaryâ€™s experimental vein. This album is one of the first instances of electronic libraries: a perfect example of how, sometimes, Italian libraries were a stunningly fertile ground for experimentation and foretaste of future sounds.
Itâ€™s not a blasphemy to say that the three versions of "Superpotenza", opening the album, are techno tracks before techno was even born. Or that the heavy mood of "Silicosi" (in two different versions) "Geosonda" and "Pressione" are prehistoric examples of industrial music. But there are, also, the experimentations of "Lavoro Veloce" (once again in two â€“ very different â€“ versions) with its pure sonic sci-fi and the electro glitch of "Virus" and "Biodegenerazione". Probably the future was not what we meant it to be, but a part of it can be found in the grooves of this album!
Technology, noun, From Greek words tekhne (â€śart, craftâ€ť) + logos (wordâ€ť). The application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes. The branch of knowledge dealing with engineering or applied sciences.
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