Out Of Standard!! – Italia 2

Out Of Standard!! was a cassette series published by milanese ADN Tapes between 1985 and 1987, showcasing experimental music from Germany, France and Italy respectively. The music’s high level of quality on this one speaks volumes as to the whole series quality standards. Evitaxal was a Roberto Marinelli side project during 1984-85. His main alias was Laxative Souls aka LXSS, an industrial-electronic project starting as early as 1980. Marinelli also ran his own label: Multiple Configuration. The track he contributes here is based on an electronic drone with added peripheral sounds and synth loops, with some reminiscences from german krautrock and home-tapers like Enrico Piva or O Yuki Conjugate. Christina Kubsich (b1948) is a German sound installation artist who is widely regarded as a sound art pioneer. On track#2, she is teaming with didjeridoo player and overtone singer Roberto Laneri, who published a legendary LP as Prima Materia in 1977. On their ‘Didjeriduo’, grass roots didjeridu playing and primitive vocals by Roberto Laneri are augmented with electronic frequencies and quiet flute playing by Christina Kubish. When coconut (!) player Walter Maioli enters the scene, the whole affair gets pretty disorienting. A very good track. Kubisch’s solo ‘Ocigam Trazom’ is for sampled wine glasses and electronics, an hommage to Mozart’s Magic Flute. Luca Miti (b1957) studied baroque flute and piano. He interpreted some of Alvin Curran’s compositions for piano and contributed vocals on the latter’s ‘Canti Illuminati’, 1982. He is also said to have played with Throbbing Gristle in 1982. His ‘Serenata’ included here mixes ambient synth washes with lively field recordings from an Italian narrow street, for a very pleasant aural contrast. A painter and a composer, Mario De Leo released his first LP ‘Suonata Situazione’ in 1977. He’s teaming with a Continuo favorite Riccardo Sinigaglia for a musique concrète composition based on an Aermacchi motorbike sounds only. A Study for Motorbike in the true concrète tradition. The final tracks by Raffaele Serra and Alessandro Bruno are synth industrial-ambient efforts. Alessandro Bruno played on Alvin Curran’s Canti illuminati as well. Interestingly, several participants to this musica sperimentale cassette will also take part to the Doubling Riders 1987 double-LP, namely: Christina Kubisch, Mario De Leo, Raffaele Serra and Riccardo Sinigaglia.

(Continuo) 15/09/2008