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Musci, Roberto / Giovanni Venosta / Chris Cutler: Vampyr and Other Stories (Recommended Records)

2 CDs expanding work from Milanese ethnomusicographers Musci & Venosta's self-titled album, plus pieces form "Water Messages on Desert Sand" and "Urban & Tribal Portraits", plus their soundtrack for Theodore Carl Dreyer's silent movie "Vampyr" recorded with Chris Cutler.

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UPC: 752725035323

Label: Recommended Records
Catalog ID: RERMV30
Squidco Product Code: 21157

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Jewel Case
Composed in 1998.


Roberto Musci-sampler, keyboards, electronics, bells [tibetan bells], Suling [bass]

Giovanni Venosta-sampler, keyboards, electronics, ocarina, zither [Dan Bau Vietnamese monochord zither]

Chris Cutler-drums, electronics, effects

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track listing:

1. Vampyr ( I - XIX ) 55:41

2. Woman In Late 1:47

3. Tales From Kiribati Island 3:07

4. Volterra 3:40

5. Walter's Reggae 3:13

6. The Fear Of A Soldier 1:32

7. Tower Of Silence 2:13

8. DJakarta Blues 2:26
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"In the late 1980s two globetrotting Milanese composers joined forces to produce an acclaimed and prescient record made in equal parts from their own performances and ethnic field recordings, a little in the manner of Eno/Byrne's My Life in the Bush of Ghosts - but rather more evolved.

This 30th anniversary release includes some early pieces, not already available on CD made this way but, mainly, features the entirety of their score for Theodore Carl Dreyer's legendary silent film, Vampyr - performed by themselves and percussionist Chris Cutler - a mixture of acoustic and electronic resources in tableaux as stark as the movie itself.

'We started working together in 1985, mainly inspired by the works of the concrete-music masters, such as Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry, the minimalist composing style of Steve Reich and Terry Riley, the piano ostinatos by Abdullah Ibrahim (AKA Dollar Brand) and by the works of Holger Czukay, more specifically Boat-woman song (with Rolf Dammers, 1969) and the album Movies (1979), together with My Life in the Bush of Ghosts by David Byrne & Brian Eno (1981), all landmarks of a "proto" world music, or at least for what we intended our music should sound like: a more or less complex mixture of elements from different musical cultures.

We soon realized that some modal, atonal, or even microtonal samples taken from field recordings we made or simply "stole" from traditional music LPs, if wisely combined with "western" harmony and instruments, could alchemically generate a completely different music. Later, we tried to extend this process of transformation to any kind of sound, in time (chronologically, from the very beginning of musical history) and space (geographically, from every corner of the planet). Our soundtrack of Dreyer's Vampyr was one of our latest attempts to combine all these elements.'"-Recommended Records

Artist Biographies:

"Roberto Musci Born Milan, Italy, 1956. He studied alto sax and guitar and then between 1974 and 1985 travelled around the planet studying African, Indian, Near and Far Eastern music, making field recordings, studying and collecting ethnic musical instruments from around the world. In the '80s and '90s he made ethnic and electronic/experimental programs for Italian national radio and the independent Radio Popolare. He also composed and played music for dance, videos, commercials, poetry, theatre and performed live soundtracks for silent movies. He has released many LPs on numerous European labels."

-FE 9/24/2018

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"Giovanni Venosta - Born Udine, Italy, 1961. Apart from his work with Roberto Music, he has mainly worked as a film composer: 16 feature films, various shorts, documentaries, videos, & music for dance and theatre - awarded the Golden Ciak in 2000, 3 nominations for best soundtrack at Donatello's David in 2002, '04, '08, and a nomination for the Cinema Brazil Grand Prize in '09. Since 2002 he has composed the signature tunes for the Locarno Film Festival. He is also a member of the trio diSturb und Drang, Emilio Galante's ensemble Sonata Islands, and several projects dedicated to the music of Magma, After Dinner and Wha Ha Ha. He also plays electric piano with the afro-beat group Mamud Band and teaches a 3-year degree course of Music for Images at the Civic School in Milan. He has made numerous solo recordings, film soundtrack & band recordings on a variety of labels."

-FE 9/24/2018

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"Chris Cutler started messing about with banjo, guitar and trumpet at school, settling for drums and playing shadows and other instrumental covers in his first band in 1963. Subsequently he played in R'n'B and Soul Bands, winding up in 1967 playing in London's psychedelic clubs. At the start of the seventies, with Dave Stewart, he co-founded The Ottawa Music Co, a 22 piece Rock composer's orchestra, eventually joining British experimental group Henry Cow with whom he toured, recorded and worked in dance and theatre projects until it's demise in 1978. In 1977 Henry Cow, The Mike Westbrook Orchestra and Frankie Armstrong formed a big-band and toured around Europe. After Henry Cow, Cutler went on to co-found a series of mixed national groups Art Bears, News from Babel, Cassiber, The (ec) Nudes, P53 and The Science Group. He was a permanent member of American bands Pere Ubu, Hail and The Wooden Birds and now works sporadically with John Rose, Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins, Iancu Dumitrescu, Peter Blegvad and Stevan Tickmayer.

Other lasting collaborations have included Aqsak Maboul (Belgium), Lussier/Derome and Les Quatre Guitaristes (Canada), The Kalahari Surfers (Africa), Perfect Trouble (Germany), Between (Sweden), N.O.R.M.A., (Italy), Telectu (Portugal), Mieku Shimuzu (Japan),The Hyperion Ensemble (Romania), The Film Music Orchestra, 'Oh Moscow', Gong, The Work and Towering Inferno (UK), The Residents (USA), and stateless Tense Serenity and Mirror Man. There have also been countless improvisational groupings and solo performances. Recent projects include Radio pieces with Lutz Glandien and Shelly Hirsch, Live Soundtrack for Carl Dreher's Vampyr (with Italians Musci and Venosta), his Timescales project and work with David Thomas and Linda Thompson.

He also founded and runs the independent label and distribution service ReR/Recommended and, until 1991, the East European specialist label Points East. He is editor of the New Music magazine Unfiled and author of the theoretical book File Under Popular as well as of numerous articles and papers published in 14 languages. He lectures intermittently on theoretical and music related topics. He has appeared on more than 100 recordings."

-Chris Cutler Website (

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