Alessandro Adriani marks his comeback on his own Mannequin Records with an impressive body of work on this 2xLP ‘Program & Rhythm’, inspired by the Italian library music and soundtrack composers.
Italian composers from the 60s to the 80s seemed limitless in their experiments and endlessly colorful, despite being a hidden part in the history of music. Library music takes weird and fantastic detours, between garish drum machines, seedy guitars, synthesizers gone haywire, and fractious brass sections. The scene’s big names included Ennio Morricone, Piero Umiliani, Alessandro Alessandroni, Giampiero Boneschi, Egisto Macchi, A.R. Luciani and Bruno Nicolai, just to name a few.
After spending weeks on end in an improvised-by-covid home studio recording hours and hours of music every day, Alessandro was turning and shaping his analog machines into an experimental synth pop, psychedelic funky jazz and weird ambient fusion, making up six different releases called simply ‘Program & Rhythm’ from the Roland CR-78 programming buttons.
The final selection of 42 tracks out of the six releases – originally intended to be put out as tapes – would finally compose the tracklist of the double vinyl presented here, with the catalog number PR and roman numerals used for the track titles.
An exceptional document of music in Alessandro’s discography, ‘Program & Rhythm’ enters into an ultimate unknown journey, creating music for films that do not yet exist, putting his steps deeper into a faceless obscure music.