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... Cyclic sequences, shapes that change and return to themselves in an endless loop, flashing lights that envelop the perpetual motion of machines in a soft embrace, cascades of notes that change color without our senses knowing, the eternal beating of artificial hearts in metal chests ...
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Kubusschnitt, born in 1999, is a real electronic-music band in the Berlin School style which, over time, has involved several musicians from the UK, Belgium, Germany and Holland. A Kosmische-musik all-stars band!
The beauty of being a band is being together and sharing ideas, experiences, inspiration and, of course, a few beers at the pub. Traveling, playing and celebrating successes on stage together (or drowning failures in alcohol): there is nothing more fun than going on tour with the band!
Kubuscchnitt, over the years, have played several concerts and tasted life on the road; "Continuous Forms" tape is a small testimony because it only collects live songs from the band: raw and punk stuff (never printed in official albums ) that we love precisely for its dirty and lived-in look.
It’s a great pleasure for us to introduce an Italian cosmic courier named ROBERT KALYOS. Robert lives in Verona, northern Italy, but his true home is deep space: certainly the intergalactic space that hides the mysteries of life and death, but also the infinite and equally mysterious space of human interiority (Ballard's “Inner space”).
Tangerine Dream wrote in the liner notes of their album "Alpha Centaury" (1971): "Dedicated to all people who feel obliged to space". We are sure that Robert feels himself among the people Edgar Froese was referring to.
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"At the borders of Orion" is a collection of five tracks inspired by the masters of electronic music of the past such as Jean-Michel Jarre, Vangelis, Giorgio Moroder and, of course, Tangerine Dream.
Robert's music, with its strong synthesizers and nocturnal atmospheres, transports us to the dystopian visions of the great dark sci-fi writers of the past: Philip K. Dick, Robert Silverberg, John Shirley, Bruce Sterling; the title of this cassette (and of the track) is a tribute to “Blade Runner” and to the famous monologue of the replicant Roy Batty: "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears... in... rain. Time to die".
After the success of "Starcity" (HDK 91), Andy Bloyce returns to the HDK catalog with a new monumental collection of songs entitled "Vostok-1". In the background, as always, the utopian dimension and the crude reality of the Soviet Space Program; the dreams, the anguish and the exploits of men launched towards the unknown, towards the mysteries of deep space and those of human existence.
If you have loved the sidereal rides contained in "Starcity", you will go crazy for this new album: an abundant hour of cosmic music in its most noble and crystalline form. Pure kosmische poetry!
In September 1986, the first comic book dedicated to the character of Tomas Caine was released; it was entitled "La Pastorale del Destino" (The Pastoral of Doom). It could have been one of the many comic books that filled the shelves of the Italian newsstands of those years, but it wasn't like that: the success of Tom Caine was extraordinary.
Balancing horror atmospheres typical of the time, irreverent irony, and love stories, Tomas Caine immediately met the tastes of the young Italians of the 80s. The texts by the late Mino Camogli were modern and full of expressions in vogue among young people, and the drawings by Steno Artebagni were dark and innovative compared to the boring standards of the Italian comics of previous years.
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In 1989 Docuvideo TV bought the rights to make a television drama starring Tomas Caine: a pilot episode was made, which aired in February 1990. Tony Soragna was chosen to play the role of the main character, coming from the success of some soap operas. Other actors in this episode were Margò Ramponi, Alexander Sarth, and Alfio Martinez.
Despite the excellent acting performance of Tony Soragna and the expert direction of Pio Malagutti, the script did not meet the tastes of the audience and was harshly criticized by Mino Camogli, the creator of Tomas Caine, who disavowed the project. Because of all this, no further episodes of the series were filmed and the project was shelved.
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However, among the most interesting things about that TV movie, there was the soundtrack by the Serbian experimental composer Ivan Ristic, credited as RIS.
In Italy, the Berlin School style of Electronic Music has found poor diffusion in the '70s; few were the musicians who have followed the German cosmic way: surely the most important among them was Baffo Banfi, keyboardist of the prog-band "Biglietto per l'Inferno" and author of beautiful albums with funny titles such as "Galaxy my dear" (1978) and "Ma, Dolce Vita" (1979), that we recommend everyone to listen to.
It’s a pleasure to meet today in Italy new disciples of the cosmic couriers such as Piero Monachello aka ALLUSTE, who has offered his interpretation of the classic EM style in numerous albums composed from 2008 to date. Piero learns from the masters (Jean Michael Jarre, Vangelis, Tangerine Dream, Ashra...), but reworks their music with originality and personality, through an all-Italian sensibility: in Alluste's songs you can in fact perceive the bittersweet melodies typical of Italo-disco and the Mediterranean atmosphere of the great songwriter Pino Mango, one of the most refined and original representatives of Italian pop music of the 80s and 90s.
Alluste's music takes us to melancholic desert beaches, torrid unreal scenarios where the horizon is eternally blue and infinite, scenarios that bring to mind the stories of James G. Ballard as "The Terminal Beach" or "The Cage...
"A war, the only war ever fought, devastated the world. The wise and advanced Eloi used their technology to try to defeat the furious Morlocks army. This confrontation devastated the world until it was unrecognizable. Until powerful crystals were shattered and their power began to stain all that existed. Until an disturbing maelstrom engulfed the sky. Reality changed profoundly, in the very essence of things. Neither side dared to claim victory; the former were tortured by an illness of the soul while the latter took refuge in dark caves underground. The Void spread. A new age of men began".
From the collaboration between the author Gavriel Quiroga, some excellent contemporary dungeon-synth / fantasy artists and the HDK team, this collection of songs was born: the official soundtrack of WARPLAND, an independent fantasy RPG that has received numerous enthusiastic reviews around the world.
"Under a slip of a moon that hung in the air like a clipped fingernail, Pontiff Erasmus honoured the heavens by donning a capirote that forever pointed upward to the grand abyss. It was by the Order of the Osiris Triad that the people of Maypyre were to be put to death, and the Pontiff honoured this request. He opened the Shadesbourne and read from the rotten pages therein. From incantation to action his words became as mists which formed the creature that would devour Maypyre, its people, its livestock and its land. This was the only way to ensure the wealth of this valley finally became his, and his alone".
From the mysterious Pontiff Erasmus, pure chthonic magic translated into music. For classic dungeon-synth lovers.
"Lost in the desert! The only hope for survival lies in a ruined city rising out of the sands. Food, water and wealth await heroic adventurers inside an ancient pyramid ruled by a strange race of masked beings...".
Gnoll is back!
As kids obsessed with Dungeons & Dragons, the members of the GNOLL ensemble played intensely "The Lost City" by Tom Moldvay, one of the first and unforgettable adventure modules produced by TSR for D&D; after 30 years those same kids have rekindled their torches and returned to the dungeon of the Lost City to explore it through their synthesizers!
The result is this stately album, where classic dungeon-synth meets soundtracks from old adventure movies to transport the listener into a vortex of Lovecraftian mysteries and epic feats.
By command of the Hermetic Order of Ytene, "Nova Nativitas Mundi" is a majestic, soaring and Diabolical Black Metal space opera in 3 acts. In Act 1 the listener follows the journey of the royal alchemist, Myrddin, as he is appointed his holy mission to, one way or another, set the ball rolling on the formation of a new Galactic Imperium in the name of the king. The King has long viewed the distant astral bodies as a means to connect with divinity, and now after communion with what he perceives to be Jesus Christ, he sees it as his destiny to reach them and become a godlike figure himself. In Act 1 Myrddin develops his unholy formula to propel man to the stars and reach the neutron star that the king perceives to be his portal to divinity. In Act 2 the listener follows Myrddin and his crew to the stars, where they reach the neutron star to find only that it is no such thing. The crew is sucked into a wormhole and greeted not by divinity, but by Satan himself. It was he that visited the king that fateful night, A diabolical trick by the prince of darkness to tempt the once holy men into the construction of a new Galactic Imperium, but not in the name of a divine god king, but in the name of dark and powerful entities. In Act 3 the listener follows the crew as they undergo this iniquitous task, by first constructing a cosmic temple to Satan, where worship and sacrifice will replace life on earth with the rule of galactic satanic worship and eventually the formation of the final Galactic Imperium.