Piero Umiliani, Percussioni Ed Effetti Speciali (2LP+CD)  
Piero Umiliani
Percussioni Ed Effetti Speciali (2LP+CD)
ITA 2xLP 
Label: Schema Easy Series
Reissue
Release Year: 1972
Style: Library & Exotica
 
  Tracks  
  Percussioni:
A1 Problematica Giovanile
A2 Problematica Giovanile N. 2
A3 Subacquea
A4 Bongos In Suspense
A5 Dinamica In Beat
A6 Dinamica In Beat N. 2
A7 Contrasto Ritmico
B1 Percussioni Speciali
B2 Protesta Giovanile
B3 Timpani Statici
B4 Timpani In Movimento
B5 Marasma
B6 Timbales
B7 Ritmi In Swing
B8 Ritmi In Swing N. 2

Effetti Speciali:
C1 Fascia Astrale
C2 Stato Ipnotico
C3 Dinamica In Tensione
C4 Dinamica In Tensione N. 2
C5 Esplosioni
C6 Esplosioni N. 2
C7 Distorsioni
C8 Detective
D1 Echi Della Natura
D2 Fascia Metallica
D3 Organo In Suspense
D4 Battimenti
D5 Battimenti N. 2
D6 Segnali Morse
D7 Segnali Morse N. 2
D8 Sottosuolo
 
  Recorded at Umiliani's personal Sound Work Shop Studio in Rome, this double album spreads its four sides over percussive experiments and other more abstract ones, with excellent results in both cases. The first disc includes also beat and swing elements, while the sixteen tracks from "Effetti speciali", though less immediate, are equally fascinating. A perhaps less known Umiliani, but this is just one more reason for a deserved and fast rediscovery.

The long and prolific career of Piero Umiliani, also consisting of dozens of collaborations for television and cinema, has given (and is still delivering, given the amount of material that is finally coming back to light) a long series of experimental albums and music libraries that showcase his songwriting skills, as well as a natural curiosity towards avant-garde and more ‘difficult’ sounds. We can attribute to the second category this “Percussioni ed effetti speciali”, a title that clarifies pretty much the release content (Percussion and special effects).

Recorded, as many other works of his, at the Sound Work Shop in Rome – a personal studio that was also available to many other musician colleagues – this double album evenly spreads its four sides over percussive experiments and other more abstract ones, with excellent results in both cases. The first disc recalls another little gem that’s just been reissued, Egisto Macchi’s “Africa Minima”, but offers a wider overview of the percussive spectrum, including beat and swing elements. Such tracks as “Problematica giovanile” (in two versions), “Protesta giovanile” and “Subacquea” conquer on the first listen, but it would be impossible to underestimate the other side of the coin.

The sixteen tracks from “Effetti speciali” are equally fascinating, though less immediate. Percussion accompany episodes as “Dinamica in tensione” and “Esplosioni e battimenti”, while synthesizers characterize “Fascia astrale”, “Segnali Morse” and “Stato ipnotico”. A perhaps less known Umiliani, but this is just one more reason for a deserved and fast rediscovery.
 
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