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**restocked, price increased due to the Australia direct import, sorry ** First ever commercial release for this Holy Grail 1972 Library LP of brooding avant orchestral, abstract percussion and analogue synth genius. Controfase is an unknown (and almost lost) masterpiece. A shadowed giant of compositional skill and deft application - a moment when all the stars and their cycles align - unique, harmonious, undeniably perfect. From Walter Branchi's skeletal web of processed VCS3 duetting with mournful violin, to Egisto Macchi's demonstrative percussion, jousting Edda Dell'Orso's breathless siren's call, Ennio Morricone and Bruno Nicolai have crafted a radiant, forbidden jewel." ~Alvin Lucia. Originally released in 1973. Features special guest appearances from Gruppo Di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza and Edda Dell'Orso. Shipping on Tuesday
"Deep in the phone-book-sized discography of Ennio Morricone is a series of collaborative free-improv recordings with the avant collective Gruppo di Improvvisazione di Nuova Consonanza, just some of the work that gave him nearly as much esteem in contemporary classical circles as it did among film buffs. (Just ask John Zorn.) And while it might seem strange to consider Morricone part of the library music canon—a soundtrack written without a film in mind is a singular oddity in his catalog—it’s also a good entry point into his avant tendencies. Contro Fase was released in the midst of a repertoire of early ’70s soundtracks that stretched Morricone’s compositional mastery through the context of suspense thrillers, crime dramas, supernatural horror, and the last wave of spaghetti Westerns. Its ominous string section is like Morricone’s permutation of the motifs in the theme to Psycho, which is the kind of thing most people don’t know they want to hear until they know it exists—but the album also seems at home alongside the orchestral minimalism of Philip Glass and Kronos Quartet."