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Sublime minimal sounds from Italian composer Robert Cacciapaglia âÃ‚Â€Ã‚Â“ a record we'd rank right up there with the 70s best from Terry Riley, Steve Reich, and Philip Glass! Cacciapaglia follows in a tradition begun by other Italian modernists âÃ‚Â€Ã‚Â“ like Giusto Pio and Franco Battiatto âÃ‚Â€Ã‚Â“ but he also adds in phase-oriented playing that really opens things up âÃ‚Â€Ã‚Â“ a beautifully lyrical vibe that's probably most close to Terry Riley in its hypnotic swell, but which is carried off here through complicated variations of strings, woodwinds, electronics, marimba, and some especially great vocal passages! The cover's as wonderful as the music âÃ‚Â€Ã‚Â“ and the whole thing's a set we've treasured for years
"Cacciapaglia's second album from 1979 featuring the title composition scored for voices, orchestra, and computer. This newly remastered edition also includes the original unreleased acoustic version. Ver last copies available, now out of print. "Cacciapaglia is an Italian composer with a long career; this early LP is an anomaly in his output and seems to be his take on the then-current Minimal trend, as the music and instrumentation is highly reminiscent of both Fred RzewskiâÃ‚Â€Ã‚Â™s âÃ‚Â€Ã‚ÂœComing TogetherâÃ‚Â€Ã‚Â and Steve ReichâÃ‚Â€Ã‚Â™s âÃ‚Â€Ã‚ÂœOctetâÃ‚Â€Ã‚Â (which, to be fair, Cacciapaglia probably hadnâÃ‚Â€Ã‚Â™t heard since it came out at the same time as this LP). But the wild card here is the incorporation of computer soundsâÃ‚Â€Ã‚Â“pretty novel for the time, and used to awesome effect. A massive influence on Jim OâÃ‚Â€Ã‚Â™Rourke (just ask him) and IâÃ‚Â€Ã‚Â™ll bet Fennesz is well aware of this disc as well. Ace photo of a tennis court on the cover too (a pretty Minimalist sport, when you think about it)." Alan Licht - Minimal top ten