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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Science Fiction Fantasy Dioramas from Library Masters: Piero Umiliani- Tra Scienza e Fantascienza (1980); Roger's New Conception- Informatic 2000 (1982)


Here's a couple transcendent glimpses into science fiction worlds from two (or three, really) of the shining stars of library music.  I know these are rather old news for those who troll these bloggy waters, but with the landscape changing as quickly as it has been over the last few years, I figure it's nothing but good to keep these old links alive.  Though I sure wouldn't mind some upgrades.

This 1980 LP from Umiliani's own Omicron label (and under the pseudonym Moggi) is one of the first Umiliani records I'd ever heard (was it from 36-15 Moog? How can those days be so long ago now?), and a big hook for myself getting into him.  It's perfect science fiction music.  It achieves what it sets out to do with aplomb and beyond. This is a highlight of a majestic ouvre, and one of the most fun of his many electronic records.

It's also one of those lovely miracles of good album art.  The imagery is the perfect accompaniment to the music, evoking some equally-weird nonexistent companion piece to Fantastic Planet.

Particularly exemplary are "Cowboy Spaziale," "Bric Brac," and "Officina Stellare," but this whole slab is gold.

TRA SCIENZA E FANTASCIENZA (192, anyone have an upgrade?)


Equally good science fiction soundtracking music, and from an equally stellar body of consistently tremendous work, is Roger Roger and Nino Nardini's 1982 Crea Sound LP Informatic 2000 (credited to "Roger's New Conception").  This is as ecstatic and fresh as any of the best work this team has ever done.  The title track is one of the best library tracks I'll probably ever hear, and "Expectation" is a chunky, clunky delight.

INFORMATIC 2000 (again, 192)