Egisto Macchi - Bioritmi/Futurissimo (197?). "Egisto Macchi was raised in Rome, where he studied literature, piano, violin, singing and composition, as well as courses in medicine and physics. The first years of his work were dedicated to instrumental composition. He was then involved in the investigation of musical theater, for which he wrote experimental works, as A(lter) A(ction) (1962), based on texts by Antonin Artaud. In 1965, he founded with Domenico Guaccero and Silvano Bussotti the Compagnia del Teatro Musicale di Roma. Starting in 1968, Macchi wrote scores for films and television, for Joseph Losey, the Taviani brothers, Bernardo Bertolucci, among many other filmmakers. From 1980, he was dedicated to the composition of works for the female voice, combining voices with chamber orchestras, small instrumental groupings and even fireworks, and experimenting with new technologies. This led to the creation of the Istituto della Voce in 1983, with Guaccero.
With his friends Franco Evangelisti, Daniele Paris and Guaccero, Macchi was active throughout his life in organizations related to music, such as an editorial, the publication 'Ordini', dedicated to reviews and studies of new music, and the Palermo New Music Festival, all in 1959; the group Nuova Consonanza in 1960, to promote contemporary music; in 1967, with Evangelisti, Guaccero and Gino Marinuzzi Jr., he was one of the founders of Studio R7, an electronic workshop for experimental music, he was a member of the Italian Commission of Music for UNICEF, with Evangelisti, Nino Rota, Ennio Morricone and Luis Enríquez Bacalov, and he joined the Gruppo d'Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza, created by Evangelisti; from 1976 to 1981 he organized the Corali Riunite in his home town, Grosseto, and since 1984 he directed the sound archives of the Institute of Research for Musical Theater.
In his last years, Macchi had been working with Morricone on a project to promote the 'new opera'. He had arranged La Bohème for 16 instruments and four synthesizers, and Morricone had worked on Tosca. Both works were ready to be staged, when Macchi died in 1992".
Here are 2 classic LPs for the fans of the so called 'library music', by one of the masters of the genre. Released on Gemelli and Montparnasse 2000 labels respectively, these 2 are some serious examples of abstract electronics from the early 70s. Bioritmi is an interpretation of some medical actions to music, though Futurissimo is more abstract space music oriented.
F.A.R. - Presto i topi verranno a cercarci (1987). Great dark droning experimental/industrial electronics from these Italian pioneers of experimental electronics. Will appeal to all HNAS, Sigillum S, Throbbing Gristle, etc fans.