Egisto Macchi (Grosseto, 4 August 1928 – Montpellier, 8 August 1992) was a legendary Italian composer of dark avant-garde and musique concrète library music. Former member of Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza, Macchi once again brilliantly combines dark, unnerving and broken electronic sounds with abstract traditional musical instrumentation. Foreboding violins, droning electric guitars, disturbing sounds effects, such as knocking upon a wall, screeching metal, howling winds, shrieking animalistic sounds and strange voices are implemented to enhance the unnerving atmosphere.
3xLP housed in a luxurious hard cover box with canvas painting cover + 600 handnumbered copies only, get it before it’s gone! Another production library rarity getting its first ever commercial release via the reissue masters at Cinedelic. The original analogue tapes have been upheaved and remastered so these stewed, rumbling compositions can be enjoyed and appreciated in all their original glory.
Released in the midst of a repertoire of early ‘70s intense library production that stretched Egisto Macchi’s compositional mastery in a multitude of contexts and styles (but always infused by his avant-garde magic touch), this incredible box set truly is a haunting, intense gem! Originally produced exclusively for use by film and TV studios and never commercially released, it reveals another step forward into the extension of his signature spacious drone compositions, being plenty of hauntingly, beautiful piano work and prominent use of strings used in in a rhythmical, percussive manner. Bringing modern and contemporary Painting as thematic concept displayed in a manner that seeks to make and encourage new connections and interpretations, Pittura Contemporanea and Moderna is an eclectic blend of gauzy textures and rhythms, a fresh reconstruction of his unique musical style and personal influences.
While tracing the life and work of Egisto Macchi, one notices an interesting duality based both on a very inclusive approach towards all kind of expressive needs and full control of the level of communication. A complex personality revealing the coherence of a man trying to connect elements usually kept separate. The inherent need for approaching different sources and the ability to be inspired by a wide range of intuitions. Macchi has explored and experimented in the field of sound and music without ever forgetting about his moral and civil engagement. His compositional work takes shape from the idea that music and arts should be able to create a symbiotic contact between the creator (composer) and the beneficiary (listener). All his work finds its origin in the need to integrate the sound language with the feeling of a new developing society. In fact, music was just one factor in a more complex chain which included his humanistic and sociological engagement. A syncretic philosophical narrative, in other words, a symbolic tale revealing deep anthropological aspects.
BIOLOGIA ANIMALE E VEGETALE, produced by Renato Pent, recorded in Torino in 1976 and originally published on 2 LP, can be considered one of Egisto Macchi’s major works.