Of the five solo recordings vocalist Demetrio Stratos recorded during his short lifetime, Cantare la Voce stands as his highest achievement. Issued in 1974, it reflects Stratos' deep fascination with John Cage's music, and his wide-ranging study of interpreting it for solo voice. Here, the techniques of diplophony and triplophony are deeply and widely articulated – long investigations in working the voice out of its monadic heremiticism. "Investigazoni" is the perfect articulation of these discoveries, as the glottal imprint of "speech" completely dissolves into the much more heterogeneous exploratory of "language," which also breaks down into groups of sounds, some being articulated simultaneously without the use of multi-tracking or artificial amplification (other than a recording microphone). This piece is over 14 minutes in length and presupposes nothing; it breaks down utterance, vibration, and sonic interlocution into elementary units that spread themselves over the sonic spectrum and become groups of tonalities juxtaposed against the backdrop, first of the human body's limits in regards to the voice, but then against the construct of western "music" and tonality itself. In "Passaggi 1, 2," breath becomes the way inside rather than out. Most of the sounds here are made by the various techniques of opening, widening, and constricting the flow of air into the lungs rather than out. But perhaps the most groundbreaking work here is "Criptomelodie Infantili." Clocking in at six and a half minutes, it is a primal exploration into the very elementals of sonic expression. In fact, it would not be too generous or outrageous to suggest that Stratos' vocalizing here is similar to what may have been the first sounds ever uttered by the "developed" human instrument. This is delightful and scary, raw and powerful, and utterly charming in its primitivism and articulation. Cantare la Voce is still the standard for exploratory work with the human voice, almost 30 years after its issue. ~ Thom Jurek, All Music Guide
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30 CD box set containing a plethora of rare and influential Italian Prog Rock albums from artists such as Angelo Branduardi, De De Lind, Gino D'Eliso, Ibis, Jumbo, La Stanza Della Musica and many others. All albums remastered and housed in mini-LP sleeves. Universal. 2013.
Area's uncompromising blend of jazz-rock, ethnic folk, experimentation, and political philosophies made them a unique presence in Italy during the 1970s…
Cormorano formed in 1975 as the progressive scene was declining and they were not able to release their material at that time. They continued to play live over the years however and in 2000 were able to record an album on Mellow Records, consisting of compositions from the late 70s and early 80s. Despite that horrid album cover (which would revert to being awesome without the bird) this is a pretty cool album. Vocalist Raffaello Regoli was a prodigy and acquaintance of Demetrio Stratos and it is obvious when you listen. This band sounds like the light beer version of Area, Regoli is capable of mimicking all of the vocal theatrics of Stratos with great skill. The music is not as challenging or inventive as Area by any means, but is a pretty decent mix of lighter fusion flavored prog rock.