A truly lost work here from an Italian library music composer known as Lamartine. Reportage has never previously been released (not only a little bit), which is a great shame when you hear how compellingly inquisitive it sounds. 1970’s synth experimentalism, somewhere between the regions of GRM and komische. On Finders Keepers.
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- Reportage by Lamartine
9/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 28 October 2015
Oooooo mystery never before released record by barely acknowledged Italian experimental electronic composer known mysteriously as LAMARTINE. Discovered and pressed by the notoriously reliable Finders Keepers label! Sourced from the Italian RCA/SP 10000/Vista library! O M F G ! Sounds like a synth enthusiasts wet dream come true right? Well, funnily enough it really is.
"Reportage" is a library music record that never really saw the light of day. Usually there'd be at least one copy pressed for the service alone but this little experimental synth outing never even made it any further than the mastering suite, until now. And who the hell is Lamartine anyway? Could be anyone. Could be no-one. Could be someone pretending to be no-one. Could be someone hiding their true identity so they could wig the fuck out on the synth unhindered by record company interference. It's hard to say and I'm happy enough not knowing, I've got stuff on. I'm busy etc.
Musically we're talking full on experimental synth workouts. These are artists on the cusp as I'm sure you're aware so much of what I'm hearing here could be compared to the works of say The Radiophonic Workshop as well as early Italian pioneers like Fabio Frizzi or Alessandro Alessandroni or the pioneering psychedelic and krautrock experiments of the late 60's/early 70's. So basically, some far out modular type experimentation strictly for the purposes of figuring out what the hell musicians can get away with composing on a synthesiser. The results here are fascinating and strangely musical considering the origins. I'm hearing experiments not only with tonality and structure but also scale with much of this stuff digging deep into middle eastern melodies or straight up ignoring scale all together.
Again, the comparisons are plentiful but it's not really fair to highlight them when the likelihood is their work is unlikely to have any baring on the composer at the time. S/he like many others were the first to commit such ideas to tape so it's hard to say who lit who's creative spark. All I can say is that, if you have a healthy respect for library music (and you probably should, these are hard working composers who's contributions to the evolution of music have largely gone unappreciated) then you'll most certainly want to hear this queasy collection of oddball electronic compositions.
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