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ROCCHI, CLAUDIO - Suoni Di Frontiera

2009 reissue of this Italian psychoacoustic obscurity, originally released in 1975 on Ariston. Slick tri-fold digipak release with 12-page booklet and gloss varnish cover. - FE. "Back in 1975 when Suoni Di Frontiera (Borderline Sounds) was released, Claudio Rocchi was already a well known figure in the Italian pop scene. In the late 60s Rocchi had burst onto the scene as a member of Milanese psych-prog legends Stormy Six. He performed on their Le Idee Di Oggi Per La Musica Di Domani LP in 1969 and soon after, the acid folk of Viaggio, Rocchis solo debut, was released in 1970. That same year Rocchi hosted an influential radio show on the Italian national broadcasting station, RAI. 1971 brought the simply awesome Volo Magico No.1.-¢‚Ǩ¬®An acknowledged classic, it emerged as not dissimilar to Roy Harpers landmark song cycle of progressive/psych folk, Stormcock. The album -- especially the epic 18 minute title track -- established Rocchi as the Italian psych-folk minstrel par excellence. Then, after traveling to India, improvisation and Eastern philosophies began to shape his next few albums, Essenza from 1973 being a high point. 1974s Il Miele Dei Pianeti Le Isole Le Api (The Honey Of The Planets The Islands The Bees) featured guitars, tabla, strings and percussion but the following album from 1975, Rocchi was, according to the man himself, a real U turn. It featured a handful of songs, though Rocchi baffled his hardcore following by introducing cut-ups, environmental sounds and analogue synthesizers recorded at his home studio using a Revox A70.-¢‚Ǩ¬®This brings us to the experimental electronics of his next album Suoni Di Frontiera. Consisting of 16 sketches made at home, this recording went much further out than Rocchi. Described by so-called authorities to be na-ɬØve and unsophisticated, to these ears Suoni is a highly personal and extremely charming collection of psychedelically damaged constructs. All of Rocchis celebrated and highly-recognized vocals were now processed and modulated -- if they were heard at all. They sat alongside his spacey and dislocated homespun synth stylings that sound simultaneously retro and futuristic. What more can one ask for?-¢‚Ǩ¬®Rocchi described the release as "diving deeper into psychoacoustics, a practical theory on healing music, mind resonances, inner flows." Yep. And thanks to the good folk at Die Schachtel, another crucial piece of the 70s Italian puzzle has been unearthed for our pleasure. Dig in." - Oren Ambarchi.

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