[CP 016 CD] Zanagoria; Insight Modulation
The second “Z” creel pone in a row - don’t worry folks, there are plenty more from whence these came. To start off, here’s a blurb I wrote for Pitchfork a few years back that i feel sums this record up on a qualitative scale - even if I've put the pieces together in the interim:
"Not much information on this one to work with. No year, no biography, google searches yield ... nothing further. It's Italian; sounds like a fabled "Nurse With Wound Lise" item, although it's not on 'The List,' which skips from La Monte Young to Frank Zappa. The last track on the first side consists of four minutes of a flat jazz combo fed in bulk through a stuck-frequency Ring Modulator. The rest is this warbling falsetto with repeated machine rhythms for like ten minutes at a time - people used to edit themselves less; times were better - could be a Library-record of some MEV or Sonic Arts Union out-takes. Could be HNAS. Could even be Maurizio Bianchi. But could just as easily be Ohio-an teenagers recording Boiler-room ambience ca. 1996. We'll never know. Mysterious."
Really wish I knew more about this one as it’s an intense blast of weirdness from the “Empty Scrapyard at Midnight” camp. O do know this: Zanagoria is reported to be an alias of Italian film composer & Morricone sideman Giorgio Carnini, who scored the music for “Dead End” in ‘69, then took a few years off during which he recorded a few Library LPs for Cam and (his own) Gemelli before resurfacing in the late 80s with yet more Film scores & a few Classical Compositions.
From the sounds & overall assembly method of this record I’m guessing it’s from the early to mid 70s - the two Cam LPs i know of are from 1971 & 1976 - everything’s bathed in thick Reverb, Synth blat is happening - somewhere - miles away from the studio / recording apparatus. Slowly getting marginally closer then fading out again, far away. Proof in the pudding; there’s a whole world of unexplored Early Electronic music out there waiting to be found.