Boomkat Product Review:
The Avida project was concieved by Maurizio Dami (aka Alexander Robotnick) in 1981 in a period when Florence was blooming with creativity in all artistic fields. Avida's music can be described as cabaret-dance, with extremely irreverent lyrics in a peculiarly Florentine style playing a key role, which explains why the project became popular almost exclusively at local level. Avida perfectly fit in with a kind of underground music that was all the rage in Italy in those days: musica demenziale ("nonsense music"), with structures that were intentionally primitive, often made on cheap electronics. Maurizio's vocals, inspired by early 60s Italian singers such as Edoardo Vianello, had an appealing mix of trash and humour. Avida was essentially a live band. Their performances were a mix of theatre and music, where visuals played a major role. Today some of that twisted electro music still sounds interesting, and includes some of the most intriguing material in the vast Robotnik catalogue.