Boomkat Product Review:
**Gloaming darkside Italian industrial classic, reissued with a CD included free inside - some 30 years after the fact in facsimile cover reconstructed by SOMA (Stephen O'Malley). RIYL The New Blockaders, MB, NWW, H3O** Giancarlo Toniutti's 'La Mutazione' is a heavy weathered landmark at the crossroads of avant-garde concrète and ambient industrial music. It first seeped into the underground water table by way of Gary Mundy's legendary Broken Flag label in 1985, to become regarded as one of the era's most subtly unsettling examples of post-industrial music. Incorporating Toniutti's heady education in the works of Stockhausen, Schaeffer etc at the Venice Conservatory of Music, together with a widescreen "kinematic" vision shared by kosmiche astronomers such as Cluster and Conrad Schnitzler, the results swill and diffuse analog synth wheeze with silty static, field recordings and black metal-esque bass modulations across two blood-draining, side-long incursions. And while the results obliquely resonate with his contemporaries, from the paranormal inquisitions of The Hafler Trio to the pineal revelations of Coil, they still feel (in)appropriately influential upon everything from Black Truffle-curator, Oren Ambarchi's haptic improvisations to the strung-out interzones of Deathprod or Demdike Stare. Still, there's something unnervingly stoic about this release that we daresay can't be found intact today - one must sup from the infected source for the real taste. Highly recommended.