Boomkat Product Review:
When considering the history of electronic music, it's easy to think about the established pioneers (the GRM crowd, Stockhausen and so on) as essentially out there on their own, but it seems that these days great unsung talents are being reintroduced to contemporary audiences with an overwhelming regularity. Die Schtel are most certainly holding up their end when it comes to this, seemingly bringing to light a new genius on a weekly basis. Pietro Grossi was a pioneer of computer composition and tape music, who first experimented with electronic techniques in the early sixties, having initially studied music as a cellist. This album collects three pieces, each casting a different light on his career as a composer. The simple, modulating sonorities of 'Progetto 2-3' make for a bewitching starting point; the piece is rooted in process music yet there's an undeniable aesthetic beauty to its jarring, droning complexity. Next comes 1968's 'Collage', whose title is fairly illustrative of what's going on over the course of its fourteen minutes. The often quite aggressive, raw edges of the piece brings to mind Arne Nordheim's tape works from around the same period, and reveal a formidable talent who could clearly hold his own within a variety of disciplines that at the time were still very much in development. Highly recommended.