Thursday, January 1, 2015

Theme 01 : GIALLO

Here we are, the new Orgasmo Sonore project is launched with the first theme picked : 'GIALLO' !

Some little hands have helped me to pick the first out of 22 themes and it was the word 'Giallo' who came out of the box. It was really a random choice, and I must say I'm happy to start with this theme, as you know the Italian 'yellow' drama music is not so stranger to me.

The term 'giallo' was first used to refer to a italian genre of litterature, typically thriller with cheap yellow book cover, as 'giallo' means 'yellow' in Italian. It also refer to a sub genre of exploitation italian crime movies that had their glory days between 1965 and 1980. What makes it a musical theme is that such specific movies called for an atmospheric and mysterious type of music and maestros like Ennio Morricone, Bruno Nicolai, Stelvio Cipriani or Gianni Ferrio have established the standard.

The great Bruno Nicolai elevated the genre to higher peak, and one could argue he may even have surpassed Ennio in the field. The third album of Orgasmo Sonore was specifically dedicated to the giallo film music of Nicolai. 

The music for giallo film is often a mix of dark jazz with chamber music instrumentation (harpsichord, strings, harp, mandolin), with classical influences that will sometime sound baroque, sometime avant-garde.

In some case, the erotic side of these films called for more sensual music but always with the mysterious touch and baroque instrumentation. For some people, this was maybe italian soundtrack at its height.

So this will be the first theme of this new project, a great way to start the year! I will have until Sunday January 18th to compose a totally original song influenced by giallo music and publish it on my Soundcloud. I take a little more time for this first theme just to start things properly, It will after goes each 2 weeks' Sunday to reveal and post other themes.

You can see a full list of the coming themes here

See you on January the 18th !

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