▶ The Tapes – Selected Works 1982 – 1992 [2LP]

the tapes

音樂家/樂團:The Tapes
專輯:Selected Works 1982 – 1992
類型Not Waving選輯義大利後工業電子先驅The Tapes 82-92年間21首卡帶作品,首度黑膠化
廠牌:Ecstatic Recordings
定價:2LP$909*sold out*

⌾ 21-track, 2LP compilation of obscure Italian post-industrial music

⌾ Influenced by Cabaret Voltaire, J.G. Ballard, TG, William Burroughs,
John Foxx

⌾ File amongst Smersh, Pump, Tuning Circuits, Conrad Schnitzler

⌾ Mastered and cut by Matt Colton


Ecstatic offer a fascinating, often dizzying insight to the primitive industrial minimalism of Italian siblings, Giancarlo and Roberto Drago, a.k.a. The Tapes, via Selected Works 1982 – 1992 sourced from original tapes and pressed to vinyl for the first time ever.

Following on from Ecstatic’s issue of “mail artist” Danielle Ciullini’s Domestic Exile Collected Works 82-86, this set surveys a blind-spot in most people’s knowledge of early ‘80s Italian underground music, framed against a backdrop of the Anni di Piombo, or Years of Lead – a period of domestic political turmoil between the late ‘60s and early ’80s – and the mushroom shadow of nuclear war.

Like their international tape-scene allies, The Tapes reacted to this world thru a matrix of mono- synths, drum machines, microphones and 4-track recorders, mostly recording/experimenting ideas direct-to-tape in one take and making a virtue of their lo-fi set-up’s infidelities and imperfections – randomness and mistakes were embraced rather than discarded – whilst absorbing the counter-cultural influence of William Burroughs or Throbbing Gristle, and the sci-fi dystopia of J.G. Ballard and John Foxx.

These 21 tracks, drawn from 10 different, limited tape releases, perfectly distill a wandering, weirdo spirit, ranging from the funereal swagger of Tanz Fabrik and the darkwave hip-thrust of The Day of Silence to freeform, motorik trajectories such as Time Out of Joint and singular enigmas like the Actress-esque bobble of The Wait and Falso Movimento B2’s weightless, hyaline spindles.

Collected and compiled by Alessio Natalizia (aka Not Waving) and remastered by Matt Colton, Selected Works 1982 – 1992 represents a decade of modest but searching and instinctively grooving experimentation of the rarest, precious and compelling kind.

As Giancarlo Drago explains:

“The Tapes was an unplanned experience, an unplanned need to express myself Looking back
on this music I wonder sometimes how I did it – the whole process from the concept to the completion. Everything I do now seems trivial and obvious and I just end up aborting the idea. And exactly for this reason I think that everything has its time, with a beginning and an end…”




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