Thursday, June 29, 2006

The Doubling Riders

Doublings & Silences Vol. II 1988

This recording, released by Auf Dem Nil / Recommended Records Italia [dmm0006], is one of my all-time favourites. Inspired by the paintings of surrealist Gustavo Foppiani [1925—1986], it is presented as a series of tableaux. Beautifully structured using computers, samplers and woodwind instruments, it floats between electronic, medieval, industrial, ambient and gothic in a seamless and thoroughly cohesive progression. At times there is a foreboding darkness that is quite attractive, yet the music never degenerates too far into chaos. The bizarre vocals are sung in English with a thick and sometimes indecipherable Italian accent, which adds to the surreal mood. The double LP was presented as a boxed set complete with four page booklet including Italian translations of the English lyrics (!) and an art print of the front cover painting. I've included high resolution scans of all these because they compliment the music so well...

"minuets & music pearls of rare intensity,
decadent & beautiful, great Italian music"
— Old Europe Cafe

I wish I new more about these artists. I have never seen or heard Volume One. There are a few intriguing references to other Doubling Riders recordings on the net but I can find no real information, and nothing seems to be currently available. If anyone can provide more information please do!

01 Venice calles
02 Funeral jars
03 Little Penguins in Love
04 Hoping That You Are Somewhere
05 Industrial lullaby
06 Childhood fears (old version)
07 Wandering high
08 Artery of the sun
09 Lines on Spain
10 Chinese comedy
11 Childhood fears (young version)
12 Azur noise
13 La partienze
14 Confidential eggs
15 A poetry of broken hearts
16 Vox populi
17 The larceny of the harpstrings
18 The last picture
19 The danger of losing consistence
20 Nanenfest
21 Pyramid

PartA PartB [192kps]


Blogger Curved Air said...

man-o-man this is a doozy! can't wait to spend some more time with it.

thx benito!


Thu Jun 29, 08:59:00 PM GMT+10  
Blogger Professor Franz said...

Thank you very much for this share! Actually I have a CD of The Doubling Riders called Garama, edited in Italy by Il Museo Imaginario in early nineties, and I love it. Since then I've been
looking for other records of the band without success. I can upload it if you want.

Fri Jun 30, 06:50:00 PM GMT+10  
Blogger benito x said...

oh yes please professor! It looks like I have located a copy of Vol.1 so I'm looking forward to receiving, hearing (and sharing) that one too...
I have an album by Roberto Musci & Giovanni Venosta who were in the D.R. which will be a future share, though not quite as sumptuous as this one.

Sat Jul 01, 12:21:00 AM GMT+10  
Blogger Professor Franz said...

So here it is. It's in two part since its a long CD.

Regarding to Musci & Venosta, I've recently ripped two LPs called "Loa Hi Tech Corporation" and "Urban and tribal portraits". I think they were both reissued as one CD but I'm not sure. Plus, I have another CD called "A noise, a sound" and a cople more of Musci as himself and as Visna Mahedi Ensemble. All of them ready to be shared...

Mon Jul 03, 06:33:00 PM GMT+10  
Blogger benito x said...

can't wait to hear this...
Are you planning on posting these rips on your own blog or would you like me to post them here? I'd leave your links in place of course...

The words "Loa Hi Tech Corpoation" appear on the front of my Musci/Venosta LP, but the title is "Water Messages on Dessert Sand", Recommended Records UK RR-C28. First track is titled "Technowaltz" - do you think they may be the same recording?

Have you come accross any other recordings with Riccardo Sinigaglia?

Mon Jul 03, 11:52:00 PM GMT+10  
Blogger Professor Franz said...

Due to technical reasons I cannot have my own blog, but I'm working on it, maybe this fall...

And you are right, the real name of the record is "Water messages on dessert sand", I thought that those words on the front cover were the title, sorry. So as soon as I upload the other records (in a couple days) I'll put the links in the comments and you can post it wherever you want.

And I have no records of R. Sinigaglia, but would like to hear something from him.

Tue Jul 04, 02:55:00 AM GMT+10  
Blogger Professor Franz said...

So here they are, as promised, the records of the Musci & Venosta corporation I own:

Musci & Venosta - Urban and tribal portraits (ripped from LP):

Musci & Venosta - A noise, a sound (CD):

Roberto Musci - Debris of a loa (CD, in two parts):

Visna Mahedi Ensemble (Musci et al.) - Unintentional Beauty (CD)


Wed Jul 05, 07:08:00 PM GMT+10  
Blogger benito x said...

Professor Franz, thank you so much for all these recordings!
I will promote them in a new post as soon as I get time.
I'm still digesting all this great material...
I love "A noise, a sound", there is a sense of humour at work there!
Did you say you had already ripped Water Messages?
It would save me the trouble if you could post that one too... ;)

Fri Jul 07, 12:28:00 PM GMT+10  
Blogger Professor Franz said...

No problem, here it is,

Musci & Venosta: Water messages on dessert sand (ripped from LP):

Have a good weekend!

Fri Jul 07, 07:58:00 PM GMT+10  
Blogger Loopy C said...

Fantastic share guys! This really helped expand my understanding of their work beyound the releases I own (which are also represented here).

Thu Jul 13, 12:14:00 PM GMT+10  
Anonymous Dan Maryon said...

Interesting music. Ricardo Sinigaglia also did some work with Italian composer/architect Piero Milesi, have you heard any of his music? It's more orchestral and ranges from minimalism to cinematic tone poems. I have Riccardo Sinigaglia's first LP and a cassette that were released on ADN. I haven't listened to them for years, was thinking of putting them on Ebay. If anyone's interested in them, let me know (email link on my web site). (I hope I'm not abusing your blog, just want to find a good home for this music...)

Sat Aug 26, 02:42:00 AM GMT+10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this wondererous music - I have managed to locate and purchase a copy from France - truly a remarkable gem!!


Tue Aug 29, 08:06:00 PM GMT+10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lost & found !
I lost both of the doubling riders back in the 80's. I was looking for that since long, long time. Lucky me today! Thanks a lot.

@ Professor Franz: unfortunately I came too late for 'garama' and 'debris of a loa', rapidshare deleted already. Any chance to upload again?

Greetings from Saigon/Viet Nam,
the filter


Mon Nov 13, 07:28:00 PM GMT+11  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just found this blog. Good to see FP & the Doubling Riders discussed. I got Vol I and II when they were released in the late 80's, still have them. Vol I is one of my favorite records of all time.
Like the previous poster says, all the rapidshare stuff is deleted. Can it be reposted?


Mon Nov 27, 12:47:00 PM GMT+11  
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Fri Dec 15, 12:56:00 AM GMT+11  
Anonymous treu said...

very interesting post. i came here while searching for information about piero milani's "modi".

Mon Nov 24, 07:35:00 PM GMT+11  

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