Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Doublings & Silences Volume I

F.P. & The Doubling Riders

Here then is the first volume, freshly ripped from my recent acquisition.
There were some surprises for me with this record:
The quality of the music is as strange and quirky as volume 2, although somewhat different. It starts with a gentle and almost ambient sensibility reminiscent of Daniel Lanois, then it progresses boldly into pure Doubling Riders territory, with some quite bizarre vocalisations. By the last two tracks the quality is almost "Residential" although I must stress these comparisons are very subjective — all this music is highly original in its own right and quite beautiful...

I have gleaned a little more information about the group from various web sources:
Apparently founded by Pier Luigi Andreoni and Riccardo Sinigaglia, (Professor of Electronic composition at Milan's Conservatory), it seems the Doubling Riders released four records: Doublings & Silences vol. I in 1985, Doublings & Silences vol. II in 1988 for Recommended Records Italia, World! in 1989 for Supporti Fonografici, and Garama in 1992 for Andreoni's label Il Museo Immaginario.
"FP" is evidently Francesco Paladino - credited for art production, he only performs on one track (#13 Blind Bodies). He also appears on Volume II without the separate title credit. Roberto Musci, who appears on Volume II and has been involved in a number of other related projects (see the comments of Vol II for several other download links courtesy of Professor Franz), doesn't appear on Volume I.
There are numerous other artists involved, I have included a text file of all the cover text in the archive.
The Doubling Riders appeared on stage in the most important Italian avant-garde music festivals (among which Bari's Time Zones in 1987, Gorizia's All Frontiers in 1989, Naples' Ear Nerve in 1989, Milan's Immaginazione in 1990).

New Gibraltar Encyclopedia of Progressive Rock writes:
Doubling Riders — Italian project of the three synth players Pier Luigi Andreoni, Ricardo Sinigaglio and Francesco Paladino. On their two records (World -'89, Garama -'92) appear a lot of guest players, for example Chris Karrer (Amon Duul, Embryo) on guitar. The music is mostly quiet meditative stuff, with some folk or medieval influences. In some pieces they sing in some strange italian dialect, that even an italian friend of mine could not understand! Very nice stuff, higly recommended!! -- Achim Breiling

01 Doublings & Silences
02 Nights
03 Doubled By The Sun
04 Neoplastie Part III
05 The Warm Current
06 The Last Emperor Of The Snakes
07 H F A1
08 Chinese Rain
09 Effi Briest
10 Voila Les Tropiques
11 Smell Into A Dream
12 Schlaft Ein Lied In Allen Dingen
13 Blind Bodies
14 Possession And Treasures
15 In A Bed Of Trees
16 Penguins (In A Cup Of Coffee)

ADN 001 1985 [192kbps]

ADN (Auf Dem Nil) from Milan was one of very few Italian labels focused on electronic/experimental/industrial music, with a truly interesting catalogue. Published and produced by Marco Veronesi and Piero Bieli, most of these items are long out of print and not easy to find. ADN discography


Blogger Loopy C said...

I said it elsewhere but in case you didn't see it, really diggin' these 'off-the-beaten' path selections (I had the other albums by Musci/Venosta), really cool that this stuff is seeing the light of day again. Look forward to seeing what this eclectic direction leads to next ;-)

Thu Jul 13, 01:44:00 PM GMT+10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tanks for charing Doubling Riders! I did not know that there are two earlier albums!

Achim Breiling

Fri Jul 14, 04:56:00 AM GMT+10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow. some great stuff here--just came over here for the first time and practically everything here is in heavy rotation at the hideo Lounge



Sun Jul 16, 05:45:00 AM GMT+10  
Anonymous fairplay said...

Could you share this album one more time? Plz, plz, plz :)

Sun Feb 25, 03:05:00 AM GMT+11  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

real history


Thu Jul 30, 05:24:00 AM GMT+10  

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