Monday, April 18, 2016

Creepy cool 70s sound library gem Infini rescued from obscurity by Omni

Created by Italian sound library kingpins Fabio Borgazzi (aka Fabio Fabor) and Armando Sciascia (aka H. Tical, Blue Phantom, Peter Hamilton, etc), Infini is a masterpiece of avant hauntological orchestration. Prepared pianos collide with subterranean VCS3 synthesis and mournful ornate strings, spectral choral arrangements ride menacing drones and eldritch bass rumbles in a phantasmic cinematic skin. Rod Serling would've been impressed.

Originally recorded for Sciascia's own Vedette label between 1970 and 1971 (left) then repackaged for film production use by the esteemed French sound library operation Musique Pour L’Image in 1972, these sublime mini-symphonies of apocalyptic dread are finally getting their first-ever commercial release. This limited-run 200gm vinyl version of Infini – put out for Record Store Day by the Australian-based Omni Recording Corporation run by electronic music producer David Thrussell (see Soma, Snog, Black Lung) – has been remastered from the first generation analogue master tapes and comes with four additional tracks from the original sessions along with authoritative liner notes by Alvin Lucia and some snazzy inner sleeve graphics inspired by 70s vintage Musique Pour L'Image design.

While you're trying to track down a copy of Infini, check out Thrussell's delightfully dark Down mix of rare Italian sound library tracks – including a couple of gems from Borgazzi and Sciascia – he assembled for the excellent music blog A Sound Awareness back in 2013.

 A few of Omni's other recent reissues worth investigating

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