Premiere: Tiziano Popoli – Il Fantasma

For their next release, NYC-based imprint RVNG Intl join forces with Freedom To Spend to share the work of composer and musician Tiziano Popoli. Gathering original recordings produced between 1983 and 1989, Burn the Night / Bruciare la Notte provides a snapshot of the shifting attitudes to avant-garde music and the new wave of technology introduced at the time.

The collected works amass scores, soundtracks, and commissions born out of Popoli’s explorations and collaborations in his home city of Bologna, all of which showcase his unconventional marrying of minimalism – a scene that didn’t exist in Italy by name at the time – and instrumental pop.

Recognising the possibility of popularising avant-garde music, as well as the advancements of Western pioneers like Steve Reich, Philip Glass, and Terry Riley, Popoli sought to align himself with several Italian composers to establish a new era of radical music, ethos, and innovation in Italian music.

The impact of this movement, and Popoli’s desire to evolve sound and technique, plays out across the 14 tracks on Burn The Night; sharply rendered sounds and manipulated vocal samples are fused with raw melodies and punctuated rhythms, all with the helping hand of the Yamaha DX7 and a Roland TR-909.

Tiziano Popoli’s Burn the Night / Bruciare la Notte: Original Recordings, 1983–1989 will be released on 22nd January. A portion of the proceeds from the release will be donated to Greenpeace. Grab your copy from RVNG Intl.

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