Sandro Brugnolini, Stefano Daino, and Stefano Torossi’s Strumentali: Genere computermusic – homo tecnologicus (1986) Fonit Cetra

In 1986, Stefano Torossi joined fellow composers Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Daino to make their Strumentali: Genere computermusic – homo tecnologicus album for Italy’s famed Fonit Cetra label.

Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi - Strumentali - Genere computermusic - homo tecnologicus (1986) Fonit Cetra back

Sandro Brugnolini, Stefano Daino, and Stefano Torossi – Strumentali: Genere computermusic – homo tecnologicus (1986) Fonit Cetra

The LP of computer and synthesizer-driven electronic music includes “The Day After,” “Il male,” “Sentenza di morte,” “La fossa dei serpenti,” “Effetto notte,” and “2015: Ritorno a New York” on Side A and “Cavaliere d’acciaio,” “Ricerca di identità,” “Mercatino delle illusioni,” “Gocce di fuoco,” “Replicante,” and “Ruote” on Side B.

Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi’s “The Day After,” the opening track, was recently uploaded to YouTube:

Eleven of the dozen tracks are joint compositions by Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi, with Stefano Daino’s “Ruote” the only solo composition. Daino also programmed the Yamaha DX7, with Brugnolini responsible for the overall computer music programming and arrangements.

Strumentali - Genere Computermusic - Homo Tecnologicus (1986) Nuovo Repertorio Editoriale [Italy] (NRE 1069)

Sandro Brugnolini, Stefano Daino, and Stefano Torossi – Strumentali: Genere computermusic – homo tecnologicus (1986) Fonit Cetra

Other hardware used on Strumentali: Genere computermusic – homo tecnologicus include an Oberheim Xpander, Mirage Ensoniq, Apple IIE, Akai MG12122, Teac Tascam, and a Yamaha CX5M and RX11.

Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi’s “La fossa dei serpenti” is on SoundCloud:

Note: If any legal rights holders object to the posting of this rare, out of print, and unavailable track ripped from this correspondent’s personal collection, please drop a line and it will be removed immediately.

Three album tracks appeared two years later on Commenti musicali: Catastrofi/Disastri, a joint release by Fonit Cetra and RAI: “The Day After,” “Sentenza,” and “Il male.” As with the original LP, however, this out of print album was only issued in vinyl in Italy, making both collector’s items.

Commenti musicali - Catastrofi - Disastri (1988) Fonit Cetra

Various Artists – Commenti musicali: Catastrofi/Disastri (1988) Fonit Cetra/RAI

It seems neither the original LP nor the compilation has ever been reissued in CD or digital format.

A video for Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi’s “Effetto notte” is on YouTube:

In 1986, Stefano Torossi and Amedeo Tommasi made another early effort in electronica for Costanza, Musica per commenti sonori: L’uomo e la natura.

Amedeo Tommasi and Stefano Torossi - Musica per commenti sonori: L'uomo e la natura (1986) Costanza Records

Amedeo Tommasi and Stefano Torossi – Musica per commenti sonori: L’uomo e la natura (1986) Costanza Records

The LP was reissued in 1989 under the same title by Fonit Cetra, part of their Strumentali series.

Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi’s “Cavaliere d’acciaio,” the first track on Side B of Strumentali: Genere computermusic – Homo tecnologicus, is online:

Note: If any legal rights holders object to the posting of this rare, out of print, and unavailable track ripped from this correspondent’s personal collection, please drop a line and it will be removed immediately.

At this time, these are the only tracks from Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi’s Strumentali: Genere computermusic – Homo tecnologicus on YouTube or SoundCloud. However, four tracks from their 1987 electronic album, Strumentali: Emozionale are included in an article on this site.

Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi - Strumentali - Genere computermusic - homo tecnologicus (1986) Fonit Cetra label B

Sandro Brugnolini, Stefano Daino, and Stefano Torossi – Genere computermusic – homo tecnologicus (1986) Fonit Cetra label B

A video for Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi’s “Gocce di fuoco” is on YouTube:

At this time, these are the only tracks from Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi’s Strumentali: Genere computermusic – Homo tecnologicus online.

Strumentali: Emozionale (1987)

Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi – Strumentali: Emozionale (1987) Fonit Cetra

However, four tracks from their 1987 electronic album Strumentali: Emozionale are included in an article on this site.

“Replicante,” the final cut on Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi’s Strumentali: Genere computermusic – Homo tecnologicus, is on SoundCloud:

Note: If any legal rights holders object to the posting of this rare, out of print, and unavailable track ripped from this correspondent’s personal collection, please drop a line and it will be removed immediately.

More Music from the Artists

In 2013, Stefano Daino uploaded a demo of a PolyEvolver Rack played using a Roland A80 MIDI keyboard with poly aftertouch (poly press). A Yamaha CS-80 analog synthesizer was also used on the custom sound patches by Daino.

a Roland A80 MIDI keyboard

a Roland A80 MIDI keyboard

Stefano Daino’s PolyEvolver Rack PolyAftertouch demo is online:

Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi have collaborated on scores of full length albums and compilations between their first long player for Costanza Records in 1969, Musica per commenti sonori (CO 10005), literally releasing new albums in each subsequent decade: LPs, CDs, and now, increasingly, in digital download format.

Musica per commenti sonori (1969) CO 10005

Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi – Musica per commenti sonori (1969) Costanza Records

One of Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi’s earliest compositions, “Sweet Beat” from their debut LP in 1969–reissued in CD on Musica per commenti sonori: The Seventies in 1998 by Costanza Records and as a digital download in 2013 on Vintage Jazz, Pop & Rock: 1960s – 1970s – Easy Listening by Deneb Records–is on YouTube:

Additional albums spotlights on this site showcasing the work of Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi include Musica per commenti sonori (1969), Fourth Sensation (1970), Musica per commenti sonori (1974), Tastiere (1974), Feelings (1974), and Musica per commenti sonori: The Seventies (1998). In addition, an interview with Sandro Brugnolini includes highlights from his extensive jazz, soundtrack, and library music catalog. Click the tabs above to access these features.

January 2015 Release: Sandro Brugnolini’s L’uomo dagli occhiali a specchio Soundtrack Now Available From Cinedelic Records

At the beginning of 2015, each of the legendary composers has a new releases just out or in the works–and both are exceptional. Cinedelic Records has just released a limited edition vinyl reissue of Sandro Brugnolini’s L’uomo dagli occhiali a specchio soundtrack, which is available bundled with a multi-format digital downoad or as a digital release only.

Sandro Brugnolini - L'uomo dagli occhiali a specchio (2015 Reissue) Cinedelic Records

Sandro Brugnolini – L’uomo dagli occhiali a specchio (2015 Reissue) OST (1975) Cinedelic Records

Excerpts from the soundtrack which first appeared on Italy’s Vrooommm label in 1975 are currently found on both YouTube and Soundcloud. Note the digital download is available now, with the vinyl scheduled to ship around the middle of February.

An audio file from Sandro Brugnolini’s L’uomo dagli occhiali a specchio is on SoundCloud, featuring nearly eleven minutes of excerpts, courtesy of Delirious Music:

Alternatively, the whole album can be heard at Cindelic Records’ bandcamp site. Click HERE.

Vinyl Reissue of Giovanni Tommaso and Stefano Torossi’s Echoing America On Tap For 2015 Release?

At the end of 2014, discussions about a vinyl reissue of Giovanni Tommaso and Stefano Torossi’s 1970 Echoing America album picked up steam and, fingers-crossed, an announcement will be forthcoming in the first quarter of the New Year. In 2013, Cometa Edizioni Musicali first reissued Echoing America in CD, adding an unreleased track and two alternates to the original 10-track vinyl LP version by Sermi. Here’s hoping the first digital version of the album is also part of the new release.

Lorenzo and Stefano with an original copy of the Echoing America LP in fall 2014

SONOR Music Editions’ Lorenzo and Stefano with an original copy of the Echoing America LP in fall 2014

A promotional video for last year’s CD reissue Giovanni Tommaso and Stefano Torossi’s 1970 Echoing America includes excerpts of “Coast To Coast,” “Black Power,” and “Policeman”:

The album, a favorite of this correspondent, features a potent mix of rock, funk, jazz, bluegrass, and more. The description on the back of the original Sermi Film Edizioni Musicali vinyl LP explains the album’s inspiration:

The music in this Album is an expression of America’s mood today. Its echoes can be heard from the turbulent sounds in Harlem to the hallucinating cries of hippies in Greenwich Village; from the improvised jazz of New Orleans to the songs of mountain hill-billies; from the hoe-down of the cowboys in Texas to the Latin beat of the Mexicans. These American echoes go up to the coast of California, where powerful, frantic sounds can be heard across the land.

Giovanni Tommaso and Stefano Torossi’s “Sixth Dimension,” the fifth cut on Echoing America, is also on YouTube:

Online Sampler Includes Three LPs with Brugnolini-Torossi Tracks

The Audio section has been expanded and relocated to a link on the opening page and now has three Torossi online audio compilations. Compositions are drawn from albums released between 1969 and 2011. The third volume includes three tracks with Sandro Brugnolini, Giancarlo Gazzani, and Puccio Roelens from their 1974 Feelings LP; a track with Amedeo Tommasi from their 1974 Tecnologia album; a pair of tracks from Gazzani’s withdrawn Musica per commenti sonori LP from 1974 featuring Brugnolini and Torossi; and three tracks from Paolo Ormi’s 1974 Tastiere LP featuring Brugnolini and Torossi:

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