LIMITED EDITION BOXSET / 10LP on black vinyl / 10CD / BOOK / POSTER / BAG
One of the most ‘hidden’ and sought after releases of all times is finally getting a due repress: a work of epic proportions, Ennio Morricone and Bruno Nicolai’s Dimensioni Sonore has been eluding collectors and affectionate listeners for about 50 years.
Among the most important figures in 20th century Italian music, Ennio Morricone and Bruno Nicolai each forged distinct and unexpected creative paths that were entirely tuned to the eras through which they worked; radical and forward thinking composers, who activated vast new worlds of possibility via the mediums of film and television. Morricone has long held legendary status for his soundtrack and library music work, as well as his explicitly avant-garde and experimental endeavours within the seminal collective Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza, but Dimensioni Sonore – a sprawling body of recordings originally issued by RCA in 1972 – holds equal distinction as a historically prescient illumination into the slightly lesser known efforts of Nicolai, and their groundbreaking importance of his work.
Regular collaborators over the course of their respective careers, Morricone and Nicolai met as students during the early 1950s at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome, fostering a friendship that would yield, from the mid 1960s on, hundreds of albums that bear both of their names, in one role or another. Each of these is incredible and worthy of note, but none is as astounding, distinct, or ambitious as Dimensioni Sonore – issued as a series of 10 individual LPs, and as a deluxe box set comprising them all – regarded by many as the crown jewel in RCA’s legendary library music series Catalogo Di Musiche Per Sonorizzazioni.
The Luxurious, highly collectible Dimensioni Sonore boxset includes:
– 10 black vinyl LPs
– 10 CDs, replica of the original RCA LPs
– a 48-page sewn-bound LP-size book
– 1 large poster on high-quality paper
– screen-printed tote bag made of ethically-produced 100% cotton
– handmade linen box-set
– original liner notes include writings by Pier Paolo Pasolini, Sergio Leone, Elio Petri, Giuliano Montaldo, and Gillo Pontecorvo and a new article by renowned musicologist Maurizio Corbella exploring in detail this edition
– Carefully remastered from the original analogue tapes by Claudio Fuiano and Daniel Winkler and coming in a lavish presentation, this is an essential release which fully showcases the state of the art of Library Music in Italy during the early ’70s, and nothing less than a timeless masterpiece.
Almost entirely distinct in scale and content, Dimensioni Sonore (it could be translated as Sound Dimensions – music for images and imagination) – towers in the history of library music; the intriguing and idiosyncratic realm that, particularly in Italy, offered a vehicle for a great many of the country’s most radical composers to stretch their talents into wild and unknown territories, allowing them to infiltrate the public consciousness via the mediums of television and film. Gathering 103 works – 5 LPs ascribed to works by Morricone and 5 to those of Nicolai – ranging from cerebral jazzy numbers to otherworldly avant-garde abstractions, it’s no surprise that these recordings feature members of Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza.
Like nearly all library music, the works of Dimensioni Sonore were not composed with any particular film or thematic association in mind, rather to be selected by filmmakers at a later date. This gave Morricone and Nicolai a remarkable amount of freedom to follow their creative intuition into strikingly uncharted realms. Deploying a starling range of acoustic and electronic instrumentation and techniques, and conceived in sequential order, across the 10 LPs Morricone and Nicolai – working far more like avant-garde composers than the creators of film scores – set out to create a body of expressive and dynamic work which explored constant timbric exploitations and multiform musical parameters, and their possibilities for utilization, titling each composition with no with no direct relation to its form, intentionally leaving the meaning entirely to listener’s mind. While too varied to describe in any detail, the organizations of sound encountered across Dimensioni Sonore are incredibly distinct within the music of its moments, and arguably any before or since. Sheets of pointillistic ambience bristle with details of synthetic and organic tones and textures, generating a fields of abstraction that could be mistaken for any number of avant-garde and experimental gestures of the 60s and 70s, where it not for the unifying, cracking rhythm section drives it forward and pushes into entirely unexpected realms, which gave Sergio Leone, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Elio Petri, Gillo Pontecorvo, and Giuliano Montaldo all plenty to explore in their original liner notes for their release.
A true genre defying marvel, now released again in a second edition of the super deluxe box-set edition, on black vinyl!