Bruno Due ‘MS’


Cassette released 1989 by Illusion Production,
IP 033

01 Scherzando Igor (2:55)
02 Grey Clouds (1:44)
03 Hobo (3:15)
04 K-Ring (2:52)
05 Guajira (3:10)
06 Poor Boy Maurice (2:09)
07 Woissa (3:41)
08 Ramfastus (2:07)
09 Requiem (3:00)
10 Silent Beach (2:03)
11 Sarabanda (1:42)
12 Scorpio (2:48)
13 Indus Tree (2:36)
14 Six By Four (3:17)
15 Quicksilver (2:48)
16 Age (4:20)
Total time: 45:12

Quite an unusual cassette from Illusion Production, being a collection of keyboards instrumental songs by Bruno Due. Bruno Due, real name Bruno De Angelis, later played in a more industrial band called Mana ERG. His solo music is reminiscent of the Roberto Musci/Giovanni Venosta landmark albums (Water Messages on Desert Sand, 1987 & Urban and Tribal Portraits, 1989), that is, in a final analysis, in the tradition of Brian Eno & John Hassel collaborations. This is a fascinating release thanks to refined keyboards sounds from 1980s synths like Korg MS or DX7 – the cassette title possibly an hommage to the former. Some of the tracks feature vocals by Due – like the beautiful ‘Quicksilver‘ – or an uncredited female vocalist on the last track.


4 Responses to “Bruno Due ‘MS’”

  1. 1 p. somniferum February 29, 2008 at 12:00 am

    Ah. You continue to amaze with your collection of rarities. What a treasure site. And you found more Noise Maker Fifes as well.

  2. 2 Ben March 2, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    I read with interest your review of Bruno Due’s “MS” .
    I thought you might be interested to know that the title is taken from the most popular italian cigarette MS which means Monopolio di Stato (State Monopoly). The original cassette in fact looks like a real packet of cigarettes and was handmade in 50 copies only. Each copy contains a hand written message that says: “I don’t sell smoke, I give it away free”. One copy was sent to DDAA (Illusion Production) who released it on their label and that’s the copy you have. They thought it was a real pity that only 50 people could hear this music…
    I am lucky enough to have one original copy.
    I know two music journalists who have a copy each.
    No idea where the other 46 copies are…
    All the best!


  3. 3 continuo March 2, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    To Somniferum: Thanks for the compliment.

    To Ben: Thanks for the info, Ben. I didn’t even know there was an original edition of this. I’m impressed by your knowledge. Information on Bruno Due are rather hard to find. Where did you get yours? Acquaintances in Italy, maybe?

  4. 4 Ben March 3, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    I am a friend of one of his english collaborators for the Mana ERG project. Nothing else was released under the name Bruno Due. I wonder if you would be interested in reading this interview:

    Bruno is a rather shy character, spending too much of his time doing jobs he shouldn’t be doing because he doesn’t make enough money with music… That’s life I suppose…

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