Pascal Comelade ‘Milano Enarmonisto’

Pascal Comelade + Bel Canto Orchestra, Live 1983
01 Bel Canto Orchestra (3:22)
02 Bel Canto Orchestra (2:29)
03 Bel Canto Orchestra (2:38)
04 Bel Canto Orchestra (3:02)
05 Bel Canto Orchestra (2:16)
06 Bel Canto Orchestra (3:12)
07 Bel Canto Orchestra (4:18)
08 Bel Canto Orchestra (2:28)
09 Bel Canto Orchestra (7:56)

Pascal Comelade solo, 1982-83
10 Pascal Comelade solo (9:46)
11 Pascal Comelade solo (4:24)
12 Pascal Comelade solo (1:51)
13 Pascal Comelade solo (3:31)
14 Pascal Comelade solo (2:26)
15 Pascal Comelade solo (3:10)
16 Pascal Comelade solo (1:59)
17 Pascal Comelade solo (0:56)
18 Pascal Comelade solo (1:03)
19 Pascal Comelade solo (0:54)

Total time: 61:35
Cassette ADN Tapes #05, 1984

Pascal Comelade: piano, toy piano, keyboards,
guitar and various instruments on side B
Pierre Bastien: cello, violin, trumpet
Cathy Claret: flutes, toy drums, marimba
Laurent Churet: guitars, drums
J.A. Achille: ???
Christophe Darmante: ???
Other instruments: melodica, organ, bass guitar, percussion, xylophone

As far as I can tell, this is the first official Bel Canto Orchestra recording. Prior to this, Pascal Comelade produced solo electronic music on AKS/EMS synth. ‘Milano Enarmonisto’ can thus be considered a transition release, with one side featuring the newly launched Orchestra, while side B collects tracks created on his own by Comelade, mixing electronic, real and toy instruments. Comelade first included toy instruments in his music on the 1983 ‘Logique Du Sens’ Tago Mago cassette, where Cathy Claret is on flute and toy piano. The Bel Canto side has everything one could expect from such mavericks: minimalistic, awkward melodies on grand piano and assorted instruments. The solo side starts with a Suicide-like electronic loop, on which PC adds melodica notes. Other tracks feature more typical Comelade ingredients: guitar, piano and toy piano.


12 Responses to “Pascal Comelade ‘Milano Enarmonisto’”

  1. 1 Lucky May 17, 2008 at 8:44 am

    Grande minimaliste Pascal! Grande continuo :D

  2. 2 continuo May 17, 2008 at 9:01 am

    ¡Mucho Gracias!

  3. 3 Carlo May 17, 2008 at 9:58 am

    Ciao Continuo
    It seems you like the same music I like.
    I’ve got a lot from ADN, I’m friend of Marco, the guy behind the scenes of ADN.
    Saluti dall’Italia

  4. 4 Cranio May 18, 2008 at 5:33 am

    Thanks a lot for this ADN release, one I don’t have. just Excellent.

  5. 5 vespucci May 19, 2008 at 11:37 am

    Bonjour, Continuo –

    with this here, I’m pretty much indebted to you! Really. Actually I just spent the whole weekend working on Pascal’s discography…
    This is the best birthday present I got today. Thank you very, very much!

  6. 6 TPS May 29, 2008 at 6:29 am

    Thanks so much for this, and all of the other ADN material. Any chance of volumes from the “Out Of Standard!!” compilation series being posted in the future….?

  7. 7 continuo May 29, 2008 at 9:59 am

    There will be additional ADN cassettes in the future, but, as for now, no ‘Out Of Standard’.

  8. 8 Zebulo, July 5, 2008 at 8:46 am

    I’m a not-so long time Comelade fan (since 2000). I think this guy is the “quintessence” of music. With him, Avant-garde is popular and Popular his avant-garde
    Many Thanks for this hard-to-find record.

  9. 9 continuo July 5, 2008 at 8:58 am

    You’re welcome, Zebulo.

  10. 10 Zebulon July 11, 2008 at 9:29 am

    Bon, une petite coquille (de ma part) puisque c’est Zebulon. Ce blog est TRÈS intéressant, pas seulement pour les raretés de Comelade, mais aussi Bastien & Klimperei, que je connaissais déjà et d’autres choses que je découvre.
    Merci beaucoup

  11. 11 brnd May 12, 2009 at 1:48 am

    oh so beautiful

  12. 12 LD May 27, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Just discovered Pascal C. Not a big fan of solo electronic music, but intrigued by his later music and playing on toy instruments. Thanks for making this available.

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