Maze 1066 – Retrospective vol. 1


01 Porte Donnant Sur Le Voie (2:25)
02 Meshes Of The Afternoon (4:09)
03 H-Block (16:40)
04 En Ce Temps-là (2:39)
05 Funerale Per Topi (1:45)
06 A Resident Of Jigsaws (3:50)
07 Bambini Pendolari Che Si Sono Perduti (2:16)
08 Marcella (2:17)
09 Attilio C. (Una Storia D’amore?) (1:23)
10 Embrayage Et Débrayage (7:18)
11 He’ll Leave His Heart In San Francisco (1:35)

Total time 46:16
Cassette released by Multiple Configuration, Italy, 1985 (recorded 1981)

Paolo Chang: electric guitar, flanger, guitartronics, synth, mix
Giovanni Di Simone: tapes, prepared guitar, vocals, tubes, synth, mix
Alessandro Achilli : home-made percussion, mix

Maze 1066 started as the trio of Giovanni Di Simone, Paolo Chang and Alessandro Achilli [+], before turning to a duo (minus Di Simone) circa 1985. Their unique cassette album was released on Italian label Multiple Configuration ran by Roberto Marinelli (aka Laxative Souls/LXSS), specializing in post-industrial rock and experimental Italian artists like Tasaday, T.A.C. or Luca Mitti. Maze 1066’s music blends sparse guitar parts, musique concrète sounds and strange electronics/synth, and is comparable to Biota for the recording quality obsession, the brilliant if somewhat muffled guitar parts, as well as the mysterious, even surrealist mixing technique. The bass guitar parts especially reminds ‘Rackabones & Vagabones’ (1985) and coincidentally the first Mnemonists LP appeared the same year as this cassette. The music on ‘Rétrospective vol.1’ embarks echoing chimes, soft bass guitar, weird synth touches, unidentified noises and is claimed to be live improvisation without overdubs or even post-production. A track like ‘H-block’ is obviously collective electro-acoustic improvised music and is clearly the model for a band like My Cat Is An Alien today. Maze 1066 really stands out from the average cassette releases of the era for its outstanding musicianship and top-of-the-art mix.

Mediafire or Sharebee.

7 Responses to “Maze 1066 – Retrospective vol. 1”

  1. 1 hab January 5, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    a real epiphany!
    merci bien, continuo!

  2. 2 continuo January 5, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Thanks for dropping by, Hab. Glad you enjoyed this remarkable tape.

  3. 3 Gabriela January 6, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    This is an amazing collection you’ve got here!
    Keep up with the posting!


  4. 4 continuo January 6, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    I certainly will.

  5. 5 frittho January 7, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    I will follow you

  6. 6 Scott January 8, 2009 at 10:14 am

    File deleted

    Any chance of a re-up?


  7. 7 continuo January 8, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Hi Scott. The Mediafire link above works perfectly. I nonetheless offer you a Sharebee link for you to have a chance to listen to this great cassette. Thanks for your interest.

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