Pietro Grossi – Electronic Soundtracks

Pietro Grossi - Electronic Soundtracks LP front cover
Pietro Grossi - Electronic Soundtracks LP back cover
Pietro Grossi - Electronic Soundtracks LP side A
Pietro Grossi (1917-2002)

Pietro Grossi (1917-2002) was an Italian pioneer of computer and electronic music with interests in telecommunications, visual music and software programming. Trained as a cellist between 1925-35, he was a professional cellist in Italian symphonic orchestras from 1936 to 1966. He founded the Studio Di Fonologia Musicale Di Firenze (S2FM) in 1963 and worked at the Centro Nazionale Universitario di Calcolo Elettronico (CNUCE) in Pisa, 1969-72. His music of the 1960s (the Atmosfera & Elettronica, ElettroMusica #1 & 2 and GE-115 Computer Concerto LPs) is one of the most austere of the period, often reduced to mere monophonic electronic tonalities with sparse embellishments.

♫ The 1966 Electronic Soundtracks LP was produced for Italian library music company Cooper Records. It comes as a collection of electronic tones and sound effects to be used in film production. These aloof sounds are particularly detached and devoid of emotions, as created by a bland computer. Many tracks evoke alarm signals, escaping gas, threatening sounds and outer-space anguish, and the result is one of the most un-human music one can think of. Luckily, these elliptic tracks are very short, sometimes less than 5 seconds. If anything, track titles like In Un Laboratorio Atomico (In an Atomic Plant) and Respiro Di Cervello Elettronico (The breath of an Electronic Brain) are indicative of a rather hostile environment.

46 tracks
Total time 30:00
LP released by Cooper Records, ref. C.P.201, Italy, 1966


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17 Responses to “Pietro Grossi – Electronic Soundtracks”

  1. 1 Adam April 6, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    You already set a gold standard for vintage electronic music, but this might be your very best release yet. I’m trembling by excitement. A simple thanks is not enough!

  2. 2 continuo April 6, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    I’m afraid I shall disagree, Adam: a “simple thanks” IS indeed enough to make my day.
    As for this LP, it seems pretty rare stuff, as it is not listed on Discogs and not even on Grossi’s official website. His other Cooper Records LP is Elettrogreca (1967), fetching prices above $300-350 at the moment. Needless to say, I bought Electronic Soundtracks for a small fraction of this sum.
    Thanks for your comment.

  3. 3 twinkle April 7, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Yes great stuff. Love the Suspense series the best. Thanks.

  4. 4 continuo April 7, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    You’re welcome.

  5. 5 Thomas April 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Great stuff! You and I are on the same frequency, again. Grossi is a fascinating composer.

  6. 6 continuo April 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    He’s getting better known nowadays thanks to the Die Schachtel CD reissues, but to get a better understanding of his work, a book would seem necessary, I guess.

  7. 7 Bodhi Amol April 8, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Hello again and thanks for this rare find!
    Do you have more of Grossi NOT to be found on the recent cd- releases to share in the future?

  8. 8 continuo April 8, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    No comment.

  9. 9 Cristho70 April 12, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Thank you so much

  10. 10 continuo April 12, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    My pleasure.

  11. 11 bart April 14, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    hello I found this page tru google. And I’ve a little question. I have here at home this release of him:
    Studio Di Fonologia Musicale Di Firenze – GE-115 – Computer Concerto
    It seems it was a gift froom Olivetti after a christmasparty back in the days.
    Does anybody knows what it might be worth?

  12. 12 continuo April 15, 2011 at 1:11 am

    Hi, Bart. I don’t know how much the record would fetch if you decided to sell it, but the seasonal nature of this disc (a 45rpm of Pagannini and Bach music) makes it something like a curiosity, less prone to reach the high prices a more avantgarde Long Playing release of the 1960s would do.

  13. 13 bart April 16, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    thanks continuo :-)

  14. 14 wa July 17, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Holy bleeps, I had no idea this even existed. Many, many thanks…

  15. 15 continuo July 17, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    This LP is rather under-documented, to say the least. Glad I could bring it to the attention of those interested. Thanks for your comment.

  16. 16 sandrinosdedntis April 16, 2012 at 2:20 pm


  17. 17 continuo April 16, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    No chance from me personally, but maybe a reader could help if you’d just leave a comment on the Re-ups page.

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