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