Sonor Music Editions Dives Deep into the World of Underwater Library Music

The Italian label's trio of new releases will explore the forgotten soundscapes of Amedeo Tommasi and Bruno Zambrini

BY Brock ThiessenPublished Nov 23, 2017

While Sonor Music Editions only just released the stellar Ritmo Dell'Industria N°2 by the late-great Alessandro Alessandroni, the Italian library/soundtrack hub has already announced its next set of releases. This time, though, the label will be squarely focused on an underwater triptych of aquatic jazz.

A trio of new releases will arrive from Sonor by the end of the month, with the Amedeo Tommasi-led compilation Mare Romantico, Edmondo Giuliani's IL MARE: Musica Con Strumenti Elettronici and Bruno Zambrini's TV series soundtrack Racconti Di Mare all set to arrive come November 27. As is typically the case with Sonor reissues, original copies of all three of the albums are essentially impossible to find and fetch a pretty penny via online resellers.

To start, the Mare Romantico obscurity was originally released in 1974 and captured at Amedeo Tommasi's studio, with the maestro contributing several tracks via his own name, as well as his monikers Atmo and Jarrell. Besides Tommasi, the album features Leandro Piccioni and Umberto Santucci (a.k.a. Montedoro).

While you can listen to the entire album below, Sonor describes the release like this:

Bewitching Underwater music trip made through analogue synthesizers and sophisticated Electronic Lounge mood music especially recorded for TV sea documentaries — for sure one of the finest examples we had of Italian Underwater Library music. Delicated marine themes are alternated by hypnotic and abyssal vibes with droning effects, but generally the sound is driven by soft and loungy atmospheres; elegance reflected in crystal clear waves. Little jewel for fans of early electronic music and library junkies.

Sticking to that aquatic theme is then Edmondo Giuliani's IL MARE: Musica Con Strumenti Elettronici, which was originally released in 1972 in an extremely limited pressing on the little-known Dischi Egede label. Once again, the album was conceived in Tommasi's studio, this time as part of a library series called "Brani Per Sonorizzazione" by the relatively obscure and mysterious Giuliani.

Throughout the album's 10 tracks, expect "insane vintage synthesizer vibes," "electronic atmospheric trips" and, overall, "infectious and trippy abstract experimental music that plumbs in the sea depths with abyssal echoes, sound iridescences and marine electronic themes."

You can also listen to the release for yourself below.

Finally, Sonor will release Bruno Zambrini's Racconti Di Mare, which appeared in the 1970 TV series of the same name by director Nestore Ungaro. Sonor dubs this release Zambrini's "higher masterpiece." The label goes on to promise the following:

Music is a total trip with insane psychedelic and underground beats to die for, killer drum breaks, aquatic lounge & bossa themes and huge underwater drama moods. The loungy atmospheres remind to sea trips nostalgia with the flowing sweet scat vocals broken by the spaced-out underwater waltzs and marine vibes.

For the reissue, Racconti Di Mare has been remastered from the original RCA master tapes and it will include a bonus CD containing the unreleased mono recording session featuring outtakes and alternative versions. You can hear a sampler of the release at the bottom of the page.

All three of the new Sonor releases can be pre-ordered now via the label's Bandcamp.

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