In the past years, Italia’s fine taste for coffee and library music has become an obvious thing for any skeptical mind, which would, at some point, doubt it. Internet played a major role in the growth of awareness of library music, which was, for a long time, stored and kept unobtrusive in some dusty shelves of bygone Italian archives.
Obscure Italian library music label Music Scene released, in 1977, the first solo album of Italian composer and pianist Gianni Safred, called ‘’Electronic Designs’’. With the help of ‘’his electronic instruments’’ (Minimoog, Polymoog, Arp Odissey, Arp Omni, Fender piano, Sequencer Roland, Space Echo Roland), Safred released only three albums and a handful of singles. The first one came after three years since he set up his own mini studio, somewhere in Trieste.
Gianni Safred comes from a jazz background, and this can be felt in his entire way of approaching the instruments and composing music. Concerning the technique, he reserved himself the liberty to improvise and express his ideas using a unique method of playing and building tension, with help of long hypnotic electronic stripped strings. During the time, Safred played with jazzmen musicians such as Glauco Masetti, Sergio Fanni, Gianni Bedori, Andrea Centazzo and French jazz players Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelly.
‘’Electronic Designs’’ gives to the audience an inspiring listening experience, featuring 12 instrumental tracks, which all together create a thrilling trip through some of the most bizarre and psyched-out synths, exposing a beautiful yet dramatic and fragile music universe, that Gianni Safred composed with a unique craft. Probably this is how Hailu Mergia would have sounded, if he was born in Italy.
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For a deeper understanding, it is required to check Safred's second album as well, Futuribile - The Life To Come.
Tracklist:A1. Automation Age
A3. City Problems
A6. Hasty Chant
B1. Elastic Points
B2. Sacred Interlude
B3. Jazz Motion Study
B5. Bottom Up
B6. Poe's Clock