FRANCESCO BUCCHERI Hand made

by Mellow Records MMP266

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Hand made (unreleased recordings from 1984/1985/1989)

Francesco was born in Bologna in 1954.
He recalls falling in love with music early as he listened
to his sister practice and perform at the piano.
He began his musical exploration at the age of 8 with
guitar, but his breakthrough revelation came upon
hearing Pink Floyd's "Atom Heart Mother."
It was there he first realized electronic music's possibilities
and began diving into Tangerine Dream, Popol Vuh,
and Klaus Schulze.
After 4 years with the band Ex Aequo he went solo and
released his first proper album in 1979.
Today he writes music for films, television, as well as
a new series of CDs issued in the 90s and 00s.

Buccheri reminds a bit of Schulze and fellow Italian
Sangiuliano, with this compilation providing a wide
overview of moods and emotions.
At the same time, the unrelated nature of the individual
tracks can lead to a somewhat disjointed feel.
This does not detract however as the songs are
interesting enough on their own to keep attention.
The pieces range from experimental and mildly dissonant
to more structured tracks with stock beats and good melodies.
Ambient sound effects penetrate many of the pieces.
Buccheri is an outstanding keyboardist and the synthesizer
is by far the prominent ingredient here.
The textures and sounds he gets throughout the album
are often delightful and sometimes awe-inspiring.
There is great contrast and layering when he employs
multiple sounds together.
The tracks generally leave you with an upbeat feel,
not too dark, sometimes Oldfield-ish in places,
other times meditative, and other times spacey.
On the last track he even touches on industrial techno
with a loud and rather abrasive contrast of key textures
to a fast, rigid beat.

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released March 6, 1995

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