The Music of Ennio Morricone
Ennio Morricone may be best known for his scores for Clint Eastwood "spaghetti westerns" but he's far more than an Italian Henry Mancini, as this 3-part survey by Fabio Roberti makes clear. Here Morricone emerges as a Class-A experimentalist with a canny sense of sound for all sorts of musicians. And if this show isn't hip enough for you, just try one of Fabio's Strength Through Failure ("The Failure of Rock," The Failure of Noise," "The Failure of Pop," etc.) shows on WFMU (and God bless).
The object of this series is to invite emerging and established innovators to share their work. These programs are usually a combination of an interview with a far-reaching perspective on the artist's career, some recordings illustrating this history, and something new. Open territory. The unfortunate and unintended messages that come attached to a title like Experimental Composers are many. Still it is one of the few labels to come out of the world of music that has not been co-opted by promoters, corporations, journalists, or lawyers. This one just seems to have anti-market goo on it. Hooray. It's also just bad English (as if to imply that these poor souls are themselves, in their flesh and blood, some kind of experiment and, perhaps, even expendable). And then there is the spectre of defying the wisdom of the great Edgar Varèse who said something like, "I do not write experimental music. My experimenting is done before I make the music. Afterwards it is the listener who must experiment."more