A hazy black and white television, freed from it’s cheap veneer housing sits awkwardly on a fragile brown table, its cathode ray tube naked and blaring. Through a dust caked window, Attack Ships perch on their gigantic scaffolds, cloistered beasts awaiting an electronic impulse that will signal their initial, sluggish roll away from their moorings. The television shows an orchestra from an indeterminate time performing a single note over and over in a breathless loop.
A royal guard approaches the most corpulent Attack Ship, their hard worn uniforms offset by the celestial fanfare that blares over the lashed together PA — hanging like cobwebs over the great ship’s sides, the speakers like flies. The glories of countless battles etched on the innumerable plates of armour that define the edges of the ship’s bulk. The memory of space, of the galactic vistas the ship has borne witness too, hangs in the air as the soldiers seal the vast airlock behind them. Alone on the desolate plains, the PA completes it’s celebration of a victory lost to time and then, they were gone.
Professor Genius stole our hearts with his Moebius/Little Nemo referencing masterwork A Jean Giraud 4 back at the end of 2007 via a typically minimal post on the awesome Bumrocks. This is Not an Exit put out the Jean Giraud 12″ in 2008 which contained a sped up version of the aforementioned classic but the second part of the series has lain, until now, hidden deep within the professor’s lair. He’s been good enough to put the whole thing up on his Soundcloud so we can explore what amounts to a marvellous ode to the great French futurist. You can grab the whole thing here. But here’s a taste…
If Professor Genius has constructed a complex mix of the exalting and the maudlin for a battered space fleet then 100% Silk‘s Ital has soundtracked the muscular leaving party for the grunts. A glimpse out of portholes onto the uniquely specular beauty of crystalline astroids for a moment…before the pounding of the room draws their attention back to the dancefloor with a heaving, looping ecstatic roll of wave after wave of 23rd century Italo instrumentals.
Ital’s 12″ Ital’s Theme is out now on 100% Silk and is spectacularly awesome.