SCIMMIE

by Luigi Porto

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Nostro Holy hell - how did I stumble on this here? Harking back to the great 60's/ 70's Italian Giallo soundtracks, but with a definite modern feel. It's not just because Mr Dead raps on Distaste II, but more the use of the recorded sounds. I'm not an opera fan either, but those hauntingly alluring vocals of Edda Dell'Orso (heard on many Morricone soundtracks) are used here (vocalist unknown) & even a track that could be found on a recent Scott Walker album.
Dark, cinematic & strinkingly beautiful. Favorite track: MONODIA DEL PUSHER - PARTE II.
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DALLA COLONNA SONORA ORIGINALE DE " L'APOCALISSE DELLE SCIMMIE" DI ROMANO SCAVOLINI

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released August 21, 2014

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"SCIMMIE is something of a psychedelic ride."

Darren Allison, Cinema Retro UK

"A stylistic and atmospheric Wechselbad (...) a total work of great beauty and morbidity"

Marcus Stiglegger, Deadline Magazin Deutschland



<<SCIMMIE is a musical conversation that flows parallel to Romano Scavolini's film.

These were the agreements. When we met the first time, he told me "I don't want film music. You have to create a sort of "pain symphony", something that continues even if the film stops, a music that doesn't care".

The work, divided in three volumes like the film, was conceived during the last years in several places of the world, while from time to time I was moving for work reasons. I wanted to collect contrasting experiences, put them in line without seeking for harmony - releasing instead many individual energies, make them explode and implode, simply suggesting a direction.
I used many composition techniques to do this, from classical 4 voices writing to sampling, overdub, psychedelic jamming. I wanted to let this music emerge and sink between various identities, without being afraid of making a faux paus - instead trying to speak languages that are unfamiliar to everybody, even through the various featuring, conceived as "representatives".

It is a political vision. Contradiction, schizophrenia, I wanted to ride them, ritualize them, show them. Not as a contamination, but as a struggle, a fight.

I try to compose and, once written and recorded, handle the tracks as they were found objects, with continuous elevations and debasements - actually "shuffling the cards" (even Romano in the meanwhile was doing it with the film, editing the episodes and then shuffling them). Hiding the composition process sometimes, and sometimes instead showing it totally naked, make it emerge. Writing "straight", recording, letting the material settle until the emotional detachment comes, and then mistreating it, jamming upon it, giving space to randomness to find new paths.
This, to me, was a method, a liturgy. >>

Luigi Porto


Luigi Porto released some experimental songwriting albums with his former solo project Appleyard College, and with the Italian band Maisie: he is also a resident composer at the iBOC opera company in New York City.

Beside writing music, Luigi works also as a sound designer in films and theatre performances.

SCIMMIE is his first release under his own name.


Many are the guests: Rudi Assuntino, the writer of Italian political anthems from the 60's like La rossa provvidenza, E lui ballava.
Mr. Dead, from the darkest American East Coast hip-hop scene;
composer and woodwind player Mirko Onofrio (Red Basica, Brunori SAS), a Gospel choir singing in Latin a setting from a Japanese text; soprano Carmen D'Onofrio (Argine, Maisie, Camerata Mediolanense), cellist James Waldo(Spirits of the Red City, A.W. Duo) and many others, plus many field recordings and samples collected in years by the composer, working around the world - those assembling the most "concrete" side of the opera.


L'APOCALISSE DELLE SCIMMIE is a still mysteriously unreleased movie that ROMANO SCAVOLINI began shooting in 2002. The film is, among others, John Philip Law's last appearance before his death.

The artwork is a series of original engravings by the pop artist VITTORIO BRUNI - a long time collaborator of Charlie Chaplin and Andy Warhol's student.

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Luigi Porto New York, New York

Luigi Porto is an Italian composer living in NY.

His albums, as a solo artist and band member, are released on Cold Current Productions, Cineploit Records, Snowdonia Dischi, Kipple Officina Libraria, Lallabbau.
Currently a resident composer at NY iBOC Opera Company and CT Music LLC, he is also a film sound designer and sound artist.
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Track Name: CECILIA O LA DANZA SPINATA
TRADITIONAL NORTHERN ITALIAN SONG.


Eravamo quattro contrabbandieri,
Carabinieri bussarono alla porta.

"Per amore, per amore ma per forza,
contrabbandieri non li farete più!

E per amore, per amore ma per forza
contrabbandieri non li farete più!

Giovinotti rovinati dalla vita,
contrabbandieri non li farete più!"

Ma i contrabbandieri son giovani e forti
della Morte non hanno paura,

in una notte assai buia e assai scura
contrabbandieri scavalcano il confin.

In una notte assai buia e assai scura
contrabbandieri scavalcano il confin.
Track Name: DISTASTE II (feat. Mr.Dead)
MY ILLICIT DISTASTE STEMS FROM THE FEMALE SPECIES
COVERED IN FILTH AND BLOOD, IMMERSED IN FECES
MY MODUS OPERANDUM,ENCASED IN DARKNESS
NOT EVEN A CANDLE FROM GOD CAN ENLIGHTEN OR SPARK THIS
SENSE OF NORMALITY I'AM THE HUMAN CASUALTY
SUCKLED BY MY BEAST OF BURDEN,AN ABNORMALITY
A DEVILISH REJECT WITH A FIENDISH RESUME AS
I SEEP INTO YOUR SKIN LIKE THE LATHER IN TRESEMME
SNATCHING FROM YOU RIGHTS OF PASSAGE SUCH AS BREATHING
PAIN BEYOND PLEASURE WILL HAVE DEVOTE DOUBTERS BELIEVING
THE DARKNESS CONSUMED IS INTENTIONAL START RETREATING
PREPARE FOR THE WRATH OF SIN,PREPARE FOR BEATINGS
PREPARE FOR PUNISHMENT,PAIN AND SUFFERING IS WHOLESOME
IMPRISONED WITHOUT HOPE LIKE THOSE FOLKS IN FOLSOM
MY WICKEDNESS BLOSSOMS LIKE A WONDER OF DECREPICY
DRAWING MY LINE OF BLOOD IN THE SAND,INDUCING LEPROSY



METHODICALLY COMMITTING TO DISCIPLINE BLESSEDLY
CENTRALLY YOUR SYSTEM IS NERVOUS- I HAVE NO EMPATHY
SURPASSING MILESTONES OF PAIN AND ANGUISH
NO SYMPATHY-- A SYMPHONY OF YOUR LIFE, AS YOU LANGUISH



MY MENTAL LABYRINTH IS AS DARK AS MY PHYSICAL
MY RITUAL HABITUAL,THE BRAIN WILL REMAIN CRITICAL
SUFFERING IN SHACKLES ,THE DESPAIR WILL CONSUME YOU
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED SUSTAINED,THE PAIN WILL ENTOMB YOU
TRAPPED IN THE BOWELS OF THE DEEPEST LAMENT
I REQUEST PERMISSION FOR THE SUFFERING AND YOU HAVE MY CONSENT
FEEL FREE TO SHED TEARS FOR THE SALT WILL CLEANSE YOU
THERE'S NO POISON IN YOUR PEN, A FACADE, I COMMEND YOU
YOUR SPIRIT STILL LINGERS AS IT DWINDLES IN REAL TIME
STAY CONSCIOUS,STAY FOCUSED,AS I SPIT OUT THE REAL RHYME
THE GRIME, CAUSE THESE STREETS ARE FUCKING FILTHY
THERE'S NOT ENOUGH SUFFERING AND BLOOD, IT LEAVES ME EMPTY
AT TIMES I FEEL IT'S NEVER ENOUGH, I FEEL GUILTY
THEN THE MOMENT OF CLARITY WITH POLARITY ,I'M BEING THRIFTY
I SHOULD SPLURGE IN MY WEALTH OF TORTURE AND PUNISHMENT
THE SUFFERING IS THE TOPPING AND MY PASSION IS THE CONDIMENT.



METHODICALLY COMMITTING TO DISCIPLINE BLESSEDLY
CENTRALLY YOUR SYSTEM IS NERVOUS- I HAVE NO EMPATHY
SURPASSING MILESTONES OF PAIN AND ANGUISH
NO SYMPATHY-- A SYMPHONY OF YOUR LIFE, AS YOU LANGUISH
Track Name: OUVERTURE
"VOS OPTIMUM IUDITIUM DE ME FACERE, HONORAT ME:
MEUM EXTREMUM ET ULTIMUM DESIDERIUM EST."

LYRICS ARE EXTRACTS FROM LAST LETTERS WRITTEN BY JAPANESE KAMIKAZE PILOTS DURING WORLD WAR II, STORED IN CHIRAN PEACE MUSEUM FOR KAMIKAZE PILOTS IN KAGOSHIMA, JAPAN. LATIN ADAPTATION BY ELEONORA BIFANO.
Track Name: CASAL BRUCIATO
Traditional Italian song - traditional Tigrigna song
Track Name: BOGORODITSE DJEVO
Traditional Russian Hail Mary