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Man in Space With Sounds
Attilio Mineo
Man in Space With Sounds
Genres: Dance & Electronic, New Age, Pop, Rock
 
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Composed and conducted by one Art Mineo, Man in Space with Sounds served as the soundtrack to the futuristic "Bubbleator" exhibit at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. Decades of water under the Space Needle have imbued it wit...  more »

      
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All Artists: Attilio Mineo
Title: Man in Space With Sounds
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Subliminal Sounds
Release Date: 8/18/1998
Genres: Dance & Electronic, New Age, Pop, Rock
Styles: Electronica, Easy Listening
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 751937114826

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Composed and conducted by one Art Mineo, Man in Space with Sounds served as the soundtrack to the futuristic "Bubbleator" exhibit at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. Decades of water under the Space Needle have imbued it with kitsch value on par with similarly "out" recordings by Esquivel and Martin Denny. But if you look past its inherited irony, there's an uneasy dichotomy to Man in Space that's as old as our dreams. A World's Fair tour guide narrates Mineo's compositions with canned enthusiasm and period nonsequiturs, but the music itself can be disorienting, even bleak. As our Don Pardo-in-training proclaims, "If there is one theme which dominates our tour in space, it is man's eternal search for a brighter future," Mineo cautions--with horror-flick string melodies and frigid electronic oscillations--that we should be careful what we search for. After all, we might just find it. --Matt Hanks

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A found gem of electronic art
Michael Heumann | El Centro, CA USA | 06/09/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Attilio Mineo is one of those obscure artists who created music so far ahead of its time that we are still trying to catch up to it today. What we have today, in 1999, is music that is reminiscent of science fiction soundtracks from "Forbidden Planet" and "The Day the Earth Stood Still" to "Terminator 2" and "The Fifth Element." But the music also resembles some of the earliest tape-loop experiments by people like Stockhausen, where traditional musical elements were combined with samples and sound effects. Mineo manages to blends orchestral scores with sound effects so that there is almost no distinction between them. The strings and horns are as "alien" as the alarm sounds and the theromyne wails. What really makes this music contemporary with 1999, however, is the thing that probably killed its commercial appeal in the 1960s--the narrator. At the start of each track, a narrator offers a brief comment, designed to guide the visitor through the fair. From a modern perspective, however, the narrator merely adds another weird element to music that is already weirder than most anything I've ever heard. Again, this is a gem: a found piece of electronic art that deserves recognition."
Edgy, anxious sounds from the birth of the Space Age.
peter_balestrieri@intuit.com | Palo Alto, CA | 10/28/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Man in Space with Sounds by Atillo Mineo was composed for the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. It was featured in the Bubbleator, part of the World of Tomorrow exhibit. It's an amazing collection of edgy, anxious orchestral music with loads of sound effects that conjure up images of space travel and other planets. Always interesting and spooky, the combination of sounds gives one a good idea of the fears and anxieties that people felt at the beginning of the Space Age. Mineo combines his musical elements with a master's touch and the results are always listenable and engaging, often sounding like the best science fiction scores from Hollywood. 5 stars minimum!"
Be still my heart
mason williams | bloomington, in USA | 11/18/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"when my time comes , when i'm on my death bed , i want to hear this album as i pass away . it is that heavenly ."