Lessons to learn birdsong

Katsutaro Kouta (小唄 勝太郎) was a Japanese geisha, female singer born in Niigata Prefecture on November 6, 1904; died June 21, 1974. She has performed in the following genres: 小唄 (Kouta), 清元 (Kiyomoto: Shamisen music), 民謡 (Min'yō), 新民謡 (Shin-Min'yō : Ondo), 端唄 (Hauta)and 歌謡曲 (Kayōkyoku).

Mysteries from chilhood

Christian Gaubert is a French composer, pianist, arranger and band leader. Collaborations include Charles Aznavour, Mireille Mathieu, Gilbert Bécaud, Johnny Hallyday, Serge Gainsbourg, Pascal Auriat, and Gérard Lenorman among others.

Encounters outside the solar system

Bernard Fèvre is a self-taught french composer, now over 60 years old. In his early life, his day job was in precision mechanics; on saturday nights he played piano in a R' n B' band, Frankie Presle and the G.men. He then spent ten years as part of Les Francs Garçons, a singing group in the "Don Camillo" night-club in Paris. He now works for a French radio station, providing its 'sound environment'.

His first solo record is "The Strange World of Bernard Fèvre", followed some months after by "Black Devil Disco Club 78" which had a new and pioneering electronic sound. The records met with limited success and Bernard Fèvre remained in obscurity for more than twenty years. He released at least 3 albums of electronic library music during the 70s.


Dark pleasures of the flesh

Nora Orlandi (1933) is an Italian pop singer, composer and pianist, also the author of some very strange psychedelic Giallo-soundtracks.

Following the warm currents

Guy Pedersen (1930 - 2005) was a French Jazz-Soul-Funk Double-bass player. He was, with Pierre Michelot and Michel Gaudry, one of the most appreciated double bassists for his qualities as a sideman, accompanying the greatest soloists. Pedersen also composed the music for numerous short films, as well as the music for the credits of Thalassa TV series.

Failed simulation of reality

Roger Davy is a French session guitarist and composer that made several library albums in the 70's, his most characteristic trait being the cosmic guitar twang that graces all of his albums. His signature guitar just glides along and fits perfectly with all of the enchanting arrangements primarly made with all the electronic trickery coming from the seventies. 
Albert Assayag is a French (born in Morocco, 1938) songwriter, pianist, accordionist, arranger and conductor; also works as a musical and artistic guide. He began as a musical arranger and composer of music for television, notably France Inter and Télé Monte Carlo.


Surfing on cold icy weather

Finnish Graffiti - Rautalankaa Ja Beat-musiikkia 1961-65 is a Beat/Surf Finnish compilation made by Finnlevy label.

Blurred sunsets over Rome

Delirium Of The Senses - Psychedelia In Italian Cinema is an Italian Beat/Psychedelic film music compilation made by English label Bella Casa.

Reverberations of the cosmic background

Janko Nilović (1941) is a pianist, arranger and composer of Montenegrin and Greek descent who was born in Turkey and has lived in France since 1960; he has published many works, most of them on library labels not available for sale to the public. His oeuvre stretches from Classical, Jazz, and Funk to Pop, Psychedelia, and Easy Listening.

Tripping into Lombardy

Beat Psichedelico Alla Celluloide is an Italian Space age/Psychedelic/Lounge cinema music compilation made by Italian label Giallo Records.

Catching aerials spying

Barry Gray (1908, Lancashire, England - 1984, Guernsey, Channel Islands) was a British musician and composer best known for his collaborations with television and film producer Gerry Anderson.

Born into a musical family, studied diligently and became a student at the Manchester Royal College of Music and at Blackburn Cathedral. He studied composition under the Hungarian born émigré composer Matyas Seiber.

In 1956 Gray joined Gerry Anderson's AP Films and scored its first marionette puppet television series, The Adventures of Twizzle. This was followed by Torchy The Battery Boy and Four Feather Falls, His association with Anderson lasted throughout the 1960s. Although best known for his score to Thunderbirds (in particular the "March of the Thunderbirds" title music), Gray's work also included the themes to all the other "Supermarionation" productions, including Fireball XL5, Stingray, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons and Joe 90

Additionally, Gray is known as the composer for the Anderson live-action series of the 1970s, such as UFO and Space: 1999. His work in cinema included the scores to the Thunderbirds feature films Thunderbirds Are Go (1966) and Thunderbird 6 (1968), and the live-action science-fiction drama Doppelgänger (1969)).

Barry Gray - The Secret Service


The soil is nourished by white blood

Piero Umiliani (17 July 1926 - 14 February 2001) was an Italian composer of film scores. Like many of his Italian colleagues at that time, he composed the scores for many exploitation films in the 1960s and 1970s, covering genres such as Spaghetti Westerns, Eurospy, Giallo, and softcore sex films.

His composition "Mah Nà Mah Nà" (1968) was originally used in Sweden: Heaven and Hell, a 1968 Mondo documentary about Sweden. Umiliani's other scores included Son of Django, Orgasmo, Gangster's Law, Death Knocks Twice, Five Dolls for an August Moon,Baba Yaga and The Slave and Sex Pot.

Oscillations of very distant stars

I Pulsar (Pulsar Music Ltd) is an Italian recording studio band formed in 1976 by jazz musicians Enrico Pieranunzi and Silvano Chimenti and called "The Pulsar" in honor of the neutron star.

Music to wear a red beret

Ittiologia is an Italian Library music compilation made by Cardium Label (includes Alessandro Alessandroni, Amedeo Tommasi, Atmo and Franco Tamponi).


A walk through the cosmic surroundings

Wendy Carlos (born Walter Carlos, November 14, 1939) is an American musician and composer best known for her electronic music and film scores.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Carlos studied physics and music at Brown University before moving to New York City in 1962 to study music composition at Columbia University. Studying and working with various electronic musicians and technicians at the city's Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center, she helped in the development of the Moog synthesizer, Robert Moog's first commercially available keyboard instrument.
Carlos came to prominence with Switched-On Bach (1968), an album of music by Johann Sebastian Bach performed on a Moog synthesizer, which helped popularize its use in the 1970s and won her three Grammy Awards. Its commercial success led to several more albums, including further synthesized classical music adaptations, and experimental and ambient music. She composed the score to two Stanley Kubrick films, A Clockwork Orange (1971) and The Shining (1980), and for Tron (1982) for Walt Disney Productions.

Submerged in deadly waters

Luciano Michelini (1945) is an Italian composer, arranger, conductor, pianist and organist, well known by film scores as The Island of the Fishmen (1979), The Suspicious Death of a Minor (1975) and The Cheaters (1975).

Falling into deadly spyral

Beth B and Scott B is an influential duo of US experimental filmmakers, primarily active in New York City in the late 1970s to early 80s and associated with the "No Wave" and "Cinema of Transgression" movements. Scott B and Beth B (known under various combinations of their first names with "B" initial) were married and lived in NYC's East Village area. They directed several "no budget" 16-mm shorts and feature-length films via B Movies independent production company, with critics and progressive moviegoers praising their unique "punk bohemia" lo-fi aesthetics and violent, sinister themes. The duo also extensively collaborated with local experimental performers and noise artists and cleverly played in the New York hip crowd's impatience and "flakiness." Beth & Scott would typically finish a new movie within a few days, ensuring a steady stream of fresh material for weekly screenings at local rock clubs, such as Max's Kansas City or Mudd Club, New York.
In September 1982, Beth B & Scott B premiered their most acclaimed movie at the New York Film Festival, Vortex — a dark "noir" detective/thriller starring Lydia Lunch (of Teenage Jesus And The Jerks) with James Russo, Bill Rice, Haoui Montaug and Ann Magnuson. They ended the collaboration soon after the film's premiere, continuing working in film independently; Beth B has a more prolific artistic career, while Scott focused on the technical side, co-founding "Antenna Films" production company in 2000.

Dancing across two continents

Arşivplak Mirror is a Turkish Funk/Disco selection made by english label Arşivplak.

Arşivplak - Mirror

Lost continent in flames

Giorgio Carnini is an Argentinian-Italian composer, arranger, keyboardist (organ, synthesizer, piano), conductor and music educator.

The roar precedes the popular uprising

Alessandro Alessandroni (1925, Rome, Italy - 2017, Rome, Italy) was an Italian composer, arranger, vocalist, whistler, conductor and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, sitar, keyboards, mandolin, mandocello, accordion, banjo, flute, harmonica, jew's harp, recorder, melodica and ocarina). He was the founder of the vocal ensemble I Cantori Moderni di Alessandroni. Husband of Margaret Courtney-Clarke. Previously married to Giulia Alessandroni (Kema) until her death in 1984.
Also collaborated with his childhood friend Ennio Morricone on a number of soundtracks for Spaghetti Westerns. Morricone's orchestration often calls for an unusual combination of instruments, voices, and whistling. Alessandroni's twangy guitar riff is central to the main theme for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Alessandroni can be heard as the whistler on the soundtracks for Sergio Leone's films, including A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, Once Upon a Time in the West, and Pervirella. He also collaborated with Morricone in scoring the 1974 film Around the World with Peynet's Lovers.
He founded the octet vocal group I Cantori Moderni in 1961. The group, which included his wife, Giulia De Mutiis, performed wordless vocals on several Italian movie soundtracks. Most notably, I Cantori Moderni are featured on the song "Mah Nà Mah Nà", written by Piero Umiliani for the 1968 Luigi Scattini mondo film Svezia, inferno e paradiso and popularized on The Muppets Show
Alessandro has also composed film scores, including Any Gun Can Play (1967), Johnny Hamlet (1968), The Reward's Yours... The Man's Mine (1969), Lady Frankenstein (1971), The Devil's Nightmare (1971), The Mad Butcher (1971), Seven Hours of Violence (1973), Sinbad and the Caliph of Baghdad (1973), Poker in Bed (1974), White Fang and the Hunter (1975), Blood and Bullets (1976), L'adolescente (1976), La professoressa di scienze naturali (1976), The Opening of Misty Beethoven (1976), Women's Camp 119 (1977), Killer Nun (1978), L'imbranato (1979), and Trinity Goes East (1998).

The danger of secret societies

Ennio Morricone (1928-2020) was an Italian composer, orchestrator, conductor, and former trumpet player, writing in a wide range of musical styles. Since 1961, Morricone composed over 400 scores for cinema and television, as well as over 100 classical works.


From out to nowhere in vacuum

BBC Space Themes is an English compilation from 60's/70's Space TV series themes, made by BBC Records.

Hallucinating in the inner world

Armando Sciascia (1920-2017) was an Italian composer, conductor, arranger and violinist; founder of Vedette Records.

Armando Sciascia - Metempsyco


Art is beyond thoughts

Ersen Dinleten (July 4, 1946, Istanbul, Turkey) became interested in music at an early age. His father (a hero according to Ersen) was interested in the violin, so Ersen learned to play his father's instrument - as well as mandolin and guitar - when he was child. Spending most of his time practicing, he also studied the art of singing and later found himself singing Turkish folk tunes at local meetings and wedding parties.

Playing and singing in many orchestras until the end of the '60s, Ersen's faith turned when he met Cem Karaca in person. A newborn star in Turkish rock scene, Karaca was managing Bunalimlar at the time and offered Ersen an opportunity to record. His first single, "Olvido — Ak Guvercin," was released in 1969 and featured hypnotic guitar work from Unol Buyukgonenc. A year later, Ersen replaced Aziz Azmet of Mogollar to lead the band. The collaboration was very short, as Mogollar headed to France, so Ersen joined forces with another Anadolu pop band, Uc Hurel. 

Ersen's early singles were mostly Spanish-influenced, but he later evolved into a unique blend of Turkish folk and Western progressive themes. His breakthrough single, "Kozan Dagi," was released in 1972. "Sor Kendine," released that same year, was an incredible show of talent, and it's still one of the pivotal points of his career.

He later joined Mogollar once again, played with Kardaslar, and at last formed his well-known band Dadaslar. Being a group of talented musicians of the present scene, Dadaslar could never maintain a stable line-up; however, they supplied the necessary background for one of the most important figures in the Anadolu pop/rock scene. Ersen released "Cakmagi Çak," "Yine Seni Taninm," "Bir Ayrilik Bir Yoksulluk Bir Olum," "Uc Kiz Bir Ana," "Ne Sevdigin Belli Ne Sevmedigin," and "Ekmek Parasi," among other singles, until the end of 1978. Following the tendency of the Turkish music market in the '80s Ersen laid aside his band and continued his career alone. Like the rest of his fellow Turkish musicians, he was also forced to choose a side in the political turmoil of the day. Despite trying not to reveal clear political beliefs, he was right wing-oriented, and after the Army took control of the government, he was disrespected by many musicians and fans. He played and recorded for the Army and the governmental media, TRT.

Hatamizi Bilmeden Cekiyoruz (1980) and Anadolu Pop (1983) were the last of his musically rich albums. Leaning toward a more poppy and shallow sound, Ersen faded away with his last album of the '90s, Ersen Ustadan Kuru Fasulye in 1993. After a nine-year hiatus, Ersen returned to the music business with Ersen Mevlana Gibi. The album, finding Ersen in a more mystical and spiritual form, failed to draw attention, just like the following year's Donemem. In 2007, Ersen ve Dadaslar re-recorded five of their classic tunes and released them as an album called Ersen ve Dadaslar Yeniden (1973-2007). 

Ersen - Dertli Kaval

Pygmies dancing to the beat of love

Francis Bebey (15 July 1929, Douala, Cameroon - 28 May 2001, Paris, France) was a Cameroonian musicologist, writer, composer, and broadcaster; he attended college in Douala, where he studied mathematics, before studying broadcasting at the University of Paris. He moved to the United States and continued to study broadcasting at New York University. In 1957, Bebey moved to Ghana at the invitation of Kwame Nkrumah, and took a job as a broadcaster.

In the early 1960s, Bebey moved to France and started work in the arts, establishing himself as a musician, sculptor, and writer. He was also the first African musician to use electric keyboards and programmable drum machines which he set alongside off the traditional African instruments. His most popular novel was Agatha Moudio's Son. While working at UNESCO from 1961-74, he was able to become the head of the music department in Paris. This job allowed him to research and document traditional African music.

Bebey released his first album in 1969 and would go on to release over 20 albums on Ozileka, between 1975 and 1997. His music was primarily guitar-based, but he integrated traditional African instruments and synthesizers as well. Though Bebey's music is now widely praised, it created controversy at the time due to its blending of African and Western traditions. His style merged Cameroonian makossa with classical guitar, jazz, pop, and electronics, and was considered by critics to be groundbreaking, "intellectual, humorous, and profoundly sensual". He sang in Duala, English, and French.

Moreover, Bebey had a major role in popularizing the n'dehou, a one-note bamboo flute created by the Central African pygmies. Bebey conducted field research among pygmy tribes, focusing especially on their musical traditions.

Bebey wrote novels, poetry, plays, tales, short stories, and nonfiction works. He began his literary career as a journalist in the 1950s and at one time worked as a journalist in Ghana and other African countries for the French radio network, Société de radiodiffusion de la France d'outre-mer (SORAFOM); in addition to exploring childhood and adult experiences in his works, Bebey also wrote tales drawn from the African oral tradition.

Francis Bebey - African Electronic Music 1975-1982

Turquoise butterflies flying to heaven

Beyaz Kelebekler was a Turkish pop music group. The active musical life of the group lasted from 1963 to 1980. It was founded by 5 young people studying at Kabataş Boys' High School; with the participation of Turgut Akyüz, he started his professional life and started to become famous.   
The band, which first worked with Ayşe Sütçü as a soloist, continued with Azize Gencebay as the new soloist after Ayşe got married and left music. After Azize married Orhan Gencebay and left music, the band signed with Ülkü Üst.

The group had a traffic accident on January 19, 1970, while going to Adapazarı for a concert, where they lost Behzat Kutlubağ, Altan Eke and Rıfat Eke in this accident; the band, which came to the point of disbanding after this incident, reversed this decision upon insistence from the environment.
Beyaz Kelebekler, one of the famous bands of the 70s, gave concerts in many European countries during this period, until the group ends its career after the 1980 Izmir Fair.