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Tu m' and the Magical Mystery Orchestra

by Tu m'

Ten uncommonly beautiful electro-acoustic treasures from the Italian duo, Tu m', who forge strange beauty from the orchestral tones of the Magical Mystery Orchestra.
Genre: Electronic: Experimental
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1. Glamour
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2. Before the Rain
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3. In the Car
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4. A Good Morning
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5. Dreaming
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6. Palpable
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7. Singing in the Rain
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8. A Strange Coincidence
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9. Solar
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10. Bye
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BRILLIANT sonorities & gleaming tones, enchanting melodies, scratchy textures & grainy surfaces - all born from the Magical Mystery Orchestra, a "secret ensemble" of horns, strings, percussion, piano, and other traditional instrumentation. The compositions of Rossano Polidoro (b.1970) and Emiliano Romanelli (b.1979), together known to the world as Tu m', were first played by the Magical Mystery Orchestra, then digitally reprocessed and edited by the composers. This approach is a departure from much of the previous Tu m' music, with the composers typically approaching laptops directly as the point of compostion, here drawing inspiration from the "colors of the acoustic instruments, in their simple and pure sound and in their melodic reiteration in space." Ten uncommonly beautiful electro-acoustic treasures.


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Michael Andrew Doherty

aurally and artistically significant sonic art
The duo Tu m', with assistance from the Magical Mystery Orchestra, has created a work of aural significance that bridges classical minimalism with contemporary gitch and digital minimalism; reaching into new areas of sonic art, and upholding and expanding their reign as one of the most important composers and instrumentalists (digital or not) in today's living music world. Steven Riech meets Tetsu Inoue. Do not miss out on this important recording of Tu m's compositions, performed by the Orchestra, and manipulated and shaped thereafter by these ground-breaking artists.

The Wire

THE WIRE (December 2003)

On their latest album, the prolific Italian duo of Rossano Polidoro and Emiliano Romanelli cut and layer shimmering loops of their own 'secret orchestra', the music's textural sensuality and panoramic expansiveness setting it apart from the sterility of most post-Oval glitch output. Sounding entranced by the ghosts, shadows and refractions throw up by their laptops, Tu m' fashion a variety of shifting soundscapes over the album's 64 minutes, from the Steve Reichian "Glamour" to the flaking, crumbling pianos of "Bye". Despite the extremity of the duo's processes, the lush sonorities of the 'orchestra' shine through like rays of sunlight reflected in mirror shards.


Tu m' - Italian duo Rossano Polidoro and Emiliano Romanelli - have an uncanny ability to sculpt abandoned melodies into new and distinctive shapes, whilst retaining the shimmering qualities of the originals. Like goldsmiths re-working discarded jewellery, they hammer and polish, painstakingly re-working - in the process creating diamond-like musical gems. 'Tu m' and the Magical Mystery Orchestra' elevates their sonic palette considerably, its idiosyncratic melodies insinuating themselves into your consciousness effortlessly. The lush truncated strings of 'Glamour' captivate from the moment it stutters into sparkling life, slowly building to a gently incandescent audio glow. 'Before the Rain' continues in similar fashion, a hesitant melody cycling - soft caresses of delicate melody. Their recent releases have been likened to Fennesz's much acclaimed 'Endless Summer' and its easy to see the comparison, but Tu m' are slowly, but surely carving out their own distinctive voice. 'Tu m' and the Magical Mystery Orchestra' demonstrates musical craftsmanship of a kind all too often lacking in contemporary music, but truly deserving of recognition.


A fantastic sound, with moments of brilliance.
The first track, "Glamour," is easily worth the price of the CD, and is the best blend I've ever heard of acoustic classical music, electronic manipulation, layering of sounds, and just a wonderful overall aesthetic. Amazing. And the last track, "Bye," captures a mood beautifully. The rest of the CD in between, while nicely moody and lovely in its sound, doesn't really stick in my memory, and seems a bit pale in comparison to the opener and closer. But that said, I'd highly recommend buying this CD as a completely unique sonic experience, and a wonderful exploration of minimal/ambient sounds in a very new and beautiful way.