Freedom To Spend mines Italian composer Tiziano Popoli's archives for new retrospective double-LP

RVNG Intl. sub-label Freedom To Spend is digging into Italian composer Tiziano Popoli’s archives for its next retrospective.

Out on January 22nd, Burn The Night / Bruciare La Notte: Original Recordings, 1983–1989 is the first anthology of Popoli’s music, collecting his unreleased material for soundtracks, scores, theatre, radio and installations.

An innovator leading a new era of minimalist composition in ’80s Italy, Popoli blended pop and new wave with the avant-garde. He’s best known for his work with the Yamaha DX7 synthesizer and Roland TR-909 drum machine, as well as for using early forms of vocal sampling technology. His first major recording was his 1985 collaboration with fellow composer Marco Dalpane called Scorie.

“Pop music is something that––somehow––made its way into my music, even the [music] I write today,” Popoli says. “What attracts me about this ‘genre,’ or rather, ‘attitude’ is probably the simplicity of its formal structure.”

Freedom To Spend will donate a portion of the proceeds from the 14-track double-LP to Greenpeace on behalf of Popoli.

Freedom To Spend’s last release was the benefit compilation, New Neighborhoods, for the Center For Community Leadership program at the Association For Neighborhood And Housing Development in New York. It’s inspired by Ernest Hood’s 1975 album Neighborhoods, which Pete Swanson and Jed Bindeman reissued last year and, like the original, features field recordings from the area around commissioned artists’ homes.

Watch the video for “Iunu-Wenimo” by Popoli, and check out the release on Bandcamp.

01. Twist

02. Svelf

03. Iunu-Wenimo

04. Minimal Dance N. 1

05. Mimetico Erettile

06. Canzone Canina

07. Se Son Rose Florianno

08. Bruciare La Notte

09. A Simple Drawing

10. Blues Padani

11. Il Fantasma

12. L’amour Fou

13. Una Libbra Di Cielo

14. Night Flight—Prozession

Freedom To Spend will release Burn The Night / Bruciare La Notte: Original Recordings, 1983–1989 on January 22nd, 2021.