Diggin’ in the Cometa Vaults

120 minsFirst aired 12 Jun 2016
Artwork by Nick Taylor

David Nerattini explores Cometa. The leading force in Italian film scores, featuring Morricone, Umiliani, Alessandroni and many more.

Cometa Edizioni Musicali is an Italian music publisher founded in the 1960s which has worked extensively in movies and television, producing many sought-after records of important composers such as Ennio Morricone, Bruno Nicolai, Piero Umiliani, Alessandro Alessandroni, Franco Micalizzi, Egisto Macchi, Stefano Torossi, I Marc 4, I Gres, Pulsar Music Ltd, and many others. Their catalogue, which includes cult labels Cometa, Gemelli and Sermi, is one of the most interesting in the world of Italian soundtracks and library music, even including a few classical avant garde records from the Nuova Consonanza Association, most notably Gruppo Di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza’s album Niente, the follow-up to super rare and often sampled The Feedback, featuring Morricone on trumpet, recorded in 1971, and unreleased until a few months ago. Cometa is in fact still running, slowly re-releasing their massive body of work on vinyl and CD, and digging in their old master tapes for more unheard gems of Italian eccentricity.

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