Honey Potcast

5/03/2008

HNYPOT VINTAGE: Alexander Robotnick's Acid House Mix

Alexander Robotnick's Acid House Mix
Alexader Robotnick is one of those charachters in music that mystifies. Alexander Robotnick (aka Maurizio Dami) is an Italian electronic musician. He made his debut on the Italian music scene as the founding member of Avida, a dance-cabaret band featuring Daniele Trambusti and Stefano Fuochi.

In 1983 he attained international popularity with his track "Problèmes d'amour", published first by the Italian label Materiali Sonori and then by Sire-Wea. "Problèmes d'amour" went on to become a "cult track" of dance music. In 1984 he joined "Giovanotti Mondani Meccanici" a multimedia-oriented group and composed soundtracks for theatre works, videos and video-installations. He also composed soundtracks for films and theatre works by Italian directors such as Alessandro Benvenuti, Antonio Climati, Marco Mattolini, and Marco Risi.

In 1987 he turned his interest to World Music, and for the next decade collaborated with African, Kurdish and Indian musicians. In 1994 Robotnick began working with the Indian-Italian band "Govinda" leading to the production of two tracks "Devotion" and "Transcendental Ecstasy" for Govinda's first album "Selling India By the Pound".

In Summer 1995 he conceived and organized the first Ambient Music Festival in Florence at Anfiteatro delle Cascine. In 1996, with Nazar Abdulla and Rashmi Bhatt, he created "The Third Planet" , a multi-ethnic band that blended traditional music from Kurdistan, Algeria and India with modern sounds. With "The Third Planet" he produced 2 albums; "Kurdistani" and "The Third Planet". The band gave numerous concerts in Italy. In 1997 his collaboration with Lapo Lombardi and Ranieri Cerelli lead to the "Alkemya" project, releasing an album with CNI. In 2000 he created a label of his own, Hot Elephant Music.

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