“Satellite Symphonics” by Chris Lanuzzi – NoHo Arts District
A NoHo Arts music review of Chris Lanuzzi’s “Satellite Symphonics” album.
Chris Lanuzzi is an innovative and highly regarded electronic musician and composer based in New York. Over his decades of career, he has worked with such luminaries as Vangelis, Suzanne Ciani, former Tangerine Dream member Peter Baumann. In addition, he composed the electronic sound design music for the HBO series “From the Earth to the Moon” co-produced by Ron Howard and Tom Hanks. Additionally, he has created soundscapes and interactive musical environments for Mastercard and themes for various A&E programs and channels.
His “music” creates a sort of hyper-real world. And with his all-electronic sound, or manipulations of organic sounds and instruments, like the genius of Thomas Dolby, he creates something more than music, more than anything he chooses to create it with. The whole becoming much more than the parts contained therein. There is a kind of painful sadness, a beauty in the intimate tics, the jolts and echoes, a hovering and powerful darkness.
The tracks are helpful, meaningful, like a ghost story meant to warn, not just entertain. The Gorillas have spoken about it, even Gary Neuman, and like all those post-punk, industrial and techno artists who push the limits and invent cliffs to tumble, Lanuzzi gives new meaning to music.
“Satellite Symphonics” by Chris Lanuzzi is not for the general public. Could you dance to it? Totally, if you were completely in the mood. And, if you weren’t, this record could quickly get you there. It’s all urgent, visceral, cinematic, breathtaking music, soaring Moog vocals and references, and consistently unidentifiable moments that connect directly to a distant memory.
It’s ingenious and moving and absolutely brilliant.
Like the inventor himself, “Satellite Symphonics” is difficult to define. It’s electronica, it’s a soundscape and it’s an intangible volatile voice full of drama and pain, but in a really really beautiful punk way. I liked it. I kept listening to it actually, which was a funny way to do Sunday night dinner I can tell you…but there you go. This record goes into your head, makes room and stays there. Epic.
The AI-created video for “March of Madness” is unlike anything you’ve seen before, I can almost guarantee. Created by Ethem Serkan Sokmen and Ilke Kose, using a CLIP-Guided-Diffusion notebook called Disco Diffusion and various other AI tools and techniques. Absolutely incredible. I loved.
Artist contact email: [email protected]
Label: Independent – Satellite Symphonics distributed by The Orchard
Names of musicians/Instruments: Chris Ianuzzi Electronic and digital synthesizers, Vocals
Name(s) of producer: Chris Ianuzzi