Roberto Musci

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Roberto Musci (born March 27, 1956 in Milan, Italy) is a music composer, performer, saxophonist and guitar player.

Musci studied saxophone and guitar. From 1974 to 1985 he travelled around the world to study African, Indian, and Near & Far Eastern music, to make field recordings and collect musical instruments. He recorded LPs and CDs for different European labels (including Raw Materials, Recommended Records, Victò, Lowlands, and Island Records).

Musci composed and played music for videos (Studio Equatore, Miguel Soares), commercial spots (Levi's, Nike, Bulgari, IBM, United Way), dance (Tanzfabrik Berlin, Los Angeles Choreographer & dancers), live soundtracks for silent movies (Regen and The Bridge, both directed by Joris Ivens; The Phantom of the Opera, directed by Rupert Julian; Vampyr, directed by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau; Manhatta, directed by Paul Strand; Safety Last!, directed by Fred C. Newmeyer with Harold Lloyd; Der Golem, directed by Carl Boese and Paul Wegener, Saturnino Farandolà, directed by Marcel Perez and Luigi Maggi; The Crowd, directed by King Vidor; and Belfagor, directed by Henri Desfontains), poems (with Massimo Cavallaro for Piera degli Esposti), and theater (with Massimo Cavallaro for Antonio Albanese).

He made soundtracks for movies (with Giovanni Venosta) for Silvio Soldini's movie L'aria serena dell'Ovest, Alessandro Amaducci's movie Spoonriver, Stefano Canzio's video Sua Intermittenza, Andrea Gropplero's movie Pidjin, Monica Castiglioni's movie Rita incontra una amica. He also made videos for Italian musicians (Walter Prati, Giancarlo Schiaffini, Lilliana Bacolini, Morgan, Massimo Cavallaro) and for European musicians (with Massimo Mariani for percussionist Arnold Marinissen). He broadcast ethnic music from radio stations Rai and Radio Popolare.

At the 32nd Bourges International Festival he performed the piece "Music for Labyrinths" for voice & electronics at Maison de la Culture ICEM Serie : Federation Italy 01/06/02.

He has played in studio and in live concerts with many Italian and European musicians, including Giovanni Venosta, Claudio Gabbiani, Walter Prati, Giorgio Magnanensi, Massimo Mariani, Roberto Zanisi, Tiziano Tononi, Daniele Cavallanti (Aktuala), Moni Ovadia,Sandro Cerino, Chris Cutler, Jon Rose, David Moss, Steve Piccolo, Elliott Sharp, and Keith Tippett.


  • The Loa of Music (Raw Material, 1983)
  • Water Messages on desert sand (with Giovanni Venosta) (Recommended Records, 1986)
  • Urban & tribal portraits (with Giovanni Venosta) (Recommended Records, 1988)
  • A noise, a sound (Recommended Records, 1990)
  • Rer Quarterly vol 2 (Recommended Records, 1991)
  • Losing the orthodox path (with Giovanni Venosta & Massimo Mariani) (Victò, 1993)
  • Debris of a loa (with Claudio Gabbiani) (Lowlands Records, 1995)
  • Quang-go voice (with Giovanni Venosta) (Island Records, 1999)
  • Massimo Cavallaro's Giù al nord /Uomo (music for Antonio Albanese theatrical pieces (RP, 1999)
  • Steel water light (with Chris Cutler, Jon Rose, Claudio Gabbiani) (Recommended Records, 2001)
  • Claudio Gabbiani's Night nursing (Auditorium Records, 2003)
  • Art Bears revisited (with Giovanni Venosta & Massimo Mariani) (Recommended Records, 2004)
  • The day after the end of world party (with Massimo Mariani and Steve Duncan) (Auditorium Records, 2005)


Plunderphonics, Pataphysics & Pop Mechanics by Andrew Jones (

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