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3.89 | 62 ratings | 4 reviews | 18% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2015

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Operazione Simpatia (2:11)
2. Doppiofondo del Barile (2:50)
3. Vesica Piscis (6:22)
4. Dogface reprise (1:50)
5. Opodeldoc (4:26)
6. La Felicità (1:27)
7. Ottaedro (2:45)
8. Egg Soup (0:50)
9. Belacqua (3:39)
10. Ospedale Civico (17:52)
11. Dogface (3:40)
12. S invertita (0:52)
13. Paum/ (1:53)
14. Schermaglie (1:51)

Total Time 52:28

Line-up / Musicians

- Dario D'Alessandro / guitar, Casiotone (2,7,12), MS10 synth (3,8-10,12), MS2000 synth (4,5,11), bass (4,7,10-12), glockenspiel (6)
- Mauro Turdo / guitar
- Davide Di Giovanni / Nord Electro synth (2), keyboards & synth (13), bass (8,13), drums & percussion (13)
- Daniele Crisci / bass
- Daniele Di Giovanni / drums & percussion

- Aldo De Scalzi / vocals & organ & guitar (4)
- Wyatt Moss-Wellington / vocalese & backing vocals (10)
- Fabrice Chouette / Yamaha MOX6 & CS15D (2)
- Patrick Dufour / Yamaha MOX6 & CS15D (2)
- Jarrod Gosling / Mellotron, Philicorda organ & Octave The Kitten synth (3,6)
- Paul "Ske" Botta / ARP Odyssey (5), OSCar synth (2,9), Roland RS-202 (11), mixing
- Steven Kretzmer / piano (8)
- Giuseppe Turdo / oboe & English horn (1)
- Giorgio Trombino / alto saxophone (3,5,14)
- David Newhouse / saxophones (soprano, alto, tenor & baritone) & bass clarinet (9,10)
- Dario Lo Cicero / flutes & flageolet (10)

Releases information

Artwork: Dario D'Alessandro

CD AltrOck ‎- ALT050 (2015, Italy)

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HOMUNCULUS RES Come Si Diventa Ciò Che Si Era ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(18%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(52%)
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Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars 4.5 stars. I'm a huge fan of this band having given 4.5 stars for their debut as well. This is very much Italian Canterbury with plenty of humour and distorted keyboards. This time they include an almost 18 minute epic and we get a special guest in THE MUFFINS Dave Newhouse offering up a variety of saxes as well as bass clarinet all on two tracks. Udi Koomran mastered this recording so it sounds amazing.

"Operazione Simpatia" is the bright and upbeat opener with the drums and keys standing out although we also get English horn and aboe chipping in as well. I love the distorted keyboards ala CARAVAN after a minute. "Doppiofondo Del Burile" features vocals for the first time on this disc and there's such a feel-good sound to the opening instrumental. After the vocals stop we get another excellent instrumental section. Love this stuff. Distorted keys before 2 1/2 minutes. "Vesica Piscis" has an upbeat start as the vocals join in. This is catchy and warm. Some laughter follows and we get lots of intricate sounds when the vocals stop. It's all so interesting. A change 3 1/2 minutes in as we get more of a determined rhythm with background synths and more. Sax 5 minutes in as the driving rhythm continues almost to the end of the song. "Dogface Reprise" has these vocal melodies that bring Wyatt to mind before the vocals kick in before a minute. "Opodeldoc" has a relaxed sound of keys, drums and sax but it does get fuller before another calm arrives before 2 minutes. It's building again and I adore the distorted keys before 4 minutes. "La Felicita" is light and whimsical with vocals, glockenspiel, mellotron and synths.

"Ottaedro" opens with fuzzed out keys and bass. Man this sounds amazing! A calm after 2 minutes with bass and floating organ. "Egg Soup" is less than a minute long and man I'm reminded of WIGWAM here with the piano and other sounds. "Belacqua" and the next track feature Dave Newhouse on horns. This one is laid back to start but it picks up quickly. It's the keys/ drums show 1 1/2 minutes in before it turns pastoral late to end it. "Ospedale Civico" is the epic and it's catchy early on with vocals. Love the Wyatt-like vocals 1 1/2 minutes in. Newhouse offers up a variety of saxes as well as bass clarinet. An experimental calm 7 minutes in but then it turns fuller before 8 minutes as the tempo and mood continue to shift. "Dogface" is a breezy tune with vocals, bass and synths standing out. It becomes more passionate late. "S Invertita" is less than a minute of synths, bass and keys mostly. "Paum/" is interesting when the vocal melodies arrive because they remind me of the Gilmore Girls. "Schermaglie" ends the album and it's led by alto sax and drums.

Another winner for these Italians and I think this one is slightly better than the debut. Talk about a feel good listen. For Canterbury fans.

Review by DamoXt7942
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4 stars A tremendous emotion given to me.

Listened to HOMUNCULUS RES' stuff for the first time, and enjoyed much. They have attractive variation of progressive rock essence fusioned with Canterbury / Jazz Rock, and in addition, seasoned with Italian easygoing temperature and a tad sensitive racial character ... such a musical appearance can sometimes sound ironic, and sometimes purely childish. Yes looks like they play completely what they want to do upon this album turf, and it's simple and natural for them and also the audience.

Wondering where would they like to go via this album "Come Si Diventa Ciò Che Si Era". No nervous touch nor strong persistence but somewhat their great enthusiasm to create "such a music pleasure" can be heard ... "Vesica Piscis", as if the title (in English "Independent Noises"?) musically designed, tells us what they would produce with noisy rock sound elements. They might convert noises via instruments into a cup of dramatic, sensational sound stew. They notify us this work be not difficult when the production might be done with much delight and sincerity.

And it's magical and attractive that we can receive such a complex melody line based upon multi-rhythmic origin as a natural music phenomenon. Via such an amazing fact, we can find this should be one of their emotional strategies. Even through a short track like "La Felicità" or "Egg Soup" their safe and sound presence of musical condition (but slightly distorted fantastically) can be heard. Some slimy stuffs remind us of jazzy Krautrock like Electrip (Xhol Caravan). On the other hand, the longest one "Ospedale Civico" (Civic Hospital) can be felt as a Soft Machine-ary crooked, mobbed sound treasure seasoned with Italian words and tempos peculiar to RPI. Let me say their soundscape is such a lunatic (in a fine sense) (why can a civic hospital sound psychic, btw?).

No complicated or tortuous opinion needed. Taking a listen to this album above all, let me say, and we can feel as though our musical field of vision should expand forward in addition to Rock Progressivo Italiano or Canterbury Scene without any doubt. An amazing stuff really.

Review by Warthur
4 stars When it comes to influences of UK groups on Italian prog, it tends to be the symphonic bands we think of - consider Genesis and Van der Graaf Generator's inspirational early 1970s tours of Italy, for instance, or ELP using their Manticore label to give some of the big-league Italians more exposure in the English-speaking world.

However, Italy has also always had its fair share of purveyors of the jazzier side of prog too, and even occasionally puts out a group that has mastered the particular style of jazz-prog associated with the Canterbury scene. Picchio dal Pozzo did it in the 1970s, and now in the 2010s we have the magnificent Homunculus Res, who this time around even give guest spots to members of groups like Picchio and US Canterbury masters The Muffins for good measure, delivering an album which wouldn't look too shabby next to better works by influences such as National Health or Matching Mole.

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4 stars I strongly believe this is the band's best effort (at least to date) "Come Si Diventa Ciò Che Si Era" is an overlooked gem and to me is a must listen to any Canterbury scene lover out there beacuse the whole Homunculus res discography grabs lots of inspiration from this group of musicians yet the ... (read more)

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