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Albergo Intergalattico Spaziale is Mino Di Martino's personal musical project after the success of his 60's beat band called I Giganti. In this semi-avant gardist project he is accompanied by Terra Di Benedetto (vocals). They published one album together in 1978. It features electro-acoustic tricks mixed with spacey / orchestrated synth soundscapes, electric organ chords and (abundant) lyrical female voices.
A seminal synthesis work and a must have for fans Battiato's early experiments, 70's Berlin kosmische electronics and contemporary classical music.

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3.53 | 16 ratings
Albergo Intergalattico Spaziale
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3.53 | 16 ratings

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Albergo Intergalattico Spaziale Progressive Electronic

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars After the demise of I Giganti in 1972, their guitarist Giacomo Mino Di Martino made a surprising switch to exploring the keyboards, dedicating himself to Avant-Garde Music.Along with his wife Edda ''Terra'' Di Benedetto he participated around the mid-70's in the Avant Rock supergroup Telaio Magnetico next to Juri Camisasca, Franco Battiato and Lino "Capra" Vaccina.Reputedly in 1976 Martino and Di Benedetto formed the Experimental/Prog duo Albergo Intergalattico Spaziale, named after a club they owned in Rome, recording a work, which did not see the light until 1978, when it was privately released in a limited number of copies.

This has to be one of the most experimental, sinister and genuine Electronic Prog albums of the 70's with Martino performing on various keyboards and his wife being responsible for the haunting vocals of the album, much in Spoken Word style with plenty of wordless voices and some lyrics close to the Hebrew or Arabic languages.The album alternates between dark-sounding organ improvisations, muddy chants and ambiental soundscapes, borrowing influences also from Psychedelic and Classical Music, and eventually delivering a total mess of keyboard-driven textures, that is both enigmatic and charming.The combination of mourning vocals and eerie synth- and organ sounds is absolutely efficient, while Martino's work breaks often into more romantic, spacey grounds, offering Electronic themes with finesse and a unique atmosphere.While the album wins a personal style of its own at the end, some BATTIATO and KLAUS SCHULZE influences are apparent through the process.Even more surprising is the fact that after the listening of such a dark-sounding and extremely bizarre album, the feeling is quite positive, giving birth to dreamy and ethereral emotions comparable to many of this effort's soundscapes.

Martino and Di Benedetto continued to be strongly connected to the territories of Electronic and Avant-Garde music over the years, while an archival release of early demos by the duo, entitled ''Angeli di solitudine'', was released by Giallo Records in 2009.

Extremely obscure but deeply inventive and fascinating Electronic Prog.Highly recommended to enthusiasts of the style and strongly recommended to anyone with open ears and bright horizons...3.5 stars.

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Review by smartpatrol

3 stars Albergo Intergalattico Spaziale were an extremely obscure Italian Electronic duo of Mino Di Martino and Terra Di Benedetto. They released thier only self titled album in 1978 and moved on to seperate things soon after. I was hoping to find a hidden gem. But despite my best efforts to enjoy it, I coulden't. At best, I found the songs interesting. It just isn't for me. However, if you find it online, give it a spin, especialy if you like Avant- garde, New Age, Italian music, or any combination of the three. Or if you just want to hear a weird New Age version of Beethoven's "Ode to Joy". 2.5/5

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Review by colorofmoney91
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5 stars This debut, self-titled album is the only release from Albergo Intergalattico Spaziale, which is upsetting, because this is some seriously great enigmatic progressive electronic. This album is unique in that vocals are featured on most of the tracks, and they're done wonderfully. Of course, the Italian language is well suited for musical use, and that shines on this album. On some tracks, the vocals carry the real melody while avant-garde electronic experiments fill the background. Besides the vocals, these tracks all vary quite a bit; you've got avant-garde-electro sound barrages ("Live Pistoia"), mellow ambience with experimental accents ("Phasing", "Senza Titolo", "Tastiera Solo", "Sabbie Vergini"), dramatically lush soundscapes ("Improvvisazione", "4 tracce"), "Bariazioni su 'angeli di solitudine" is a bizarre vocal solo, and "Hymalaya" is a pre-new-age pop track that would be well suited for slow- dancing. Out of all of the prog electronic artists and albums I've listened to, this album is definitely one of the most complete. If you can get a chance to, this an album to check out.

I have no internal qualms about calling this album an enigmatic masterpiece of the genre. Fans of electronic music and avant-garde music should take great notice of this album. It's sad that this is their only release.

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Review by paolo.beenees

2 stars Despite I am Italian, I have to admit that Italian bands in the seventies didn't understand properly what to do with electronic instruments and a real Italian Electronic scene never formed. Battiato or some songs by Le Orme could be good exceptions (ok, Battiato IS a real exception), but people like Sangiuliano or this Albergo Intergalattico Spaziale sounded very, very old and surpassed even at their debut. When this project published this album people like Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Kraftwerk, Jean Michel Jarre and Brian Eno had already pushed the electronic edge much forward. Here you can find only phased farfisa organs, few real electronics and some abused ideas (Beethoven's Hymn to Joy with oriental sounding words... veeeeeery trashy). Thanks god you can listen to Terra di Benedetto's beautiful voice and finally you find Hymalaya, IMO the only really good track in this bunch (by the way: it is a bonus, as it was out of the original vynil track list). Believe when I say that the cult tributed to this work has mainly to do with its rareness than with its real value.

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Review by philippe
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4 stars Electronic prog "supergroup" formed by Mino Di Martino, Albergo Intergalattico Spaziale released in 1978 what I consider to be part of the finest albums produced in Italy. Curious, enigmatic, fractured and gorgeous, this albums features dense electronic soundscapes, including inspired analog synth excursions, classical music tendencies and off course massive "cerebral" avant gardist fantasies. "Live Pistoia" features loving spacey electronics, emotionally expressive and technically complex. The composition is punctuated by discreet, ethereal female voices. "Phasing" is a graceful, lyrical composition for voices and "dreamlike" synth chords. "Senza Titolo" features contemplative choirs, adjusted by electronic effects. A haunting, semi-acoustic song. "Tastiera solo" provides analog synth textures for a rather "fantomatic" symphonic "trip". It gives gorgeously "creepy" tones, notably taken from classical music pieces. "Improvvisazione" is a tasteful lyrical synth composition including bizarre vocalisations. "Tracce" is a sort of strange and "hypnotic" electronic exercice for repetitive patterns and crystalline pulses. The bonus track called "Hymalaya" is a totally painful melodic pop song that brings nothing to the rest. Deeply recommended for fans of "baroque" Italian prog and kosmische electronics.

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