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BRAEN'S MACHINE

Rock Progressivo Italiano • Italy


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BRAEN'S MACHINE are a mysterious studio group whose two albums, released in the early Seventies for the Liuto label, founded by well-known film soundtrack composer PIERO UMILIANI, are incredibly sought-after and reach high prices. Their style is rather similar to that of other 'ghost-groups' of the same period - instrumental music that could be used as a film soundtrack, with fuzz guitar and keyboards to the fore, and rather influenced by psychedelia.

It is quite certain that the name BRAEN'S MACHINE concealed the identities of Umiliani himself and ALESSANDRO ALESSANDRONI, another soundtrack composer and frequent collaborator of ENNIO MORRICONE. They appear as the authors of both albums' tracks with their stage names, BRAEN and GISTERI. Umiliani and Alessandroni also feature on the two singles released in 1971 and 1972 by another 'ghost-group', PAWNSHOP.

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Why this artist must be listed in www.progarchives.com :
In spite of their almost complete obscurity, BRAEN'S MACHINE are another interesting example of the variegated nature of Italian Seventies prog.



Discography:
Underground (1971 - studio album)
Temi ritmici e dinamici - (1973 - studio album)

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2.94 | 6 ratings
Underground
1971
2.96 | 5 ratings
Temi Ritmici E Dinamici
1973

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 Temi Ritmici E Dinamici by BRAEN'S MACHINE album cover Studio Album, 1973
2.96 | 5 ratings

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Temi Ritmici E Dinamici
Braen's Machine Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars The mystery with Braen's Machine continued in 1973, when this ghost-group released a second album on the Liutio label under the title ''Temi ritmici e dinamici''.This fact alone though gives an even more certain impression that the man behind this group was Piero Umiliani along with his colleague Alessandro Alessandroni.Reputedly the album was pressed in a very limited number of copies, some speak about less or around 100 ones.

The rhythmic and dynamic themes the title refers to are actually 12 short, all instrumental pieces with a very smooth sound overall, flirting with a Symphonic Rock aura in the vein of early CAMEL.Most of them combine a consistent rhythm section with really melodic flute parts and various keyboard offerings, as performed on piano, organ, moog synthesizers and harsichord.The music remains extremely melodic throughout the album, characterized by series of light interplays and some evident Classical vibes.A few tracks retain a strong psychedelic feeling, especially when the piano and Hammond organ are both present.The whole atmosphere is trully ethereal and enjoyable, the music is accesible with a focus on highly melodic arrangements and the musicians seem accomplished enough to carry out this optimistic mood, making up a pleasant listening after each spin.Guitars are here quite reduced compared to the group's debut and there is little to remind of ''Underground''.

No further releases appeared under the name of Braen's Machine and ''Temi ritmici e dinamici'' seems to be the swan song of this mysterious act.A very nice, melodic and symphonic-oriented album of the underground Italian Prog scene of the 70's.Recommended at a logical price, as a copy is quite expensive due to the album's rarity.

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 Underground by BRAEN'S MACHINE album cover Studio Album, 1971
2.94 | 6 ratings

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Underground
Braen's Machine Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by BORA

3 stars All instrumental "Spaghetti Western" meets early Pink Floyd with an active bass player - and a bit of Shadows on the side. An absolutely unique piece and worth hearing - if only for the experience and to broaden one's horizon in an era of today's rather predictable offerings.

Admittedly, 42 years after it's release it sounds very dated. Yet, I just can't dismiss it as irrelevant as it's so amusing - for what it is and the effort in creating something different. It's going back to the roots of Prog in a charming manner that everyone should hear - if only for the sake of it.

A definite Psychedelic leaning of which some motivated instrumentation was lovingly heaped on. Somewhat lightweight, yet an endearing effort. The first impression is the guitar work that's reminiscent of early Shadows. A bit embarrassing really, but soon one becomes aware of a rather dominant and skillful bass-line that carries through the whole album. It stands out in the mix perhaps excessively, but even so it is a pleasure to pay attention to.

After the first few minutes "Shadows" have largely been retired, giving more prominence to some jazzy piano runs, some tasteful flute additions. It is pleasant, non-offensive material all the way through, even that the closing pieces are close to "popcorn music" and largely forgettable.

The effort goes beyond just creating soundtracks and not aiming at the Pop charts. Even that I may not be tempted to spin it on a monthly basis, I feel that it has historical value that deserves recognition. Having created a warm, inner glow within, I feel so much richer to have heard this piece.

Essential it isn't, only a pleasant surprise. 3.5 for the effort.

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 Underground by BRAEN'S MACHINE album cover Studio Album, 1971
2.94 | 6 ratings

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Underground
Braen's Machine Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Ricochet
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3 stars Braen's Machine is a duo of soundtrack composers, one of them working with Morricone at a point (still not being visibly influenced by him in this prog special work), that have released two obscure and highly distinct albums in the early 70s (Underground dates 1971 and is a top effort from the band, whilst Temi Ritmici E Dinamici is more of a concept light opus, rapidly thrown and lost within the market in 1973), after which there's no telling what the two artists have separately walked into, plus what more of their soundtrack/experimental/progressive music can be brought to light. Braen's Machine was, anyway, abandoned (or finished) as a heavy-early 70s project, one interesting and ironed, even pretentious for many fans of the styles the music pastes, but actually light, refined basically and hesitant to be called essential - as far as quality goes - regardless of their best moments, most peculiar touches or most sound-caching ideas - 80% of them being in this first album, the toughest to look into, instead easy to crack up, if psychedelic, drought art rock or avant-expressions are a thing of your deep taste.

Without a great feedback from the music listeners/researches of these days, Braen's Machine is in a more than slightly danger to disappear from any mentions whatsoever, its a fragility counting as a project flaw, while its reminiscence of the 70s catching trend worth little; even if the records will always note down this duo's instrumental adventure - and some fans, from several circles, will also take it in account, more or less impressed - it is rather unlikely that the music has an endless echo...what more to say about it surviving tastes and times? It is this thought that makes me hesitate, above, in calling it essential. The project's fine, natural, and Underground is their best, most sinking work - but, being imperfect or insufficient more than it is interesting and intriguing, Braen's Machine delivers only a succinct and deep flower of progressive rock and experimental ideas, invariably drawn from their talent and musical nature, but brewed in a more original shape. And this might get to be one of the few statements about them, in the future, without the music counting that much.

Underground is a hard work with a soft impact and a carefully attractive suspense. Notably avant-conceptual and preoccupied with minimal but tonic essences, it sounds much like a progressive/art rock moment being powerfully treated and styled; in rest, a nice miracle would be for Braen's Machine to be included in a small chapter of Italian Prog's classic movement (but that's more Temi Ritmici E Dinamici's credit, thanks to its flat symphonic/song-like ideas). There's an immense rave and feel, of a psychedelic kind, having to do, most likely, with the raw cuts and counterpoints the music has, but also with the feeling that the duo has taken hard-rock/psychedelic flavors from the old 60s great spirit and, in an imported soundtrack-like minimalism, has developed a haunting, dark, introverted and optimistically profound expression.

There are peculiar impressions about Underground (Blindfolded, you would swear it was yet another Ohr label classic circa 1971. Awesome. - thomashayes.com), otherwise thinking in terms of kraut-rock or rich psychedelics is not encouraging. Trusting the duo's mastered ideas in keyboards and soundtrack minimalism create a good interaction with the sum of effects (different from a slide to another) Underground has, but also won't let you believe this is the best they could have possibly done. In parallel, guitars and drums are also part of the act. With a noble artistic concept, Underground has some quality moments and frames, but the songs (some bagatelles, others modest burns and the rest importantly fuzzy/experimental) purely entertain the mood and the musical effort, the entire album being that which needs to impress you.

There's good, exciting prog rock in this album, it just misses an essential edge - and Braen's Machine are captive in this one smashing album, plus in their goal-less 70s.

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