Wednesday, February 25, 2009



Italy, 1982,a local dj and producer Luciano Ninzatti realizes during his sets that Pink Floyd´s "Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)" and Alan Parsons Project´s "Mammagamma" has the same tempo and key in some places. He teamed up with composer/keyboardist/producer Stefano Pulga and made what can only be described as a mash -up. The vocals from Pink Floyd´s song fitted perfectly on the Parsons piece, so Pulga and Ninzatti decided to officially release the mix as Disco Project. However, the final recording was not a mix, in that it did not feature any actual samples from the Parsons or Floyd records; instead, everything (i.e. the whole instrumentation) was very carefully re-played by Pulga, Ninzatti and Bonsanto - in particular, Ninzatti played a nice rendition of David Gilmour's famous guitar solo - while the choir was performed by a group of schoolkids from an international school in Rimini. All of this was mainly done because Pink Project had no authorization at all from the any of the songwriters - indeed, they never asked for any - so the only way for them to release "Disco Project" was to actually make cover versions of the three pieces featured in it. The choir also followed the key shift in the music of "Mammagamma", which was not present in the original mix by Pulga & Ninzatti.

"Disco Project" was a major hit in Italy during the summer of 1982, and this implicitly obliged Pulga & Co. to put up a fictional band for TV performances. Indeed they did - the song was mimed various times on Italian TV by four people (on bass, guitar, drums and keyboards) dressed up in black monk-like robes and black pointed hoods. Although there were rumors at the time about three of the mysterious individuals being actually Pulga, Ninzatti and Bonsanto themselves (with the fourth "member" being Massimo Noè), this was never really confirmed or denied by anyone. Also, the TV performances did not feature any choir or anyone lip-synching the lyrics, although the vocals were clearly heard.

MP3 Pink Project - Disco Project (Alt. Link)

1 comment:

Mein said...

Unfortunatly, there is a problem with the video.