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The Wimshurst's Machine
The Wimshurst's Machine
3 Number 1
11 Top 10
41 Tracks
An italian 8 members chillout orchestra who plays a mix of electronic and acoustic chillout music with ambient, jazz and new age influences.
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"...It is easy to imagine yourself peacefully lounging in a scenic land while listening to these compositions, which use a wide array of acoustic instrumentation backed by ambient electronica." : we reached (#26 overall) on iTunes Italian online music store between january 6 and 13, 2005 (since january, official iTunes release date, never went out from the Top100), and had a song (, our 1st CD and , our 2nd one. Check out our link section for a direct link on those albums pages on iTunes! as "Best Instrumental Artist"! Thank you, everyone, for this result! :-)
Band/artist history
The Wimshurst's Machine is a project born by the music passion of each component and a mad idea, developed between friends and colleagues with little time to play together "in person". Thanks to modern softwares and computers it has become possible to play together (both electronic and acoustic instruments) even when living apart, recording each track separated from the others with modern "home made studios". Then it evolved into a more "common" standard, having a main "body" of 4 elements always jamming together, with the others adding just their lines separately. Making our 1st CD (, 2004), we imagined the story of an explorer. We thought of ancient explorers that made their lives mostly violent (unfortunately) but incredible adventures. So, in this album you may listen to a story, that tells of an ancient traveller who obtained glory when he 'just' was searching for himself across the world. Maybe someone would even recognize who he is. (2005), our 2nd CD, with 70 minutes of new tracks (and is even better than our 1st CD), a brand new story of a middle age scientist/phylosopher, made of music and adventure. We kept making concept discs also with (2007) a double CD with a full story written by Duilio Chiarle and illustrated by Daniele Scerra. Then with (2009) we collected the soundtracks we made in a 3-parts CD (one ambient, one smooth jazz and one classical). Also in 2009 we released our 1st "best of". In 2010 another concept disc: and in 2011 a collab album with Corrado Rossi, . For 2012 we plan a live album, ; and a vinyl release for collectors only, in a limited edition, .
Have you performed in front of an audience?
It's always rare to see us live. We are 8 and even if many are ex-pro-musicians, we do have other works as our main activity (4 air traffic controllers, 1 technician, an employee, a typographer and a 3d animations guy). Anyway we had some good venue (such as winter olimpic games in 2006, together with Magnetic Poets).
Your musical influences
We play what's going on in our heads and hearts, so I must say each one of us likes different kinds of music, but the union of the 8 of us created something that looks like "Cafe' Del Mar" or "Buddha Bar" as a 1st impression. We like the idea to set a mood for the complete album, that has to be an experience in itself and not "just" a collection of songs.
What equipment do you use?
We do have plenty of acoustic instruments, from Saxophones (soprano, alto, tenor and bari), clarinet, flutes, guitars (classic and spanish), trumpets, dulcimer, bagpipes, mandolin, drums and lots of others... but we have also plenty of electric guitars, many different MIDI keyboards/controllers and so on. At the same time we also use powerful softwares, to record our music professionally but at low cost.
Anything else?
I hope you'd enjoy our music, and if you'd like to use our music as a soundtrack, you have just to ask us with an email: we are inexpensive, since we have other jobs and play music just for the pleasure of it. Oh, by the way: if you're interested in our CD, check it on "CD-baby" store, and read the many 5 stars reviews of it!
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