Space Music: Antoni Maiovvi's 'Avrokosm'


Sounds of another world... Not Not Fun Records

I've only mentioned Antoni Maiovvi in passing here, so I thought it appropriate to shine the Space Music spotlight on the British synth disco artist's offerings, particularly his recent efforts in the cosmic and the uncanny.

His 2014 album "Avrokosm" is quintessentially sci-fi in scope, its sound described by Not Not Fun Records as "Swirling sand dunes of sound, cold tonal winds and veiled loops sweep in across pulsing, runic techno patterns." Certainly, the album art summons memories of Frank Herbert's "Dune" and the tracks weave a techno-laden path through a cosmos of extraterrestrial synth cascades and robotic tittering. I highly recommend it.

You can stream the album on Spotify or pick it up the digital music site of your choosing, such as Amazon. Let's have a listen...

Maiovvi also plays in the realm of Italo-disco, specifically that electronic realm of Italian electronic music associated with Giallo cinema of the 70s and 80s. In fact, Maiovvi co-founded the excellent Giallo Disco record label, which specializes in synth horror delicacies.

In 2012, Maiovvi produced the soundtrack for Ryan Haysom's neo-giallo short film "Yellow," which deals with a vicious killer in a patriarchal cross mask. Just as the film pays homage to the style of Italian slasher films past, Maiovvi's original score resonates with VHS-era suspense and terror. Let's have a listen...

You can find out more about the film at the official "Yellow" website. The soundtrack is available on Spotify and via most digital merchants. Plus, if you love Maiovvi's sound, check out his personal Bandcamp page as well.

EDIT: Maiovvi and collaborator Umberto also have a new release out in the form of "Law Unit" on Death Waltz Records. I'm listening to it now for the first time, but so far it's certainly delivering on the concept of "an imagined soundtrack of future noir sci-fi."


About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.