Wed. Feb. 19, 2020

Giorgio Moroder: From (T)Here To Eternity!

When I worked with Donna, I had my musicians. We had our sound, and what we had to do was simply go to the studio for recording, and we were able to do 2 to 3 songs within a single day. An album would be deadlined within 3 weeks. Which is normally about the time it takes today to record a song! I’m today mostly interested by new recording devices. This said, if we can deny the existence of an evolution, the use of the machines is far more complex nowadays.

Any family link between Kraftwerk’s music and that so particular sound which was yours at the time of Disco?
“Not at all. Even though I appreciate what they’ve done. As well as Klaus Schultze and Tangerine Dream a bit later. I simply had a friend in Munich who happened to be among those very rare to have a Moog at the time. I immediately stuck to the sound of this machine. And this is how everything came to a start…”

With this in mind, you know what it is… We’ve seen at the time the arrival of sound hailing from Munich. Not that far away from Kraftwerk’s, produced by a man with a German sounding second name…
“This is pure coincidence! As the fact of being in Munich after receiving this opportunity to become a producer for a label. I’ve landed there, but I would have very much preferred being sent over to London!”

Hailing from the South Of Tyrol which used to be an Austrian territory prior being given to Italy at the end of Word War I…It’s quite normal to think that your culture has got Germanic roots…
“When I was a kid, I wasn’t listening to German music at all. But English, apart from Beethoven and Mozart…”

Donna Summer
Donna Summer

You’ve also got this second name which doesn’t particularly sound Latin…
“It’s another sort of trick! I mean, in Val Gardena where I’m hailing from, we speak a dialect derived from Romanish which is also spoken in St-Moritz, Switzerland. This was the language that we used to speak at home. I was going to an Italian school. But I’ve also learnt German because that’s the language which is currently spoken in the streets over there. Thus having me coming from a minority within another one! Many people have thought I was German. But what can I do except saying I’m not?”

You have done many other things apart from Disco.
“That’s right. I’ve done a lot of soundtracks for the cinema. I’ve been given 3 Oscars. Soundtracks I’ve produced include ‘Midnight Express’, ‘Scarface’, ‘American Gigolo’ and ‘Flashdance’ which took the second seat right after ‘Saturday Night Fever’ in terms of sales…”

Were you given the opportunity to see the movie before composing?
“I was just given a synopsis, then I was generally up to see the film when it was 80% finished.”

We haven’t much more heard about you since..
I’ve taken some distance at the beginning of the 90’s. With computerized artwork startin’ to tickle’ my curiosity. I’ve produced various projects for Elton John and Olivia Newton-John. Then I’ve started working on a much more consequent project for Michael Jackson but this has never seen the day…”

Have you got an idea as far as how many albums you’ve sold so far?
“Nope! The only thing I know is that I must have between 250 and 300 songs for various albums in America. Which should be the equivalent of 50 pages on my site.”

Is this finally easier working today after such an evolution in terms of technology?
“It’s much more complicated. 20 years ago, when I worked with Donna, I had my musicians. We had our sound and what we had to do was simply go to the studio for recording. And we were able to do 2 to 3 songs within a single day. We would deadline an album within 3 weeks. Which is normally about the time it takes today to record a song! I’m today mostly interested by these new recording devices like this 64 track Protools. This said, if we can deny the existence of an evolution, the use of the machines is far more complex nowadays…”

(Excerpts of an interview released in 2001)

Chosen few
That’s Bubble Gum – That’s Giorgio (Hansa) – Giorgio Moroder
Best Of Disco (Atlantic) -Donna Summer / Roberta Kelly / Giorgio Moroder
Knights In White Satin (Oasis) – Giorgio Moroder
From Here To Eternity (Casablanca) – Giorgio Moroder
Midnight Express (Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Casablanca) – Giorgio Moroder
E=MC² (Casablanca) – Giorgio Moroder
American Gigolo (Original Soundtrack Recording) (Casablanca) – Giorgio Moroder
On The Groove Train Volume 1: 1975 – 1993 (Repertoire Records) – Giorgio Moroder
Best Of Electronic Disco (Deluxe Edition) (Repertoire Records) – Giorgio Moroder‎

Interview: Giorgio Moroder

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