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Disco Volante

Mr. Bungle Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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Imagine Frank Zappa composing the soundtrack for Ed Wood's Plan Nine from Outer Space, or the Residents unleashing a techno-dance project: that should give you some idea of Mr. Bungle's Disco Volante, an album of cheesy synthesizers, mangled disco beats, virtuosic playing, and juvenile noises. Like the Residents, Mr. Bungle is a Northern California band that obscures its true identity (it shares members with Faith No More) by prohibiting photos of its members and by using such funny names as I Quit (the drummer) and Uncooked Meat Prior to State Vector Collapse (the keyboardist). Like Zappa, the Mr. Bungle musicians like to show off their classical, jazz, and worldbeat influences in fast, difficult passages that are technically impressive but never seem to go anywhere. All but three of the album's dozen pieces feature lyrics, but the vocals are so deeply buried in the mix that the words are virtually indecipherable. The pieces are more accurately described as aural montages than songs, for short sections erupt and suddenly disappear, replaced by another passage just as well played and just as clever but with little connection to what preceded it. For listeners who enjoy the constant surprise of such arbitrary musical detours, Mr. Bungle provides much better musicianship than the Residents but less coherence than Zappa. --Geoffrey Himes

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Cd! May 29 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This CD I didn't like those musics so much. But I've listening this Album and there are some really good tracks, I'm enjoying!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Oct. 18 2011
By Shoyur
Format:Audio CD
This CD is the dark one from Bungle, but i think it is the best, less funky than Mr.bungle titled album but with more stories and more special world (or should i say italian) influence. Of course, again, not a CD to put in a casual party.. but a very nice thing to initiate anyone who like very original progressive aggressive emotional music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars aquired taste Nov. 3 2007
By c-mo
Format:Audio CD
disco volante is like other bungles, impossible to describe accurrately.this cd probrably has the least amount of music on it than the others,but it`s rich diversity is amazing.mr bungle is a band that makes you as a listener strive to understand what the artist is trying to acheive,my best description of all mr bungle cd`s is controlled chaos.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Start Over July 16 2004
Format:Audio CD
Clear you mind of all the files stuffed full of images and words you've gleaned from the music industry machine. Empty your heart of the fanship that adds flourish to the rhythm of every day life. Listen to this album while you're doing dishes or driving across the state to visit your brother.
Laugh your(....-ing)head off and get inspired to make some of your own (...t). Creativity creates creativity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the most brilliant piece of music ever created July 8 2004
By patrick
Format:Audio CD
no album, by ANY band, could possibly pull this off. no band, except mr. bungle.
this album proved to me that mr. bungle could possibly be the most talented band that there ever was.
there are a lot of talented bands out there: radiohead, with their interesting way of approaching music; the dillenger escape plan, with their amazingly fast and technical music; sigur ros, with their large amount of uniqueness; but these bands don't even have the talent to create an album like disco volante. after hearing bungle's first and last album, i wouldn't have though they would be able to do it. but here it is.
"carry stress in the jaw" and "mary go byebye" are the best tracks. if you don't own this, well, it might actually be a good thing. at least you can still appriciate other music. i can't.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get Hooked on Bungle May 20 2004
By stu
Format:Audio CD
The first time I heard "Disco Volante," I didn't like it. I was already a big fan of their first record and I just wasn't ready for what I was hearing. However, for some reason, I couldn't listen to anything else. After a week of this, I conceded that I actually did love this record and suddenly, no other music could quite scratch that itch.
I write music and this record did a lot to open up my ears. Some of the passages were improvised in rehearsal, and then worked into the compositions. This gives the music the impression of being "free" (think ornette coleman, cecil taylor) while managing also sound structured and thought out. This is an ingenious way to write music, achieving the best of both worlds. For a great example of this technique, check out the middle a "Carry Stress in the Jaw." Spruance plays an ostinato riff on guitar while Patton, Dunn, and Heifitz all play the melody with voice, bass and drums respectively. This passage was improvised with only an Edgar allen Poe poem to dictate form. It was later manipulated and codefied to create what you hear on the record. (All of this has been confirmed in interviews in which band members have expressed disbelief on hearing that people were saying that they were improvising on the record.) It's hard to put into words, but listen to this passage and you will see what I mean.
There are so many innovations on this record, it is amazing how assured all of the music is. It is, as people were saying a few years ago, all good.
If you don't like it at first, keep listening. But be warned! You may get hooked.This music is so interesting, it might just spoil your appreciation of anything else you might be listening to. If this does happen, don't worry.
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