Given the current musical climate, in which weirdo synth mages of the past are constantly being rediscovered and reappraised, it is perhaps surprising that there hasn’t been more attention paid to Italy’s Doris Norton. Her music career started in the Italian progressive/psychedelic scene of the late ’60s, collaborating with her husband Antonio Bartocetti, firstly in Milan’s Jacula and since the late ’70s as Antonius Rex. As the ’80s began, Doris became involved with the cutting edge of computer music, receiving sponsorship from Apple and even working as a consultant for IBM (one of the albums she recorded during this period has previously been posted on the excellent Mutant Sounds blog). “Psychoraptus” comes from one of her earliest computer music albums, and the first to be reissued in the 21st Century. The track combines pulsating sequencers, squealing synth leads and Doris’s icy neo-classical vocals, accompanied by a video whose neon New Wave cyber-cabaret stylings suit the music down to the ground.
“Psychoraptus” is available on the 30th Anniversary Edition of the album Raptus, reissued by Black Widow Records
Written by Christopher Greenberg