Alessandro Adriani’s Mannequin Records recently announced that it will plunder the back catalogue of trailblazing Italian producer, Doris Norton. With two arriving next week and the other later this summer, the latest excavations dig out three albums released by Norton between 1983 and 1985. It continues a meticulously-curated run of reissues on the label, spanning everything from Musumeci‘s cold wave to acid from Fred Ventura and the minimal electro of No More.
Out of press and notoriously hard to come by, Computer For Peace (1983), Personal Computer (1984) and Artificial Intelligence (1985) mark a significant moment in the history of electronic music. Repping Apple, EBM and Roland back in the 1980s, Norton was both a champion of the PC – commissioned by the then-nascent company, Apple’s logo features prominently on the sleeve for Personal Computer – and largely considered a pioneer of experimental electro in the vein of Yellow Magic Orchestra and Kraftwerk. Her name typically mentioned alongside other pioneering women like Delia Derbyshire and Suzanne Ciani, these aren’t to be overlooked.
Norton Computer For Peace and Personal Computer are out April 21st on Mannequin Records with Artificial Intelligence arriving in the summer.