By way of introduction, here are some words from Mario’s webpage:
“I’m Mario Contarino and I was born in Rome in 1984.I was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy when I was 5 years old. I have always been keen on drums…I would always play with my mother’s saucepans…indeed, due to my passion and my hate for studying, I left school at the second year of High School.
In 2000, at 16,I joined the pop-rock band ‘Ladri di Carrozzelle’ as a drummer. The group was mainly composed of guys with the same pathology as me.
The drums were divided by four of us playing with electronic pads, so I had the chance to learn about rhythmic reading as much as writing of the instrument. I remained in the group till the summer of 2006. During those six years, we played all over the country, totalling about 600 concerts in Italy, taking parts in many important events and TV shows. One of these events, actually the most significant, was in Rome “Concerto del primo maggio 2006” in piazza San Giovanni, standing in front of thousands of people, live on stage and with a national TV broadcast. I left the band because of some problems with some guys of the band and of the staff.
Because of Dystophy, I gradually lost the strength to play.
Thanks to the PC and technology at the end of 2007 I began composing, using “Steinberg Cubase SX” and some VST-plug-ins (of which: Native Instruments Abbey Road Modern Drums, Bornemark Broomstick Bass, Native Instruments B4, MusicLab RealLPC, Native Intruments Guitar Rig 4, IK Multimedia Amplitube 2 and more) rock instrumental music; then I created a personal project named TBP, by which, for fun, from the summer of 2011 I converted almost 30 famous songs into hard-rock instrumental versions.
But mainly, TBP project consist on transferring emotion and state of mind into original instrumental songs, with different variety of rock (hard rock,funky, progressive, fusion, blues, metal and more).
On 13 November 2012, was released, with the label Zeta Factory, “Universe Of Emotions” the first album of the project TBP.”
What Mario has achieved here is simply astounding. Every recorded note, drums (his instrument of choice) bass, keys and guitars is computer generated. Even more astounding is the quality of the compositions themselves and the tone of the instruments. This is a very enjoyable listen from start to finish stylistically trending between classic prog and rock sounds to metal and fusion passages.
Artists like Mario and his hero Jason Becker demonstrate emphatically that where there is a will, there is a way and we the listeners are rewarded by their incredible will to produce music of quality and character.
Bravo Mario, everyone should buy this record to support you in all your future endeavours! Thank you for bringing this important work to our attention and god bless you.
2. Is For You
3. Bluesy Scream
4. Universe Of Emotions
5. The Mystery Crop Circles
6. Jungle Island
8. Life Is Joy
9. Smiling Soul
10. Damn War
11. The Power Of Mind