He has been one of the top artists of mp3.com and featured in its famous compilation FLASHBACK2000.
In those years Manuel worked on Sci-Fi series project “Echoes of the Past” (haunting music number, flowing with sounds of battles fought and wars waged. It draws you in even without the footage from the series to back it up, it could easily be part of great tragedies and also great victories. The strife of the sacrifices made in war is felt throughout).
Produced also many albums, unfortunately no one of them is available today except in collectors hands. Marino remembers the old masters Rick Wakeman and Alan Parsons as he forges his unique brand of medieval methodology. “From intergalactic battles to dystopian visions of society, infinite space is the only limit for Marino…” Splendid E-zine said for those years production.
When it comes to music, I usually find a surprise to be a good thing. A surprise means that something is exceeding or working outside of my expectations. It means that something has departed from the status quo, and introduced an element to my listening experience that is fresh, unique, engaging, or a total about face from what I was expecting. I love surprises in my music because it means something new has unfolded in my ears, and therefore I am very glad that I have the opportunity to write about X-tivity Factor’s Planetary Travel, which threw me a pleasing curve on my way to work today...
Part of the joy in having the opportunity to write on albums through The Ripple is experiencing a broadening of my musical horizons. That happened today when a got to listening to X-tivity Factor’s Planetary Travel. The only downside I can see with it is the very short length of the album, which leaves me wanting more. Still if that is the only problem you have, then that is not necessarily a bad thing. I may not be the authority on electronica music just yet, but I do know good music when I hear it, and I certainly did with this album.
And also on Music & Musicians:
Manuel Marino makes electronic music under many guises, and as X-tivity Factor, he delivers driving beats and synth lines with a slightly noirish New Wave sheen. Had the folks behind the Drive soundtrack wanted aggressive, not atmospheric, Marino might have been their man.