Distant Second Records is the record label of Giancarlo Vulcano. Music released by Distant Second runs the gamut from film scores to concert works, radio plays, and music for installations. New albums will be released regularly, so please subscribe to this site for Distant Second news.

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Unfinished Spaces

“Unfinished Spaces” is a documentary that explores the creation and subsequent decay of the Nation Schools of Art in Havana Cuba. Commissioned by Fidel Castro to be “the most beautiful academy of arts in the world,” the schools’ radical design embodied the best qualities of the revolution in its youth. As the dream of the Revolution quickly became a reality, construction was abruptly halted and the architects and their designs were deemed irrelevant in the prevailing political climate. Giancarlo Vulcano worked closely with directors Alysa Nahmias and Ben Murray to create a score whose modernism reflects the buildings while also embodying the warmth of their tropical environment and of the architects themselves.

The Best in the World


Vetro, released in January 2008, documents the music written by Giancarlo Vulcano from 2002-2005, and is performed and co-produced with the musicians who were involved at the music’s creation. Vulcano describes the period when the music was composed: “It was a process of giving the musicians little phrases to play as I was discovering them. I was finding ideas and my friends would play them for as long as they interested us, and then on to the next.” Two tracks from Vetro were featured by John Schaefer on New Sounds Live, another has been chosen to appear in Magnet Magazine’s January 2008 New Music Sampler disk, and the final track was licensed by the NBC comedy 30 Rock and is heard in the art gallery in episode 206: Cougars.

Portrait Of Arthur Rimbaud

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My Funny Detective

My Funny Detective is the score to a film that doesn’t exist. In 2005 Giancarlo Vulcano got the screenplay for a modern-day film noir by his friend Paul Meadows. At the time Vulcano was working with composer Howard Shore, and he composed the music for My Funny Detective while commuting back and forth to his job with Shore. My Funny Detective was composed without deadlines, without comments from producers, and indeed, without a film to work with, and yet somehow it is precise in its depiction of the moods of the story, its action, and its characters.

On the Case