RAMA /
interviews about music

RAMA is a series of interviews shooted between 2012 to 2017 about the italian and european DIY music scene. A bounce of known and unknown Italian and international Artists from one of of the last existing netlabel (Selvaelettrica.com) gave their contribution to this small insight about the field.

The aim of the research is to investigate through the stories of the protagonsts, how the scene is changed after the advent of the digital music/distribution.

 

KATAPULTO

"Wojciech Rusin composes music for theatre and film. He invents instruments which often become part of the show. His radio play "The Garden" was broadcast on BBC Radio 6 "The Freakier Zone" in September 2016. He wrote music for the award winning show "No Guts No Heart No Glory" which was filmed and available to watch on BBC 4 and iplayer in November 2015. He works with digital and analog sound sources, contact mics, guitar amps, synthesisers and anything which can be used as an unique sound source. As Katapulto, with Selva elettrica and Proot Records, in 2008 he released Bodyhammer _ he recently released an LP "Powerflex" on the New York label Olde English Spelling Bee. His track "This Is The Future" appears on Boomkat's 14tracks."

 

Above the tree

"Marco Bernacchia a.k.a. Above the Tree, traces a path of investigation into the potentials of sound / noise (?) obtained from musical instruments. Often his sound is reminiscent of popular melodies, folk rhythms or a minimal kind of blues. In parallel with his solo project, Mark has played in bands such as M.A.Z.C.A. and Gallina. The project Above the Tree is an alter-ego of Bernacchia that when he performs, he masquerades as a mythological (fantastical) figure: half man, half chicken. This character is a double with its own parallel life, as the chicken behaves instinctively and short-sightedly and sometimes the performances become chaotic / scientific experiments..."

Click here to download ABOVE THE TREE: SWISS MUSIC
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Andrea Noce

Andrea Noce is a singer, producer, synthesist and sound artist based in Berlin. Half of the duo Andrea & Alexander, with spAceLex (@spacelex) and co-founder with Laura ODL (@ondula) of As Longitude (@as-longitude). She releases for french Macadam Mambo (@macadam-mambo), american Elestial Sound (@elestialsound) and german Fleeting Wax (@fleeting-wax) 

DOWLOAD HERE ANDREA'S RELEASE FOR FREE:
https://selvaelettrica.bandcamp.com/a...
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WEBSITE:
https://soundcloud.com/andreanoce

Xela Zaid

"...Xela Zaid, has sat quietly in the Miami music scene for the past three decades, a former winner of New Times' 2013 Best Solo Musician. Now devoted to experiments in dissonant ambiance, Zaid made his bones with the indie outfit Ho Chi Minh in the '90s. That group’s releases, 1997’s Motorama and 2001’s Summerwood, are indie reductions of excellent pop — proving his solid background in traditional musicianship. But since then, he continues to push the envelope of experimental and noise music."

DOWNLOAD XELA'S RELEASE HERE FOR FREE:
https://selvaelettrica.bandcamp.com/a...

CREAPOPOLVSQVE

Creapopolvsqve is a brand new Duo made by old friends Demented (a.k.a. System hardware Abnormal / Trapcoustic and many others) and Mushy (as Mushy and Phantom Love).
The starting point is the love for italian Horror Movies and great Erotic / Porno Films. Inspired by the images and the soundtracks of great Masterpieces, they build up this project with analog synth, drummachine, bass and archive sounds taken by old movies and "musica leggera italiana", sticking noises and traditional melodies into a unique continuum inspired by the LAWS of LOVE.  The result is a dark mix made up of ambient, drone, synthwave, rhythms and orgasmic sounds driven by the motto: Satyricon meets Spermula.

DOWNLOAD CREAPOPOLVSQVE'S RELEASE HERE:
https://selvaelettrica.bandcamp.com/a...

GM POP

Gmpop is an italian Dj and songwriter based in Latina (Italy)

DOWNLOAD GMPOP'S RELEASE HERE:
https://selvaelettrica.bandcamp.com/a...

WEBSITE
https://soundcloud.com/gmpop

JONIDA PRIFTI / ACCHIAPPASHPIRT

Acchiappashpirt is a collaboration between Jonida Prifti and sound artist Stefano Di Trapani – a sound and video poetry/poetronic project formed in 2008. Inspired by the ouija board concept “Poetry pilots the electronic sound through wirings and feedbacks and so turns it into poetry itself. Their concept is inspired by the ouija board, which is oral communication as a path to paranormal activities that passes through the linguistic Babel, used to free the sense”.

Opening titles and excerpts from Sleeping babies: https://vimeo.com/143627920
by Pierluca Zanda, Michele Catalano & Cristina Piciacchia.

CALCUTTA

Attivo come musicista in diversi gruppi musicali locali fin dal 2007, nel 2009 fonda il duo musicale Calcutta. In seguito all'abbandono dell'altro membro, Marco Crypta, Calcutta mantiene il nome, che come dichiarato in un'intervista dice essere casuale e non avere un senso definito, e lo adotta come nome d'arte. Nel 2012 pubblica per l'etichetta Geograph Records il suo primo disco intitolato Forse..., a seguito del quale si esibisce in diversi locali d'Italia. Dopo la pubblicazione dell'EP The Sabaudian Tape nel 2013, registrato in cassetta a tiratura limitata, nel 2015, in collaborazione con Niccolò Contessa de I Cani, produce e pubblica il suo secondo lavoro, Mainstream.

DOWNLOAD CALCUTTA'S RELEASE HERE:
https://selvaelettrica.bandcamp.com/a...

STEFANO DI TRAPANI

"System Hardware Abnormal, progetto (elettronica, noise, “weird”) che ha in piedi dal 2002, si basa sull' utilizzo di tecnologia obsoleta o di serie C, puntando sul malfunzionamento, sul desiderio di realizzare dischi di merda, sbagliati, che magari possano offrire nuove soluzioni proprio in virtù dei loro handicap."

URANIA'S RELEASES FREE DOWNLOAD HERE:
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TOMMASO BATTISTELLI

Tommaso Battistelli is an ambient-noise musician from Sanremo (Italy)_
also known as 'Gingagaruga'.

DOWNLOAD TOMMASO'S RELEASES FOR FREE HERE:
https://selvaelettrica.bandcamp.com/a...

YOU CAN ALSO ORDER THE "PURPOSE" VINYL HERE:
https://selvaelettrica.bandcamp.com/a...

MANUEL CASCONE

Manuel Cascone is a producer and musician based in Rome
(also member of Boris, Calamita, Laser Tag, Cascao & Lady Maru, Nastro and many other project) 

DOWNLOAD CASCAO'S RELEASES FOR FREE HERE:
https://selvaelettrica.bandcamp.com/a...
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ABACOM SYSTEM

Abacom System is both an electronic music producer and audio technician from Roma. He started to play and make live performances in 1997. From 2001 to 2004, he joined Neuropa, a small independent label, collaborating with other musicians from Italy. 
In 2005 he stopped playing live and moved to Milan to attend a course of Audio Engineering. In 2010 he came back on the scene with his new works. His music is a melt of various genres such as Techno, IDM and Electro. It is called SICK TECHNO.

DOWNLOAD ABACOM'S FREE RELEASE HERE:
https://selvaelettrica.bandcamp.com/a...

WEBSITE:
https://soundcloud.com/abacomsystem