Nicola Ratti

Polyhedric musician and sound designer active since years in the experimental fields. He has performed live in Europe, North America and Russia and  his albums had been released by Anticipate, Preservation, Die Schachtel, Entr’acte, Where To Now?, Senufo Editions, Boomkat Editions, Holidays Records, Megaplomb, Musica Moderna, Boring Machines, Coriolis Sounds, Zymogen. He is currently working with Giuseppe Ielasi with whom he formed the project entitled Bellows and Tilde, a research team founded with Enrico Malatesta and Attila Faravelli. He collaborates also with visual artists such as Nicola Martini, Alessand ro Roma, Riccardo Arena, Fatima Bianchi. He’s been the curator of The Variable Series from September 2013 to December 2014, hosted by O’ in Milano. He’s one of the promoters/artists of Auna since its first edition (sept. 2012), an electroacoustic music festival conceived as a research/exchange moment between italian-based artists. Since May 2015 he is the curator of a series of sound-related events at Stand ards, an experimental sound research gallery located in Milano and a founder of Frequente, and art organization devoted to sound. His last record Pressure Loss has been released by Where To Now? in March 2016.


1:  You will die.
2:   Me too.
3:   It will be sad.


1.What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
The act of listening and the chance of modify it and then getting involved.

2.How and when did you get into making music?
Through piano lessons when I was a child. (boring answer).

3.What are your 5 favorite albums of all time?
(impossible answer). I guess
Lucio Battisti – Anima Latina
Chico Buarque – Construção
Ricardo Villalobos – Achso EP
Jakob Ullmann – A Catalogue of Sounds
Rhythm & Sound – w/The Artists

4.What do you associate with Berlin?
Friends who moved there for music and art.

5.What’s your favorite place in your town?
The bed I sleep into & stand ards.

6.If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
Considering music as a more or less organized collection of sounds, I’d say no problem, I would make sounds.

7.What was the last record you bought?
Sacred Flute Music From New Guinea: Madang/Windim Mambu (Ideologic organ)

8.Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Caetano Veloso

9.What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
Performer, Presences Electronique Festival in Paris (2014). Spectator, Dean Roberts at Soundohm HQ (2008).

10.How important is technology to your creative process?
It is totally part of it, sometimes I feel like I’m following it instead of using it. I like machines and their autonomy.

11.Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career?
I got two sisters, they’ve been always supporting me..even if I don’t know if they really listen to my music.

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