Boring Machines is an independent label primarily featuring music made by Italian musicians living anywhere, often functioning as a talent scout and releasing first operas to support young artists. In the latest ten years Boring Machines released almost 70 records in various formats, including works from internationally renowned artists like Father Murphy, Heroin in Tahiti, Squadra Omega, Fabio Orsi, Mamuthones and many others. 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the label, with celebrations held in various cities.
Thirteen years ago Claudio Rocchetti started venting all the noise he could make with a couple of walkman, a mixer and some other gimcrackery. Today, his beloved instruments haven’t changed much, just the addition of a couple of minimal synths, but his growth as a composer of noisy stories has been slow and relentless as pouring lava which, after the explosions and lapilli in the sky, starts to go downhill.
I have the pleasure to have an album of his amongst the releases of the label, with a record about which I said “the break-everything noisy boy has learned how to dose the force like a modern Skywalker and now his tracks seems to land from another planet.”
When Jealousy Party started to make music they were ahead of their times, and they invented and refined a unique style they called the Punca.
2016, more than 20 years later, they still retain a personal style ahead or lateral of many of the things you’re exposed to, which blends broken electronica, free jazz, vocalism, body language. Composed of a core duo of Mat Pogo and WJM Meatball, their performances saw the group extend to a trio, a quartet or even a septet. Jealousy Party’s music escape any classification, being capable to blend together free-jazz improvisation with proto-funk, vocal dadaism and primordial voodoo-rock with glitch electronica. A very colourful range of sounds which reaches his full effect in their explosive live shows. Bringing together James Brown, Kid606 and Art Ensemble of Chicago? Yes We Can.
Von Tesla is the moniker of Marco Giotto aka Be Invisible Now!, who already released an album and a split with Expo ’70 on Boring Machines in the past. With the new project he has already released some music on a very limited tape on Tulip Records (Claudio Rocchetti’s imprint), an e-release on Enklav plus various other sounds on his website. Von Tesla uses a wide range of analogue machines and samplers to investigate all the different aspects of beat-driven electronic music. He does it from an unexpected point of view, using asymmetrical rhythms and pulses as sounds.
DuChamp is an Italian scientist, musician and curator based in Berlin, religiously devoted to drone. She released her debut album on Boring Machines and a split tape with Felicia Atkinsons on Idiosyncratics. As a musician DuChamp is involved in several collaborative projects – Fausto Maijstral and Xantene among others. She runs the tape label Kitchen Leg, she organizes gigs for artists she loves and she is the co-curator of the Berlin based Occulto Fest.
Mai Mai Mai is the materialization of a travel in time and space. His solo project is the transposition of those experiences into music and sounds: a mix of drone and ambient, steamy and fat beats, field recordings and soundscapes which lead to ancient and arcane ages, on the border between East and West. In this space/time travel Mai Mai Mai seeks for a story, an identity, a face. Mai Mai Mai has toured extensively in many countries, including whole Europe, US, Brasil, Russia and recently China, playing in many clubs and festivals such as the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia.
Occulto is an independent magazine edited, designed and published by Italian born, Berlin based Alice Cannava, that explores new possibilities in the popularisation of science in connection to other fields such as the visual arts, parascientific theories and history of ideas. Occulto affirms the cultural value of scientific knowledge and the potential of an interdisciplinary approach opened to deviance and irony. Alice Cannava co-curates the yearly Berlin festival Occulto Fest and organises with love a program of concerts in Berlin focused on experimental projects – because also scientists need to listen to good music.
OCCULTO presents: ONGAPALOOZA 10 Years of Boring Machines
Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th June2016 | 21:00 CET
Westgermany | Skalitzer Str. 133 | 10999 Berlin/Kreuzberg