OCCULTO presents: ONGAPALOOZA (10 yrs of Boring Machines) im West Germany, Berlin

Vor zehn Jahren wurde in der italienischen Kleinstadt Treviso das kleine Label Boring Machines gegründet. Zu der Zeit ahnte wahrscheinlich niemand, dass das Projekt einmal zu einer der rührigsten Institutionen der alternativen Musikgeschichte Italiens werden sollte. Zahlreiche jüngere Bands aus den unterschiedlichsten Regionen des Landes und aus verschiedenen Genres zwischen Psychedelia, Drone, Noiserock und electronica debütierten dort oder brachten dort zumindest ihre ersten im größeren Rahmen vertriebenen Aufnahmen heraus, zu den bekanntesten zählen La Piramide di Sangue, Father Murphy, Heroin in Tahiti, Mai Mai Mai, Squadra Omega, Cannibal Movie, Mamuthones oder die in Berlin lebede Musikerin DuChamp. Aber auch altgedientere Musiker wie Z’ev oder Simon Ballestrazzi veröffentlichten bei Boring Machines. In einer Reihe Events feiert das Label nun sein zehnjähriges Bestehen, eines der Festivals mit ausschließlich Boring Machines-Bands wird im Juni vom Berliner Oculto-Magazin im Kreuzberger West Germany veranstaltet. Der Name Ongapalooza referiert auf den Namen des Labelgründers Onga sowie auf eine nordamerikanische Pferderasse namens Apalooza.“Ongapalooza is the itinerant festival that Boring Machines will bring around during 2016. After the first party in Rome at Thalassa, and right after the party at Musica Nelle Valli, the BM troops will take over Berlin at West Germany for two nights of great music with a line up of Berlin residents and Italian travelers. The event is hosted by our friends of Occulto.”

03.06.2016, 21 Uhr
Von Tesla
Claudio Rocchetti
Jealousy Party

04.06.2016, 21 Uhr
Mai Mai Mai
Du Champ

West Germany
Skalitzer Str. 133
10999 Berlin

Event @ Facebook

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.” He has a new album out and his new set is incredibly good!

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. Drone is related to a precise childhood memory: the sound of the hair dryer, that her mother used to fix her hair. That was the sound of care, bliss, and infinite love. DuChamp uses different instruments (bass guitar, baritone guitar, keyboard, accordion) to find the closer one to the hair dryer she have in her memory. 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. Born on a little island of the Aegean Sea around 30 years ago, since childhood Mai Mai Mai followed his parents around Europe and the Near East, assimilating the different cultures, atmospheres and sonorities of the places he was involuntarily taken to – short periods of time that were intense enough to leave indelible traces. 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.

Passed is a ritual which marks the existence of an individual and takes him to a point of no return where perpetuation and sonic layering are the medium towards the discovery of a new awareness. A gash over the rediscovery of his nature, death as a compulsory transition to rebirth and the overcoming of the dualities which regulate and limit the human existence. Through sampling in real time floor-tom, voice and synths, the listener is buried under layers of percussions, drones and mantras, dragged further down to exorcise the fear of what one is in nature. Only by confronting with death it’s possible to be rebirth under a new soul, in a surreal dimension, screaming and shouting the new conquer: “We stand upright/Our head above the heavens/Our feet below the hells”.

Boring Machines is an independent label run by Onga. Boring Machines takes primarily care of music made by Italian musicians living anywhere, often functioning as a talent scout (fuck talent shows BTW) 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.

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.”