Schön Dunkel Org web-zine, 01/2003
The release of the new Kirlian Camera single is scheduled for April. The official
title of the single is K-PAX, track that will be included in the forthcoming album
for the label TRISOL. The single contains other 3 tracks that will be not included
in the full-length work. This album, titled INVISIBLE FRONT, 2004, will be released
in late Spring. This new chapter of KC will be characterized by two different
atmospheres. In the first disc slow and dark rhythms will prevail, as never in past
works. All the tracks will be of new conception, in them KC will unite acoustic
moments of chamber orchestra to electronic and will show their more "dramatic" side.
The second disc will include new materail too, but more oriented to the rhythm and
powerful sounds. In the line-up, apart Angelo Bergamini, Elena Fossi and Emilia Lo
Jacono, there will be Jarboe (THE SWANS), Ivano Bizzi (STALINGRAD), Francesco Germi
& his strings quartet, apart the Musica Venetiana ensemble. Mauro Montacchini, co-founder
of KC in 1980, returned back in the last days, present in past works as "Eclipse – Das
Schwarze Denkmal", "UNO" e "Todesengel – The Fall Of Life".
After the Cella (RE) gig on February the 8th, KC will be on tour in England and
Scandinavia and probably in USA too.
KC will be helped in the live events by Siderartica, band that includes Elena
Fossi, Andrea Savelli and Andrea Fossi. The side-project realized the debut-album
NIGHT PARADE and it's working on the next release scheduled for Autumn 2003. Soon
it will be available a 12" vinyl featuring a track of Elena Fossi and a remix done
by Y-LU-KO and american combo MORPH. The single "Atmosphere", Joy Division cover
performed by Siderartica in the concerts, didn't see the light.
Angelo Bergamini, Elena Fossi and Roberta Astolfo (Leutha) collaborate to the
Stalingrad project, whose live debut was in Leipzig. The first Stalingrad work is
"COURT-MARTIAL (POMPOUS, SHAMELESSLY UNCOOL, HEARTFELT B-MUSIC)", written and
realized by Angelo and Elena with the help of Ivano Bizzi e orchestra director
Francesco Germini. A limited edition of the album exists and includes tracks remixed
by Nueva Germania and DDR. In Autumn is scheduled the release of a split-single with
Kirlian Camera, in a special limited edition. Stalingrad will play on next February
the 22th at Mestre (VE) together with Winterkälte.
First of all, so I stop to think and torture psychologically myself, I'd like
to ask, what's about the concert at Binario Zero in Milan?
ANGELO: I could say that it went well, thank to the fact that the acoustics was
decent and our sound engineer, Yvan Battaglia, did a good work. The TV projector was
missing and the visual effects were pratically absent, but the tecnical and passionate
surrender has been of good impact, I'd say. For a moment I made play a couple of tracks
to the other two, that were reached on stage by a third element: in fact that is the
Siderartica line-up, band born in 1996, that I'm keeping often around as guest.
As Elena Fossi is a stable presence in Kirlian Camera and Andrea Savelli a close
collaborator simplify the things. Maybe, in Milan, something as usual didn't like
to anyone and it couldn't be otherwise... Let me say that someone lamented that
we were not the same band of 1995, that we were "less fascists".. What a fuck,
the people are crazy! Someone straight recognizes in the (temporary) absence on
stage of Emilia a new "leftist tendency"!!! Pure delirium... in every case to
look for political messages of any nature also in the personal human relationship.
Apart that Emilia is the only one to be official declared "left-wing" and really
I don't believe that she likes a similar attitude, totally against her
convictions! Then, another thing: it's really time to stop, with these idiocy:
we play music, really, onlythis, without tendentious interest and, maybe, someone
is beginning to understand, we hope. We never "apologized" with anybody. We always paid
personally and in a unpublished severe way our tendency toward a total language
freedom. We have been always at our place: we never lamented, but surely we
counterattacked. The conscious of this band is clean.
Are you working on something new?
EMILIA: we are working on new album >INVISIBLE FRONT, 2003. The line-up includes
as always Angelo and Elena as principal core, plus me and Jarboe (Swans), only in
studio; the last one as guest. We are also talking about a double compilation
composed prevalently by "singles", whose title, not yet confirmed, could be
"Monolux" and it should include various unreleased versions, such as "The Desert
Inside" and "Helden Platz" that we are used to play live and three or four
re-mix done for other bands like Criminal Asylum, Wumpscut, Siderartica, etc.
Moreover Angelo and Elena are going to release under the name STALINGRAD their
first album "Court-Martial", that will be featured live with the help of Roberta
Astolfo (Leutha), indipendently from Kirlian Camera. Elena is going to release
"Night Parade", album of SIDERARTICA, her already existing project since some
years, that released a couple of demos; I think it will be in the stores since
5 April. Angelo also collaborated to the new album of Jarboe "A Woman's Dreams",
that is going to be released. Meanwhile, the reissues are going on, because after
"Uno" it should be out "It doesn't matter, now" too - first album of the band,
1983 - in Digipak edition including three extra tracks too, but I don't know the
release date. Concerning me alone, Angelo and others will help me to record an
album that should be called "Along a rainy coast", but for this I have not hurry,
considering the frenetic life of recent times that unfortunatly doesn't allow me
much time. However I'm working at a photographic book that will be relased by
Mondo Bizzaro Press.
In recent times we will see always often around the streets people that could
be definied "Dark", what do you think it indicates: a discovery of dark music or
they are only little boys/girls that dress clothes because alternative, but
in concrete they have very little?
ANGELO: it was out of fashion the "blacker"... now it returned back to be vaguely
of tendency, just it. Then many will be bored again and will say that all is shit...
often it is true... In every case, all in all these little "dark" boys are nice,
apart negative exceptions. I hope new interesting bands will grow, because the old
ones are too much often drepressing, static, presumptuosness and useless: old children
playing to be young dressing clothes and never had boasting merits: they stressed
before and stress now... Oh heaven!
What do you think instead of the current EBM scene and bands like Hocico, :Wumpscut:,
Funker Vogt, Covenant etc.?
ANGELO: to be honest, too much often they are pitiful clones of pre-existing bands.
No fantasy, only image and triumph of ignorance. No fun. Why people don't listen to
Front Front 242, Underworld or Frontline Assembly, by example, if they love some
kind of sonority? They are much, much better than many bands also in the actual scene.
However something of "new" "techno-EBM" scene is saveable or even appreciable.
Wumpscut in my opinion it is, even if he is not so young, and the friendship between
us don't make me wrong. Some bands seem to improve... other to finish in a real bleak
made of farts and sounds taken from the loutest techno, that, by the way, I prefer
Could you reveil which equipment you use to compose your music?
ANGELO - Since a while I use principally this equipment: Roland Juno-60 midi, EMS Synthi
A/AKS, Ensoniq EPS16+, E-mu Orbit, Roland MC-505, Crumar Perfor mer string keyboard,
Yamaha RS-7000 workstation, Korg DVP-1 vocoder, etc., but sometimes everything is
processed inside Waldorf 4 Pole, Korg Kaosspad and, in fact, EMS Synthi A/AKS filters.
Elena plays very much the Roland MC-505, Roland EG-101, Minimoog, a vertical piano filtered
that I don't remember the factory and a processor (not for ambient effects, however...).
Her first album as Siderartica is entirly made with MC-505, except one track. As
domestic mixer we use a Mackie 1604 VLZ-PRO adn record on two ADAT XT with tape or
directly on DAT Tascam, absolutely not using, neither pc nor mac. Sometimes, we use Sound Forge
on pc, in studio. As reverberation we use since lot of time Alesis Microverb, a little box
that you can find at 25 Euro and it's difficult that we use other ambients in studio.
In time, we had also other instruments, as Roland Jupiter 4, Roland Promars, Roland
Roland S-50 e S-550, Roland MC-303, Waldorf Pulse, Waldorf XT II Shadow, PPG 2.2, Mellotron,
Jen Superstringer, GRS VCO 3 synth, Yamaha PSS-790, Novation Bass Station, Roland TR-808
/ TR-909 / TR-3 03, Roland Bassline, Fairlight III, ARP Odyssey, Binson Echorec 2, piano
Bechste in midi halftile etc... some of them weren't ours, considering the prices of bad
things like Fairlight!
Why some of your tracks are in German, it depends by musicality of what else?
ANGELO: it's an evocative question... some Middle European atmospheres of past fit good
with that language, simply quoting Fassbinder cinema, poets like Lotz, Stramm, Trakl
and others, in a context quietly uncultured, also because we don't from middle-class
origins and we love "to use" the things, apart reasoning on them with vague detachment and
possible objectivity. The culture is viewed as useful not negligible luggage, here,
but surely "to live" in first person, even to attack, to move, modify, remodel
following its own instinct, without shame and useless bows. Surely with the education
that, of course, have not to miss.
Which were your favorire cd and song of your youthness? And the current ones,
they are always the same or have changed?
ANGELO: everything started listening to "Echoes" from "Meddle" of Pink Floyd, in 1971.
I really got crazy, for the song and that band. Now I'm not so involved in the releases,
generally... I listen to them, yes, I'm a bit informed, but altogether I find
few things, really essential. "Kanon Pokajanen" of Arvo Pärt is what I like listen
to more and I find always stimulating the things that Douglas plays with Death In June.
This is my first interview, how do you think it was? Do you have some suggestion
ANGELO: no particular suggestion, except to say to be away from "underground
flattery", made of little bad and envious little stupids that bore the life of
everyone with their artistic frustrations fed by envy. Tell fuck off to the
band that are not educated and, if possible, a bit humblenessly. This undergrowth of
"artists" is depressing: let's start to clean it with clear choices, I mean avoiding
who has nothing to say if not speaking of its own ego. I liked the interview, because
you chose for musical questions, instead of delaying in political bullshit as many do.
English translation: Adalberto Orrigo