Ascension #1, 01/1999
ANGELO BERGAMINI is the mind behind this very old
project... Since the beginning in the '80s there are audio tracks of
KIRLIAN CAMERA, now many of these productions combined with more recent
works are included in "THE ICE CURTAIN", double cd released by the German
label NOVATEKK, on which booklet related there is a satisfying discography
that will help who want to find the past of the band.
Personally I consider very much the KIRLIAN production since the artistic
coalition with the "heavenly voice" EMILIA LO JACONO was born, since here
the concrete project of Kirlian Camera started, before with self-productions,
later with the distributive support of German labels that guaranteed an
But now I let ANGELO BERGAMINI to speak about the future projects in this
interview by missive:
A.B.: The current line-up of Kirlian Camera is a bit "complex", or better,
vaguely floating (concerning live); the band, in its official formation,
now includes three persons: EMILIA LO JACONO, BARBARA BOFFELLI and ANGELO,
I wouldn't like to change this line-up.
Around it there is another girl (it seems now an paranoic incarnation of
the Spice Girls) - note the irony of Angelo (n.o.a) - the lady already
collaborated with us in "ERINNERUNG" and "SOLARIS", she is NANCY APPIAH, that,
notwithstanding she is from Africa, - she is a nice black-coloured
girl, with a remarkable voice... (n.o.a.) - seems to assimilate and love the
European sounds with no problem, instead, with some respect that is not
During live appearances, the three girls rarely are together; they alternate
from concert to concert.
Sometimes, IVANO BIZZI gives help, but I don't know if ti will be possible
Normally Kirlian Camera "live" includes the two "Spices" and the old stupid
After "THE ICE CURTAIN" and "DRIFTING", some other things are in working...
An album on which I'm working since months and it's causing me some problems,
due to a strong emotional component that regards me and that is not easy to
I don't know if it will be released under KIRLIAN CAMERA or JANUARY ZERO
(the band I formed this year with BARBARA BOFFELLI and that more or less
orbits around both of us), but I will decide this at the last moment, due to
the total existing analogy between the two projects mentioned.
The title is "UNIDENTIFIED LIGHT" and it shouldn't be changed, at the moment
it's very electronic and chill, more than usual.
"DRIFTING" is a maxi-single that had, in the first time, to
present it, but, in fact, the delay of this album will be remarkable.
Meanwhile, the orchestral project announced more than once is almost ready.
It is an album containing old songs totally re-arranged with the
help of a little symphonic orchestra of about thirty elements and a chorus,
everything guided by ALESSANDRO NIDI, the orchestra director that already
managed FRANCO BATTIATO in some events (the "GENESI" is his).
These tracks are really very developed comparing the originals, so this
work can be considered a new effective disc.
It will include unreleased material, due to the presence of at least one
song for orchestra never recorded before.
The recordings will happen in about a month (november, n.o.a.) in a
theater not so far from here (Parma, n.o.a.), then EMILIA LO JACONO and
BARBARA BOFFELLI will add the solo voices on orchestra and chorus in a
second phase, but always in the same theater.
A song, "MAY", will be immediately sent in Liverpool to PATRICK LEGAS O' KILL
(Death In June, Sixth Comm and Mother Destruction) that will sing it: in
fact the rare male solo voices will be mine and his.
At this point of the mail ANGELO confesses the
satisfaction for being arrived at the crucial point of this work, so hard
because I arranged personally the part of every single instrument by not
demanding to the others his ideas.
Then he continues in this way...
A.B.: I don't know exactly when this last album will be released, but
surely not before the next year and not however at its beginning.
Meanwhile, in the fears of "UNIDENTIFIED LIGHT" (the electronic album,
project mentioned at the beginning of the interview... n.o.a.) we thought
to record another thing, a bit more extemporary and with no claims, to
light the tension and get relax... I'm not directly involved in the
line-up of this "thing" that is a short single with three
tracks sung by the girls on a basis of piano and violin.
It will contain a cover of an old German song "ICH BIN DER LETZTE
TOURIST IN EUROPA", song by the way used also by LARS VON TRIER in his movie
"The Element Of Crime", then, another remake of a very old American song,
"SWAY" already quote by JULIE LONDON and also by DEAN MARTIN, but, this one,
with European touch, in fact it seems to be out more from a German bar
than from Hollywood.
A third track, still to be decided, will belong to this "matter" somewhere
around FASSBINDER, VISCONTI of "La Caduta Degli Dei" and... other.
Maybe we felt the need to do this break, just to enclose "in family", to do
something totally acoustic and intimate, due to the electronic storm always
colder and more dramatic we are challening (moreover with more pleasure).
When I can, I'll finish my solo project "URANIUM USSR 1972", that is an album
of ultraminimalist electronic already started since "SOLARIS" times and
initially connected to it, but then revised, due to the big presence of
Panasonic and Plastikman it was too much closer to (and as I was not happy
about this thing, I wished pratically to re-start the
recordings, as nobody would have believed it was not a plagiarism... even
if it was...).
But for this project there is time...
What I can still say... We are continuing the live activity and we are
very glad, due to the always more positive reactions of the audience that,
moreover, show to like more our version more rhythmical and electronic.
The only problem, the presence of "democratic" activists that sometimes
try to impede us to play, throwing press, radios, TV and what else, doing
(mis)information against the band, as in Berlin this year, where a local
radio recommended to avoid our local performance because Kirlian Camera is
a "racist" and "neonazi" band (NANCY cannot understand yet).
Or in Utrecht, where there was a manifestation with leafleting and
picketting always against us (and that the rain later spreaded).
Well, I think it is all...
As you can read in this interview by missive,
ANGELO is always activest, we will listen to some of his works very soon,
other projects will change before seeing the light, but we know, it is
prerogative of the great artists to be not completely satisfied of their
We thank ANGELO and his "Spice Girls" EMILIA, BARBARA and NANCY.
English translation: Adalberto Orrigo - 12.12.2004