1. O C C U L T O F E S T 1 4

    Occulto Fest 2014: Indeterminacy
    2-3 May 2014 @WestGermany, Skalitzerstr. 133, 10999 Berlin

    2 May, 8pm-open end


    Ensemble Economique


    Marta Zapparoli

    DJ SET

    Mat Pogo



    3 May 2014, 8pm – open end


    Jackie-O Motherfucker

    UMCB – Von Tesla & Sara Bonaventura

    Ruins of Krüger

    DJ SET



    Vermin by Adi Gelbart


  2. DC news, 14-01-14

    [#] Happy new year! I came back from a real holiday, no concerts, just travels + inspirations. I’ve been in a bilingual country where I speak both languages, that now I love so much!! Oakland, watch out, I guess I love Montreal more than you…

    [#] The album I’ve realized with Fausto Maijstral (me + Will Gresson duo) is coming out on Jan 27 from La Station Radar. It’s going to be a lot of drone, some more folkish song (praise to SOOA) and a very very Can song. We recorded in summer 2012 by Felix Florian Toedloff and then has been master by Brian Pyle. We are very excited about that!! It’s going to be a limited edition of 250 copies, with the cover artwork of Lara Schilling, band photo from Tanya Mar and a poster inside. In the meantime, you can listen to one song on LSR soundcloud page

    [#] Next show with my girl band Brabrabra is going to be on Thu 16 Jan in Schokoladen, we will share the stage with a very cool girl band from Berlin called The Anna Thompsons. In the meantime, all BBB tapes get sold out in a couple of weeks, so the mighty Kitchen Leg rec made a new reprint of 60 tapes, last ones, so if you want one, better hurry up! 

    [#] Tune on the radio on Jan 26 at 18 (on microwave.fm) because there will be a mixtape made by me…I was invited to do one for Zooecho records, so I happily did one where I’ve throw, among the others, Il gruppo di improvvisazione nuova consonanza, my labelmates Fabio Orsi & Mamuthones, my own hero Concern, Fausto Maijstral and my sweet half! 

    [#] Coming next: next cassette release, shows, plans, recordings with Sacco e Vanzetti, a new band called The Roman Catholics, new flaming release with Kitchen Leg records, Occultofest 2014 and much much more!


  3. DC news, 040613

    [#] I´m very happy to announce I´ll perform Occultofest 13 (I know, ahahah, but still, is rad, isn´t?) Sat June 8th same bill with La Piramide di Sangue and Davide Coccolo (from How Much Chuck…) solo project. And please, don´t miss either the second night because there is the wondergirls Epiphany Now, our local techno hero Moon Wheel and a great guest from the Bay Area, KWJAZ.

    Program and info here:


    [#] In July 7th I´ll perform at Idiosyncratics´ Black Sun Jamboree festival, with Angela Nina Yowell (US), Athlete´s foot (Max Plank & Rutgher Verstoppen, KERM), Piume di Pavone (Phil Maggi & Phil Cavaleri, Idiosyncratics) and Räum !

    [#] I´ll be touring motherland the last week of September, dates will be announced soon. In the meantime, for my extreme joy, I´ll be performing in Rock Valley Festival, July 19th, Santa Maria della Versa (PV). That means, in between the most beautiful ills of the world. :-) ! More info tba!

    [#] If you were wondering what the world was missing to be a good place, well, a record from Brabrabra. We are going to record in July, and it will be the first release of Andrew Kemp + me´s tape label. Expect raddess. BBB are in the line up for Torstrassen fest! Check it out!




  4. OF13!

                                   O C C U L T O F E S T  2 0 1 3 

                                      .Expect metamorphosis.


    Expect fly-like mutants, giant beetles, the new issue of Occulto Magazine and great live performances: here comes the Metamorphosis.

    8 JUNE -  8pm/1am

    DUCHAMP (IT/DE, Boring Machines)

    Solo project of the guitar player of How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck If a Woodchuck Could Chuck Wood? 

    LA PIRAMIDE DI SANGUE (IT/DE Boring Machines/Sound of Cobra)

    9 JUNE - 8pm/1am


    KWJAZ (US, Not Not Fun)

    MOON WHEEL (SE/DE, Not Not Fun)

    + distros, dj, Occulto new issue, smart talks and so on…


  5. Occulto compilation #2

    I´m part of Occulto Compilation # 2 along with great artists such as Eternal Zio, Von Tesla, Squadra Omega, Mace and so on…

    You can receive your code for bandcamp download purchasing the next issue of Occulto Magazine

    Occulto explores new possibilities in the popularisation of science in connection to other fields such as the visual arts, parascientific theories and history of ideas.


  6. Fausto Maijstral live at Occultofest @ West Germany, w/Nadja, Sun Worship and Apex Predator. 

    Here’s a review from Onga: “Fausto Maijstral, a duo formed by Occultofest co-curator DuChamp and New Zealender Will Gresson. On stage an amazing set up, 2 keyboards, 2 guitar, several effects and microphones.They have been one of the surprises of the festival: an infinite drones, on same themes, but with different instruments, that sling the stage into a kind of bubble. for an half an hour, without give into the noise, without sounds like new age, as unfortunately it happens recently. Very good.  


  7. OCCULTOFEST 2012 this weekend!


    The Armageddon edition.

    Let it be a giant asteroid hitting the earth, the ultimate economical crisis, the third world war, the return of the big reptiles due to the Earth overheating, or a bunch of helicopters dropping napalm accompanied by Wagner’s /The Ride of the Valkyries/: Apocalypse is indeed not just a specialty number of religious fanatism and more or less articulated esoteric discourse.

    One or more of its possibile declinations – the end of the human species, the end of the Planet Earth, the end of a small or a big part of the universe as we know it – happen to be options considered and studied by people like astronomers, economists, biologists, historians, visual artists and fiction writers, to name a few. Occultofest invited some of these people to come and tell us about these considerations and studies: where they come from, where they are possibly going, how they are connected to the past or present history and to other fields of study. 

    And put together a soundtrack.

    Occultofest 2012 The Armageddon Edition

    @ Westgermany, Skalitzerstr. 133, Kreuzberg Berlin
    May 25th and 26th from 9pm

    25 May/ 9 pm – open end


    How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood

    Fabio Orsi w/ Valentina Besegher 

    DJ set by Claudio Rocchetti and Florinn

    26 May/ 9 pm – open end

    Apex Predator

    Fausto Maijstral w/ Vidbeat

    Sun Worship


    DJ set by Colour TV and Kandis Williams

    More about Occulto Fest: http://occultofest.tumblr.com/
    Our text/manifesto: http://occultofest.tumblr.com/2012_text


  8. Playing live this Sun with Concern!!

    La gioiosa macchina da guerra, Occultofest and Noisekölln are delight to present:

    Concern + Matar Dolores + DuChamp (w/Filipe Dias De) @ The Zone Berlin

    live Sun May 13th @ The Zone, Reuterstrasse 95 starting from 8.30 sharp!

    Concern is the recording project of Portland-based Gordon Ashworth, who in a previous incarnation (as Oscillating Innards) delivered an altogether more brutal take on experimental music before planting his feet firmly in the world of shimmering, layered drones.  His brother, Owen Ashworth, works under the Casiotone for the Painfully Alone banner. Gorden has often worked with his sibling in that project. Under the Concern moniker, Ashworth “proceeds to completely obliterate the vast majority of what passes for contemporary drone with a colossal shimmer that sounds like Tim Hecker reconfiguring classic Raga structures into something almost unspeakably beautiful. Amazing music” (Boomkat). Full-lengths releases on Digitalis and Peasant Magik have acted to establish Concern as a key figure in the field of contemporary drone explorers.


    Matar Dolores is a collaborative effort consisting of Francesco Tignola and Giuseppe Esposito, active in Naples, in the south of Italy. Their sound research is based on a massive use of field recordings in a strict compositional perspective and clever breaks of “music”; their gigs usually hit audience for depth and dynamism.  First official release, a c20 tape dedicated to philosopher Karl Polanyi, will see the light in early 2012 through the italian label Joy De Vivre.


    DuChamp is an Italian scientist, musician and curator based in Berlin, religiousely devoted to drone. In her semi-improvised compositions, she uses accordion, baritone guitar, keyboard and voice. She performed here and there in Berlin, in Italy and Turkey. She´s currently working on her first solo album.  In this very unique occasion, she will perform a piece baritone/sitar with Filipe Dias De from Awe Processing Sitar


    Filipe Dias De  is a founding-member of Altes Finanzamt, musician and writer. After graduating in economics in Lisbon, moved to Asia (i.e. India, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia) where he lived from 2006 till 2008. There he learnt sitar (Indian classical music), various Gamelan instruments (Balinese music) and Gender Wayang (Balinese xylophone used for shadow puppetry). After moving to Berlin (mid 2008), Filipe started exploring sitar in the context of experimental improvised music, developing new melodic constructions and also using objects.



  9. DuChamp news, 27/04/12

    [#] The unpredictability of life, and the constant serendipity that follows me like the echo of my baritone, makes that I end up to start a collaboration with Brian Pyle from Ensemble Economique/Starving Weirdos! Just yesterday Brian recorded a vocal track for "A worship" and now, the song is as it would have meant to be! Plus, he´s going to master my album. Plus, we might start a garage band together! No need to say, I feel incredibly grateful for that, especially cause so far it costed me a eggplants/tomatoes pasta and a short mending on a pair on trousers. 

    [#] The other wonderful thing is that I´m going to play with Concern, which is one of my drone-superhero, on May 13th at The Zone! Get more infos following La gioiosa macchina da guerra blog. 

    [#] Also, on May 13th, I will perform for the first time live the piece I have with Filipe Dias De! So, don´t miss it…travels, connections and misconnections makes this chance more or less unique. 

    [#] Last but not least, get yourself prepared for Occultofest 2012! Berlin Kreuzberg, 25 and 26 of May. 


  10. Occultofest 2012 the Armageddon edition!

    Occultofest 2012 is coming, thank God. Save the date and book your flights/trains/car lifts: Occultofest 2012 Armageddon Edition will happen in May 25th and 26th in Berlin Kreuzberg.

    More info on concerts program very soon here!

    This year we will have a series of talks instead of a workshop, and there is a call for talks, we warmly invite all to submit ideas!

    And, as always, a manifesto!

    "Let it be a giant asteroid hitting the earth, the ultimate economical crisis, the third world war, the return of the big reptiles due to the Earth overheating, or a bunch of helicopters dropping napalm accompanied by Wagner’s The Ride of the Valkyries: Apocalypse is indeed not just a specialty number of religious fanatism and more or less articulated esoteric discourse. One or more of its possibile declination…continue reading