We’ve got a special artist spotlight feature on Maurizio Bianchi for you this week, in addition to offering up ten of his albums/collaborative works at a deep discount to go along with it! Sale prices will be good through January 24th or while supplies last.
Maurizio Bianchi is an Italian pioneer of Industrial music, originating from Milan.
“Bianchi was inspired by the music of Tangerine Dream, Conrad Schnitzler and Throbbing Gristle. He wrote about music for Italian magazines before beginning to release his own cassettes under the name of Sacher-Pelz in August 1979. He released four cassettes under the Sacher-Pelz banner before switching to his own name or simply “MB” in 1980.
Bianchi corresponded with many of the key players in the industrial music and noise music scenes, including Merzbow, GX Jupitter-Larsen, SPK, Nigel Ayers of Nocturnal Emissions and William Bennett of Whitehouse. This exchange of letters and music lead to his first LPs being released in 1981.” –Excerpts taken from Mr. Bianchi’s Wikipedia page, see full page HERE.
The following is taken from a 2006 interview by Ofer Vayner for 4iB Records/4ibrecords.com:
“I had the rare opportunity to ask (M.B) some questions, hoping to introduce and further know his intriguing personality and music to anyone who finds it interesting.
OV: First of all, introduce yourself and your work.
MB: I’m a non-musician in activity since August 1979, except a long hiatus between 1984 and 1997. I’m used to work in the experimental field because it’s the only one I can express my freedom completely in researching emotional sound sculptures.
OV: How did you start making music?
MB: I started on August 1979 in Milan with the pseudonym of Sacher-Pelz, just using a long-playing recorder and some used long playings, manipulating them with loops, scratches, noises, crumbling them until to be unrecognizable from the originals. It was a sort of defragmentation of usual music into several atoms of unusual non-music. Later, from 1980, I introduced the synthetic sounds and a rhythms-machine, and in the end (from 1983) an echoes-machine with a microphone.
OV: What messages/feeling are you trying to provoke with your music?
MB: The uncompromising message is very clear and the inner feelings are so intense that the listener seems to make a fascinating journey in his own mind paths.
OV: How would you define the music you make?
MB: I can define it as psycho-neurotic sound.
OV: Where do you get inspiration from?
MB: I get inspiration from the concrete music of the 50’s and the German electro-acoustic/electronic music of early 70’s, but probably my main inspiration is the human alienation.”
Read the full interview HERE.
Maurizio Bianchi – The Self-Portrait of M.B. –Right now just $5.99
“An unusual self-portrait of Maurizio Bianchi in a minimal and introspective version, a discreet sonic self-portrait, elaborated with soft and nearly abstract electronic sketches, cyclical waves, tangles of intersected sounds, stratified, continuously changing, manipulated and molded through uses of effects, filters, reverbs, choruses, delay… Expanded paces, rarefied and apparently quiet atmospheres, but at the same time always full of a constant sense of gravity and heaviness, of vulnerability, always on the extreme border of the abyss that leads towards the unknown, the dark, the not to be defined and the mystery…”
Maurizio Bianchi – Menstruum Regles –Right now just $5.99
“Continuous loops, raw unexpected cuts, noise alternated to musical parts, single sounds, drones, notes of piano, buzzes, soft pads, electric current workers… Two long traces, 75 minutes, a listening experience over any edge and reliable definition.”
LISTEN to the track “Menstruum (HEMATOGENOUS PAROXYSM)” from this album HERE.
Maurizio Bianchi – M.I. Nheem Alysm –Right now just $4.99
M.I. NHEEM ALYSM is a decompositive triad for reverberating piano and osmosized keyboards, idealized and carried out between the autumn 2003 and the spring 2004. Dedicated to all the people they proclaim the liberation of the modest mininmalistic sound. A true manifesto.
LISTEN to the track “Nheem” from this album HERE.
Maurizio Bianchi & Craig Hilton – PU 94 –Right now just $5.99
“Extremely dark atmospheres, restless and dramatic… Sharp masses of metallic noises cleave pulsating substrates of low frequencies, mixed with magmatic agglomerates of more processed sounds of an unrecognizable nature… Moments of stasis and apparent quietness… Handfuls of minutes of an unutterable, hanging and distressing tension… Sudden showers of vibrant frequencies that emerge from nowhere and bury everything under an heavy and devastating sonic mantle… A real masterpiece of incredibly dark and subterranean music.”
LISTEN to the track “PU” from this album HERE.
M.B/M.D.T – Genologic Technocide –Right now just $5.99
“Latest work by the master of industrial and noise music, Maurizio Bianchi.” With the help of Davide Femia of M.D.T. (Museo della Tortura), these recordings show the most extreme side of M.B., not very much ambient oriented, but a strong industrial noise opera.” -Noiseguide.com
LISTEN to the track “Arbeit” from this album HERE.
Maurizio Bianchi and Maor Applebaum – Mene Teqel Farsin –Right now just $5.99
“Storms of cosmic energy, boiling and gurgling electronic fluxes, sonic masses made of monolithic and impenetrable drones, visions of smoky afterdeath landscapes, scorching and infernal… A neverending tunnel with no way out, a sense of deep anguish, of desolation and resigned impotence that lead the dark journey from the beginning to the end of this hallucinatory path.”
LISTEN to the track “Numbered the Days” from this album HERE.
Maurizio Bianchi & Jan-M. Iversen – Rekviem MB-JMI –Right now just $5.99
“A classic minimal ambient album; just one long track, a bit obscure, of a static nature but unarrestable as a matter of fact and slowly developing, built with layers of soft and “round” sounds, heavily processed and effected, whose origin seems to be an organ… ”
LISTEN to a bit from this album HERE.
Maurizio Bianchi – Ludium –Right now just $5.99
“A long and almost solemn track built with reverberated piano notes, a slow and rhythmical flow leaned on a background made of clashing hisses and vague, distant, rustling ambient noises… A brief interval based on obscure drones moving in circles, inexorably entangled on themselves… Another long piano-based track, this time more dilated, confused, ethereal and prim, so much that it takes the distinguishing features of an indecipherable sonic mass, abstract and booming, estranging, deep and psychedelic…”
LISTEN to the track “Praeludium” from this album HERE.
Frequency In Cycles Per Second & Maurizio Binachi / M.B. – Der Abgrund –Right now just $5.99
“Music of the great dynamics and great dramatic mood, powerful, aggressive sounds, drones, sour electronic rumors, but also deep sounds underground, more static parts, dark and expanded atmospheres, dark and buried rhythmic mechanics movements, echoes of reverberating metals.” -Silentes
LISTEN to the track “Endemic Precipice” from this album HERE.
Maurizio Bianchi & Land Use – Psychoneurose –Right now just $5.99
“Italian Avant-Noise legend M.B. and Land Use collaborate on dramatic, subterranean wall-of-noise constructions and swirling textural storms, dense and complex arrangements, shifting and shimmering tones barely under control, streaming toward some distant and indefineable precipice. Not noisy, but way too tense and corrosive to be called ambient. These vibrant monoliths of sound shift the listeners pysche into a restless sort of zen, a blissful chaos – truly mind and mood-altering. Bianchi released early records on Whitehouse’s Come Org. label and has been active since the 1970’s. And a recent and conspicuous absence from the experimental music world has been broken by several recent releases of surprising freshness and relevance. It is unclear where MB leaves off and Land Use begins but Psychoneurose is definitely a clear and brilliant return to early MB techniques with several refinements in delivery and focus. Psychoneurose will be the clear weapon of choice for those who prefer their ambience with teeth and their Power-Electronics with more of the deep, vaster textures than violence.” -Manifold Records