alex marenga "augmented guitars"

2019 - Sperimentale, Elettronica, Ambient


Alex Marenga ( guitarist , composer , DJ , video maker , producer ) has promoted and participated in various musical and multimedia projects.
With the nickname " AmpTek " has recorded a lot of productions of ambient, idm , breakbeat , post-rock and experimental electronic music. Member of the experimental group improvisation " Frammenti di Caos" (1992-95) founded in 1996 the ensemble " Entropia " , with which explores the many influences of electronic music , working with some prestigious figures of Italian creative music like Maurizio Giammarco, Sainkho Namtchylak, Mauro Tiberi, Marco Brezza, John B. Arnold, Michael Rosen, Bob Salmieri, Nicola Alesini, Giovanni Di Cosimo, Prince Faster, Remo Remotti, Christian Muela, Fabrizio Spera, Giona A. Nazzaro, Electric Indigo, Angelina Yershova, Recycle and many more .
He played during several important reviews in famous locations and festivals as the “Accademia Britannica” ( Rome), ((Bit:z)) 2003, Electroma 2004, Calcatronica, “Rome meet the world” , “Link” (Bologna), “Tor di Nona theatre” (Rome), “Opera Bosco Museum” (Calcata), “Civita Festival” (Civitacastellana), “Carpegna Festival” ( Villa Carpegna, Rome), Monk/La Palma (Rome)”, “Alpheus” (Rome), Casa del Jazz (Roma), Knitting Factory (Los Angeles), il Teatro delle Muse (Roma), la Cartiera Latina(Roma), Tolfarte (Tolfa), il Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella (Roma), Accademia delle Belle Arti (Roma), Accademia Nazionale di Danza (Roma), Museo MACRO (Roma) and ARTRooms Fair 2018 (Roma).
Since the 1980s he has been the creator of the contamination between electronic music and other musical styles. From the early 1990's with the Frammenti di Caos project and then with Entropia, he made the first examples of crossover between electronic dance music with alternative rock, free jazz, italian soundtracks and ethnic music. In these years he founded others electronic projects like Auto.Vox, Entropia Techno Department, Zyqqurat Vertigo, Electronic Blues Foundation, The Post-Human Civilization, Zeros and Ones, Kinetic Zone and more. Conductor and radio author has created and directed format on various issuers in Rome (Italy). Has also directed 42 documentaries and interviews on Italian genre cinema published in DVD in Italy and the United States . As videoartist exposed his experimental works in many museums and art galleries (like MACRO Roma e Artrooms Fair). He composed soundtracks for film and theater, and is a founding member of the label Eclectic Records / Productions which remains artistic director.
Materia is a collection of experimental tracks played by interacting the electric guitar with electronic and digital devices. The project is inserted in the framework of the discs for “augmented guitars”, where with this term we indicate the uses of the guitar enhanced by the interaction with the digital technologies.
In this research, Alex Marenga explores the possible analog sound applications of the guitar processed with digital effects, with the laptop and with Eurorack modular effects and the possibility of using the instrument as a MIDI controller.
At the formal level he uses these sound technologies to generate sound environments, glitches, noise layers, loops, granular synthesis in a sound journey that transports in the maze of contemporary experimental music.
The concept of the realization of the tracks refers to the contemporary art to its use of space and matter, as dynamic compositive elements. The author also focuses on the artistic gesture and the movement of sound within the perceptual space offered by digital support. In particular there are tributes to the works of Alberto Burri, Lucio Fontana and Marina Abramovich.


Alex Marenga: electric guitars, Dobro, noises, guitar-synthesizer, sound editing


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