Kirlian Camera (band)

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Kirlian Camera
Origin Italy
Genres Electronica
Dark Wave
Years active 1980–present
Labels Discordia, Nova Tekk, Trisol, Triton, Virgin Music, Out of Line
Associated acts Hipnosis
Website http://www.kirliancamera.com
Members Elena Alice Fossi
Angelo Bergamini
Kyoo Nam Rossi
Andrea Artusi

Kirlian Camera is an Italy-based group mainly playing electronic darkwave music.

History[edit]

The band was founded in 1980 by Angelo Bergamini and was a pioneering act of the Italian synthpop scene, eventually being the first Italian group to be signed to Virgin Records.[1]

Between 1982 and 1984, Bergamini also took part in the Italian italodisco group Hipnosis, which won a platinum award for sales in Germany, and had a top-10 hit in several European countries and South America with their single "Pulstar".

During the second half of the Eighties, the sound of Kirlian Camera became gradually darker, moving away from the synth pop sound that marked some of their early releases. In 1993, they signed to German label Discordia, which licensed the self-produced album "Todesengel, The Fall of Life". 1995 came to see them collaborate with label mates Dive on the Obsession EP and :Wumpscut: .

The lineup stabilized in 1999 when singer Elena Alice Fossi joined Kirlian Camera, becoming their lead singer. She is also the leader of side-projects Alice Neve Fox, Spectra*paris and Siderartica, and co-leader in the Stalingrad project with Bergamini himself.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • It Doesn't Matter Now (1983)
  • Eclipse (Das Schwarze Denkmal)(1988)
  • Todesengel. The Fall of Life (1991)
  • Schmerz (1994, full-length re-issue of same title EP originally released 1992)
  • Solaris - The Last Corridor (1995)
  • Pictures From Eternity (Bilder Aus Der Ewigkeit) (1996)
  • The Ice Curtain (1997, 2CD collection)
  • Unidentified Light (1999)
  • Still Air (Aria Immobile) (2000)
  • Kalte Container (1999 - incl. unreleased remixes. Limited edition version incl. biography book)
  • Uno (2002, re-issue incl. 'Dawn' demotape and 'Kirlian Camera' mini-album)
  • Live In London (2003 - bootleg acknowledged by the band)
  • Invisible Front. 2005 (2004)
  • Coroner's Sun (2006)
  • Shadow Mission HELD V (2009, collection incl. unreleased songs and new versions)
  • Odyssey Europa (2009, 4CD/2CD collection)
  • Not Of This World (2010, 3CD collection)
  • Nightglory (2011)
  • Black Summer Choirs (2013)

Singles, EPs and mini-albums[edit]

  • Dawn... (1980, demotape)
  • Kirlian Camera (1981, minialbum)
  • Passing Masks (1982, released under name 'Simona Buja from Kirlian Camera)
  • Communicate (1983)
  • Edges (1984)
  • Blue Room (1985)
  • Ocean (1986)
  • Human/Ocean (1986 - promo split single with The Human League)
  • Ocean (remixed version by Atelier Folie) (1987)
  • Helden Platz (1987)
  • Austria (1988)
  • Schmerz (1992, EP)
  • Split (1993 single split with Andromeda Complex)
  • Erinnerung (1993)
  • Eklipse Zwei (1994, EP)
  • Le Printemps Des Larmes (1994, vinyl EP included in the box-set edition of 'Schmerz')
  • Obsession (1995 EP split with Dive)
  • Your Face In The Sun (1996)
  • The Desert Inside (1997, miniabum)
  • Drifting (1998)
  • The Burning Sea (1999)
  • Absentee (2001, minialbum)
  • untitled (2003, mini-CD incl. unreleased tracks of KC, Siderartica and Camera Artica)
  • Berliner Messe (2005, vinyl ltd. edition))
  • Ghloir Ar An Oiche (2011)
  • Immortal (2012, EP)

Controversy[edit]

On 26 April 1999, Kirlian Camera was drawn into the then-current sensationalism over Goth culture when they were off-handedly mentioned by social scientist Alfred Schobert in der Spiegel, in an interview printed as a sidebar to a 4-page newspaper feature on the Columbine High School shootings. Schobert contended that the group (along with Death in June and Boyd Rice) was an example of a "neo-fascist element" in contemporary goth and EBM music, and accused them of performing a Roman salute onstage.

In their next cd, the group issued a communique, stating that they were offended by the witch hunt against them, but that they wanted to keep their political opinion to themselves, refusing to place the band within one specific political orientation. They denied that they were "right wing extremists", pointing out that past member Nancy Appiah was Ghanaian, and that they sing lyrics by the Jewish-German poet August Stramm.[1] However, they were not allowed to respond in der Spiegel, and as a result show cancellations and protests by Anti-Fascist Action continued to dog them up through 2002.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Kirlian Camera discography at MusicBrainz