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Brainbug - Rain notext.jpg
Bertapelle and Casari in what would become the cover image for "Rain"
Background information
Birth nameAlberto Bertepelle
Also known as
  • Alzheimers
  • Brainbug
  • Corn On The Cob
  • Deep Deed
  • Dr. Albert
  • Drumscape
  • Evil Trax
  • Humdrum
  • Ice Cube
  • Isaac
  • Notator
  • Space Christ
Born(1958-12-23)23 December 1958
Ceggia, Italy
OriginVenice, Italy
Died23 November 2016(2016-11-23) (aged 57)
Tavagnacco, Italy
GenresHouse, dance, trance
Years active1993–2016
  • Media Records
  • Great Dane Records
  • Danceworks
  • EMI
  • Positiva
  • Volumex
  • Orbit Records
  • Strike Force
  • Groovilicious
  • Ultra Records

Alberto Bertapelle, better known by his stage name Brainbug, was an Italian symphonic electronic trance music record producer and guitarist from Ceggia, Italy.[1] He died during a concert in November 2016 at 57 years old.[2][3][4][5]

Early life[edit]

Alberto Bertapelle is from Ceggia, a town in the province of Venice.[6] Since the age of 13, he played in many local bands as a guitarist and as a keyboardist. He taught sound engineering at a musical academy he started, Support Music Academy.


During 1993-1994, Bertapelle worked for Media Records before opening his own recording studio where he started producing his own music.[3] He also worked for Great Dane Records, for whom he has released many records. He later worked for Danceworks and signed to EMI in London.

He achieved mainstream success with the single "Nightmare" which was a top ten hit in many countries including England and the United States. The single also won the International Award WMC in Miami and was certified gold in Australia.

His single, Nightmare appeared in the soundtrack of several movies, such as Human Traffic, Playing by Heart, Freddy vs. Jason and A Night at the Roxbury,[7][8] and was played during the second half kick-off at Leeds United home games at Elland Road as well as being the entrance music for the 2013 Elite League Nottingham Panthers Ice Hockey team. The music video was directed by Tim Claxton and was inspired by 1950s science fiction films, and the films of Ed Wood.

Further singles, The 8th Dwarf (1997) and Rain (1998) took the formula established by Nightmare and Benedictus and explored some different areas. Rain features lyrics by Italian singer Nadia Casari, who also appears in the music video.[9]

Several remixes by various artists have been released on Brainbug's singles, and not all of Bertapelle's originals are obviously titled. "Nightmare (Sinister Strings Mix)" and "Benedictus (Exitiale Mix)" are examples of this. The Maxi-CD release of Rain also features those original mixes, although "Benedictus (Exitiale Mix)", while not labeled as an edit, was edited slightly shorter.[10][11]

Bertapelle has also added his symphonic trance touch to other artists' works through various remixes.[12]


On 23 November 2016, Bertapelle died of a suspected heart attack at 57 years old while playing the guitar in a performance on stage during a concert in Tavagnacco of Udine, Italy.[5][13][14] Despite having a group of nurses in the audience who performed CPR and an ambulance arriving shortly after, Bertapelle was pronounced dead as nothing was able to be done to save his life.[15][16][17]


Benedictus CD single cover art

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Details
Miami Gold Night Collection[18]


Year Title Peak chart positions


1997 "Nightmare" 14 15 47 10 11 4 14
"Benedictus" 25 26 24 2 17
"The 8th Dwarf"
1998 "Rain" 4 35
1999 "Nightmare" (remix) 98
2004 "Nightmare" (re-issue) 66 63
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that territory.



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  2. ^ "Malore sul palco, muore il chitarrista Alberto Bertapelle". Today. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  3. ^ a b "Malore durante il concerto, muore chitarrista degli Abbashow - Regione - Corriere delle Alpi". Corriere delle Alpi. 2016-11-27. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
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  5. ^ a b "Alberto Bertapelle è morto, raggiunse successo con Nightmare". Blitzquotidiano. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  6. ^ "Si sente male mentre suona sul palco, muore il chitarrista del gruppo Abbashow". VeneziaToday. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  7. ^ Alberto Bertapelle at
  8. ^ Night at the Roxbury soundtrack at
  9. ^ Rain Remixes at
  10. ^ Benedictus at
  11. ^ Rain compilation at
  12. ^ Brainbug releases at
  13. ^ Treppo, Paola. "Si accascia sul palco mentre suona: morto il chitarrista degli Abbashow". Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  14. ^ "Tavagnacco. Lutto Abbashow: Alberto Bertapelle muore mentre suona "Al Gallone"". La Prima Pagina. 2016-11-28. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  15. ^ Becciu, Michela (2016-11-27). "Musicista Morto Durante Concerto". UrbanPost (in Italian). Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  16. ^ Rista, Chitar. "Lutto nel mondo della musica per la morte improvvisa di Alberto Bertapelle". Il Gazzettino. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  17. ^ "Ceggia (Ve), chitarrista muore durante suo concerto". Vvox. 2016-11-28. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  18. ^ "Miami Gold Night Collection by Tommy Rivera, Brainbug, Lux Project & House Queen on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  19. ^ "Australian Singles". Archived from the original on 2016-09-19. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  20. ^ "Irish Singles". Archived from the original on 2010-01-05. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  21. ^ "Netherlands Singles". Archived from the original on 2016-09-15. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  22. ^ Scottish Singles:
  23. ^ "UK Singles". Retrieved 2016-07-15.
  24. ^ a b "US Club Play Singles". Retrieved 2016-07-16.

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