Kirlian Camera (band)

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Kirlian Camera
Kirlian Camera Nocturnal Culture Night 13 2018 10.jpg
Kirlian Camera live at Nocturnal Culture Night 2018 in Germany
Background information
OriginParma, Italy
GenresElectro Wave, dark wave
Years active1980–present
LabelsDiscordia, Nova Tekk, Trisol, Triton, Virgin Music, Out of Line
Associated actsHipnosis
Websitehttp://www.kirliancamera.com
MembersElena Alice Fossi
Angelo Bergamini
Kyoo Nam Rossi
Falk Pitschk
Past membersSimona Buja
Emilia Lo Jacono
Fabrizio Chiara
Giorgio Vecchi
Barbara Boffelli
Singer Elena Fossi at NCN 2018
Keyboarder Falk Pitschk at NCN 2018

Kirlian Camera is an Italian group mainly playing Electro Wave, dark wave music.

History[edit]

The project was founded in Parma in 1979 by Angelo Bergamini and was a pioneering act of the Italian synthpop scene. By 1980, Bergamini had recruited singer Simona Buja, keyboardist Fabrizio Chiari and bassist Mauro Montacchini to form Kirlian Camera. Their demo cassette Dawn attracted the attention of Italian Records, a popular independent label. Christmas 1981 saw the release of their debut vinyl which despite being low-budget immediately sold-out prompting a re-issued, with it finally selling more than 6000 copies.

Not long after the band had constant lineup changes, Simona left but rejoins straight away then the following year, Montacchini leaves being replaced by Giorgio Vecchi. Eventually they were the first Italian group to be signed to Virgin Records.[1]

Between 1982 and 1984, Bergamini also took part in the Italian Italo disco 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". Angelo unexpectedly decides to leave the pop-music the concentrate on Kirlian Camera.

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 1988, Buja leaves Kirlian Camera and the band have temporary singers Bianca Hoffmann-Santos and Suzanne Reddington-Gardner who are replaced for a while by Emilia Lo Jacono. Despite this the band release a 2-CD collection called "The Ice Curtain" with new singer, Barbara Boffelli.

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: .

During 2000 the lineup is stabilized when talented singer/composer/writer Elena Alice Fossi joins Kirlian Camera. She is also the leader of side-projects Alice Neve Fox, Spectra*paris and Siderartica, and co-leader in the Stalingrad project (nowadays renamed as Stalingrad Valkyrie) with Bergamini himself.

During 2013, Kirlian Camera release "Black Summer Choirs".

On late 2017, the band of Elena Alice Fossi and Angelo Bergamini releases the hit-single "Sky Collapse" (featuring Eskil Simonsson of Covenant) via Dependent Records, that immediately gains some remarkable success in Central Europe, reaching position nr. 1 in the German Alternative Charts. After a few months, 2018, the new album "Hologram Moon" (released on standard and special edition including the bonus album "Ghost Novas") quickly becomes the real best-seller of the band ever as far as a full-length studio work is concerned, even entering the official German music charts and keeping position nr.1 on the German Alternative charts for several weeks. Elena Alice Fossi definitely becomes one of the most appreciated singers ever on the global electronic music scene.

Controversy[edit]

On 26 April 1999, Kirlian Camera were 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.

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)
  • Uno Vinyl (2014, remastered & re-issue by Dark Entries Records incl. bonus flexi-disc Minitech originally released in 1981)
  • Hologram Moon (2018, available on several editions, also with the bonus album "Ghost Novas")

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-CDr incl. unreleased tracks of KC, Siderartica and Camera Artica)
  • Berliner Messe (2005, vinyl ltd. edition))
  • Ghloir Ar An Oiche (2011)
  • Immortal (2012, EP)
  • Edges (21st Century Versions) (2014, vinyl)
  • Sky Collapse (2017, vinyl and CD, EP)
  • Hellfire (2019, 4-track promo EP, special edition of 100 hand-numbered CD's)
  • Hellfire (2019, vinyl and CD, 8-track mini-album)

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Kirlian Camera discography at MusicBrainz