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Andrea Marutti / Fausto Balbo


Andrea Marutti was born in 1970 and currently lives in Milan, Italy. He began his experiments with music in the early '90s using tapes and concrete elements. A few years later he also started to use synthesizers, samplers and other electronic devices, and founded the Lips Vago Digital Studio.

His most well-known projects are Amon and Never Known. Several releases of Ambient / Dark Ambient music were published by labels such as Eibon Records, Nextera, Amplexus, Silentes, Drone Records, Taâlem, etc. on CD and other medias.

He is also responsible of many other projects dealing with different styles of electronic music ranging from Lo-Fi / Weird / Cheap Electronica to IDM (Wolkspurz & Ramirez, Lips Vago), Dada / Noise / Non-sense (Spiral).

Recently he also started recording and releasing experimental/ambient tracks under his own name, in duo with Nimh / Giuseppe Verticchio as "Hall of Mirrors", with Davide Del Col (Ornament, Echran) as Molnija Aura, and again in duo with Andrea "Ics" Ferraris as "Sil Muir".

During the years he had the chance to collaborate and play with many friends/musicians/artists: Nefelheim, Madame P, Aidan Baker, Dronaement, Bugo, Hue, Krell, Femina Faber, a034, Florian Filsinger, Roberto Bellatalla, OvO, Sparkle in Grey, Mark Hamn, V/VM, Amalia Del Ponte,Subterranean Source...

He runs a small label called Afe whose 10th birthday was celebrated in 2005. Among the musicians who had their music released on Afe we would like to mention Maurizio Bianchi, Bad Sector, John Hudak, Maeror Tri, Telepherique, De Fabriek, Ultra Milkmaids, Aidan Baker, Cisfinitum, etc.


Fausto Balbo started as a guitarist founding in 1988 Jesus Went To Jerusalem with three friends. The band played a powerful and heavy mixture of hardcore, funk and hard rock recording a self released tape and a very long series of live gigs in Italy.

In 1991 from the ashes of JWTJ Balbo founded Der Tod (Fausto Balbo and ecletic vocalist Simone Basso) sounding something in between metal and new wave. Balbo started to work and experiment with Electronic music. In about four years Der Tod released two 7” (one split with Paul Chain) and a cd under the Last Scream Record label. Balbo's interest in electronics and in J.G Ballard's writing led him to the recordings of "Zero" (2000, Snowdonia label) his the first solo album.

Balbo has released another record "Falbo" on Snowdonia and various collaborations with Madame P, Femina Faber, butoh dancer Vito Morano and Architorti string quartet. His recent collaboration with Andrea Marutti brought him to experiment both with analog and digital sound sources.