AMPTEK

AMPTEK

 Rome, Latium, ITA
SoloElectronicExperimental

Electronic experimental music, i.d.m. with italian soundtracks influences

Biography


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 . In 1996 Amptek recorded his first electronic dance work on vinyl for Nature Records, produced by dj Marco Passarani.

He was part of the historic group of Italian neo - prog "Simmetrie/Symmetries ", collaborated with " Epsilon Indi " and "Etruria Criminale Banda ", and he had many collaborations with jazz -fusion, dark wave and neo-prog in the 80s.
He composed music with electronic instruments, tapes, turntables and computers from first half of the 80s.

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, Mauro Tiberi, Marco Brezza, John B. Arnold, Michael Rosen, Bob Salmieri, Nicola Alesini, Giovanni Di Cosimo, Prince Faster, Mauro Tiberi, 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) .

He has also directed 42 documentaries and interviews on Italian genre cinema published in DVD in Italy and the United States . As videoartist exposed a retrospective of his experimental works at MACRO (Museo di Arte Contemporanea) in Rome in 2015.

He composed soundtracks for film and theater, and is a founding member of the label Eclectic Records / Productions which remains artistic director.

He was one of the animators of the electronic music festival "Calcatronica" , held in Calcata ( VT ) and collaborates with many music webzines.

Discography

Amptek's releases:

EXTENDED PLAY:

"Narcos" Nature rec.1997
"Declassified" Eclectic rec. 1998
"Imaginary Solutions Remixed 1998 Eclectic rec.

ALBUM:

Mikrosmos (Eclectic/CdBaby) 1998 (Limited Edition)
Enviromental Effects (Eclectic/CdBaby) 2004
Body Eclectic (Eclectic) 2006
Music For Films Vol.1 (Eclectic/CdBaby) 2007
Natural Elements (Eclectic/CdBaby) 2008
Mikrokosmos Vol. 2 (CDr, Album + File, MP3) (Eclectic) 2009
The Demolished Man (Cdr, digital release) (Eclectic) 2009
The Eclipse of the Reason (Eclectic) 2010
Strategies to manipulate your mind (Eclectic) 2010
Artificial Enemy (Eclectic) 2010
Worlds in Collision vol.1 (Eclectic) 2011
Technocracy (single) 2011
Hemispheres (Eclectic) 2012

with ENTROPIA and AUTO.VOX:

IENTROPIA: Imaginary Solutions (CD, Album) (Eclectic) 1998
ENTROPIA: Vertical Invader (CDr, Album, Promo, Ltd) (Eclectic) 2003
ENTROPIA with DANIELE AMENTA: AUTOMATISMI (Eclectic) 2004
AUTO.VOX: Telefunk (CDr, Album, Promo, Ltd (Eclectic) 2005
ENTROPIA: The Eclectic Ultimate Cinedelic Experience (Funky Cops & Hard Boiled Girls)/The Last Round (CD, Album, in ) (Eclectic/Noshame Films) 2005
ENTROPIA: SHOCKWAVES (digital release) (Eclectic) 2010
ENTROPIA: THE LAST ROUND (Eclectic) 2011
ENTROPIA: ECLECTIC SURREALISM (Eclectic) 2011 (cd/dvd)
AUTO.VOX: MINDBOARD (Eclectic) 2011
ENTROPIA: THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION (Eclectic) 2012 (COMING SOON)

SOUNDTRACKS

NAZARENO (di Varo Venturi) 2005
CENERE ERI (di Daniele Grassetti) 2006
IL VENTO (Victor Sjöström) (THE WIND) (DVD) (NOSHAME FILMS for Italy) 2007
LA FOLLA (King Vidor) (DVD) (The Crowd) 2007(NOSHAME FILMS for Italy)
GREED (RAPACITA') (DVD) (E. Von Stroheim) 2008(NOSHAME FILMS for Italy)
LA VAMPIRA (A FOOL THERE WAS) (DVD) (NOSHAME FILMS for Italy) 2008

COMPILATIONS AND COLLABORATIONS:

with the Track "ODD ENTITY" on MISSION TWO (CD or Double Vynyl 1999 NATURE) Various Artists
with the track "ELEMENT 115" on "SYNCRETIC 001" E.P. 1999 SYNCRETIC Various Artists
with the track "TARGET" with the band ENTROPIA on "SETTE MOSCHE DI VELLUTO GRIGIO" C.D. 1999 Cantoberon Various Artists
with tracks: "TNK" and "Dimmi Tesora" on Recycle "Passaggi e Tiri in porta" C.D. 1999 ECLECTIC
with the track Dreamland, with Recycle on track "Er Cane der Vicino", with Entropia on "Silvana" and "Collapse", with Frammenti di Caos on "Selva Elettrica"
with Ziqqurat Vertigo on "Substance d" and "Elimination" on "ADVENTURES IN ECLECTIC LAND VOL.1" e005 CD Eclectic Various artists
with the tracks: BANDITI (Cardiozol) Amptek with PrinceFaster , BANDITI (downtempo) Entropia with Prince Faster on ASSALTI FRONTALI "BANDITI 2000" BMG Ricordi
with YAX with the track: "Collateral Damage" on Syncretic EP002 Antiorario Various Artists
with Prince Faster on track "Emozioni in Overdose" on ZOO DI VENERE "EMOZIONI IN OVERDOSE REMIX" (2000)
with the track: CONNECTED (aka Entropia) AA.VV. ELECTRONIC JUNCTION (TimeOut records 2000)
with the track: MASS COMMUNICATION on AA.VV. MISSION THREE: ESTABLISHING ELECTRONIX NETWORK (Nature Records) 2002
with track DREAMLAND on AA.VV. AUTOCD vol.4 (technoseeker)
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with track: DELETED AA.VV.AUTOCD vol.5 (technoseeker)
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with track: LOST DRIVER AA.VV.AUTOCD vol.6 (technoseeker)
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with tracks: aka AMPTEK: ENGINEERS OF THE MASSES aka ENTROPIA: MINDSWAP aka Zyqqurat Vertigo: CHECKSUM on AA.VV. TECHNO AGAINST THE WAR 2003 (technoseeker/eclectic)

Set List

i usually play multimedia perfomances, laptop set, medium eletronic band (6-8 members), electronic duo or trio