UK based Italian composer, multi-instrumentalist and visual artist Giancarlo Erra started his career in 2005 with one man studio project Nosound.
In 2008 Erra signed the project to the acclaimed UK based experimental label Kscope and moved to the UK to establish and expand his career. Being both writer and producer, his music inventively combines ambient electronic and soundtrack elements often arranged in a minimalist serial format with post-rock influences when with his band.
He has released several acclaimed albums, collaborated with prominent artists, and played important stages across Europe. Over the years his music left behind the rock elements and moved towards more contemporary and electronic influences.
Ends represents Erra’s first full-blown foray into contemporary classical/minimalist and electronic music.
“From the beginnings in the early 2000s in my bedroom with a very basic setup, my studio has evolved during the years and moved to United Kingdom in 2009 where I also started to produce others’ music. My formation years in Italy were spent working in important big studios where I learnt how a real analogue studio and music production work, so I started wanting to go ‘out of the box’ (of my computer) very early on.
My acoustic piano is the centre piece around which I write music, while for all other sounds I’ve been able to slowly accumulate my favourite machines. From the late 70s monophonic screaming Korg MS10 and uniquely weird organ/string machine Roland RS09, to the 80s incredibly lush Juno 106 and digital classic Yamaha DX7, and arriving at more recent machines like the modern classic Prophet 6, the ingenious portable inspiring Swedish machine OP1 by Teenage Engineeing, to the new huge (literally!) sound designer dream machine from Moog, the One.
Each of these instruments has a history, and I always try to buy those from fellow musicians with a story. I like the idea of sound machines serving different music at different times, and somehow every time developing a soul. I buy and sell equipment all the time, but these are the ones that somehow stayed with me and shaped a lot of what is on Ends.“
Photo by Caroline Trailter – Creative Commons Attribution 4.0