DuChamp is an Italian scientist, musician and curator based in Berlin, religiously devoted to drone.
Drone is related to a precise childhood memory: the sound of the hair dryer, that her mother used to fix her hair. That was the sound of care, bliss, and infinite love.
She made her debut as solo on Aug 22 2010, and performed several time in Italy, Germany, Belgium, Turkey, Poland, Netherlands and in the US West Coast.
DuChamp uses different instruments (baritone guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, accordion) to find the closer one to the hair dryer she have in her memory. Her first album “NAR” with Diego Ferri, has been released in 2013 by Boring Machines. In 2015 the split “Sculpture” with French sound artist Felicia Atkinson was released through Idiosyncratics. In 2016 Full Body Massage records released the tape “Nectere” and in 2017 “A Blazing World”, always from FBM.
She’s the (sweet) half of the Berlin tape label Kitchen Leg records, that produces colorful and soundful tapes from Brabrabra, BeMyDelay, Ruins of Krüger, Paro, Mumbles and Brie.
1: About the environmentalism. I am very concern that environmental protection as a topic is covered solely by a series Dos and Donts, with the illusion that the individual behavior will save our lives (ideas strongly religious, also). It is a way to weaken the collective power of the people and their demand of a healthy, environmentally safe place to live. The capitalistic system has all advantages to make the collective strength not to manifest and take over, and leave the whole environmentalism to relieve and conservative forces. It would be the time to have it back in a radical agenda.
2: About A-word. To me be an anarchist doesn’t have to do with chaos and disorder, and neither to violence, as the media try to depict. Anarchism is about organization, creativity, and a true, deep faith in humankind and in our capability to develop an equal, peaceful, loving and compassionate society. And we can’t wait for this to happens.
3: About science. When I wrote in my bio that I am a scientist, some people were very surprised of my daily job, as being a scientist is something cold or hyperrational and far away from an artist’ freedom. For sure doing science requires study, but also a lot of creativity. You can’t do through a scientific problem without it, and specially without being able to think “out of the box”, and sometimes without being a bit antiauthoritarian. What science always give me it is a sense of infinite possibility of discovering, in within a determined and rational system. Could it exist then something closer to what really music is?
1. What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
Static noises, apophenias, feedbacks, nature’s or domestic noises.
2. How and when did you get into making music?
I’ve start to hear music very young, and luckily when I was 15 there were a lot of cool girl bands and women musicians that serves me as inspiration, so I’ve learned to play guitar. From the high school on, I’ve been always in a band, as far as I remember. I’ve start to play as solo a little bit before moving to Berlin, as personal form of experimentation. Once moving here, I’ve met a lot of others drone/exp musicians, and quickly get involved in shows/projects.
3. What are 5 of your favorite albums of all time?
“Half Machine Lip Moves” of Chrome, “Y” of the Pop Group, “School of Flowers” by Six Organs of Admittance, “The Electric Harpsichord” by CC Hennix, “Marquee Moon” by Television. (but also, the s/t of “100 flowers”)
4. What do you associate with Berlin?
Before moving there, creativity, possibilities and discovery. Now is mainly the place where I live, so it’s hard to say.
5. What’s your favorite place in your town?
Tempelhof park, especially the first time I came there, biking, from down the street, seeing that giant empty space, gave me the sensation to approach the sea.
6. If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
If there would be no music, there would be anyway noise, so I would do the same I do now, I don’t see difference between the two.
7. What was the last record/music you bought?
“I am cool” by Rip, Rig + Panic.
8. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
9. What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
Best gig as a performer: Brabrabra in toga at my wedding party. As spectator, it is too hard to say, but I guess for this year, the Flaming Lips.
10. How important is technology to your creative process?
Very unimportant. I record on chrome type II tapes, so once I have a decent four tracks and the holy and free Audacity, I have more than enough. However, I care a lot about the quality of guitar (and other instruments) and amplifier, once I got my Bertucci baritone guitar and the Musicman 72, then I understood the difference from before.
11. Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career/art?
I am very lucky that my whole family have enough irony and patience to support all my music projects, from my early Babes in Toyland wannabe until my hair dryer-kind of music.
DuChamp will appear at Speicher / concerts for two old ater reservoirs (July 15th at 16th) Fb @ event