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My Cat Is An Alien: Il Suono Venuto Dallo Spazio (Les Disques Victo)


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UPC: 777405010124

Label: Les Disques Victo
Catalog ID: CD 101
Squidco Product Code: 6942

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2006
Country: Canada
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded live at the 23rd Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville on May 20th, 2006.


Maurizio Opalio-cosmic guitar, mini xylophone, meteoric percussion

Roberto Opalio-astral guitar, jouets spacials, extra-terrestrial electronics, harmonica, planetary percussion, voice

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Artist Biographies:

"Maurizio Opalio is a sound and visual artist from Torino, Italy, now living in a remote region of the Western Alps.

Self-taught, outsider artist, his work includes drawing, sculpture, poetry, and performative acts.

Since 1997, in duo with his brother Roberto, he runs the musical project My Cat Is An Alien, which plays a relevant role within the international avant-garde and experimental music scene, as The Wire magazine's cover dedicated to My Cat Is An Alien shows.

In the last years the collaboration between the two brothers developed more and more in the field of visual art as well.

Maurizio Opalio's work aims to retrieve and recontextualize primordial graphic signs and symbols belonging to the origin of Earth and of all mankind, in order to re-create a new Cosmogony.

Developed from automatic writings and researches on archaic symbolism, and through the use of materials coming directly from terrestrial ground, such as rocks, clay, flowers and plants used as natural pigments, Maurizio Opalio's drawings on paper sheets, rolls and rocks become his "Cosmogonic Scriptures", works that appear to be arcane and archaic memoirs translated into the language of the new Millennium.

Most of his solo performances take place in solitude, in isolated and secreted non-art locations up in the mountains, documented by audio and video recordings, and often his works are created on-site, influenced by snow and the raw elements of the surrounding nature.

Maurizio Opalio's solo visual work has never been intentionally exhibited or shown so far.Many of his collaborative works with his brother Roberto have instead been presented at multimedia festivals, and the museum touring exhibitions 'SONIC YOUTH etc.: SENSATIONAL FIX' (2008-2010)."

-Maurizio Opalio Website (

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track listing:

1. Part One 35:42

2. Part Two 14:48
descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Each album or performance by My Cat Is an Alien is an invitation to leave on a cosmic journey, without resorting to the numerous clichés of the space music genre. Think instead of a synth-less Ash Ra Tempel coming across the quiet improvisation current. Think of stripped-down music made of looped droning guitars, caressed percussion, toy instruments and toy microphones being used while boldly disregarding all printed warnings. Think of a cosmos glorifying its vacuous interstellar space, the silence that amplifies the smallest particles of sound. Or don't think at all and just let yourself be swept away."-Victo

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Improvised Music
Musique Actuelle
Guitarists, &c.
November 2006
Duo Recordings
Canadian Composition & Improvisation

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