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Milan, Italy (1994 – 2007)

Never Known is an ambient project from Milan, Italy, formed by Andrea Marutti. Since his childhood he showed a great interest for music, and after having been part of several bands during the 1980s, he decided to continue on his own a personal search for unusual sounds.

The purchase of a portable recorder in 1991 was the decisive factor that pushed him toward experimental music. At that time he used to take field recordings and manipulate them with the help of a recorder equipped with a speed control. Those primitive recordings were the base on which the Never Known project took shape. The name he choosed was inspired by a track contained in “L.C.”, the second album of the English band The Durutti Column, and it was originally meant to be a tribute to their music.

In 1994, a demotape of some of his earlier stuff caught the ear of the, now defunct, milanese cult label Kronotop which decided to publish his music on the strictly limited edition tape “Dawn of an Era”.
The tracks contained on “Dawn of an Era” and on the following “Once in a Lifetime” were produced almost in their entirety overlapping and slowing down tapes using 3 or 4 recorders, with a little bit of help from a very primitive sampling software and a 4 channels mixer. Some of the sound used came from bottles, water, shells, stones and electrical household appliances.

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