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****************** NEW ALBUM OUT NOW on STARLIGHT FURNITURE CO. / REVOLVER USA!!! *******************
   

MY CAT IS AN ALIEN & JEAN-MARC MONTERA
"Union Of The Supreme Light" 

LP + DL / Digital (Starlight Furniture Co. / Revolver USA)

*Full-color cover painting by Roberto Opalio. Old-style tip-on jacket.*

“Since the late 1990s MCIAA have successfully renewed a commitment to psychedelia as a revealing factor of the soul. Brothers Roberto and Maurizio Opalio’s interest in John Cage’s thought and in free improvisation is hardly a secret; hence the attraction toward architectures based on the concept of instantaneous composition, created from extended practices.
In March 2015, serendipity brought together MCIAA and guitarist Jean-Marc Montera in Marseille, for a concert where complicity manifested itself immediately. [...] The trio set out for the beyond, in search of the Harmony of the Spheres, as they have, again and again.”
- PHILIPPE ROBERT, critic and writer (from back cover foreword)


Joining Maurizio and Roberto Opalio on their fourth album for Starlight Furniture Co., legendary French-Corsican guitarist and co-founder of GRIM (Groupe de Recherche et d’Improvisation Musicales) brings his noisy lyricism to three long tracks of oddly sensual and animalistic space howl. As their past collaborations attest, MCIAA’s self-sustaining biosphere is an environment where the surreal dreamscapes of mavericks and eccentrics flourish.

>> LP available at Starlight Furniture Co. / Midheaven mailorder

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|||||||||||||| MY CAT IS AN ALIEN invited to open the 57th VENICE ART BIENNALE 2017 (May 10-12) |||||||||||||||
MCIAA will activate XAVIER VEILHAN's "Studio Venezia" project for the French Pavilion

My Cat Is An Alien open Xavier Veilhan Studio Venezia at Venice Biennale 2017 - French Pavilion

My Cat Is An Alien will open the 57th Venice Art Biennale 2017 during the Preview days (May 10-12), invited by visual artist Xavier Veilhan and co-curator Christian Marclay to activate Veilhan's "Studio Venezia" project for the French Pavilion. The installation project is conceived as a sculpture-recording studio, an "immersive environment taking in the entire pavilion so as to alter the public's perception of space;
a fusion of visual art and music, in the framework of the Bauhaus and Black Mountain College experiences" Veilhan says.
With more than 100 instruments at disposal, My Cat Is An Alien's radical music intervention will consist in creating a new form of audiovisual experience, based on the concept of psychic and physical atemporal dislocation throughout the internal and external huge structure of the Pavilion. Studio Venezia will be staged by musicians from all backgrounds (Eliane Radigue, Nicolas Godin of Air) who will take turns performing during over the seven months of the Biennale exhibition which will open to the public on May 13

Xavier Veilhan's "Studio Venezia" | Venice Biennale 2017

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||||||||||||||||||||| TWO "MY CAT IS AN ALIEN SPECIALS" on London's RESONANCE 104.4FM |||||||||||||||||||||
"L'ALTERNATIVE" radio show by ELEONORE DESNOS

>>>> Eleonore Desnos explores French audio oddities and delights "a la carte". This week: a short trip across the border with Italian brothers duo My Cat is an Alien, offering a look at their work which fits in the avant garde and experimental categories

>>>> Eleonore Desnos explores French audio oddities and delights "a la carte". This week: more on My Cat Is An Alien, featuring their recent album with Joelle Vinciarelli, 'Eternal Beyond' - experimental, noise and avant garde on the menu!

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MY CAT IS AN ALIEN
"RE-SI-STEN-ZA!" LP + DL / Digital

"Metallic Gold Wax" color LP + DL / Digital
"the summa of 20 years of sonic explorations!"
>> Double-Disc ART EDITION Ltd.50

"[..] The theme of resistance is one that has arguably shaped MCIAA’s entire career, as there are few other artists who have been so unwaveringly challenging and iconoclastic for as long as the Opalios. The average My Cat is an Alien album has absolute zero common ground with anything happening in the mundane world of the masses, as Maurizio and Roberto seem to exclusively look to the stars or search inwardly for their inspirations instead.[...]
[...] Everyone already indoctrinated into My Cat is an Alien’s singular vision already knows that this is an essential release, but it may very well be the perfect entry point for the curious as well..”
- ANTHONY D'AMICO / BRAINWASHED
>> full review

   MY CAT IS AN ALIEN & JOËLLE VINCIARELLI
> ETERNAL BEYOND > LP + DL / Digital
"Marble Stone" color LP
+ DL / Digital
(Arsenic Solaris /Opax Rec/Up Against The Wall Motherfuckers!)
>> Double-Disc ART EDITION Ltd.30

"I am always especially eager to hear the Opalio brothers’ collaborative endeavors, as My Cat is an Alien is such a singular and hermetic entity. As such, it presents quite a unique challenge for any artist attempting to merge with their aesthetic, which generally leads to some intriguingly bizarre results. Also, I am often unfamiliar with the other artists who enter the Alien orbit, so it can be a potential opportunity for me to discover some similarly outré minds.
[...] To my ears, Eternal Beyond was an ideal collaboration for the Opalios at this stage in their career, as they have plunged as deeply and completely into a hallucinatory rabbit hole of otherworldliness as anyone."
- BRAINWASHED
>> full review

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MY CAT IS AN ALIEN // FESTIVAL NUIT D'HIVER #14 // 15.12.2016 // GRIM // Marseille, France

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MY CAT IS AN ALIEN & ROBERTO OPALIO @ OVER THE REAL / November 17-20, 2016
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OVER THE REAL - International VideoArt Festival Viareggio-Forte dei Marmi (IT)
presents
November 17-20 @ GAMC (Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Lorenzo Viani) Viareggio
ROBERTO OPALIO (MCIAA) "The Antigravitational Sense Of Nothingness" 4'20 (2016)
+
Saturday, November 19 @ Fondazione Villa Bertelli, Forte dei Marmi
MY CAT IS AN ALIEN exclusive live performance

http://overthereal.com/ | Facebook event
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************************* COMING FALL / WINTER 2016 + EARLY 2017... AND MORE SOON! *************************

FORTHCOMING RELEASES:

MY CAT IS AN ALIEN & JOËLLE VINCIARELLI
> ETERNAL BEYOND > "marble stone" color LP

(Arsenic Solaris / Opax Records / Up Against The Wall Motherfuckers!)
November 30, 2016

MY CAT IS AN ALIEN - "RE-SI-STEN-ZA!"
metallic gold color LP

November 30, 2016

MY CAT IS AN ALIEN & NAD SPIRO - 'La Casa Encendida' cassette
(Sloow Tapes) November 2016

MY CAT IS AN ALIEN & JEAN-MARC MONTERA
'Union Of The Supreme Light' LP

(Starlight Furniture Co. / Revolver USA) early 2017

 

FORTHCOMING LIVE PERFORMANCES:

November 17-20, 2016
OVER THE REAL - International VideoArt Festival
Viareggio-Forte dei Marmi (IT)

ROBERTO OPALIO (MCIAA) "The Antigravitational Sense Of Nothingness" (2016)
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Saturday, November 19 @ Fondazione Villa Bertelli, Forte dei Marmi
MY CAT IS AN ALIEN exclusive live performance
http://overthereal.com/ | Facebook event
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Thursday, December 15 @ NUIT D'HIVER FESTIVAL, Marseille
MY CAT IS AN ALIEN & JOËLLE VINCIARELLI > ETERNAL BEYOND >
(world première)
http://www.grim-marseille.com/grim/NuitdHiver.html

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Divinités Irritées private press
New>> DIVINITÉS IRRITÉES Private Press: 5 artist’s books by MCIAA in handcrafted, limited editions Divinités Irritées private press

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MY CAT IS AN ALIEN

*** January 2016 *** BRAINWASHED review >> MY CAT IS AN ALIEN "The Dance Of Oneirism" 2LP+artbook***

"The Dance of Oneirism masterfully continues the distillation of MCIAA's ever-evolving and singular vision, weaving its eerie, lysergic, and wonderfully disorienting spell.

As expected, it is yet another near-masterpiece of insular and visionary outsider genius and emphatically reaffirms my belief that absolutely nobody goes deeper or is more intent on scrambling minds than Roberto and Maurizio Opalio.

Notably, The Dance of Oneirism is largely impervious to any sort of normal critique, as what the Opalios are trying to do is so far outside the norm (even by experimental music standards) that common barometers of quality are mostly irrelevant. No one else is doing anything even remotely like this and My Cat is an Alien's only discernable influence at this point in their career seems to be themselves.[...]" - ANTHONY D'AMICO / Brainwashed (>> read full review)

> FIND ON &

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MY CAT IS AN ALIEN The Dance Of Oneirism

MY CAT IS AN ALIEN – The dance Of Oneirism 2LP
 

*** OUT NOW ***

MY CAT IS AN ALIEN
"The Dance Of Oneirism"  

2LP + ART BOOK (Backwards Records)

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"[...] The Dance Of Oneirism is
a music of unknowing,
a dance with a phantom,
the letting go of a dream.

It is MCIAA’s greatest long form work.

It has tributaries that run deep into the past,
ghost channels that facilitate two-way travel,
even as its destination,
in the words of the late Conrad Schnitzler,
is determinedly future, future, future."

- DAVID KEENAN (The Wire/ Volcanic Tongue)

(from the extended foreword insert)

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MY CAT IS AN ALIEN – The Dance Of Oneirism 2LP >> available as:

-STANDARD EDITION - LTD ED of 300 copies. 3-Sided LP. Black vinyl. Silver, Blue and White screenprinted vinyl on SIDE D. Comes with a 24 pages Art Book & poem postcard by ROBERTO OPALIO, plus foreword insert by DAVID KEENAN.

-DELUXE EDITION- LTD ED of 80 copies. 3-Sided LP. LP 1 on COLOR vinyl, LP 2 on black vinyl. SIDE D screenprinted in COPPER. Comes with a 24 pages Art Book & poem postcard by ROBERTO OPALIO, plus foreword insert by DAVID KEENAN.

-ART BOX EDITION- Limited to 21 copies. Comes in copper screenprinted BOX set & handmade insert signed and numbered by ROBERTO OPALIO. Contains the DELUXE EDITION of the album.

-ART BOOK- The 24-pages Art Book & poem postcard by ROBERTO OPALIO is also available separately, in an edition of 50 exemplars, signed by the artist.

>>> FIND EVERYTHING ON

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||||||||||| ** MY CAT IS AN ALIEN - extended interview by The Crab September 2015 ** ||||||||||||

"Let yourself floating upon this while reading the perspectives of the two poets on their music, the Alps and the Mediterranean amongst various topics." - THE CRAB

READ My Cat Is An Alien's INTERVIEW by THE CRAB >>

LISTEN to My Cat Is An Alien by The Crab on Mixcloud >>
Exclusive 1-hour long mix by MCIAA accompanying the interview, and premiering the entire piece "The Dance Of Oneirism #3" from the forthcoming 2LP
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Over The Real FESTIVAL INTERNAZIONALE VIDEOARTE VIAREGGIO

||||||||| ROBERTO OPALIO & MCIAA @ "Over The Real" |||||||| FESTIVAL INTERNAZIONALE di VIDEOARTE VIAREGGIO
November 20-22, 2015
GAMC - Galleria di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Viareggio, Italy

Festival curator, videoartist and professor LINO STRANGIS presents:
ROBERTO OPALIO's dual film "Light_Earth_Blue_Silver"

SPECIAL EVENT - SATURDAY 21, h22:
intermedia live performance by
MY CAT IS AN ALIEN & LINO STRANGIS @ The Club, Viareggio
(featuring the première of "The Maze Mind Ritual Experience" by Lino Strangis, his newest work of interactive virtual reality in the form of live video scenography)

full program: http://overthereal.com

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/videoarteviareggio/

 
|||||||| MCIAA & DIVINITÉS IRRITÉES Private Press ||||||||
International première @ SPRINT _\|/_ MILANO 2015
INDIPENDENT PUBLISHERS AND ARTISTS' BOOKS SALON
Saturday 28-Sunday 29 November 28, 2015 @ O', Milan, Italy


official website: http://www.sprintmilano.org/
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/748896621922392/


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||||||||||| ** MY CAT IS AN ALIEN’s new double album "THE DANCE OF ONEIRISM" announced for December! ** |||||||||||

A brief bulletin for all those who patiently waited for the release of the new double album of MY CAT IS AN ALIEN entitled "THE DANCE OF ONEIRISM", initially planned for April 2015 on BACKWARDS and previewed on Wire Tapper CD last March. The street date has been pushed back to September 30.

The delay was mainly due to all our painstaking efforts to make this work become a monumental release, so rich in exclusive visual and artistic contents by ROBERTO OPALIO as to exceed your most luxurious fantasy.

The complexity of sound has been meticulously transferred on 3 sides of audiophile vinyl, with side D featuring a silkscreened artwork in four different colours. The first 100 copies come with a coloured LP. The deluxe, heavy cardboard pocket jacket houses a gorgeous 24-page, 30x30 cm full-colour photographic art book, plus a poem art card. The art book will also be available separately from the record, in limited and signed edition.

"The Dance Of Oneirism" is accompanied by an extended foreword insert by DAVID KEENAN, claiming that “it is MCIAA’s greatest long form work”.

Backwards and MCIAA in particular are overwhelmed by the massive feedbacks and emails received during these past months, and want to thank the myriad fans and supporters all around the world for their extraordinary enthusiasm.

INFINITE ALIEN FAITH + LOVE!!! ---------------- MCIAA & Backwards Records

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/|||||||||||| MY CAT IS AN ALIEN @ 1st edition of SHAMANS OF DIGITAL ERA Festival | SEPTEMBER 4-5, 2015, Rome ||||||||||||
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> special live audiovisual performance | https://www.facebook.com/ShamansofDigitalEra <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

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WIRE TAPPER 37 CD featuring 
MY CAT IS AN ALIEN "The Dance Of Oneirism #3"
(from the forthcoming album)

>> Listen here


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MY CAT IS AN ALIEN & JEAN-MARC MONTERA
world premiere / live trio 

Wednesday March 11 @ GRIM, Montévidéo - Marseille (FR)
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MY CAT IS AN ALIEN & JUPPALA KAAPIO 
"Black Blossom"
(Omnimemento CD-R & Digital / Neurec C45 cassette, Japan)

>> Listen here
My Cat Is An Alien & Jüppala Kääpiö - Black Blossom

My Cat Is An Alien & Jüppala Kääpiö - Black Blossom

 

***NYC legendary WFMU radio - ROBERTO OPALIO Aurora Coelestis "Record of the Day" Oct 29, 2014***



MY CAT IS AN ALIEN & CEDRIC STEVENS
'Abstract Expressionism For The Ears'

3 LP + Digital Download
Abstract Expressionism For The Ears 3 LP
Dreamy architectures of sounds, floating sculptures of abstract drones and cannibal noise, modal piano, ancestral strings and electronic futurism, celestial music of the Spheres, imbued with impressive textures of vocal exorcisms by Roberto Opalio.

"In February 2014 brothers Maurizio and Roberto Opalio aka My Cat Is An Alien recorded a long studio session in Brussels with Belgian electronic composer and recent Fennesz collaborator Cédric Stevens (aka Acid Kirk)" - THE WIRE

"[...] subtly blooming tone fields that build to the kind of beautifully vibrating monoliths that would reconcile the percussive American fantasias of Harry Partch and Moondog with the gravity devouring industrial force of Kluster. Repeating tones give the set the feel of a heady modern minimalist working but with a klanging Neubauten edge, with ringing tones and voids of blistering feedback suspended over deep pools of pitch black electricity. Long, multi-movement tracks allow for full tonal immersion.
Set the controls for the heart of the sun! Highly recommended."
- DAVID KEENAN / Volcanic Tongue
(read more >>)

""No one will ever accuse the Opalio brothers of lacking ambition [and] Stevens proves himself to be a very sympathetic collaborator. [...] The primary difference is the focus on unconventionally employed (and melodic) piano strings, which often makes "Abstract Expressionism" resemble classic Laraaji plunged into an otherworldly rabbit hole. Most other times, of course, there is no earthbound point of reference to be found at all.
[...] The unpredictable tug-of-war between genius, excess, and impenetrability is one of MCIAA's most endearing traits: they might make some of the most brilliantly strange and beautiful music around, yet they always do it on their own terms, and those terms can be somewhat prickly. [...] The opening "Tasting the New Ether" easily stands as one of the finest moments in the Opalio’s entire discography. [...] There is no question at all about whether "Abstract Expressionism for the Ears" is a great album or not. It is. The only real question is whether it crosses the line and becomes too much of a good thing."
- ANTHONY D'AMICO / BRAINWASHED
(read more >>)

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MY CAT IS AN ALIEN
on the cover of
THE WIRE issue #331


Maurizio (left) and Roberto Opalio featured in a
8-page article by writer Ken Hollings,
after his visit to MCIAA's Alien Studio for audiovisual arts in Torino, Italy, June 2011

Read more about Ken Hollings' visit on his blog.
Photography by Mauro D'Agati
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MY CAT IS AN ALIEN on the WIRE PORTAL :

*** Out August 2013 ***
MY CAT IS AN ALIEN
'Alien, All Too Alien' LP + DL
(Trensmat Records / Ireland)



VERY limited edition coloured vinyl in heavy card sleeve
Featuring artwork by Roberto Opalio



"Their cat may well be all too alien but there's quite an earthly feel to this epic voyage of a record from the brothers Maurizio and Roberto Opalio. It feels like you are slowly drifting through different continents perched on a floating glass-domed steel barge, observing the strangely contrasting cultures go about their business, seemingly unaware they are being watched.
Though there are certain sounds contained herein that are quite familiar to many 21st century homosapiens, much of the content is wildly skewed and disorientating. Maybe this is a (heavily medicated) alien's impression of earth? See? This place isn't so bad - call off the invasion guys, MCIAA will take you to their dealer. And their dealer, it would seem, is a muse that still fires up the siblings enough to produce an enthralling LP such as this despite umpteen scores of releases and side-projects since the late 90s." - Trensmat

"[..] Well, what to say – brave move by fratelli d'Italia!"
- It's Psychedelic Baby Magazine

"[..] Over the course of two side-long tracks Roberto and Maurizio Opalio stretch and warp the fabric of time itself with their burbling, hypnotic soundscapes, with guitars, zither, wordless wailing and all manner of toys and percussion building a surprisingly dense, busy tapestry of noise which is constantly shifting, with weird looped guitar flourishes melting into shrieking radio static and feedback or chirruping, broken sounding electronic primitivism." - Norman Records

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#1 in The Wire 'Office Ambience' Dec 2012 chart
#1 in The Wire 'Office Ambience' Dec 2012 chart

2 LP + DL (Discrepant, UK)
My Cat Is An Alien -Art Is A Tear Of Noise And Infinite Silence (Album Preview)

"My Cat Is An Alien abandon guitars and space toys for home made strings..." - The Wire (read Wire's article)

>> READ REVIEWS: The Wire, Arthur, Rumore, HIS Voice, etc

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ROBERTO OPALIO
'Aurora Coelestis'

LP + Digital Download
Aurora Coelestis LP
 Fourth soloist album and debut on vinyl format by musician and visual artist ROBERTO OPALIO. ‘Aurōra Coelestis’ presents two new instantaneous compositions for glockenspiel and voice filtered through electronic devices.
With foreword insert by Byron Coley.

"Aurora Coelestis sounds like a golden shower delivered by Harry Partch" 
- BYRON COLEY

"[...] it is an absolute monster. Sounding quite unlike anything he has done before, it consists of two extended tracks. The first is a beautiful slice of ghostly holy music made using nothing but glockenspiel fed through his patented ‘alientronics’. [..] Alternately meditative and mind-breakingly harsh, this is a major statement of modern minimalism.
The second piece, “Hic et Nunc”, applies the same cracked alientronics to vocals, with tunnels of disembodied angel vox flexing deep bass tones and hovering register leaps to the point of pure body ecstasy. [..]
A major release, this one comes very highly recommended!
- DAVID KEENAN / Volcanic Tongue (read more >>)

"[...] the clear raison d'être for "Aurora Coelestis" is the 30-minute title piece, a shimmering, dream-like tour de force birthed from perhaps the least likely of sources: a glockenspiel. [...] The overall effect is a subtle yet beguiling one, as it is not so much a plunge into a new lysergic plane of consciousness as it is a gentle (but significant) tweaking of reality as it currently exists.
Like ambient music, it does not particularly demand my direct attention, but it adds a shimmering patina of quivering surreality to my immediate surroundings whether I give it that attention or not. That said, it also holds up quite well to deeper, more focused listening, resembling an accumulating mass of uncomfortably harmonizing whines from a field full of otherworldly crickets.
I cannot think of any other albums that provide that particular experience, so I will chalk that up as a definite success.
[...] It is ultimately a singular, subtly absorbing, small-scale triumph that truly sounds like no one else."
- ANTHONY D'AMICO / BRAINWASHED (read more >>)



Double-Disc Ltd. Art Edition

>>> Double-Disc Ltd. Art Edition
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>>> Saturday May 31, 2014- Nova Cinema, Brussels
evening program:
MY CAT IS AN ALIEN - live soundtrack to Roberto Opalio's
dual film 'Light_Earth_Blue_Silver'
ROBERTO OPALIO - screening of the artist's short films, from 2005-2014
opening act: MY CAT IS AN ALIEN & CÉDRIC STEVENS

>>> Friday June 6, 2014 - Festival Musiques Innovatrices
Musée de la Mine, St. Etienne (F)
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31/12/2013 online interview on LOOP.CL web magazine ________________________________

*** out November 20th 2013 ***

MY CAT IS AN ALIEN
'PSYCHO-SYSTEM'
6 CD BOX + DOWNLOAD (Elliptical Noise Records)
My Cat Is An Alien 'PSYCHO-SYSTEM'

"I begin and end my journey on the precipice. PSYCHO-SYSTEM is a rumbling beneath me, the deathly choir glinting in the sky, the prophetic creaking of joints prior to breakdown […]
Like an astral projection in process, I am myself and above myself – a becoming, not a stasis – […]
The set encapsulates what has always drawn me to My Cat Is An Alien’s music: the sense of one foot elevated off the floor, leaving the other to quiver and retain a balance that isn’t. […]”
Jack Chuter - ATTN:Magazine (>> read full review)

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"The Opalio brothers are certainly no strangers to uncompromising, indulgent mindfuckery, but their latest effort is extreme even by their own standards. Stretched out across six discs, Roberto and Maurizio use their weird arsenal of homemade instruments and detourned toys to create an absolute monolith of abstract psychedelia. Simultaneously nightmarish, overwhelming, and inspired, My Cat is an Alien have concocted an epic, brain-frying bad trip like no else before."
Anthony D'Amico - BRAINWASHED
>> read full review

 

 

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*** out October 15th 2013 ***


MY CAT IS AN ALIEN
with
NELS CLINE
'The Ocean Above Your Heads' LP

on Starlight Furniture Co. / distributed by Revolver USA

...an Argento soundtrack for an astral perv lair, recalling vintage cassette gorp from the golden age of industrial, when field recordings of howling dogs were repurposed as documents of institutional degradation and mind control. Dusted with loops from a lunar cathedral where palsied zombies dragging pots and pans skid across the soap-slathered narthex, The Ocean Above Your Heads splays the hemispheres better than Subotnik goin’ off his meds.

First-time collaboration by Italy’s premier transcenders of time and
space, and guitarist extraordinairefrom Wilco, Scarnella,
Nels Cline Singers, L. Stinkbug

Artwork by Roberto Opalio

>> official label info sheet

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17/3/2013 online interview on COMPLICATED SOUNDS

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My Cat Is An Alien visit NOISE PARK!
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4h23m of noise compiled by ATTN:Magazine's Jack Chuter!
Includes three 1-minute tracks each by MY CAT IS AN ALIEN, PAINTING PETALS ON PLANET GHOST, PRAXINOSCOPE, MUSIC FOR PHANTOMS, ROBERTO and MAURIZIO OPALIO.

Download the compilation as MP3 or FLAC
Or available as limited memory stick package
http://signalvoid.tumblr.com/
>> read review <<

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CÉDRIC STEVENS / + remixes by MY CAT IS AN ALIEN, FENNESZ, LEYLAND KIRBY, BURNING STAR CORE, MOTION SICKNESS OF TIME TRAVEL, SYLVAIN CHAVEAU
'The Syncopated Elevators Legacy'

2LP
(Discrepant, UK)
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PAINTING PETALS ON PLANET GHOST
'Transparent Winter' CD
(Silentes / Seven Solar Metals)

The whole 'Transparent Winter' recording session, including 33 minutes of previously unreleased material, plus a bonus ghost track, for a total of 80 minutes of entranced music!

>> read more <<

 


MUSIC FOR PHANTOMS
3 CD BOX
(Elliptical Noise, Canada)



"Another rewarding sonic step into new territory from the Opalio brothers. Superb and atmospheric, a pagan ceremony to welcome winter in a forest, dancing between the unknown strange states of mind, haunted and compelling through out"
(Musique Machine)


>> read more <<

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'ALIENACUSTICA'
by Brothers From Another Space
3 CD BOX
(Elliptical Noise, Canada)




A superb collection of works by Maurizio and Roberto Opalio (My Cat Is An Alien) as you have never heard before. Forget all MCIAA's noise records... this is a totally different affair!


>> read more <<

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Sunday April 29 - Madrid - La Casa Encendida - 8pm
MY CAT IS AN ALIEN feat. NAD SPIRO
MCIAA's live première in Madrid will feature sonic explorer NAD SPIRO as special guest during part of the show.
For the first time MCIAA will perform on stage with their new instrument set, including self-made string instrument and modified alientronics.
The new 1-hour long version of the film 'The Antigravitational Sense Of Nothingness' by Roberto Opalio wil be screened during the performance.

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'Inward Eye'
the new LP by
PRAXINOSCOPE
(Roberto Opalio & Ramona Ponzini)

(Lost Treasures Of The Underworld records, NYC)

'INWARD EYE' is the fourth album by PRAXINOSCOPE, recorded at My Cat Is An Alien's private studio in Western Alps, during the long cold winter 2008.

The edition is limited to 287 and vinyl comes in 3 different colors: marble orange, marble white, and black.
The record is housed in a 12" cloth bag, with front, back and inner fully screen-printed with artwork reproducing a painting by Roberto Opalio.
Secret messages are written between the grooves and center labels.
Each copy hand-numbered and hand-stamped, reporting the exact date of printing.
>>> read more

>> read review <<

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MY CAT IS AN ALIEN
Living on the Invisible Line

LP / DL out on DIVORCE RECORDS (Canada)
>>> read more

>>> read MCIAA's exclusive interview about this
brand new album on DIVORCE BLOG

"The Opalio brothers are on a very good run lately. This new LP from Canadian label Divorce Records, under its sober yet evocative sleeve, contains four of their most downright beautiful tracks yet. These four untitled pieces paint a celestial and delicate soundworld. The duo’s early psychedelic deliriums have settled down to make way for a form of electroacoustic dreaminess akin to Japanese group Minamo. And when Roberto starts singing a wordless melody in the final track, it just steals my heart away." (François Couture / Monsieur Délire)

 
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PAINTING PETALS ON PLANET GHOST
'Transparent Winter' LP

(Blackest Rainbow)

A extremely beautiful record with a gorgeous organic feel to it. The record is housed in a sleeve featuring film photographs of flowers. Edition of 250
>>> read more


 

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>> Nov 24-25: two day residency @ London Cafe Oto : MY CAT IS AN ALIEN + PAINTING PETALS ON PLANET GHOST

>> Nov 23: special broadcast @ London RESONANCE 104.4 FM : MY CAT IS AN ALIEN / RAMONA PONZINI / KEN HOLLINGS in
'Ghost Blood Spectrum' a live mind clash collaborative performance, a new form of spontaneous radio theater event involving music, sound poetry, a multi-layered collision of texts and vocals in different languages melt with alien sounds

>> Oct 21 @ Milan Spazio Concept : MY CAT IS AN ALIEN > INLANDEMPIRE PROJECT
(Info)
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MY CAT IS AN ALIEN
'ALIENOLOGY: Selected Works 1998-2008'

10 CD Box Set on Elliptical Noise

 
There's a Flame___Sometimes
video by Roberto Opalio


Stunning collection of works from 1998 to 2008, MY CAT IS AN ALIEN's first decade of adventure in outer space and modern music, available for the first time in digital format. The set includes a previously unreleased gem entitled 'Where The Lines Go To Sleep'

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<< MY CAT IS AN ALIEN on WIRE TAPPER CD >>

THE WIRE magazine invited MY CAT IS AN ALIEN to join their WIRE TAPPER 25 CD compilation (April 2011 issue)
The track is The Antigravitational Sense Of Nothingness, from MCIAA's new What Space Is Made For 3CD BOX (Elliptical Noise)

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MY CAT IS AN ALIEN
'What Space Is Made For'



3 CD BOX Set (Elliptical Noise)
Physical CD BOX and Limited Art Edition out March 22, 2011

The Antigravitational Sense Of Nothingness
video by Roberto Opalio

"This triple box set is their latest magnum opus" - The Wire

 

From the brilliance of the Void, My Cat Is An Alien introduce humans to their new creation: What Space Is Made For is the first step in the new parallel universe they call 'multi-layered instantaneous composition' ... a new step in modern music. >>> read more

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MY CAT IS AN ALIEN / PRAXINOSCOPE
From The Tears Of The Land_Prayers From The Outer Space

2 CD set
(Elliptical Noise / Canada)

Re-issue as a double CD set of the out-of-print, single CDs.
Cardboard jacket with paste-on artwork. Includes liner notes and full introduction by Roberto Opalio."

Elliptical Noise is proud to present this ambitious two-disc concept album; disc 1 by cosmic brothers Maurizio and Roberto Opalio aka
My Cat Is An Alien, and disc 2 by Praxinoscope, Roberto's side project with long-time collaborator Ramona Ponzini (Painting Petals On Planet Ghost, Black Magic Disco, Ankoku)

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****** OUT NOW ! JANUARY 2011 NEW VINYL RELEASE ! OUT NOW ! ******

BBNU & MCIAA

'GRAMOFONU = voice of the Universe' LP
(Opax Records / Love Nest)

Limited only-vinyl edition of 300 capturing the extraordinary meeting of two improvising acts: Prague-based turntable & 8mm band Birds Build Nests Underground and Italian psychedelic trubadours My Cat Is An Alien. As if the whole galaxy lies on a giant turntable…

>>>read more

***** DECEMBER 2010 *****


out now ! out now ! out now ! nout now !
MY CAT IS AN ALIEN / RAMONA PONZINI / LEE RANALDO

'All Is Lost In Translation'

CD / DL (Atavistic, USA)

Bella Italia avant garde meets Sonic-Youth guitar guru!
The Brothers Opalio return with their second collaborative album for Atavistic. This time
MY CAT IS AN ALIEN have teamed up with RAMONA PONZINI (vocals/Japanese percussion, and LEE RANALDO (guitars/bells/vocals) for a 2008 session, captured live in Verona, Italy. Like the extant MCIAA tapestry of international collaborations,
All Is Lost In Translation continues their spectacular latter-day exploration of the outer reaches, and further defines their well-earned role as alchemical auteur-artists. (label info)


"..one of the coolest things we ever made: like Alice Coltrane meeting Glenn Branca in the Fourth Millennium, under the benediction of the great Tibetan Master Bokar Rimpoche" - Roberto / MCIAA

***** LATE NOVEMBER LIVE SHOWS *****

27-11 >>> ANKOKU (RAMONA PONZINI & Z'EV) @ All Frontiers festival - Gradisca d'Isonzo (GO) - Italy
28-11 >>> DEEP ALIEN DARKNESS (MCIAA, RAMONA PONZINI, Z'EV) @ United Club - Torino - Italy
click to enlarge DEEP ALIEN DARKNESS poster >> << click to enlarge DEEP ALIEN DARKNESS poster

out now!>>> MY CAT IS AN ALIEN <<< out now!
'Fragments suspended in time'
LP + CD + DVD (Ltd.100)
LP + DL coupon


(Opax Records)
*** NEW STUDIO ALBUM ***

Private Press Edition of 250 copies; multicolour vinyl housed in handmade heavy cardboard jacket with paste-on silver artwork by Roberto Opalio, with 12" insert. First 100 copies comes with a CDr included as digital version of the album, plus a bonus DVDr region free containing a film by Roberto inspired by 'Fragments suspended in time - alba'.
>>> read more

"We're living our lives / like fragments / suspended in time" - Roberto Opalio

>>>>> SPECIAL ART EDITION BOX LTD.20 >>>>>


>>> latest MCIAA REVIEWS

MY CAT IS AN ALIEN & BJERGA / IVERSEN collab LP + special BONUS DVD-R edition
(Gold Soundz / Ikuisuus)


2 psyched-out sides from the mighty Aliens and Norways own answer to Hall & Oates - Bjerga/Iversen. These sides are boiled down from about 2+ hours worth of material recorded last summer in the stunning alpine village of Luserna san Giovanni, just outside of Torino, Italy.
Space electronics, weightless freestyle strings, buzzing voices from the outer heliospheres and warped messages from the great beyond celestial harmonies from a neon universe...

LTD. 250 in ultra-cool neon-colored silkscreened jackets, 5 different varieties!!!!
*** Special edition of 30 with a bonus DVDR with extra video material!!! ***

"Brilliantly cosmic and insane!" (Norman Records UK)

"Excellent collaboration. Subterranean disturbance from the Norwegian duo and infinite echoes / celestial vocals from the Italians." (Boa Melody UK)

 



ANKOKU (Ramona Ponzini & Z'ev)
'Live in Milan' DVD-R
(Opax Records)


Première live performance of the duo formed by Ramona Ponzini and Z'ev, recorded in a secret location in Milan in July 2010. After live collaborations with vanguards such as Lee Ranaldo and Micheal Morley, Ramona Ponzini now teams up on stage with legendary percussionist Z'ev under the name ANKOKU, following last year's debut CD. Ramona Ponzini (vocals, hand percussion), Z'ev (percussion, electronics): a real jump into 'deep darkness'!
Filmed and produced by My Cat Is An Alien.
Limited handmade edition with handstamped cover.
 

**** MY CAT IS AN ALIEN and ROBERTO OPALIO new albums on ELLIPTICAL NOISE ****
NEW CDs + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD


MY CAT IS AN ALIEN
'Photoelectric Season'

double CD
(Elliptical Noise)


+

Special ART EDITION LTD.20
(Opax Records)

 

MY CAT IS AN ALIEN
'Black Shadows from Jupiter, Vol. I & II'

double CD

(Elliptical Noise)

+

Special ART EDITION LTD.20
(Opax Records)

 

ROBERTO OPALIO
'The Hexagram on Grace'

CD
(Elliptical Noise)

+

Special ART EDITION LTD.20
(Opax Records)

>> FREE LISTENING + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD <<
>> REVIEWS <<
   
***** January 2010 - MY CAT IS AN ALIEN @ NETMAGE 10 *****

**** 'LIGHT_EARTH_BLUE_SILVER' & MY CAT IS AN ALIEN @ NETMAGE.10 ****

MY CAT IS AN ALIEN will perform a special live soundtrack to Roberto Opalio's dual film 'Light_Earth_Blue_Silver' at the 10th edition of the International Live-Media Festival NETMAGE in Bologna (Italy), January 21-23. MCIAA will headline the evening of Friday 22, in the main hall of the historic Palazzo Re Enzo in the heart of the city center.

Friday 22nd, January 2010
NETMAGE.10 - International Live-Media Festival
'LIGHT_EARTH_BLUE_SILVER' a dual film by Roberto Opalio
live soundtrack by MY CAT IS AN ALIEN
Palazzo Re Enzo, Bologna (Italy)
info: http://www.netmage.it/2010/

***** November 2009 - welcome ELLIPTICAL NOISE RECORDS *****

MY CAT IS AN ALIEN | PRAXINOSCOPE | LE VOCI DEL BUIO | MAURIZIO & ROBERTO OPALIO

 
 
***** September 2009 - MCIAA/MORLEY/PONZINI/RANALDO lp + ONLINE MCIAA's free mp3 SOUND-OBJECT *****
****** MICHAEL MORLEY / MY CAT IS AN ALIEN / RAMONA PONZINI / LEE RANALDO *****


click image for full pictures and details

'Live @ Sensational Fix' LP
(Starlight Furniture Co. / distribuited by Revolver USA)

On June 17, 2008, the exhibition Sonic Youth etc.: Sensational Fix opened at LiFE in Saint-Nazaire, France. As part of the exhibition project, My Cat Is An Alien performed on stage with their long-time collaborator Ramona Ponzini (Painting Petals On Planet Ghost, Black Magic Disco, Z'ev) singing Japanese, Michael Morley (Dead C, Gate) and Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth.
Side B features a collection of solo pieces by each of the five members of this extemporaneous ensemble. The perfect compendium to the unicity of this historical document. (Starlight)

Exhibition curator Roland Groenenboom recalls: "Michael Morley joined My Cat Is An Alien and Ramona Ponzini on stage for an improv piece. They were already way into developing it when, to their surprise, Lee Ranaldo picked up the guitar that Maurizio had left lying on stage when he moved on to playing percussion, which only made the already phenomenal sonic achievement even denser." >> read more

****** MY CAT IS AN ALIEN - 'Alien Pink Molecular Radiance' ONLINE mp3 SOUND-OBJECT ******

MY CAT IS AN ALIEN contribute an exclusive and previously unreleased 15-minute piece of music entitled 'Alien Pink Molecular Radiance' to the new episode of the astounding experimental online periodical THIS IS (NOT) A MAGAZINE, published by Milan-based Australian artists Andy Simionato & Karen ann Donnachie.

This sound-object is presented in parallel to the Pink Laser Beam printed book compendium, 180 pages of paper (and plastic) featuring new works from in and around the internet which unfold in time and space. Ltd. edition of 666 copies.

MCIAA's MP3 is presented by a 12" embossed laminate-card, conceptual simulacre of a picture disc included with each copy of the art book.

click here to play MCIAA's 'ALIEN PINK MOLECULAR RADIANCE' free mp3

"Sound waves procedure to alter brain patterns, exceptionally developed for human beings to remove the SCT (State-Controlled Transmitters) unit and enter the realm of the No-Mind consciousness" (MCIAA)

"A new episode of This Is A Magazine in the form of an exclusive sound-object by the truly wonderful My Cat is an Alien. This is a music monolith from the Opalio brothers and it is now transmitting across the inner-verse. Turn it around in your mind" (This is a magazine)

Founded in 2002 in Milan Italy by Donnachie, Simionato & Son, This is a magazine.com has been described as “a publishing phenomenon”
(Varoom, Journal for Illustration and Made Images, U.K.), “the most beautiful magazine on the web” (D della Repubblica, Italy), “a paper sculpture...a book of experimental expression” (Ozon Magazine, Greece), “pretentious...fantastic” (Contemporary, U.K.), and “seriously mind-blowing” (crowndozen.com)

****** August 2009 - TWO NEW RELEASES OUT NOW + SENSATIONAL FIX ZINE #2 + INTERVIEW ON DREAM MAGAZINE #9 ******

**** PAINTING PETALS ON PLANET GHOST ****
new CD on PSF Records, Tokyo Japan

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***** MY CAT IS AN ALIEN new CD on *****
STAALPLAAT / MORT AUX VACHES

"Ramona Ponzini, young vocalist of Italian PAINTING PETALS ON PLANET GHOST, marvellously gave new life to the precious soul of Japan - the soul that contemporary Japan has lost these days."
PSF Records - Tokyo


"An essential listening for all of us. Just amazing" George Parsons, DREAM MAGAZINE (USA)
>> read more

"My Cat Is An Alien’s contribution to Staalplaat’s long-running studio session series is a very focused, formidable, and often incendiary affair" BRAINWASHED (USA)

The latest release in the Mort Aux Vaches series from Staalplaat Ltd. 500 copies in a fantastic 6-panel lenticular sleeve
>> read more

>> click on cover! >> watch lenticular sleeve animation!
   

***** PAINTING PETALS ON PLANET GHOST interview + CD track on DREAM MAGAZINE #9 *****

New DREAM MAGAZINE issue #9 features an article on PAINTING PETALS ON PLANET GHOST by editor George Parsons, with an extended interview to Ramona Ponzini and the Opalio brothers talking about their project as well as ghosts, dreams and more. Furthermore, PPOPG contributed an exclusive and previously unreleased track to the magazine CD comp, entitled 'Haru no kuni' ('Land of Spring').
>> support print publications: buy your copy of Dream Magazine #9 (magazine+CD comp) here!
>> read more

*** ROBERTO OPALIO + MY CAT IS AN ALIEN exclusive artworks in SENSATIONAL FIX zine #2 ***

The second publication of SENSATIONAL FIX is the zine SENSATIONAL FIX ZINE #2 ‘NOISE’ to which eleven of the artists who participate in the exhibition SONIC YOUTH etc: SENSATIONAL FIX contributed a double page each. These artists are: Marco Fusinato // David Markey // Savage Pencil // Mike Watt // Kim Gordon // Marnie Weber // Christian Marclay //John Olson // Roberto Opalio + My Cat Is An Alien // Barbara Ess // Sam Crack.

Size is 148 x 148 mm and the edition 500 numbered copies in offset print. The zine is printed in black and white, and has 24 pages (cover included). SENSATIONAL FIX ZINE #2 ‘NOISE’ has been presented at the opening of the exhibition at Malmo Konsthall

>> read more
>> visit official Sensational Fix blog

Update May 21st, 2009

****** NEW GALLERY EDITION + ART BOOK ******

**ROBERTO OPALIO - "The last night of the Angel of Glass" 2x lathe cut LP + DVD (Opax Records)

click images to enlarge

 
 

ART GALLERY EDITION OF 9 COPIES >> details

Gallery edition limited to 9 copies of 'The last night of the Angel of Glass', a silent film by Roberto Opalio here presented on DVD in its entirety (1 hour 30 minutes), with complete soundtrack transferred on two lathe cut LPs manufactured in 9 copies by Peter King in New Zealand.
Both film and music were recorded by Roberto Opalio at home in Torino, Italy on November 1st, 2005; the artist set his 8mm camera on the balcony and filmed his own glass art creation entitled 'The Angel of Glass' animated by the soft light of a candle under a blackened sky. The artist recommends to play the LPs and the DVD at the same time. All contents will never be repressed in this form. The edition is handnumbered and signed by the artist.
>> click here for details

 

**ROBERTO OPALIO - 'My alien notes (Escaping the Void?)' art-book + CD (Opax Press)



New handmade art-book by Roberto Opalio, that presents for the first time 13 pages taken from his own private notebook. The work consists in visionary sketches, drafts, personal notes, poems, projects, and other obscure stuff. Completely handmade packaging by Maurizio Opalio in heavy black cardboard with diecut cover. CD features a previously unreleased soloist piece by Roberto Opalio. 99 copies signed by the artist.
>> click here for more music
>> click here for more art books

 

Update March 31st, 2009

****** MCIAA & AAVV - 'COSMIC DEBRIS' RADIO SPECIAL ONLINE ******

Get connected to Barcelona's ONES DE CROM radio program curated by Emili Mirò on Ràdio Castellar 90.1 fm, and listen to the special dedicated to MCIAA's latest collaboration series featuring Text of Light, Steve Roden, Keiji Haino, Mats Gustafsson, and Loren Connors and his Haunted House band

Wednesday 1st, April 2009 - from 22h to 23h
MCIAA / AAVV - 'Cosmic Debris' special
ONES DE CROM

Experimental music radio programme
Ràdio Castellar 90.1 fm, Barcelona (Spain)

On-line live broadcasting: http://www.castellarvalles.org/radio.php (from RADIO ON LINE)

The entire special will be available for listening and download any time after the broadcast through the program website: http://www.onesdecrom.podomatic.com

****** MY CAT IS AN ALIEN @ SPECTRA 09 - VALENCIA (SPAIN) ******

SPECTRA 09
Second Worldwide Symposium on Conspiracy Theory

València, 2-4 April 2009
organized by Octubre Centre de Cultura Contemporània & Mess/Age

topics: politics & conspiracy, paranoia, outer space, tv

the symposium will be broadcasted in real time by SPECTRA TV http://www.mogulus.com/spectra
the channel acts also as archive of last year program; excerpts can be found on SPECTRA YOUTUBE TV too http://www.youtube.com/spectratv

My Cat Is An Alien will perform a live concert entitled "CosmiConspiracy" on Saturday 4th, at 20.15h

participants: Mike Ibanez, Ken Hollings, Javier Cavanilles, Marià Sanchez Soler, El Protograma, Robin Ramsay, Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos, Alababarada Djs, Nad Spiro

Saturday 4th, April 2009 - 20.15h
MY CAT IS AN ALIEN "CosmiConspiracy"
w/ films by Roberto Opalio
SPECTRA 09 Symposium
Octubre CCC
, València - Spain
http://www.spectra.cat/09/spectra09.html
http://www.octubre.cat/
http://control.mess-age.com
real time broadcast by SPECTRA TV: http://www.mogulus.com/spectra

Update March 11th, 2009

****** MY CAT IS AN ALIEN's debut on ATAVISTIC ******

MCIAA are proud to present their debut release on ATAVISTIC, a CD+DVD set featuring the Opalio brothers' studio collaboration with legendary Italy's electronic pioneer ENORE ZAFFIRI, and presenting for the first time two incredible films: 'TRASPARENZE' (the so-called 'video painting' by Mr.Zaffiri) and 'LIGHT_EARTH_BLUE_SILVER' (dual film by Roberto Opalio, with soundtrack by MCIAA)

**MY CAT IS AN ALIEN & ENORE ZAFFIRI - 'Through The Magnifying Glass Of Tomorrow' CD+DVD set (Atavistic)
see 'here' for details--

http://www.atavistic.com/

****** LIGHT_EARTH_BLUE_SILVER premiere screening ******

Roberto Opalio's dual film just published by Atavistic will be presented at the SLOOWJOB festival at NETWERK Center for Contemporary Art in Aalst, Belgium, later this month. The event is curated by Bart De Paepe of Sloowtape. and My Favourite Magazine.

Saturday 28th, 2009
Light_Earth_Blue_Silver | a film by Roberto Opalio
SLOOWJOB festival
NETWERK Center for Contemporary Art
Aalst (B)

Infos: http://www.netwerk-art.be/nl

 

Last update February 25th, 2009

****** NEW RELEASES OUT FEBRUARY 2009 ******

**MY CAT IS AN ALIEN / PESTREPELLER split picture disc LP (A Silent Place)
**MY CAT IS AN ALIEN / MATS GUSTAFSSON - "Cosmic Debris, Vol.IV" split CD (A Silent Place)
see 'here' for details--

update February 1st, 2009

****** MY CAT IS AN ALIEN live in Holland******

In early February MCIAA will play two exclusive live shows in Holland:

Thursday February 5th, 2009
MY CAT IS AN ALIEN
w/ films by Roberto Opalio

WORM - Rotterdam
(w/ Sir Richard Bishop)
Infos: http://www.wormweb.nl

Friday February 6th, 2009
MY CAT IS AN ALIEN
w/ films by Roberto Opalio

013 - Tilburg
Infos:
http://www.013.nl

****** PAINTING PETALS ON PLANET GHOST @ VPRO radio ******

PPOPG have been invited by VPRO radio for a recording session and interview in Amsterdam; more infos soon about the radio special which will follow the event curated by Berry Kamer/ VPRO

Wednesday February 4th, 2009
PAINTING PETALS ON PLANET GHOST
VPRO @ Studio Desmet, Amsterdam
Infos: http://www.vpro.nl/dwars

****** NEW RELEASES + ART BOOK out now ******

**MY CAT IS AN ALIEN / PRAXINOSCOPE - "For the tears of the Land_Prayers from the outer space" split 2xLP (Important) + PRIVATE ARTISTS' EDITION

**ROBERTO OPALIO / MAURIZIO OPALIO - "In the Middle of the Air / Glacier Sommeiller" split LP (Important)
see 'here' for details--
**ROBERTO OPALIO - "My Alien Drawings" art book (Opax Press)
see '
here' for details--

****** ROBERTO OPALIO & MCIAA @ SONIC YOUTH etc.: SENSATIONAL FIX in Dusseldorf ******

31 January — 10 May 2009
SONIC YOUTH etc. : SENSATIONAL FIX
Kunsthalle Düsseldorf and KIT — Kunst im Tunnel
Germany
Opening: Friday, January 30, 2009, 7 p.m.
info: http://www.kunsthalle-duesseldorf.de

The ongoing museum exhibition centered on the multidisciplinary activity of NYC band Sonic Youth is opening at Kunsthalle Dusseldorf. The show features art work by visual artists, filmmakers, designers and musicians like Vito Acconci, Glenn Branca, William S. Burroughs, John Cage, Zoë Casavettes, Ira Cohen, Loren Mazzacane Connors, Tony Conrad, Sofia Coppola, Gregory Corso, Barbara Ess, John Fahey, Allen Ginsberg, Dan Graham, Rodney Graham, Matt Groening, Brion Gysin, Cameron Jamie, Mike Kelley, Richard Kern, Jack Kerouac, Curt Kirkwood, Gerard Malanga, Christian Marclay, Jonas Mekas, Thurston Moore, Michael Morley, Jim O'Rourke, Raymond Pettibon, Savage Pencil, Lee Ranaldo, Leah Singer, Patti Smith, Robert Smithson, Dennis Tyfus, Alan Vega, Gus Van Sant to name a few.

ROBERTO OPALIO presents an exclusive installation entitled 'Alien Guitar Case #6', and his film 'Alien Blood' with soundtrack appositely created by MY CAT IS AN ALIEN, now available in a special only-vinyl edition on Opax Records: OPX 030A - MY CAT IS AN ALIEN - "Alien Blood" LP (Opax Records)
Also available in a strictly limited artist edition of 99 copies the new ROBERTO OPALIO's art book entitled "My Alien Drawings" (Opax Press), with reproductions of nine drawings.

Visit the 'space art' page for more infos

update November 14th, 2008

****** NEW RELEASES OUT NOW *******

**MY CAT IS AN ALIEN - 8" triangular lathe cut record (Pseudoarcana) (Ltd.80 in specially designed triangular cardboard jackets, with artwork by Roberto Opalio silkscreened on cover and golden/red inner foil)
**PAINTING PETALS ON PLANET GHOST / MYKEL BOYD split 7" (Somnimage) (Ltd.200 copies 7" on white vinyl in opaque wrap-over sleeve; artist edition Ltd.50 with original Polaroids by Ramona Ponzini and Mykel Boyd)
see 'releases' for details--

****** MY CAT IS AN ALIEN live at ALL FRONTIERS festival ******

MY CAT IS AN ALIEN will perform two exclusive live international premières at ALL FRONTIERS music festival (Italy). One with 80 years old pioneer of Italian radical electronic music ENORE ZAFFIRI. Mr.Zaffiri, composer and founder of the legendary SMET (Studio di Musica Elettronica di Torino) in 1964, and reclused artist for the last decades, at the beginning of 2008 had the chance to meet Maurizio and Roberto Opalio and decided to set up a collaborative project with them.

To celebrate the birth of this new project, MCIAA & Zaffiri will perform their live debut at the forthcoming XX Anniversary Edition of All Frontiers music festival. The same night MCIAA will also play a live improv perfomance with New York cellist OKKYUNG LEE.

Sunday November 16th, 2008
MY CAT IS AN ALIEN & ENORE ZAFFIRI
w/ films by Enore Zaffiri
+
MY CAT IS AN ALIEN & OKKYUNG LEE


All Frontiers festival - XX Anniversary Edition 1988/2008
Sala Civica Bergamas - Gradisca d'Isonzo (Gorizia) - Italy

Infos: http://www.moremusic.it
visit also: Optic Theater



update Sept 15th, 2008


****** LEE RANALDO/ MY CAT IS AN ALIEN/ RAMONA PONZINI improv ensemble ******

Following their live debut performance at the SONIC YOUTH etc.: SENSATIONAL FIX opening (last June at LiFE museum, France), this special ensemble will perform again at an exclusive event in Verona, Italy, with Roberto Opalio's film screenings on stage:

Wednesday October 8th, 2008

improv ensemble:

LEE RANALDO/ MY CAT IS AN ALIEN/ RAMONA PONZINI

w/ films by Roberto Opalio

Interzona - Verona (Italy)

Infos: www.izona.it

****** MY CAT IS AN ALIEN live sound performances in Milan, Italy ******


MCIAA will perform live at two special events in Milan, Italy, in collaboration with Karen ann Donnachie and Andy Simionato, well known for their publishing phenomenon This is a magazine, their video-based, internet-specific and visual artworks, and their various books on internet art and design, and fashion designer Debora Sinibaldi, considered by the magazine WWD as one of the most interesting in Milan.

Saturday September 20th, 2008
THIS IS A MAGAZINE Episode 25: Activities in time and space (Sept 19 to Oct 11)
A project by Karen ann Donnachie and Andy Simionato
curated by Chiara Agnello
MCIAA's opening performance 'Beyond yr shadow - I am / I am not (here?)'
Careof DOCVA @ La Fabbrica del Vapore, h. 20.00
www.careof.org
www.thisisamagazine.com

Sunday September 21st, 2008
DEBORA SINIBALDI 'Live-play Cycles' fashion show
by Donnachie-Simionato
MCIAA's sound performance
Fondazione Museo Mazzotta, h. 17 to 19
www.deborasinibaldi.com
www.donnachie-simionato.com


****** MY CAT IS AN ALIEN/ ROBERTO OPALIO/ BLACK MAGIC DISCO on Studio Voice magazine Japan ******

MCIAA's 'Different Shades of Blue' has been voted album of 2005 in the Top 30 chart "THE BEST OF AMBIENT WORKS 1978-2008" by the prestigious Studio Voice multi-media mix magazine (Japan).

Also, a Roberto Opalio's original color art work illustration was commissioned by the editors, and appears in full-page format in issue #8.
The same issue features an article/ interview curated by Itaru Mita on MCIAA and all their related projects.

In issue # 3 of the magazine, BLACK MAGIC DISCO's debut album ranks on the Top 100 chart "ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUMS" of all times.


****** NEW RELEASES OUT SEPT 2008 ******

**OPX LP12 - MY CAT IS AN ALIEN / LOREN M. CONNORS & his Haunted House band - "Cosmic Debris, Vol.V" split ART-LP (Opax Records) (art edition of 100; fifth and final volume in the series of split collaboration!)
**OPX 030A - MY CAT IS AN ALIEN - "Alien Blood" LP (Opax Records) (Original soundtrack from Roberto Opalio's film 'Alien Blood' currently shown at SONIC YOUTH etc.: SENSATIONAL FIX museum exhibition; ART GALLERY EDITION ltd.20 copies and REGULAR EDITION ltd. 200 copies)
**OPX 031C - PRAXINOSCOPE - "Untitled #6" 1-sided C20 cassette (Opax Records) (limited edition of 36 copies)
see 'releases' for details--

last update May 15th, 2008 

****** ROBERTO OPALIO & MCIAA @ SONIC YOUTH etc.: SENSATIONAL FIX ******

ROBERTO OPALIO & MY CAT IS AN ALIEN will participate to the forthcoming SONIC YOUTH etc.: SENSATIONAL FIX museum exhibition, that focuses on the multidisciplinary activities of the groundbreaking experimental guitar band Sonic Youth since its formation in 1981. It features the band's collaborations with visual artists, filmmakers, designers and musicians, as well as a choice of other works selected by the band. Through the multidisciplinary output of Sonic Youth and related works by other artists in the exhibition, an alternative history of contemporary culture is being uncovered in which the division between 'high art' and 'low art' is being called into question, while issues are explored such as teenage rebellion, adolescent wanderlust, gender, fame, fashion, sexuality, and religion.

ROBERTO OPALIO will present an exclusive installation entitled 'Alien Guitar Case #6', and his film 'Alien Blood' with soundtrack appositely created by MY CAT IS AN ALIEN.

The exhibition is initiated and curated by freelance curator Roland Groenenboom in collaboration with the band and will be presented at LiFE, St. Nazaire, France (from 17 June to 7 September 2008), MUSEION, Bolzano, Italy (from 10 October 2008 to 4 January 2009), and Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Germany (31 January to 26 April 2009). Further venues are currently in discussion, in Europe, the US and Asia. A complete description of the show can be found at www.sonicyouth.com  

****** PAINTING PETALS ON PLANET GHOST extended interview on Foxy Digitalis ****** 

The first ever extended article/ interview on the PPOPG project! by François Hubert on Foxy Digitalis (USA) 

Read now:

http://www.digitalisindustries.com/foxyd/features.php?which=307 
 

****** MY CAT IS AN ALIEN radio special on Germany's WDR radio ******* 

German WDR 3 radio will broadcast a special on MCIAA, featuring sounds & voices from the outer space! 

June 6th, 2008 h.23:05

WDR 3 radio, Koln - Germany

http://www.wdr.de/radio/wdr3/sendung.phtml?sendung=WDR+3+open:+FreiRaum&termineid=466582 

streaming the broadcast is possible here:

http://www.wdr.de/radio/wdr3/hoeren.phtml 
 

****** A GREAT MAGAZINE ****** 

Four new drawings by Roberto Opalio featured in the new magazine by Belgian obscure Sloow Tapes imprint:

V/A - A Great Magazine zine  (Sloow Tapes) Interviews with Book Of Am, Ed Yazijian, Geoff Mullen, Ghosting. Art and words by Ilyas Ahmed, Juan Arkotxa, Tara Burke, Darrell Buxton, Tom Carter, Cybele Collins, Sara Czerny, Bart De Paepe, Paul Grimes, Jani Hirvonen, Phil Legard, Samara Lubelski, Leslie Mackenzie, Marja Mikkonen, Thurston Moore, Roberto Opalio, Zachery Reno, Matt Valentine. Silkscreened coverfrogs by Colleen Kinsella."

contact Bart de Paepe <bdpape@hotmail.com> 

update April 20th, 2008

****** NEW RELEASES OUT ******

**MY CAT IS AN ALIEN / MATS GUSTAFSSON - "Cosmic Debris, Vol.IV" split ART-LP (Opax Records)

**MY CAT IS AN ALIEN - "There's a flame___sometimes" LP (Opax Records) (2 new Opax lavishly packaged limited vinyl editions)

**MY CAT IS AN ALIEN - "Sotto le Stelle" etched LP (Lost Treasures of the Underworld) (ltd. edition of 100 in purple vinyl with etching by Roberto Opalio on one side; 3 color screen-printed covers)

**MY CAT IS AN ALIEN / VALERIO COSI - "Stories From The Vacuum" split 7" (Black Horizon) (limited to 500 in clear vinyl)

**PAINTING PETALS ON PLANET GHOST - "Fallen Camellias" CD (A Silent Place) (Second full-lenght album)

**PAINTING PETALS ON PLANET GHOST - "Fallen Camellias" 5x 1-sided 10" lathe-cut Box (Opax Records) (private press art edition of 9 copies)

**Great Magazine (Sloow Tapes) (features 4 new drawings by Roberto Opalio)

see 'releases' for all details--



last update: november 7th, 2007

****** NEW RELEASES OUT NOW ******

**ROBERTO OPALIO - "Whispers of the last Light, part I & II" lathe cut ART-LP + DVD-R (Opax Records) (The LP features 'Part One', expanded version from original OPX 020V, plus previous unreleased 'Part Two'; 2 different editions: ART ed. of 21 copies, and ART GALLERY ed. of 9 copies)
**MY CAT IS AN ALIEN - "speak, alien, SPEAK!" 3x C20 cassette set (Opax Records) (private edition of 60 handnumbered copies; in heavy cardboard with paisted artwork)
**MUSIC FOR PHANTOMS - "s/t" CD-R + DVD-R set (Opax Records) (New project by the Opalio brothers! private edition of 99 handnumbered copies; in heavy cardboard with paisted artwork)
**MY CAT IS AN ALIEN / KEIJI HAINO - "Cosmic Debris, Vol.III" split CD (A Silent Place/ Italy) (CD re-issue of the original ART-LP on Opax)
**MY CAT IS AN ALIEN / STEVE RODEN - "Cosmic Debris, Vol.II" split CD (A Silent Place/ Italy) (CD re-issue of the original ART-LP on Opax)
**MY CAT IS AN ALIEN - "Il Segno" CD (Starlight Furniture Co./ Revolver USA) (Expanded CD reissue feat. 2 previously unreleased extra tracks of 23 minutes)
**PAINTING PETALS ON PLANET GHOST - "S/T" CD (Time-Lag Records/ USA) (CD reissue of the out of print debut LP; lushly packaged in a mini version of the original lp packaging, with letterpress printed tri-fold cover. printed with copper ink on exquisite & massively thick handmade ivory art paper, each sheet cast one at a time & air dried)
**BLACK MAGIC DISCO - "s/t" 2xLP (A Silent Place/ Italy) (ltd. 500! deluxe vinyl version of the debut CD on Important Records; 2 color vinyls; gatefold full color jacket + poster)

see releases for details and reviews

 


****** FORTHCOMING LIVE SHOWS ******

MY CAT IS AN ALIEN live in Dijon & Prague

Saturday September 29th, 2007
FEEDBACK FESTIVAL

La Vapeur - Dijon (F)
(w/ Sonic Boom & Rob Mazurek)
www.whynote.com/cumulus_site/principal.html

Saturday October 13th, 2007
STYMUL FESTIVAL

Archa Theatre - Prague (CZ)
(w/ Keiji Haino)
www.stimul-festival.cz/EN/

****** ROBERTO OPALIO - PERSONAL EXHIBITION ******

Roberto Opalio's personal exhibition, 'Frammenti Cosmici', will open on October 19th at Zuni art space in Ferrara, Italy. The gallery will show new Roberto's SPACE-ART paintings, installations, photos + art-books, art-edition records, and videos. On the occasion of the opening the artist will make a special live performance, including music & videos.

Friday October 19th / Sunday November 11th 2007
Roberto Opalio - FRAMMENTI COSMICI -

Zuni - Ferrara (IT)
www.zuni.it


****** NEW RELEASE OUT NOW ******

- MY CAT IS AN ALIEN / KEIJI HAINO - "Cosmic Debris, Vol.III" split ART-LP (Opax Records) (private edition of 100; each record comes with an original acrylic painting by Roberto Opalio on 30x30cm proper canvas & a unique Polaroid instant film installed on each piece)

see releases for more details--

****** LIVE FOOTAGE on YOUTUBE ******

See three short MCIAA's live footage of pure Alien Action!

MCIAA @ Ferrara Sotto Le Stelle (Italy) July 2007
www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSeOnMoo5Hc
www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcsdZ5rBA_c

MCIAA @ KRAAK Festival 2006 (Hasselt, B)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIDer29ri4A

****** FORTHCOMING RELEASES ******

**MY CAT IS AN ALIEN - "Il Segno" CD (Starlight Furniture Co./ Revolver USA) (expanded & remastered version; includes 2 tracks of 25 minutes from the original session)

**ROBERTO OPALIO - "Whispers of the last Light, part I & II" lathe cut ART-LP + DVD-R (Opax Records) (2 different editions: ART edition ltd. 21, ART-GALLERY edition ltd. 9; extended & revisited version of the original part 1 + previously unreleased part 2; includes a 30+min silent film by Roberto exclusively made for the lathe cut edition, totally different from the original issue OPX 020V - more details on art soon)

**PAINTING PETALS ON PLANET GHOST - "s/t" CD (Time-Lag Records) (CD re-issue of the debut LP; exact miniature special cardboard silkscreened jacket of the LP)

**MY CAT IS AN ALIEN / STEVE RODEN - "Cosmic Debris, Vol.II" split CD (A Silent Place) (CD re-issue of the original ART-LP on Opax)

**MY CAT IS AN ALIEN / VALERIO COSI - split 7" (Black Horizon) (limited 7" colored; metallic ink on vellum jackets)

**PAINTING PETALS ON PLANET GHOST / MYKEL BOYD - 7" split (Somnimage) (limited edition white vinyl; first 50 numbered copies include an original signed Polaroid by Ramona Ponzini)

 

 

****** new BLACK MAGIC DISCO CD out now! ******

- The debut CD release of the new project BLACK MAGIC DISCO is out now on Important Records; the new all-star band features Maurizio & Roberto Opalio (MCIAA), Ramona Ponzini (Praxinoscope, Painting Petals On Planet Ghost) and Tom Greenwood (Jackie-O Motherfucker) --

see details here


*** MY CAT IS AN ALIEN + SONIC YOUTH live in Italy! ***

Thursday July 5th, 2007
Spaziale Festival

Torino - Spazio 211
www.myspace.com/spazialefestival
www.spazio211.com

Friday July 6th, 2007
Ferrara Sotto Le Stelle Festival

Ferrara - Piazza Castello
www.ferrarasottolestelle.it/index.phtml?id=359


****** NEW ONLINE INTERVIEW ******

New interview to MCIAA on UK online magazine MUSIQUE MACHINE; by Roger Batty:

www.musiquemachine.com/articles/articles_template.php?id=113


****** ONLINE INTERVIEW ******

UK online TAXI MAGAZINE features a nice interview with MCIAA, run by Editor Kez on December 10th, 2006, made right after MCIAA's astrokiller performance at ATP Nightmare Before Christmas in UK - Really nice shots of alien action too!

www.taximag.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=116&Itemi

****** NEW RELEASES OUT ******

- MY CAT IS AN ALIEN / STEVE RODEN - "Cosmic Debris, Vol.II" split ART-LP (Opax Records) (private edition of 100; each record comes with an original acrylic painting by Roberto Opalio on 30x30cm proper canvas & a unique Polaroid instant film installed on each piece)

- MAURIZIO OPALIO - "Way up to Enfer" lathe-cut LP + book (Opax Records) (ltd.ed 50 lathe-cut vinyl; includes previously unreleased 8 minutes extra track not included in the original cd-r edition, charcoal drawn cover & poem book by Maurizio Opalio; individually numbered and signed)

- MY CAT IS AN ALIEN / TEXT OF LIGHT - "Cosmic Debris, Vol.I" split CD (A Silent Place / Italy) (CD re-issue of the original split art-LP; heavy textured cardboard deluxe gatefold sleeve)

- MY CAT IS AN ALIEN / FAMILY UNDERGROUND split LP (Reverse, DK) (ltd.356, see-through vinyl, silkscreened transparent plastic sleeves)

- MY CAT IS AN ALIEN - "Different Shades of Tape" Box set (A Silent Place) (private ed. of 10; 7" colored vinyl, exclusive handpainted cassette, silkscreened t-shirt and card insert)

see releases for details--

****** FORTHCOMING RELEASES ******

**MY CAT IS AN ALIEN / KEIJI HAINO - "Cosmic Debris, Vol.III" split ART-LP (Opax Records)

**ROBERTO OPALIO - "Whispers of the last Light, Vol.I & II" lathe cut ART-LP + DVD-R (Opax Records)

**PAINTING PETALS ON PLANET GHOST / MYKEL BOYD - 7" split (Somnimage / USA)

**PAINTING PETALS ON PLANET GHOST - "s/t" CD (Time-Lag Records) (CD re-issue of the debut LP)

**BLACK MAGIC DISCO - "s/t" CD (Important Records / USA)

****** NEWS & PROJECTS IN THE WORK ******

- In June 2007, Important Records (USA) will release the debut CD of BLACK MAGIC DISCO, a new all-star band featuring Tom Greenwood (Jackie-O Motherfucker), Ramona Ponzini (Painting Petals On Planet Ghost, Praxinoscope) and Maurizio & Roberto Opalio (MCIAA). The project was born out of the idea of Tom Greenwood, former leader of the avant-folk-blues ensemble JOMF, who invited Maurizio and Roberto Opalio and their close collaborator Ramona Ponzini to join him as line-up performers for two months of touring throughout all Europe in May/ June 2005. The album will contain the music which came out from those explosive live performances --

- Maurizio & Roberto Opalio have just finished working on the final mix & mastering of the second full-lenght album of PAINTING PETALS ON PLANET GHOST, project featuring the two space brothers together with Ramona Ponzini; the album will consist of a series of acoustic and intimate songs imbued with the enchanting Japanese vocal tunes by Ramona --

- Still concerning RAMONA PONZINI, a new project of collaboration together with Z'EV, guru of drone-ambient and pioneer of industrial era, will be released later this year on LP/CD by Italian label A Silent Place / SmallVoices --

 

01/02/07 - ****** MY CAT IS AN ALIEN - VPRO STUDIO SESSION ******

MCIAA's recording session at Desmet Studio, Amsterdam on December 14th 2006 for Holland radio VPRO is now available for free via streaming at VPRO's website:

www.vpro.nl/programma/dwars/artikelen/32294219/

 

****** NEW RELEASES OUT ******

- MY CAT IS AN ALIEN - "Leave me in the Black No-Thing" CD (Important Records) (new full-lenght album on Important)

- MY CAT IS AN ALIEN - "Into the White Vortex" 1-sided ART-LP (Opax Records) (private press ltd. edition of 110 copies / A 23 minutes piece of cosmic wilderness crescendo alongside an entire side surface painted and signed by Roberto Opalio)

- ROBERTO OPALIO - "Chants from isolated ghosts" CD (Important Records) (re-issue of the long-out-of-print and acclaimed debut soloist album by one half of MCIAA Roberto Opalio)

- ROBERTO OPALIO - "The last night of the Angel of Glass, Vol.I & II" 2xCD (A Silent Place) (double cd set re-issueing the Vol.I originally released on Foxglove, plus an entire disc 2 featuring the previously unreleased Vol.II, second part of the Angel of Glass session)

- V/A - "Random Sounds Vol.2" CD-R (Indie Workshop) (ltd. 3-way split cd-r featuring MCIAA, Everlovely Lightningheart and (VxPxC))

see releases for details --

 

****** FORTHCOMING RELEASES ******

- MY CAT IS AN ALIEN / STEVE RODEN - "Cosmic Debris, Vol.II" split ART-LP (Opax Records)

- MAURIZIO OPALIO - "Way up to Enfer" lathe cut ART-LP + book (Opax Records)

- ROBERTO OPALIO - "Whispers of the last Light, Vol.I & II" lathe cut ART-LP + DVD-R (Opax Records)


01/11/06 - ****** FORTHCOMING MY CAT IS AN ALIEN LIVE SHOWS - DECEMBER 2006 ******

December 8-10, 2006
ATP / NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
(SOLD OUT)
Butlins Holiday Centre, Minehead, Somerset (UK)
*MCIAA will perform on Sunday Dec 10th
www.atpfestival.com

Tuesday December 12th, 2006
Les Instants Chavirès
- Paris, Montreuil (F)
(w/ Discipline)
www.instantschavires.com

Wednesday December 13th, 2006
VPRO radio
- Amsterdam (NL)
www.vpro.nl
(more infos soon about the special which will follow the recording session and the interview by Berry Kamer/VPRO)

Thursday December 14th, 2006
Kulturbunker-Mulheim
- Cologne (D)
(w/ Merzbow)
www.kulturbunker-muelheim.de

Friday December 15th, 2006
STATE-X NEW FORMS festival

(w/ Sonic Youth)
Paard van Troje - Den Haag (NL)
www.state-xnewforms.nl

Saturday December 16th, 2006
Kunstencentrum BELGIE
- Hasselt (B)
(w/ special guests: Fursaxa + Black Forest / Black Sea)
doors: 19h00
1st show: 20h00
www.kunstencentrumbelgie.com
belgie@skynet.be


****** NEW RELEASES OUT ******

- MY CAT IS AN ALIEN - "Il suono venuto dallo spazio" CD (Les Disques VICTO, Canada) (recording of the live performance at the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville, May 2006)
- MY CAT IS AN ALIEN / TEXT OF LIGHT - "Cosmic Debris, Vol.I" split ART-LP (Opax Records) (first installment in the new series of 5 volumes, also featuring Steve Roden, Keiji Haino, Mats Gustafsson, Loren Connors & his Haunted House band; every record comes together with a proper painting on 30x30cm canvas by Roberto Opalio)
- MY CAT IS AN ALIEN - "On air at Sound Projecting" LP (Opax Records)(re-issue of the long-out-of-print cd-r, in a special private press edition of only 158, with heavy textured cardboard sleeve + full-color insert, individually numbered)
- PRAXINOSCOPE - "Epocsonixarp" LP/ CD-R (Opax Records)(second full-lenght album of the project run by Roberto Opalio and Ramona Ponzini; both come as special private press editions of only 130, with heavy textured cardboard sleeve + pasted-on art on cover, individually numbered)
- PAINTING PETALS ON PLANET GHOST - "Oounabara" 1-sided 12" lathe cut + DVD-R (Opax Records)(special lathe cut vinyl edition by Peter King, New Zealand; private editon of 50 copies, with original Ramona's copper-gold ink drawing on the flipside of the vinyl; also included a Roberto's silent short film on dvd-r, inspired by music + art, that you can play together or separately; handnumbered)
- PAINTING PETALS ON PLANET GHOST - "Oounabara" C20 cassette (Opax Records)(limited to 62 copies, with original Ramona's copper-gold ink drawing on Japanese paper; handnumbered) (it contains the same track of the lathe cut edition + an alternate shortest take of the same song)

see releases for details--


****** FORTHCOMING RELEASES ******

- ROBERTO OPALIO - "The last night of the Angel of Glass, Vol.I & II" 2xCD (A Silent Place) (double CD set reissuing the first part appeared on the long-out-of-print omonimous CD-R + DVD-R set on Foxglove, plus the totally previously unreleased second part (entire disc 2) of the work; the 6-panels gatefold sleeve features stills taken from the omonimous Roberto's film)
- MAURIZIO OPALIO - "Way up to Enfer" LP lathe cut (Opax Records) (special lathe cut vinyl edition by Peter King, New Zealand; private edition of 50 copies, with original Maurizio's charcoal drawing on cover; 1 extra unreleased track + book featuring a Maurizio's short poem inspired by the music; handnumbered)

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******ANNOUNCED LIVE EVENTS******

MCIAA will take part in the next edition of the ATP Nightmare Before Christmas festival, which will run 8-10 December 2006 in Somerset, UK; this year edition's curator is Thurston Moore, and the line-up features Iggy & The Stooges, Sonic Youth, Dead C, Jackie-O Motherfucker, MC5 feat. Mark Arm, Dinosaur Jr., Gang of Four, Nurse With Wound, Bardo Pond, Six Organs of Admittance, Charalambides, No Neck Blues Band, Melvins, Peter Brotzman, White Out w/ Nels Cline and many many more...

MY CAT IS AN ALIEN
December 8-10, 2006
ATP / NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
Butlins Holiday Centre, Minehead, Somerset, UK
infos, details and tickets: www.atpfestival.com

******NEW RELEASES OUT******

- MY CAT IS AN ALIEN "Greetings from the Great Void" double LP (Eclipse Records)(more details soon)
- PRAXINOSCOPE "s/t" picture disc LP (A Silent Place)(ltd. reissue of the long-out-print Opax cd-r)
- ROBERTO OPALIO "Whispers of the last Light" DVD-R (Opax Records)(first dvd-r on Opax, feat. a short film with unreleased soundtrack)
- MY CAT IS AN ALIEN "...Ascends the sky" CD (Rebis) (expanded reissue of the long-out-print Opax cd-r, feat. a 20 minutes unreleased track)
- MY CAT IS AN ALIEN "The secret of the Dancing Snow" CD (Ikuisuus)(new full-lenght album on Finnish label Ikuisuus)
- MY CAT IS AN ALIEN / CORSICAN PAINTBRUSH split 10" lathe cut (Opax Records/ Foxglove)(ltd.ed. of 50 manufactured by Peter King)
- MY CAT IS AN ALIEN "Plutonian flames" 2xCD-R (Opax Records)(2nd edition of this acclaimed double cd-r)
- MY CAT IS AN ALIEN / TONY HERRINGTON "Joint Multiples 04" Box/CD-R/Painting/Polaroid/Painted Photograph (The Wire editor-in-chief Tony Herrington invited MCIAA to contribute to his art box edition series)
- VARIOUS ARTISTS "Orange/ Red/ Yellow Gold" split C20 cassettes (Gold Soundz)(ultra limited split cassette series on Norwegian cult label Gold Soundz)

see releases for detailed infos on all these records---

******NEWS & PROJECTS IN THE WORKS******

- The new MCIAA's "Greetings from the Great Void" double LP on Eclipse Records is finally ready (www.eclipse-records.com) --
- Opax Records presents a limited run of new promotional T-shirts entitled to the forthcoming "Cosmic Debris" split ART-LPs series (see other stuff for details)
- The interview to MCIAA run by journalist Eric Theriault on the occasion of the FIMAV in Victoriaville, and broadcasted on CKUT Radio in Montreal during the month of June 2006, is now featured on Panpot.ca; the original audio file is downloadable on mp3 too (www.panpot.ca/features/renderInterview.php?id=21)
- The last volume of the "From the earth to Spheres" split series Christian Marclay & Okkyung Lee / My Cat Is An Alien is going to be out in early September on A Silent Place label; on the same label MCIAA and Fabio Orsi will celebrate Alan Lomax with a tribute split CD --
- The new Ecstatic Poetry Journal # 7, edited by Thurston Moore, is out now and features two poems by both Maurizio and Roberto Opalio (see releases for details) (order copies here www.ecstaticpeace.com / www.yod.com)
- The new Dream Magazine issue #6 features an extended MCIAA article/ interview, and comes out with a CD comp with a previously unreleased MCIAA's track, alongside exclusive tracks by Steve Roden, The North Sea, Bridget St.John and more (order copies here www.dreamgeo.com) --
- A new Roberto Opalio's double CD entitled "The last night of the Angel of Glass, Vol. I & II" will be released in Fall 2006 on A Silent Place; the set will include the whole soundtrack to the omonimous film (released as a ltd.ed. DVD-R + CD-R set on Foxglove in January 2006) plus an entire full-lenght disc of previously unreleased material taken from the same session--
- MCIAA & Ramona Ponzini have recorded new material for the follow-up to Painting Petals On Planet Ghost debut "s/t" LP released on Time-Lag Records in late 2005, and which will be reissued on CD format by the same label later this year; the new album will see the light in 2007 --
- Following the success of MCIAA's "Cosmic Light of the Third Millennium" CD (already sold out at source), two new CD releases are planned on Important Records: a new MCIAA full-lenght album, and the reissue of the acclaimed and long-out-of-print Roberto Opalio's first soloist work "Chants from isolated ghosts"; the two should be out in November 2006--

******PRESS UPDATED******

- latest interviews & reviews on the press page --

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FORTHCOMING LIVE ACTS:
May the 20th (Saturday), 2006 - h. 00:15
MY CAT IS AN ALIEN
FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL MUSIQUE ACTUELLE
VICTORIAVILLE
, Québec (Canada)

infos, details and tickets: www.fimav.qc.ca
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FORTHCOMING RADIO SPECIAL:
BORDERLINE EXTRA about MY CAT IS AN ALIEN
May, 5th (20:00-21:00)
Freies Radio Kassel (105.8 FM)

The special will be also audible (in realaudio) from May, 6th at
www.borderline-extra.de
The realaudio-file will be available there for 3 months.
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4/25/2006 - PREVIEW------------THE "COSMIC DEBRIS" SPLIT ART-LPs SERIES-------------PREVIEW

Directly from the most remote and obscure regions of the Cosmos, Maurizio and Roberto Opalio, aka MY CAT IS AN ALIEN, are proud to announce a new series of split art-LPs set up on their own Opax Records. The series of collaborations, entitled "Cosmic debris", will see the space duo alongside artists such as Stan Brakhage's films mixed media performing ensemble TEXT OF LIGHT (Lee Ranaldo, Christian Marclay, Alan Licht, William Hooker, Tim Barnes, Ulrich Krieger, Dj Olive), Californian audio visual artist and composer STEVE RODEN, Swedish avant-saxophonist MATS GUSTAFSSON, avant-blues living legend LOREN MAZZACANE CONNORS, and Japanese dark shaman improviser KEIJI HAINO.

Each record will be released in a numbered and signed edition of only 100 copies, and will come out alongside an acrylic painting by ROBERTO OPALIO on 30x30cm proper canvas as sleeves, with a unique Polaroid installed on each piece, representing 100 different perspectives of a same subject.
Each volume's photographic subject will be strictly related to the cosmic imaginary of My Cat Is An Alien.

The opening OPX LP8 - MY CAT IS AN ALIEN / TEXT OF LIGHT "Cosmic debris" split ART-LP Vol.1 will be available in late May/ early June 2006. The following volumes will come out as bimonthly releases.
A following re-issue of the series on regular CD format is already planned.

For all further informations, please contact us--


------------------NEW RELEASES OUT - April 2006-------------------------------------------------------------------------


-The seventh and final volume of the "From the earth to the Spheres" split LP series (Christian Marclay & Okkyung Lee/ MCIAA) is ready on Opax Records, as well as the latest CD re-issue in the series Glands of External Secretion/MCIAA is out now on Very Friendly/ Cargo UK;
- MCIAA's "Cosmic Light of the Third Millennium" new full-lenght CD is out now on Important Records, introduced by a special limited 7 inch "Introducing the Cosmic Blues";
-Two new full-lenght MCIAA limited vinyl LPs are out now: "Listen before Black falls" on Root Strata, label run by Jefre Cantu of San Francisco band Tarentel, and "There's a flame___sometimes" on Chicago Rococo Records;
----click here for details on all the records listed above----

-Go to the following links for a short photo/video reportage of My Cat Is An Alien at K-RAA-K Festival 2006:
Photos by Ronny Wertelaers: http://users.pandora.be/wertelaers.ronny
Film by Jef Mertens on Ecstatic Peace (see in the NEWS column, March 6th update) : www.ecstaticpeace.com

- The new My Favourite Magazine printed by Bart De Paepe on his own Sloow Tapes imprint (well-known for the amazing analog cassette releases), features an article written by both Maurizio and Roberto Opalio, alongside some alien drawings by Roberto -
http://sloowtapes.blogspot.com/

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FORTHCOMING LIVE ACTS:

March 4th, 2006
MY CAT IS AN ALIEN
(K-RAA-K)3 Festival 2006
- Hasselt, Belgium
www.kraak.net/festival2006
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2/10/2006 - A Silent Place is the new Italian label (related to Smallvoices imprint) re-issuing MCIAA's "Different shades of Blue" on vinyl and in a new and different form (the first version went out as U-Sound Archive Vol.19 cd-r); see all details on this new versions here--
- The first audio/visual work by Roberto Opalio is finally out on Foxglove! "The last night of the Angel of glass" it's a DVD-R + CD-R set featuring one of his films (about 50 min), whose soundtrack has been made available as a new only-audio work on the extra cd-r support (see "releases" for details)
- Opax Records wants to start 2006 with two new limited edition CD-Rs, featuring MCIAA's first totally acoustic recording "Folclore Alieno", and Maurizio Opalio's debut soloist release "Way up to Enfer" (see "releases" for details)
- MCIAA's "The Cosmological Eye Trilogy" 3CD set on Last Visible Dog has been mentioned by Foxy Digitalis magazine's editor Brad Rose as the best record of 2005 in the "Anthology" section:
BEST ANTHOLOGY - My Cat Is An Alien "The Cosmological Eye Trilogy" 3 CD set (Last Visible Dog)
"As 2005 went on, I became a bigger and bigger My Cat is an Alien fan. This Italian brother-duo are cosmic travellers, giving us earthlings a taste of stellar dust. This 3 CD set is absolutely essential. A pile of music to reach the summit of Olympus Mons, missing this would be an absolute crime." (Brad Rose, 2005 charts, Foxy Digitalis editor)

(see reviews on the 3CD set here)
Also, in the same charts, as "Honorable Mentions" you'll find two comps featuring MCIAA with two unreleased tracks:
BEST VARIOUS ARTISTS COMPILATION
- "The Invisible Pyramid" 6 CD (Last Visible Dog)
- "The Tone of the Universe (= the Tone of the Earth)" 2 CD (Pseudoarcana)

12/23/2005 - The debut release of the new project PAINTING PETALS ON PLANET GHOST (Ramona Ponzini, Maurizio & Roberto Opalio) is finally out now on Time-Lag Records (USA), in a stunning limited only-vinyl double edition; see "releases" for details--
- The first cd-r label of Portugal, Esquilo Records, has debuted with MCIAA's "Astral Key" release;

10/23/2005 - "The Cosmological Eye Trilogy" 3xCD set is finally out on Last Visible Dog records (USA), and features the previously unreleased "part three - Into the Whirlpool galaxy", plus lots of new cosmic unreleased material, besides the re-mastered versions of "part one" and "part two" (originally released as Opax cd-rs, now out of print); still regarding Last Visible Dog records, MCIAA play a 20-minutes-previously-unreleased track in the mastodontic "The Invisible Pyramid: Elegy box" 6xCD compilation, along with Uton, Black Forest/Black Sea, Birchville Cat Motel, Loren Chasse, Bardo Pond, Keijo, Fursaxa, Ashtray Navigations, Peter Wright, Avarus and many many more--
- The "From the earth to the Spheres" split-LP series Vol.6 Glands Of External Secretion feat. Nels Cline/ MCIAA is ready and out now on Opax Records!!, while the split CD re-issue Vol.4 Christina Carter & Andrew MacGregor/ MCIAA will be available from Oct 24 on Very Friendly/Cargo UK--
- Still on Opax Rec, the new MCIAA's "Plutonian flames" 2xCD-R is out now, but limited to 120 only--
- Roberto Opalio's new soloist work "voice with no guitar/ guitar with no voice" is out now as first installment of Opax Tapes, the new division of Opax Records set up in order to release works on analog cassette format only--
(see "releases" for more details on ALL these records!!).

-------------SOME OF THE NEW RELEASES SCHEDULED IN LATE 2005/ EARLY 2006:
- Finnish new label Ikuisuus is going to release a new CD by MCIAA, entitled "The secret of the Dancing Snow" (due sometime by the end of the year) as well as the LP re-issue of Roberto Opalio's first soloist "Chants from isolated ghosts", which will be ready at the beginning of 2006--
- Roberto Opalio' next full-lenght soloist work "The last night of the Angel of Glass" will be release in late 2005 on American Digital Industries/ Foxglove label: it will be Roberto's first release on DVD-r support, featuring one of his films alongside his new soloist musical work; it will come together with a CD-R containing only the musical soundtrack-- Still on the same label a new MCIAA's CD is due sometime in Spring 2006--
- Important! Records (USA) will release "Cosmic Light of the Third Millennium", a new work by MCIAA, in early Spring 2006;
- The first MCIAA's release on an Italian label is due later this year on the new A Silent Place records-
- A new MCIAA's limited vinyl LP entitled "Listen before Black falls" will see the light on Root Strata, the San Francisco-based label run by Jefre Cantu of Tarentel, and is due in late 2005--
- MCIAA' "...Ascends the sky" will be re-issued on CD format on Chicago-based Rebis, label run by noise-explorer-duo Number None; the record will also feature previously unreleased extra-material--

08/04/2005 - Roberto Opalio and Ramona Ponzini have started their new project called Praxinoscope, with the homonymous CD-R on Opax Records; "Alien Minds", the first MCIAA's cassette release, is just out now on Belgian label Sloow Tapes (see "releases" for details).

06/20/05 - The Wire t-shirt of the month (#257, July 2005) features Roberto Opalio’s original piece of artwork entitled “alien_vinyl_astral_interconnection”- The t-shirt comes in a special ltd run of 100 only!
-The new “Black shadows from Jupiter” special private press LP is out on Opax Records; also, Roberto Opalio’s soloist work “Chants from isolated ghosts” is now available as a special art ltd lathe-cut vinyl ed of 50 only! (see “Releases” for details)
- MCIAA’s U-Soud Archive volume is finally out, together with two new CD compilations on Pseudoarcana and Rebis labels, featuring previously unreleased tracks. (see “Releases” for details)

MCIAA will tour UK from May 21-27.
05/21 – Newcastle: The Sage Gateshead “Music Lovers’ Field Companion” Festival
MCIAA’s live performance will feature a special dual film projections by Roberto Opalio. www.musicloversfieldcompanion.org
05/23 – Glasgow: Centre for Contemporary Arts – with Jandek, Taurpis Tula, Keiji Haino.
05/24 – Edinburgh: The Subway, Cowgate.
05/25 – Cambridge: Cb2 Basement
05/27 – London: Dalston Barden's Boudoir

MCIAA and Ramona Ponzini will join Tom Greenwood as members of Jackie-O Motherfucker in the following European shows:
05/10 – Bilbao (E): Azkena
05/11 – Vigo (E): Vademecum
05/12 – Porto (P): Teatro Paços de Manuel
05/13 – Lisbon (P): Galeria Zé dos Bois
05/14 – Madrid (E): Siroco
05/15 – Barcelona (E): Razzmatazz 3
05/17 – Londra (UK): Dalston Barden's Boudoir
31-05 – Roma, Rialto
01-06 – Napoli
02-06 – Faenza, Clandestino
03-06 – Mezzago (Milano), Bloom

04/25/05 – MCIAA’s new extended interview & review by Foxy Digitalis’s editor Brad Rose are now on-line:
www.digitalisindustries.com/foxyd/mciaa1.html
www.digitalisindustries.com/foxyd/mciaa_rain.html
- The San Francisco based KFJC Radio will broadcast a 4-hour-long special entirely dedicated to MCIAA on Saturday the 21st of May, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.
The special, conducted by DJ Terry Tike, will feature a long interview by phone to Opalio brothers, as well as a mini-line MCIAA’s performance, and other short talks with some of the artists involved in the “From the earth to the Spheres” split series. During the special, several MCIAA LPs, CDs and T-shirts will be given as gift to the listeners. (www.kfjc.org/programming/mayhem/index.php)
- The Christina Carter/ MCIAA split LP vol.5 is out now, featuring Carter’s first recording of her new duo project with Andrew MacGregor.
Still regarding “From the earth to the Spheres”, JOMF/MCIAA split vol.3 is available now on CD format by Very Friendly/Cargo Records UK.

03/15/2005 – The new “When the windmill’s whirl dies” LP is finally out now on Eclipse Records! click “Releases” for details… Also, on the same page, the just out “Everything is here” lathe-cut 7” on Norway’s Gold Soundz label.
-“The Sound Projector” magazine 2005 issue (#13) is out now, featuring a 5-pages article/interview to MCIAA by editor Ed Pinsent.
- The Chicago based Rococo Records label will release a new MCIAA’s work entitled “There’s a flame_ _ _sometimes”; this is going to be a special only-vinyl edition, due in Summer 2005.

02/01/2005 – On the 22th of February, MCIAA will make an audiovisual performance at Fri-Son , Fribourg (Switzerland); they’ll play in quadraphonia in the center of a room, with the public all around and the interaction of screenings filmed by the brothers. Featuring Kodama and MNortham..
- The new exclusive MCIAA’s album on CD format, entitled “Through the reflex of the rain”, is out on the San Francisco-based Free Porcupine Society label; Mr. Rob Fisk, one of MCIAA’s favourite American illustrators to date, is the direct responsible for the original artwork, on special silkscreened gatefold cardboard jackets.
- A new couple of cd-rs are out on Opax Rec: “On air at Sound Projecting”, an improv performance that MCIAA recorded live at Ed Pinsent’s “Sound Projecting” radio show, broadcasted on Resonance 104.4 fm, London (Dec. 10, 2004), and a new soloist work from the brother Roberto Opalio, entitled “Chants from isolated ghosts”.
-The “From the earth to the Spheres” split LPs series vol.4 (Jim O’Rourke/MCIAA) is ready, and it will be an exclusive release of the Opax Rec vinyl series.
- MCIAA will appear with a 10 min previously unreleased track on the first Rebis compilation, “Time and Relative Dimensions in Space”, which will also feature long-form drone works from Taurpis Tula, Number None and more.

12/19/2004- This month The Wire January 2005 issue features a MCIAA’s article/interview written by Tony Herrington; also, a long & expanded version of the interview is available as exclusive of The Wire website (www.thewire.co.uk) - MCIAA’s "From the earth to the Spheres" vols 1-2-3 are included in The Wire’s "Avant Rock" top 10 playlist of 2004-

12/10/2004- MCIAA will appear at Ed Pinsent's "The Sound Projecting" show on RESONANCE 104.4 fm (London) from 5:30 to 7:00 pm; the show will be on line visiting www.resonancefm.com , and will be repeated on Saturday the 18th at 7:00 am

10/20/2004- Out now JOMF/MCIAA vol.3 split LP on OPAX RECORDS-

10/02/2004- Because of the big response to My Cat Is An Alien’s own Opax Records “From the earth to the Spheres” split LPs series, completely sold-out on pre-orders, all the volumes will be issued on CD format by VERY FRIENDLY/CARGO RECORDS UK . The cover artworks will be taken from the original handpainted wooden sleeves by Roberto Opalio and the vol.1 “Thurston Moore/MCIAA” will be out on November 15th. The following releases will feature Thuja, JOMF, Christina Carter, Double Leopards, Glands of External Secretion (w/ Nels Cline) and Christian Marclay; “Jim O’Rourke/MCIAA” split vol. will be an exclusive release of the Opax Records vinyl series-

09/25/2004- MCIAA spent some days in some mysterious locations in Western Alps mountains, where they recorded the first work as PAINTING PETALS ON PLANET GHOST, their new side-project trio featuring Ramona Ponzini singing in traditional Japanese. This recording will be issued on vinyl format by TIME-LAG RECORDS (USA) in Spring 2005-
- The new fortcoming MCIAA's LP on ECLIPSE RECORDS entitled "When the windmill's whirl dies" will be out in January 2005-
- The new MCIAA’s CD called “Through the reflex of the rain” will be released on January 10th 2005 by the San Francisco-based FREE PORCUPINE SOCIETY (now exclusive label of Revolver USA). The packaging will be illustrated by Rob Fisk-

08/10/2004- SONIC YOUTH invited MCIAA to perform at the opening date of their European tour at La Batie Festival in Geneve (CH). The show will take place on August 26th at the prestigious Victoria Hall, a theatre considered the temple of classical music in Switzerland… SY/MCIAA will be the first rock bands performing there…

08/03/2004-in early 2005 LAST VISIBLE DOG label (USA) will issue a special triple CD set of the complete “The Cosmological Eye Trilogy" sessions, including pt.1 + pt.2 (originally released on Opax Records as ltd. ed. cd-rs), together with the previously unreleased pt.3 & lots of other unissued material-
- MCIAA will split a vinyl LP alongside Danish droneoutfit Family Underground. The record will be released as a ltd ed of 200 copies on Christian Staadsgaard’s REVERSE label in Copenhagen (DK) in early 2005-
- MCIAA proudly announce their first 7” format, a special lathe-cut edition handmade by the well-known Newzealander Peter King in a run of 50 (!) copies, which will be released by the Norway-based Sindre Bjerga’s GOLD SOUNDZ label at the end of the year-
- A fortcoming MCIAA’s volume on JOMF U-SOUND ARCHIVE will be out soon-

06/28/2004- While touring Northern Italy Thuja’s Loren Chasse and sound-sculptor Mnortham joined Opalio brothers in a couple of totally improvised sessions at MCIAA’s Space Room & Time Room-
- In December 2004 Antony Milton’s New Zealand-based PSEUDOARCANA label will release its first proper CD compilation dedicated to the Cosmos, featuring MCIAA, JOMF, Thuja, Birchville Cat Motel and more...

05/05/2004- We’re starting on our own OPAX RECORDS label a new series of special split LPs entitled “From the earth to the Spheres”- We'd like to create a "space" of collaboration between MCIAA and some of the improv bands/artists we most like and estimate for pushing the music forward, towards the heart of the Cosmos-
We conceived each vol. as a special ltd. SPACE ART edition of 100 copies only!! The "sleeves" will be proper 31x31cm Roberto Opalio's original paintings on wood, in space-materic style... a piece of galaxy put together w/ a vinyl!!
Each split vol. will present the guest band/artist on A side, and MCIAA on B side-
Thurston Moore will open the series w/ vol.1 (out July 2004)- Next vols will feature Thuja, Jakie-O Motherfucker, Jim O’Rourke, Christina Carter, Glands of External Secretion (w/ Nels Cline), and Christian Marclay-