In 1997 Mark Iacona (drums, percussions, synth and sampling) and Fausto Balbo (synth, sampling, self-made musical instruments and live electronics), started to play a series of free sessions, fired by their curiosity and their interest in experimentation. The MARFAUS project began from those sessions. The name is an acronym formed from their names, Mark and Fausto, but in addition, in some dialects, MARFAUS means FALSE SEA. The initial performances took place in a conventional recording studio, but soon the duo started to recording in unusual places: the depths of the woods, old farmsteads and abandoned warehouses. Instead of using normal instruments, they began to play on just about everything they could lay their hands on: branches, stones, tools, bottles, water tanks, pipes and other objects. The only electronic device used was a DAT recorder capable of recording their sounds. After listening carefully to the recordings, the duo decided to use some parts of them to create a sort of AUDIO-MOVIE in which several peoples’ stories mix and intersect: they wanted to describe everyday life, feelings, and the perversions that exist inside and outside the home. MARFAUS took the plot of this audio-movie from various existing narratives, searching through television shows and finding some interesting dialogues from FLORENCE MONSTER'S TRIAL, interviews made with hookers, and samples from movies such as THE BIRDS (Hitchcock, 1963), THE GRANDE BOUFFE (Ferreri, 1973) and the cult porn film DEEP THROAT (Gerard, 1972). From there, the duo brought a degree of order and meaning to all those words and samples, and then began to cut, blend and manipulate the sounds using all the devices they had. The final result was a CD titled GENTE COMUNE, self-published in 2004, also featuring John Pearce (ex Family Fodder) who plays the piano on tracks 1-6. This CD was packaged using hand-crafting techniques. Every copy has a case made of grey matting, branded with a heat-embossed MF logo.

1 - Gente monda - 5' 23"

2 - Gente gioconda - 4' 31"

3 - Gente co - 9' 57"

4 - Gente mu - 10' 31"

5 - Gente ne - 7' 36"

6 - Gente elettrica - 5' 53"

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Translated by: Henry Neuteboom