Emilio Larocca Conte (Il Conte) was born in Maratea, a village in the South of Italy, on July 14th 1988 and lived in a neighbour village called Trecchina until the year 2006. At the age of 7 he started to study piano to switch on flute after five years and becoming member of a local orchestra. He bought his first electric guitar at the age of 14 and started a punk rock power-trio in which he was also the singer. He started also to take classical guitar lessons with M.ro Pino Racioppi and to play bass in a pop/rock cover band.
In 2006 he moved to Bologna to study Musicology at DAMS – Music, acquiring knowledge in a wide range of disciplines of Music such as History of Music (from Gregorian Chant to Schoenberg and the Second Viennese School), Music Theory (Functional Harmony, Counterpoint, Dodecaphony), Ethnomusicology, Organology, Aesthetics and Semiotics. He continued his studies in Master Degree in Public and Social Communication, ended in March 2013.
From 2007 to 2013 he attended the course of Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance at Music Academy Europe, a private school in Bologna, where he studied electric guitar with Giacomo Castellano, Angie Passarella, Max Magagni, Alberto Bergonzoni, and other well-known italian session musicians. He participated also to Workshops with Carl Vehreyen, Paul Gilbert, Greg Koch, Marty Friedman, Greg Howe, Jeff Loomis, Jeff Waters, John Gomm, Kiko Loureiro, John Petrucci, Massimo Varini, Ricky Portera.
From 2008 to 2012, he became the guitarist and backing vocalist of Shinigami Squad, an Anime OST cover band, and RELIC, a “mutant death metal” band from Bologna. Here came also the first national tours, recording studio sessions and video clip shootings. The band RELIC is still active with a self-produced EP and awarded music videos that mark a long-term collaboration with Moviedel Production.
In the summer of 2010 he scored his first short-film called Bazza!, co-produced with his university mate Renato Fiorito (under pseudonym of Orchard’s Gull). The interest in soundtracks came back again in January 2013 with the participation in a course of music for films in which are made the music of the shorts Barbara, directed by Orfeo Orlando (screened at Cannes 2013) and L’ultimo proiezionista, directed by Vito Palmieri. Due to the empathy between all the participants, they decided to continue the project as CiakOrchestra, an ensemble focused exclusively on movie soundtracks with professional musicians from different backgrounds (with members of La Classica Orchestra Afro Beat, Faden Trio above all). Their original works include La Voglia di Dormire, directed by Elio Di Pace, other original video compositions and a couple of live performance before splitting after a year.
In the same period he received his first score commission for the experimental short-film Break, directed by Ivàn Selva, screened at the Venice Film Festival in 2014.
Since the spring of 2013 he self-tought Sound Design and Music Production, a path that has been initially taken to support the band Shinigami Squad with electronic sequences, but, once they ended the project in the spring of 2013, new creative possibilities blewed his mind and it evolved naturally into the project Slow Wave Sleep, at first considered as a vent valve with poetry and later with music.
From October 2014 to March 2015 he lived in Paris to work with composers Jacopo Baboni-Schilingi and Michele Tadini, with whom he developed skills in Max/MSP to work on different tools for music production, including a granular synthesiser which is widely used in Il Conte’s production with custom sound libraries of tiny and ethereal sounds.
He moved in Berlin in November 2015. At that time, Slow Wave Sleep was already evolved into its latest form of concept-albums focused on the surrealistic chronicles of Rèfles, a fictional character (Emilio’s alter-ego). With Hypnagogic the project explores new creative possibilities offered by crowdsourcing. A concept album – The Awakening Penguin – a short-movie – Sgamos vs Fates – and a stream of consciousness – Congruence – have been produced together with 43 people throughout the whole production phase that took an overall of two full years.
From January to September 2016 he joined Spookshow Inc. as the one behind synths and samples to reinforce all the spooky atmospheres. This is an eclectic international project born in 2008 in Lithuania that merge breakbeat and industrial metal influences to cyber-punk concepts. Visions from the Blinded World is the upcoming double full-length produced.
In 2016 he scored My Little Sister, the third horror slasher movie directed by Maurizio and Roberto Del Piccolo and produced by Moviedel Productions, available for worldwide distribution thanks to Wild Eye Releasing (USA/Canada), Left Films (UK/ROI), CG Entertainment (IT). Furthermore, the band RELIC participated in the soundtrack with the brand new song Horrorstoner, used as backtrack for the credits, while M. Del Piccolo directed the promotional videoclip of the song inspired to the movie. Both the movie than the video received international recognition thanks to independent festivals and awards.
Being active within the vibrant and creative tech scene of Berlin has been a turning point for Il Conte’s life. Everyday he participate to debates and showcases of new technology and how can they improve people’s life. He collaborated as sound designer and software developer for Aitokaiku to understand the behaviour of a music-making technology that uses artificial intelligence to transforms external inputs into music. He left the project in October 2016 in order to found Nilasphere, his own startup focused on producing next-generation entertainment through new technologies such as Virtual and Augmented Reality. Vena, the first demo produced is exploring new way of music creation and artistic crossover.