Emilio Larocca Conte was born in Maratea, a village in the South of Italy, on July 14th 1988 and he lived in Trecchina, a neighbour village, until 2006. He started to study piano at the age of 5 and switched on flute after six years becoming member of a local orchestra. He bought his first electric guitar at the age of 14 to found a punk rock band in which he sang. He started also to take classical guitar lessons with M.ro Pino Racioppi and to play bass in a pop/rock cover band in the same time.
In 2006 he moved to Bologna to study Musicology at DAMS – Music, where he studied and all related disciplines, 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.
In the same period, he took private guitar lessons with Cristian Paduano.
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 project RELIC is still active with a self-produced EP and a couple of music videos (in which is important the collaboration with Moviedel Productions).
In the summer of 2010 he scored for the first time a short-film called Bazza!, music 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 funded by the European Community, 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 fifteen participants, they decided to continue the project and so CiakOrchestra was born, an ensemble dedicated to soundtrack for films made of lots of 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 gigs 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 studied Sound Design and Music Production, initially to treat the electronic background of Shinigami Squad, but, once they ended the project in the spring of 2013, the new creative possibilities evolved naturally into the project Slow Wave Sleep, at first considered as a vent valve with literature 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 introduce himself into Max/MSP language.
In 2015 he worked as production assistant at a dubbing studio and collaborate as session musician in many projects (among others, session guitarist at JureDuRé and OndAnomala), as artistic producer (Slow Wave Sleep and other collaborations), film-maker and soundtrack composer.
He moved in Berlin since November 2015, when the Norwegian label Petroglyph released KAI and Animal Instincts, the first two album of Slow Wave Sleep. At that time, the project was already evolved into its latest form of concept-albums focused on the surrealistic chronicles of Rèfles, a fictional character (Emilio’s alter-ego). The third release will be the launching project of SWS Corp., a production company focused on stories and collaborations (inspired to the transmedial storytelling technique). This will be called Hypnagogic, a concept album – The Awakening Penguin – and a short-movie – Sgamos vs Fates – with a total of about 50 people involved during the production phase.
In January 2016 he joined Spookshow Inc. as synths and samples player. 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 will be the upcoming double full-length.
In 2016 he scored also My Little Sister, the third horror slasher movie directed by Maurizio and Roberto Del Piccolo and produced by Moviedel Productions, soon available for worldwide distribution by Uwe Boll. In this project flows also Horrorstoner, a track written by Relic that has been used as backtrack for the credits and will be included in the original soundtrack. M. Del Piccolo has been also the director of the promotional videoclip of the song, with the storyboard inspired to the movie.
He’s actually collaborating as sound designer and soft are developer for Aitokaiku, a music-making technology that transforms external inputs into music. The first mobile app has been will be released as soon as possible.
Emilio Larocca Conte uses custom plug-ins developed in Max/MSP to generate samples of sound and noise textures. All of them will be produced and distributed by the music tech start-up Koronia in order to be used in any DAW or in stand-alone mode.