Alina Kalancea is a tireless and methodical sonic explorer born in Romania.
Deep basses, dark atmospheres, heart-beating rhythms, water-dropping frequencies and electric spikes fit together with her voice creating overwhelming tracks full of subtle sounds generated with many different modular & non-modular tools that make her live performances unique.
Alina Kalancea started as electronic music composer in 2012 and since then she has been exploring different areas of the electronic music and mastering a full range of its instruments in order to find and develop her own personal sound through experimentation in the studio and in live performances. With that proposal she has been initiated in sound design and synthesis by Enrico Cosimi (Professor of Electronic Music at University of Rome Tor Vergata), and has collaborated with Steven Thomas (Professor of Physics at Queen Mary University of London) & Alex Gámez aka Asférico (Head of Störung).
Nowadays, she combines her work as sound artist, with her debut album ‘The 5th Apple‘ recently released by Störung, with being the official collaborator (builder and assembler) for Digitana Electronics.
“…In this day and age, it’s hard to find original music, but there are still unopened tombs and places yet to be raided. Enter Alina Kalancea and her album The 5th Apple, a genuinely unique set which leans into the dark…” – A Closer Listen [UK]
“…A matching amount of effort and talent seems to have been put into both the lyrics and the impeccable sound design…Grab your headphones for this one. It’s a remarkable debut release for Kalancea…” – Vital Weekly [NL]
“ …One of the best record of the year…” – Silence And Sound (FR)
«… Alina dilates the sounds to make them sink into endless chunks, adding mystery with the use of her magnetic voice. DARK…» – Rockerilla [IT]
“…Rides this incredibly thin line between introspection and bold statement. The ambient textures are hypnotic and the albums’ themes are acutely embellished with a swelling conceptual prowess…” – Toneshift (US)
“…A night ride of the soul…” – Sonic Seducer Musikmagazin [DE]
«…Wonderfully uncomfortable introspective extroverted soundtrack to dark days…» – Groove [DE]
“…Very impressive soundscapes!…” – Radiohörer [DE]
“…These compelling and rich textures & timbres breathe deeply! Her poetry/song’s glacial rap penetrates…imprints. Alina creates a new genre: Dark Lyrical Industrial Minimalism! An amazingly well produced album…” – Todd Barton [US]
«…Dark, yes. But this is no gothic pose. Kalancea has produced a deeply relatable work of audio art. While The 5th Apple dropped Dec. 21, for me it is the first great release of the new year…» – Badd Press [CA]
«…An impressive aura of contemplation, creeping threat and comforting horror…» – Amusio [DE]
«…Who likes Plastikman? He will love «The 5th Apple», the latest album by Alina Kalancea. Because also here are the reduced and deep dark sound of the ambient and electronica…” – Artnoir Musik Magazin [CH]
«… Listens like a film from the inside, scrambling codes to move them across borders, drawing the outlines of a singular universe of bewitching intensity. A record in which you have to bite…» – Rock Decibels [FR]
2019-06-08 | Acqui Terme, IT | Phoemina Festival #3 | Live Performance
2018-12-21 | Worldwide | ‘The 5th Apple‘ (Störung) | Album Release
2018-11-10 | Bologna, IT | Archivio/Aperto at MAST | Live Performance
2018-09-29 | Bologna, IT | Screen City | Live Performance
2018-07-22 | Ancona, IT | Acusmatiq Festival XIII | Live Performance
2018-06-02 | Acqui Terme, IT | Phoemina Festival #1 | Live Performance
2018-01-25 | Worldwide | ‘Rebuilding l’Alt Empordà‘ (Störung) | Track Release