Growing up in the small village of Zuzgen, Switzerland, SPARTALIEN (Marc Alexander Micoli) spent his early years balancing on a fulcrum between the visceral and virtual worlds — lurking in verdant forests surrounding his village, observing the alert and inquisitive nature of animals, building treehouses, and riding his bike, while also sending dot-bleep binary transmissions through coding and underground web forums. As a prolific producer, his music has always been informed by these polarities. Marc creates music for robot love, code for trees, and virtual survival manuals for three-dimensional beings through sound.
Marc began producing music after discovering underground techno and punk parties in the late '90s. He started producing hip-hop, ambient, and trip-hop inspired sounds as arT2 in 2001. Eventually, his studio work developed into intricate trip-hop beats inspired by the lo-fi hip-hop of the '90s with found sound, dark ambient textures, cascading water, and atmospheric simulacra. During this time he also created the Secret-Sound-Service web radio and online community, streaming nuggets from his personal collection along with underground artist submissions and demos. He started DJing in 2014 as lowtechman. In 2016, Marc purchased a Maschine Mikro and restored his vintage Rhodes Model 660 keyboard.
Today, Marc focuses on producing music, carefully balancing tension and release with low-frequency synth washes matched with sampled vocals, restrained keys, and drum machines. His haunting and cinematic atmospherics create soundtracks for both solitude and community. Solitary keys pulse in syncopation, building slowly to rhythmic crescendo — only to disappear into the horizon between the visceral and the virtual, the known and the alien.
(to be continued...)