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“Fr@nkenstein, or the 8 bit Prometheus” book OUT NOW!



TITLE: Fr@nkenstein, or the 8 bit Prometheus
PRICE: 15€

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published by Chili Com Carne and Thisco.
140p. b/w with illustrations and photographs. Full color cover.
Cover art, illustrations & design by Rudolfo.
Book by dj Balli.
1818 First edition of Mary Shelley’s classic: Frankenstein

2018 Frankenstein gone mad: the many horrifying uses of technology, such as Web 2.0 that encourages you to give your time and personal information up to faceless IT companies or worse…
This book is a mashup of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, videogames and Internet culture, of chiptune music, galvinism, taffelmuzik, real life accounts of ’90s gabber rave parties in Italy and a celebration of Bologna’s finest weirdo label SONIC BELLIGERANZA, whose 17 years of existence (2000-2017) this volume celebrates with 17 texts.

The author, having whistled countless 8-bit versions of famous pop songs and delighted his ears with chip-tune covers of black metal songs and classical music, now extends micro-music aesthetics to literature with this remix of Mary Shelley’s classic.

Through some sort of low-resolution séance, the author evokes the spirit of corpse reviver Giovanni Aldini (1762-1834), credited with having inspired The Modern Prometheus. Aldini tells a compressed version of the original Frankenstein story, exposing its language to retro-gaming jargon and simplifying the plot as if it were an arcade game. The aforementioned 18th-century electrifier was the nephew of eminent scientist Luigi Galvani, who lived in MIDIevil Bologna just like the author of this new classic.

Send him an impulse from your Game-Boy!

€15 👌

<font-size=4>SELECTED REVIEWS:

– DATACIDE, magazine for noise & politics

– DANCE CULT about the Italian (and different) version of this book

– “I’ve enjoyed Balli’s Frankenstein book so far – that guy is a total lunatic, which I appreciate” Heikki Rönkkö ( by mail

– “The Frankenstein book was an incredibly detailed work, well reasearched and written – the only negative for me was that I didn’t know enough about a lot of the subject matter to be able to fully immerse myself in it. I appreciated it hugely, however, because of the obvious enthusiasm with which it was written and the in-depth knowledge of the writer about his subject, his passion. In one sense it was like reading a fanzine of the old times, with personal writings, reviews, interviews, etc. – and as a fanzine writer myself it certainly struck a chord with me” pStan ( by mail


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