Terraforming - photo by Adrianna GlavianoTerraforming is the theoretical process in which life on a planet becomes possible through the creation of an atmosphere. Terraforma is the manifest of our belief that new dimensions can now be terraformed. A three days festival where music is the catalyst: a timeless centre of gravity for energies, with a breaking point from which sounds and images create a sense of suspension capable of pointing us towards new perceptions. Terraforma innovates the concept of musical experience by emphasizing the relationship between event and impact, incubating moods and forms of sensibility durable in time. We want to breed a new concept of listening, to encompass everything that music expresses and reveals; let it be inside, around or outside us, our society and the world.
Terraforma takes place in the woods of Villa Arconati just outside Milan and involves artists who experiment new ways to reduce the distance between art and life. Music and its listening take man back to his natural frequencies where sense of rhythm is once again bound with the environment. Terraforma is organized according to sustainable practices, integrating aspects from production to consumption of resources. An organic structure where the musical aspect is integrated with installations crafted by artists and artisans, and where gatherings and workshops will provide opportunities for meditation, actively involving the public. The interlace of musical, artistic and environmental dimensions will form an atmosphere capable of stimulating the listener’s sensibility to think about the present and the future in a new way, a cultural innovation sprouting from respect of the other and of the environment.

FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2016 | 21pm – 04am


Charlemagne Palestine

American-born Charlemagne Palestine is a composer, musician, performer and visual artist.  Palestine studied at New York University, Columbia University, Mannes College of Music, and the California Institute of the Arts. A contemporary of Philip Glass, Terry Riley, Phill Niblock, and Tony Conrad; Palestine creates intense, ritualistic, continuum music for electronic sound sources, bell carillons, pipe organs, pianos, voice and other keyboard instruments since the sixties. He is frequently associated with minimalist composition, yet he states “I never wanted to be an anything”, a proclamation which might explain his wildly eclectic oeuvre, extending into film and art installations shown at MOMA and at the Whitney Museum.




Biosphere (Geir Jenssen) is a Norwegian musician, sound recordist and active mountaineer who lives and works in Tromsø, 350 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle. In over two decades Jenssen has released a veritable catalogue of ambient electronic music on such labels as Touch, Origo Sound, Apollo and his own imprint, Biophon Records. He is well known for his works on ambient techno and arctic themed pieces, his use of music loops, and peculiar samples from sci-fi sources.



Donato Dozzy

Few DJs and producers are as widely and universally acclaimed in techno circles as Italian Donato Dozzy. Never one to pay heed to the zeitgeist, he prefers to deal in hypnotic soundscapes that really take you on a trip. Leaning on acid, ambient and of course techno, he is known for his ability to work his way into peoples’ minds at places like Labyrinth Festival, as well as with the music he releases on Aquaplano, Prologue and Further Records.




7 films by Vincent Moon, is a film project by Rabih Beaini, collecting some of his favorite Vincent Moon published films, and joining them together in a sort of a mixtape. The Project was commissioned by Live SoundTracks for a Live event at Hiroshima Theater, Barcelona in March 2016, as an attempt to recreate the soundtrack of the films and manipulate it on stage. Beaini added his own dark electronic touch to the original soundtrack, creating a new abstract and alien form out of both sound sources.

Rabih Beaini aka Morphosis is a lone voice in electronic music. Few people thread as challenging and intriguing live shows as him, where dark wave, krautrock, post everything and techno all sit together in haunted hardware harmony.


Vincent Moon is an independent French filmmaker and self-described sound explorer. Over the past ten years, he has traveled around the world, discovering and recording everything from Sufism in Chechnya and Ethiopia, Ayahuasca rituals in Peru, trance in Brazil, Jathilan in Indonesia and Len Dong in Vietnam.



SATURDAY, JULY 2, 2016 | 10am – 04am


Francesco Cavaliere

Francesco Cavaliere is known for the sensitivity with which he combines sounds, materials and space, showing a highly particular taste for the most diverse forms of exoticism. His works are capable of enlivening his listeners’ inner states in an imaginative journey populated by ephemeral presences, phenomena generated by glass, minerals and voices recorded using analogue technologies.



Lee Gamble

Birmingham-raised, London-based, Lee Gamble is a producer and DJ of exploratory electronic/dance music, and owner of the UIQ label. From roots as a teenage DJ rinsing state-of-the-art jungle on pirate radio, Lee explored the mechanics and dimensions of computer music and noise in the ’00s with a series of abstract, sculptural releases for the Entr’acte label. Subsequently, he tracked back to the ‘floor from an oblique angle with the ambient-techno / jungle deconstructions of two defining releases for the PAN label – ‘Diversions 1994-1996’ [2012] and ‘Dutch Tvashar Plumes’ [2012], the latter of which was hailed as FACT Magazine’s ‘Best British Album’ in the ‘Alternative Brit Awards 2013’.



Healing Force Project

Antonio Marini a.k.a Healing Force Project started djing twenty years ago; at the beginning he used to play both Techno and House indiscriminately, but as time passed he began to be influenced by Soul, Funk, Dub, Disco, and mostly Jazz music. After a long period of djing he started producing electronic music contaminated with a “free-jazz” sound, with explicit references form Miles Davis, Weather Report and Lee Perry and King Tubby. His first release came out on Acido Records, then new collaborations followed with records on labels such as Sequencias, Eclipse Music, Eerie, Firecracker and Berceuse Heroique.



Atom & Tobias

Atom and Tobias Freund are both constant figures within the genre of electronically generated music. Tobias, who began his career in the early ’80s, by then mainly using the pseudonym “Pink Elln”, looks back on a long sequence of music making which lead him from mainstream pop via club music, up to the heights of the experimental and unclassifiable. Tobias and AtomTM met around 1986, while both were still living in Frankfurt. The pre-techno scene was blooming while both met in a studio. Tobias then was in fact the engineer who mixed and partly recorded AtomTM’s first release ever, back in 1990. As a natural consequence Tobias and AtomTM started working together, yet, strangely, not in a studio surrounding, but mainly playing improvised electronic music concerts.



Sensate Focus

Mark Fell aka Sensate Focus is a multidisciplinary artist based in Sheffield, well known for his work together with Mat Steel in the duo SND and as one of the most important figures working at the juncture of sound practice and club music right now. In 1998 he initiated a series of critically acclaimed releases, featuring both collaborative and solo works on labels including Mille Plateaux, Line, Editions Mego, Raster-Noton, and Alku. In early 2012, Fell released his Sensate Focus project, also the name of his new label – distributed through Peter Rehberg’s Editions Mego label – and the title of the first release, a two-track 12″. Employing a sensual warmth worthy of the name as well as the familiar energy of dance music, the exploratory compositions of Sensate Focus critically reconfigure the drum textures of vintage house and techno.



Claudio Fabrianesi

Claudio Fabrianesi is a diverse artist. His style is hard to capture and cannot be framed in a single definition. His productions are the reflection of a strong artistic sensibility, a wide-ranging musical education of many years of experience and a vision of music that embraces sounds and rhythms from different cultures and eras. His vision as a producer is to keep pushing the form forward. He treats electronic music as an integral part of his musical progress. Not only as a mere composing instrument but also as the essential roots of a Disc-Jockey. His idea of progress doesn’t crush or resize the basic concept of DJing. To him a DJ works with creativity, which means dedication, attention and respect are vital, but most of all the heart that is put into the craft.



SUNDAY, JULY 3, 2016 | 10am – 9pm


Paquita Gordon

Paquita Gordon is a DJ, explorer and artistic director for musical entertainment. As an exponent of the vinyl culture, she travels with her bags of records spreading grooves of all sorts, ranging from Jazz to Techno, passing by Soul, House and Ethnic music. Born in Milan, she lived in England and Sicily where she founded the ‘AV-Netwerk’ collective and ‘Il Vulcano’ cultural association, curating projects such as ‘Invitation to Love – Mahogani Music’ in London co-produced with the historical record store Vinyl Junkies, hosting Andrès and Rick Wilhite from Detroit; four editions of ‘Stereocybele’ and ‘Capofaro Space & Sound’ festivals on the islands of Pantelleria and Salina. Along the way she shared the booth with DJs like Ron Trent, Craig Richards and Zip, performed twice the closing acts of ‘Terraforma’ festival and is a resident for NUL party at Club Plastic in Milan.



Adrian Sherwood

Adrian Sherwood (born 1958 in London) is an English record producer best known for his work with dub music as well as for remixing a number of popular acts such as Coldcut, Depeche Mode, The Woodentops, Primal Scream, Pop Will Eat Itself, Sinéad O’Connor, and Skinny Puppy. He is co-founder of Carib Gems and Pressure Sounds, and founder of Hitrun Records as well as Green Tea Records and Soundboy Records. His most well-known label is On-U Sound.




London’s Beatrice Dillon is a producer, composer and NTS radio DJ with a string of acclaimed mixes for Trilogy Tapes, Blowing Up The Workshop, Truants plus collaborations with visual artists and performances at Lisson Gallery, ICA, Palais de Tokyo Paris and Southbank Centre to her credit. Beatrice’s mixes are an esoteric antidote to orthodoxy, tracing the fringes and the vaults for sounds lesser heard, from wayward techno to vintage Folkways. She recently performed an improvised b2b live set with Kassem Mosse at Tate Liverpool ahead of shows at the RNCM and Soup Kitchen for FutureEverything festival in 2015. Her ‘Folkways 2’ was released on The Trilogy Tapes and her EP ‘Face A/B’ was released on Where To Now? in Autumn 2015.




Primitive Art is an experimental music project created in Milan in 2011 by Matteo Pit and Jim C. Nedd. Digital soundscapes and materic percussions are the high resolution backdrop for words, verses and shouts. Hypnotic and pulsing beat driven music from the sunset of the 2023 global warming landscape. Through the fog the duo elevates a dub elegy for the metropolis of the future. In 2013 they released the LP Problems for Hundebiss records.



Just like an intricate acoustic sculpture, Terraforma’s music unravels a path from techno to jazz and folk, with an eye for ambient music and experimentation. Each component is independent yet bound to the other, allowing the acoustic fabric to unravel. The musical program mirrors the core concept which aims to induce the spectator to find his own meditative space. Active listening is at the heart of this idea, where sound is organized and crafted towards concentrating the listener’s attention as much as extracting the far greater acoustic ambiance residing within each of us. The experience feels like an immersion, where sound moves like an invisible presence in the surrounding space, incorporating us. A temporary withdrawal from the metropolitan rhythm to discover a rhythm within; one to follow, to nurture, to lose, find again and lose again. Music manifests itself as a powerful presence capable of influencing space-time perception, dissolving social and cultural conventions whilst investigating man’s nature. The objective is to guide people towards a richer knowledge of the listening ground, the woodland, through it’s own generated sounds. Sounds and music become passages towards transformation of the perception of reality and it’s interpretation, and in the best of cases provide alternative visions capable of informing opinions and nurture the actions of whoever is eager to tune in.



Terraforma, throughout the years, aims to overcome the traditional events management approach, by developing an organizational model able to measure, report and eventually reduce its impacts on nature and its resources. The focus will progressively be on the following areas: waste, water, energy, transportation and supplies.

In 2016 we started a long term partnership with EticaSGR , with the purpose of developing such model into practice. The first year of collaboration will concentrate on waste, in terms of litter generated during the event and during set-up and dismantling operations. A 360° integrated waste management system will be implemented in order not only to collect and differentiate effectively our waste but also to reduce it in the first place.


Sustainability Model - photo by Adrianna GlavianoTerraforma is a conscious festival that arises from the woodlands, which recognizes the value of the natural environment and the importance of a sustainable coexistence between humanity and nature. As a result, we proactively commit towards the safeguard of the territory in which we operate by implementing an extensive gardening project.

Thanks to the engagement of a team of tree climbers, we trimmed over 60 centennial trees, to secure around two hectares of the forest. From 2016, we also started a 3 years program in collaboration with Borotalco, aimed to restore from scratch an historical Labyrinth, which was presumed to be present in the 18th century. The project, developed by Fosbury Architecture, will be concluded by 2018, for the fifth edition of the festival.

Other actions include land recovery, grey water collection system and extensive cleaning procedures. Through our actions we contribute to restore Villa Arconati historic garden.


ArchitectureOur sustainability approach is also reflected in our architectural model. We engage with our community, involving young professional architects such as Studio Zarcola and Studio Petrucci to develop our distinctive facilities, mostly made out of wood. Two perfect examples are the main stage and the workshop area, which became immediately two icons of the festival.

This approach allows us to minimize the impact of our building operations, as all the excess materials are reused to create secondary facilities such as tables, benches, bins, sinks and showers.

Another distinctive aspect of our approach consists in the engagement of students and young professionals, who are invited every year to take part in formative workshops and assist the architects in the building processes.


Special Early Birds – SOLD OUT!       60€
Early Birds Release – from April 19 – limited availability       70€ (+d.p.)
2nd Early Birds Release  80€ (+d.p.)

Door price  90 €


Saturday 2 July + Sunday 3 July  50€

Door price  60 €


Day 1 – Friday 1 July  25€ (+d.p.)
Door price  30€
Day 2 – Saturday 2 July  25€ (+d.p.)
Door price  30€
Day 3 – Sunday 3 July  20€ (+d.p.)
Door price  25€

Villa Arconati, Via Madonna Fametta, 20021 Castellazzo, Bollate MI, Italy

Entrance Policy
You will be required to check in at the information desk with a valid identification card in order to access the camping area. There you will then receive a wristband, which mustn’t be removed from the wrist or tampered with during your entire stay at Terraforma. You are requested to register to pitch on Friday, 1st July, between 17.00 – 00.00 and on Saturday, 2nd July, between 10.00 – 00.00.


You must be checked out by Monday, 4th July, 11am.


The Camping
The camping area at Terraforma has a maximum capacity that, by law, it cannot exceed. The allocation of the tents will take place at the check-in. Campers can choose where they want to set up the tent but need to follow the staff’s directions.


Age Restrictions
All under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.


No animals are allowed on the camping area.


Things you can’t bring
Glass containers, weapons, fireworks, illegal substances, electrical systems or tools with high energy consumption.


Only eco soap is allowed in the area. No other soap are allowed.


For reasons of fire safety, we ask you not to bring living room furniture or similar inflammable components such as candles, oil lamps and generators to the camping area. All use of open fire at the camping area is prohibited. The campus area is provided with fire extinguishers to be used by the staff in case of emergency.


Please respect your fellow campers and keep the volume down between 04.00-10.00 am. Any disruptive or anti-social behaviour will not be accepted by the security staff on the camping area.


Lost Property
Terraforma does not bear any responsibility for stolen or lost goods. Neither do we bear responsibility for any injury or medical issue suffered onsite.


We ask you to help us keep the camping area clean by using the refuse and recycling bins and chemicaldisposal points provided.


Entering the camping area means you have read and accepted this set of rules. The management reserves the right to refuse admission.

Artworks by 2015.vision x TERRAFORMA 2016