Real Name:
Alberto Bertapelle
At the end of 1996, a track took everyone by surprise by it's ghastly aspect and it's pizzicato strings. "Nightmare" went on to be an international hit and kickstarted the 'Pizzicato Syndrome'.
Brainbug, a project of Alberto Bertapelle, had another success with "Benedictus", but further singles "The Eighth Dwarf" and "Rain" (with vocals) used the exact same formula and got lost in a sea of similar records: Brooklyn Bounce, Lucid, Max Deejay and even deep house artist Kevin Yost used the 'Pizzicato' sound until it wore thin and obsolete.
A cover of "Nightmare" released in 1997 by Space Shuttle (an alias of Dee Jay Sören), was called "We Have A Problem" and added the famous line 'Houston, we have a problem' in the middle break.

Brainbug Discography

Singles & EPs

none Brainbug Nightmare (Single, Maxi) Strike Force none UK 1996 Sell This Version
12TIV-86, 7243 8 84883 6 5 Brainbug Benedictus / Nightmare (Single, Maxi) Positiva, Positiva 12TIV-86, 7243 8 84883 6 5 UK 1997 Sell This Version
GM039CD Brainbug Benedictus (Maxi) Groovilicious GM039CD US 1997 Sell This Version
SF 497-01 Brain Bug* The 8th Dwarf(12") Strike Force SF 497-01 Italy 1997 Sell This Version
ORBIT0356, 401786601245 Brainbug The Eighth Dwarf / Benedictus (Maxi, Single) Orbit Records ORBIT0356, 401786601245 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
GM 055 Brainbug Rain (Single, Maxi) Volumex GM 055 US 1998 Sell This Version
TIVTEN-005 Brainbug / B.B.E. Brainbug / B.B.E. - Nightmare / Seven Days And One Week(10") Positiva TIVTEN-005 UK 2003 Sell This Version

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May 12, 2016
edited 2 months ago
What happened to this guy? I, like many people, discovered him with the track Nightmare. I loved the strings used and the classical aspect of it. Then one random day I decided to start hunting for more tracks, sometime in 1998 or 1999. And, to be honest, of all his tracks, Nightmare is my least favorite now. I am no saying it's bad. Far from it, I am just saying his other tracks are just levels above it. My favorite has to be The 8th Dwarf, a deep and somewhat sad song, followed by Rain or Benedictus. His remixes also carry the sound and style which is really remarkable.

I think I had every track of his by the end of 1999 or 2000. But then again there really were only a few tracks. So I am really curious where he has been? Why the stop? I love this style of "symphonic" trance. It's a shame that there's only a few artists that really captured it well.


January 16, 2008
Well, what can I say??? there is no other artists an the Italo Dance, House, or Techno industry like Brainbug. He has a rare talent for writing the some of the most magnifico (and I mean that) dance mixes in the world. I was really taken aback by him when I first heard him as he is the unique pioneer of what I call "Horrifica Techno." I really love the unique mix of "ghastly" effects and sounds that he enters into his sound. I would really love him to make a comeback here in England so he can mervel and entrance us once again.

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