Real Name:
Alberto Bertapelle
At the end of 1996, a track took everyone by surprise by its ghastly aspect and its 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.

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Brainbug - Nightmare album art Brainbug Nightmare (Maxi, Single, EP) Strike Force France 1996 Sell This Version
Brainbug - The 8th Dwarf album art Brain Bug* The 8th Dwarf Strike Force Italy 1997 Sell This Version
Brainbug - Benedictus / Nightmare album art Brainbug Benedictus / Nightmare (Single, Maxi) Volumex UK 1997 Sell This Version
Brainbug - Benedictus album art Brainbug Benedictus (Maxi, Single) Groovilicious US 1997 Sell This Version
Brainbug - The Eighth Dwarf / Benedictus album art Brainbug The Eighth Dwarf / Benedictus (Maxi, Single) Orbit Records Germany 1998 Sell This Version
Brainbug - Rain album art Brainbug Rain (Maxi, Single) Volumex US 1998 Sell This Version
TIVTEN-005 Brainbug - Nightmare / Seven Days And One Week album art 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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December 19, 2016
edited over 4 years ago
R.I.P Brainbug Died on 1st December 2016. He made good music


August 17, 2016
edited over 4 years ago
I discovered Nightmare in 96 and loved it!! so as a producer, yes he has a lot of talent but as for a live performer, the one time i saw him play at a rave in 97, he was utterly fucked!! he came on with some woman who was supposed to do some live vocals but she must have been way to wasted on whatever she had had cause she just stood there gazing out at the crowd in a kind of non comprehending, deer in headlights stupor, as for Alberto AKA Brainbug, he was too fucked to perform so the crowd got a 3 track cassette recording played to them on a 30k watt sound system whilst the inebriated and wasted Alberto and female side kick just stood there so after 15 minutes of treating the crowd to a cassette recording the most insultingly bad live performance(although it was hardly a performance) was mercifully over.
I'm sorry but Alberto discredited himself with that travesty, masquerading as a live show, at least in my eyes anyway, i just couldn't bring myself to pick up his records anymore after that, any self respecting live performer would play their set and get high afterwards, i mean getting so wasted you can't play is inexcusable, end of story folks !!


May 12, 2016
edited over 4 years 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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