Bad Sector

Real Name:
Massimo Magrini
Massimo Magrini was born in Lucca (Tuscany, Italy) in 1966. He had a long degree in Computer Science in Pisa University, with a thesis on musical applications of the Object Oriented paradigm. He studied electronic music with Alfonso Belfiore (professor at the State Conservatory of Florence). He collaborated with the Computer Music Lab of the CNUCE Institute of the Italian National Council of Research (CNR) for some years, developing hardware and software tools, composing his interactive computer music and playing it in various countries (Italy, Spain, Greece, Cuba etc.). He also collaborated with private companies developing software for musical devices based on digital signal processing.

During late 80s, he played in a local electronic band (Jesus Blood), using self built analog and digital synthesizers. Besides these activities in 1992 he created his Bad Sector musical project, trying to discover dark sonic areas and focusing his attention on the melting point between ambient, experimental, noise and minimal music. He has released various CDs and vinyls, always having good responses from international underground electronic music magazines and listeners. As Bad Sector, he performed live in Italy, France, England, Germany, Czech rep., Austria, Belgium, Australia and Russia.

Beside Bad Sector, in 2001 Magrini formed the project Olhon, together with the Where leading member Zairo. This project explores the territories between dark ambient and concrete experimental music using sounds recorded in extreme locations (caves, underwater etc.).

During 2002 he also started a collaboration with the Italian video-artist Giacomo Verde, creating the multimedia group called XEAR and working on interactive installations / electronic-theater scores.

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SPT 22 Bad Sector - Ze album art Bad Sector Ze(Cass, Album, C60) Slaughter Productions SPT 22 Italy 1994 Sell This Version
Bad Sector - Ampos album art Bad Sector Ampos (Album) God Factory Netherlands 1995 Sell This Version
Bad Sector - Vacuum Pulse album art Contagious Orgasm + Bad Sector Contagious Orgasm + Bad Sector - Vacuum Pulse (Album) Old Europa Cafe Italy 1996 Sell This Version
Bad Sector - Pressurized Music album art Bad Sector Pressurized Music (Album) Freedom From US 1997 Sell This Version
Bad Sector - Dolmen Factory album art Bad Sector Dolmen Factory (Album) Soffitta Macabra Italy 1998 Sell This Version
Bad Sector - Polonoid album art Bad Sector Polonoid (Album) Bastet Recordings Germany 1998 Sell This Version
Bad Sector - Plasma album art Bad Sector Plasma (Album) Old Europa Cafe Italy 1998 Sell This Version
Bad Sector - Neurotransmitter Actions album art Sshe Retina Stimulants | Bad Sector Sshe Retina Stimulants | Bad Sector - Neurotransmitter Actions (Album) Loud!, Loud!, Solipsism Italy 2000 Sell This Version
Bad Sector - Xela album art Bad Sector Xela (Album) Waystyx Russia 2001 Sell This Version
Bad Sector - Retrovirus album art Bad Sector Retrovirus (Album, Comp) Afe Records Italy 2001 Sell This Version
Bad Sector - The Harrow album art Bad Sector The Harrow (Album) AVA/ES1 Reset Recordings US 2001 Sell This Version
Bad Sector - Reset / Rebis Periferiche album art Bad Sector & Tommaso Lisa Bad Sector & Tommaso Lisa - Reset / Rebis Periferiche (Album) Old Europa Cafe Italy 2005 Sell This Version
Bad Sector - Kosmodrom album art Bad Sector Kosmodrom (Album, EP) Waystyx, Waystyx Russia 2005 Sell This Version
Bad Sector - Idio Blast album art Bad Sector & Astro Bad Sector & Astro - Idio Blast (Album) Insofar Vapor Bulk Russia 2005 Sell This Version
Bad Sector - Quaternion album art Bad Sector Quaternion (Album) Not On Label (Bad Sector Self-released) Italy 2010 Sell This Version
PAS 30 Bad Sector - Chronoland album art Bad Sector Chronoland(CD, Album) Power & Steel PAS 30 Germany 2011 Sell This Version
OECD 162 Bad Sector - Unification album art Bad Sector Unification(CD, Album) Old Europa Cafe OECD 162 Italy 2013 Sell This Version
Bad Sector - Cephus album art Bad Sector Cephus (Album) Italy 2015 Sell This Version
Bad Sector - Absolute album art Bad Sector Absolute (Album) Not On Label (Bad Sector Self-released) Italy 2015 Sell This Version
KF-XXV Bad Sector - 21​.​11​.​14 album art Reutoff, Bad Sector Reutoff, Bad Sector - 21​.​11​.​14(Cass, Ltd, C93) KultFront KF-XXV Russia 2015 Sell This Version
OECD 227 Bad Sector - Endometrio / Endometrio De-Composto album art MB* / Bad Sector / Sigillum S MB* / Bad Sector / Sigillum S - Endometrio / Endometrio De-Composto(CD, Album, RE, RM + CD) Old Europa Cafe OECD 227 Italy 2016 Sell This Version
Bad Sector - Live At Maschinenfest 2015 album art Bad Sector Live At Maschinenfest 2015 Pflichtkauf, Raubbau (2), Raubkauf Germany 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Bad Sector - Dolmen album art Bad Sector Dolmen Drone Records Germany 1996 Sell This Version
Bad Sector - Jesus Blood album art Bad Sector Jesus Blood Power & Steel Germany 1998 Sell This Version
BSC024, PFep003 Bad Sector - Toroidal Body album art Bad Sector Toroidal Body(7" + CDr + EP, Ltd, Num) Eibon Records, Pre Feed BSC024, PFep003 Italy 2000 Sell This Version

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November 6, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
I'm still working my way through his (massive) discography, but I have to say - this guy's music is truly exceptional and unique. There's not a whole lot to compare it to. Yes, it's "dark ambient" or "ambient industrial" or whatever, but it exceeds the stereotypes and conventions of those genres with ease.

I'd say that Bad Sector's music is "cinematic" but I feel as though that would diminish its power. Cinematic music is enslaved to the image on the screen and few "soundtrack" albums, in my opinion, overcome that limitation and stand on their own feet and with their own power. Glass's 'Mishima' and Geinoh Yamashirogumi's Akira OST come to mind, in that regard.

Bad Sector's music is better than that common stereotype of cinematic music. It's evocative, it's imagistic, it's pregnant with imaginal seeds which get planted and grow into their own ideas; their own narratives. I think this is why so many others (and myself, in the past) have suggested that his music is "cinematic" - but unlike a truly cinematic album, Bad Sector hints at a vague plethora of other places, states, and modes of being; and lets you do the work of constructing them, rather than simply anchoring and making concrete someone else's vision. His music suggests a polyvalent story capable of simultaneously divergent fractal narratives and you owe it to yourself to listen to him.

I'm rather fond of Toroidal Body, the Dolmen 7", and Ampos, but there's a lot of music here and I can't claim to have heard it all.



September 8, 2016
Probably the most intense and emotional dark ambient music ever created. Deep, seducing melodies for cyborgs and androids living in a distant future on an Earth covered in radiocative dust. Yes, I'm thinking of "Blade Runner" or, better, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheeps?". I'd love to listen to Bad Sector scoring Ridley Scott's movie! A true genius, and a very humble person as well.


March 7, 2004
A true genius. Bad Sector's otherworldly music crosses and melds genres (industrial, noise, ambient, electronica, experimental) and he creates genuinely scary and beautiful music that must be heard to be believed.

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