Nicola Ratti bases his music upon the search for a personal language that is capable of joining together basic song structure, electro-acoustic experimentation, and the use of sounds extracted from the environment in which we live, with a sensibility that ranges from improvisation to the almost artisanal construction of sound. The use of voice and words compete to create a result full of nuance and discovery within compositions which remain open to both formal and emotional points of view.
Born in Milan in 1978, Nicola began his musical career playing guitar and singing lead vocals for the math-rock band Pin Pin Sugar, until their eventual break up in 2004. After releasing a limited, self-produced 10' EP, he released his official solo debut album (which was ranked as one of the 25 best releases of 2006 by the publication, Il Mucchio) on the Italian label Megaplomb.
In addition to his solo material, Nicola is currently working with Giuseppe Ielasi on the project entitled Bellows (released by Kning Disk), and with the Morriconian soundtrack-band Ronin. He has also collaborated in various live performances with Andrea Belfi, Dean Roberts, Oren Ambarchi and Phill Niblock.
The search for descriptive methods through the use of sound, and the ability to create environment with sound by recognizing its territorial elements, are points where the activity of the musician and the architect converge. Through his work in both pursuits, Nicola Ratti has had the opportunity to engage with these themes in various exhibitions and events dealing with architectural and urban spaces.