As a cofounder of the italian label defrag Mario Masullo is contributing a good deal to the progression of electronic music in Italy. The label's various releases by artists like Glitches, Thomas Jirku or Anders Ilar have in common the same clear and minimal language. Besides various projects as a musician and producer, amongst them collaborations with Gez Varley, he is now releasing a 12" under the name of MARIO MASULLO & XM on the befriended label Kalk Pets. XM being Maurizio Martusciello, one of the pioneering key figures within Italy's electronic scene. For this release Masullo has put aside his familiar minimal sound and devoted himself to the cheery, more technoid realms of electronic dance music.
Mario Masullo is a musician, a producer and sound artist . His productions concerns differents kinds of musical projects from ambient to techno, from experimental music to audio-video installations. After a remix for BMG, he starts the project Defrag Sound Processing with Davide Rovito, Pasquale Basso and Carlo Notarangelo, which became one of the most important italian label for electronic music. The Knowledge with the artists Bianco and Valente is very important for his artistic experience. In 2003 they started a project called “Bianco-Valente and Mass”, during these years their audio-video installations have been exposed worldwide: at offiCina gallery in Beijing, at Reina Sofia National Museum of Madrid, Future Gallery of Prague, Palazzo Te Museum of city of Mantova, at Utrecht festival for contemporary arts and at Certosa of Padula in Salerno, for the art exhibition “Le opere e i giorni” edited by Achille Bonito Oliva. In 2003 they start “Self Organizing Structures” an audio-video concert performed at Auditorium Parco Della Musica in Rome, for the event RomaEuropa Festival 2003. Next year, they showed this project at MACBA (Contemporary Arts Museum of Barcelona) for the event Sonar 2004. At the end of 2004, they are guest to the 48th Edition Biennale of Venice of Contemporary Music. Next year Mario Masullo moves from Naples to Rome where starts to work with Maurizio Martusciello, one of the pioneers and key figures in the italian electronic scene. Their collaboration start with “Fuorioraria”, an audio-video improvisation show created with Enrico Ghezzi. Right now they are working together with othar musicians from the ECM label to realise a performance and an album. During the same year Mario Masullo collaborates with Gez Varley (G-Man and ex LFO member) for “Amblos Chapler”, a techno oriented project. Mario plaid minimal techno sets in the most important european clubs: Berlin, Koln, Amburg, Paris, Lille, Marseille, Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbona, Oporto.