Sergio Messina busking with the Theremin at documentaX, Kassel, 1997

Sergio Messina

Born 1959 in Rome.
Sergio Messina started working in radio as soon as the pirate radio movement bloomed in Italy (1975); in 1980 he went to work for Radio Cittˆ Futura (then Rome's #1 alternative station) where, until '93, he worked as a dj, as an engineer and as an artist. In 1985 he made his first broadcast for the national radio of Italy (Rai) and was broadcasted by Audiobox (the station's radioart program). 
He is a musician, writer, sound designer and performer. He teaches Sound Design and History of Pop culture at the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) in Milano. His work has dealt with a number of topics from politics to porn to copyright. He lives in Amsterdam and is currently working on an upcoming exhibition of his visual works.

Selected Works

Sendungen im ORF-Kunstradio:

5. 12. 1991

II. "Hymnus"
III. "Here is my voice"

20. 10. 1994
"ID", Aufzeichnung einer Live-Performance vom 12. 9. 1994

28. 9. 1995

31. 10. 1996
"Fone Federico Fellini" (gemeinsam mit Roberto Paci Dalo)

RadioMantra (1990); a (13 parts of 30' each) radio program, broadcast by Rai in 1992; it also included "Vox Divina" (non verbal) and "Trasporto eccezionale", both minor radioart hits in Italy and elsewhere; available for broadcasting.

RadioGladio (1991); a 4' radiomessage from Italy to America concerning the USA-sponsored "Gladio" operation in Europe; originally no copyright (and still available for free), this "song" was sent to 300 stations in Usa and Europe for free. Also copy and diffusion where legal and encouraged. Frank Zappa's comment was "Here is an example of how music can still open people's eyes" (l'Espresso, #23 1991).

La Vendetta del Mulino Bianco (RadioGladio records/Flying 1994); concept mini cd exploring the perverted relations between consumers and products; strictly for italian audiences. Still for sale in selected shops (after 6.000 have been sold...).

+D+ (Pi˜ di positivo) (1995); a 7 parts of 15' each broadcast made with the italian band Casino Royale. It was made for Radio DeeJay (Italy's largest commercial station) but is now available no copyright for any station who asks.

Buddha Stick: Inaudito (RadioGladio Rec./99 rec. 1996) The debut album of an imaginary band, Buddha Stick (really, Sergio Messina himself). It features 62' of music plus spoken word plus outrageous samples. Available for free on the Internet ( or in very (too) selected record shops.