Pineal is a project by Nico Canzoniero. He lives and works near Bologna (Italy). He has played guitar since he was 13.
In early time his influences were psychedelics and progressive scene of the 70's like Gong, Gentle Giant, Pink Floyd, Soft Machine. After his degree in Philosophy of music at Dams University of Bologna he continued to play guitar in several local progressive-rock bands. In 1997 he went to a goa party for the first time. From that moment psy-trance became one his principal musical interest.
In 2001 Nico formed a musical project called HIRANI with other three musicians, performing live sets gigs in main italian psy-trance parties for 3 years. The same band, with the name of IN DA GLADIAZ and GREEN LAB, have released some chill-out tracks with Irma Rec.
In 2004 Nico started the solo project PINEAL, performing mainly psy-trance live set and playing with various organizers in Italy like Looneymoon (Turin) Osmosi Multimedia (Pd), Drain Brain (Milan), Dark rec. (Ch) Interzone.inc (Ferrara) Sound Splatter (Milan) Microgramm (Milan) Atlantix Tribe (Genova) Chaotic Waves (Pavia) Ca.Cu.Bo (Bologna) Livello 57 (Bologna), TM project (Bologna),+Fraiditribe (Perugia), Hydrosphere (Vicenza).
In the meanwhile he also played his own chill out and ambient music, using an armenian instrument called “cumbus“ and blending it with electronics soundscapes.
In 2006 borns RHYTHMATRIX, a project formed by two musicians, Nico and Fabio Costantini. As Pineal in 2008 released "Flying carpet", a chill out track, in "Tranchillizer", Peak rec. In 2009 Nico join the PURPLE HEXAGON RECORDS label and release two tracks "Syd station" and "Elfik machine" in "Denatured peninsula".
2010 PINEAL released a chill track "Another time, another space", in "Made of Dawn - Chapter I", and “The full spectrum ep Purple” with 2 tracks “Pantalika” and “Crossing badlands” on Blue Hour Sounds Records. In 2010 released another psytrance jem, “Hourglass” in “Gado Gado” the new various from Purple Hexagon Records.
Pineal released his first EP Opening Devices with Purple Hexagon Records in 2011.