“Without the outside world I cannot create my music. The world is an endless source of information which stimulates my imagination, creativity, and awareness, allowing me to enter into boundless territories.The space and its characteristic can be constantly mutable , the personal powers of imagination and critical thinking through self-perception it is an important fact to find and or generate multifaceted sound that cross it.”
All my work and research is dedicated to my father Giuseppe Zapparoli aka GiZap and his soul. He was a self-taught musician, singer song writer, poet, composer and political activist which has always supported my ideas, research and music in many ways ”
Here a part of his music: https://soundcloud.com/gizap
Marta Zapparoli is an Italian experimental sound artist, improviser, performer, self-taught researcher. She lives and work in Berlin . She studied soprano saxophone at the early age of fifteen in a music school. Later , during her studies in fine art she was also very much active in experimental theater, dance, performance, installations and radio.
She is active in sound art since 2000, her solo project and research it has been focused since the beginning on listening, investigation and recordings of acoustic ecology, noise pollution, vibrational sound, underwater sound, machineries, and EMF in urban/rural/wilderness and industrial/post-industrial, abandon spaces. From 2014 she moved her interest and research into a new ongoing project called: “The unknown beyond” based on the exploration, interception and recordings around the world of : electro-smog (radio waves communication and EMF) and Natural Radio VLF (electromagnetic signal emissions which originate from natural phenomena, weather, lighting, borealis aurora and more). She is interested in the origin and transmission of these signals, they relations and effects on human senses/bodies , how these signals influenzing our lives and their constant mutation in space-time . Her ongoing project is focused on a series of “Radio waves sketches”, portraits of cites (electro-smog and EMF) and electromagnetic radiations in the natural enviornment (natural radio phenomena) which she record with different sculptural antennas (some of them self-build) landscapes interventions and experimental techniques .
With all the sonic archive collected, she compose and/or improvise in real time during her live performances using the pre-recorded signals on analogue tape recorders and reel-to-reel tape machine. Recently in her solo performance she’s working with the fusion between the prepared signals on tapes and a real time use of her sculptural antennas. Beside that, she is a part of the duo project (Pareidolia) together with the musician Liz Allbee, where during the performance she receive radio waves in real time with the use of her sculptural antennas, working with the instability and unpredictability of these signals – transmitting the invisible waves in the performance’s space as a vortex of informations of our present, connecting the audience in a real time parallel reality, creating a unique/unrepeatable psychedelic-sonic-emotional experience.
To explore those phenomena, Marta is interested and researching into radio art, radio astronomy, electromagnetism, radio technology, radio communication, natural radio phenomenas, cosmic and body energies, consciousness, psychoacoustics, antennas, inexplicable phenomena and more….
Her sonic expressions is visionary and disruptive, since it can transgress the acoustic borders, pushing the listener into critical listening and reflection, make them think about the double face of our hidden acoustic environment, the polluted side and the natural side of it, to stimulate a critical thinking, awareness and also an auditory imagination. The same set of noise and signals can be heard differently according to the listeners’ particular contexts, state of mind and social-cultural positions. For some listeners, signals and noises can be inspiring, empowering and stimulate aural memories/fantasy, sensibility and for some others its can be disruptive. She combine science notions with her imagination, utilizing the electro-magnetic spectrum as the primary material for her artistic investigation, bringing the sonic reality into a distinct aurality, transforming it in another universe of sounds.
She’s working with radical technology employing a wide range of experimental techniques and equipment in her work, using: microphones, sensors, medical tools, ultrasonic, analog and digital tools, some of them self-built and from 2014 also a wide array of antennas, radio receivers, detectors , scanners. In 2019 she started an ongoing collaboration with the Astronomical Observatory in Luserna (Italy) for her research-recordings focused on radio waves from the outer space.
Marta was extensively featured on WDR3 Open Studio Elektronische Musik Deutschland (2011 and 2018), ZDF TV (2012), RTS.ch radio (2019)and a variety of experimental radio bodcasts. In 2006 she received the MOVIN-UP Award for her field recording project (An Audio Portrait of Berlin). She was giving a lecture with live performance at Sound Studies(Mapping The Field) 2ndInternational Conference of the European Sound Studies Association(2014) in Copenhagen, at Goucher College Computer Music in Baltimore USA (2016), at Ahead Festival (2018) in Vilnius (Lithuania), at InFlux Festival (2018) in Berlin (DE).
She released solo on : Zeromoon.rec , Idiosyncratic rec. and collaborations releases on: Spina rec, Mikrotone rec , Gagarin Rec, Urban Art rec, Nohmand rec.
She did residences at : EMS (Stockholm), AIR program Krems (Austria), Air program DAR , Druskininkai in (Lithuania) The Hoven House (Italy).
Selected collaborations include : George Lewis, Øyvind Torvund, Mathias Spahlinger, Jean-Luc Guionnet, LAFM band, MATMOS band, Paul Lovens, Toshimaru Nakamura, Felix Kubin, Ensemble Mosaik, Alwynne Pritchard, Werner Daffeldecker, Ignaz Schick, Jeff Surak(Zeromoon records), Yannick Franck (Idiosyncratic record), Burkhard Beins, Vinyl Terror&Horror, Martin Howse, Sabin Vogel, Johannes Bergmark, Arnaud Riviere, Mario De Vega, JD Zazie, Paul Hubweber, Christian Wolfarth, Wendelin Buechler, Claiton Thomas, Lucio Capece, Kruno Jost, PanTone, Eliad Wagner, Emilio Gordoa, Klaus Kürvers, Helmut Lemke, Liz Albee, Steve Heather, Andrea Neumann, Zeena Parkis, John Duncan, Alessandra Ezramo, Julie Rousse, Billy Roisz, Richard Skott, Hanna Hartman, Anais Tuerlinckx, Jackie Stweart, Marcus Beuter, Martin Lorenz, Sebastian Hofmann and more…..
Selected Festivals include :
Maerzmusik 2014, Atonal 2016, A’LARM 2014, Fusion 2007, Darmstädt 2012, Syn-cussion 2017, Heroines of sound 2018, Eavesdrop 2018, Ultra Schall 2015, Musik Für Alle UDK 2015, CTM 2019 (Germany), Huddersfield 2015, Sonorities 2015, Colour Out Of space Festival 2019 (UK), Borealis 2014(Norway), Sonic Circuit 2013 , High Zero Festival 2016 (US), Geiger (Sweden), Interpenetration Festival 2017, Konfrontationen 2016- 2018, Artacts 2019 (Austria), Zwei Tage Strom 2015, Earweare 2019, ArtAct 2019 (Switzerland), Crack 2013, Meteo Mulhouse music Fest.2018 (France), Alternativa Festival 2018 (CZ) and many more.
Beside her solo project, from 2009 she is a member of (Splitter Orchester) in Berlin and she has several ongoing collaborative projects with reguarded sound artists, musicians, singers, multimedia artists.