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Photo: Udo Siegfriedt

“Without the outside world, I cannot create my music. The audible and inaudible sonic world is an endless source of informations 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 crosses it.”

All my work and research are dedicated to my father Giuseppe Zapparoli aka GiZap and his soul. He was a self-taught musician, singer-songwriter, 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 studied soprano saxophone at the early age of fifteen in a music school. Later during her studies in Fine Art at the Academy in Bologna (Italy) she was also very much active in experimental theatre, dance, performance, installations, and radio broadcasting. She is active in sound art since 2003 and her work has been shown worldwide. From 2007 She lives and works in Berlin . Besides her solo project, from 2010 she is a fixed member of (Splitter Orchester) in Berlin and she has several ongoing collaborative projects with regarded sound artists, musicians, singers, multimedia artists.

Her project and research it has been focused since the beginning on the investigation and recordings of acoustic ecology, noise pollution, vibrational sound, underwater sound, machinery, and EMF in urban/rural/wilderness and industrial/post-industrial, abandoned spaces. From 2014 she moved her project, interest, passion, and research into the wide invisible world of electromagnetic waves, radio waves communication.

“The unknown beyond” is one of her ongoing projects, based on the exploration, interception and recordings 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, their relations and effects on human senses/bodies, how these signals influencing our lives as a reflection of our political-economical world and their constant mutation in space-time.

This project is focused on a series of “Radio waves sketches”, electromagnetic portraits of cites and natural environments that she realize during artistic residences. She captures these electromagnetic radiations with different sculptural antennas (some of them self-build).

With the collected sonic archive, she composes and/or improvise in real time during her live performances using the pre-recorded signals on analogue tape recorders, reel-to-reel tape machine and recently she included antennas, detectors and radio receivers, capturing in real time electromagnetic waves. Besides her solo, she is a part of the duo project (Pareidolia) together with the musician Liz Allbee. During the performance she receives and send radio waves with the use of her sculptural antennas hanged in the performance-space, working with the instability, constant mutation and unpredictability of these signals – transmitting the invisible to the audience as a vortex of informations of our present in a musical way, creating a unique/unrepeatable psychedelic-sonic-emotional experience.

To explore those phenomenas, Marta is interested and researching into radio art, radio astronomy, electromagnetism, radio technology, radio communication, natural radio phenomena, cosmic energies, consciousness, psychoacoustics, antennas, inexplicable phenomena, electrokinesis, energies.

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 Sound Art, personal experience and imagination utilizing the electromagnetic spectrum as the primary material for her artistic investigation, bringing the hidden 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, analogue and digital tools, a wide array of antennas, radio receivers, detectors. In 2019 she started an ongoing collaboration with the Astronomical Observatory in Luserna (Italy) for her new project-research called (Sinking into the Dark) focused on the recording of electromagnetic waves from outer space and radio waves from high frequencies, radio communication, wireless. She using these recordings mixed with real-time radio waves reception for a series of idea-compositions to perform live and a future of sound installations.

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 broadcasts. In 2006 she received the MOVIN-UP Award for her field recording project (An Audio Portrait of Berlin). She gave lectures 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), Music Academy in Lulea, (Sweden 2019).

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 included: Martin Kuentz, 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, Felix Kubin, 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 Parkins, John Duncan, Alessandra Ezramo, Julie Rousse, Billy Roisz, Richard Skott, Hanna Hartman, Anais Tuerlinckx, Jackie Stweart, Marcus Beuter, Martin Lorenz, Sebastian Hofmann, John Bucher among others.

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 2016-2019 (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), LEM festival (Spain), Simultan festival 2012-2015-2017 (Romania) and many others.