mercoledì 30 ottobre 2013

Marta Zapparoli is an Italian experimental sound artist, improviser, performer based in Berlin since 2007. Educated in fine arts and soprano saxophone, and coming from an experimental theatre, dance and radio background, she has been working with field-recordings for more than ten years. Recently she has been focusing on and researching sounds in our environment that are unperceivable for the human ear.

Working with field-recordings, Marta searches for her inspiration in urban environments, nature and natural cataclysms, abandoned spaces, giant fields. She looks for sounds by breaking and interrupting the usual and predictable moving trajectories within and between spaces, as well as through different methods of spatial and temporal reduction of the recording area.

Marta’s recent sonic research focuses primarily on the boundaries and relations between the “real sound world” – representing hearable, even if not always consciously perceivable natural and urban environmental sounds – and unconventional sounds that are not audible in a classic acoustic environment. Both of those are contributing to a sort of Noise, which disturbs and disrupts the activity and balance of human life. The sounds particular to Marta’s area of interest are varied, and are coming from different sources: giant and small objects, natural cataclysms, nullified and abandoned spaces, unpredictable movements, (defect) technologies, radio, wideband or wireless communication, as well as from more unconventional environments: fluids, longitudinal and surface waves, ground vibrations and dynamics, architectural acoustics, air acoustics and conductive surfaces. In order to capture those mostly unperceivable sounds, she uses an array of techniques and devices, including ultrasonic, radar, electromagnetic field, FM receivers, sonar, sensor microphones, hydrophones and detectors, some of which she builds herself. She then transfers the recorded material to magnetic tapes, which she uses primarily in her performances, building strongly narrative sonic pieces live through improvisation with real-time tape manipulation as scratch, back and forth, cutting, mixing producing rough sounds. This sound material is transformed and placed in other contexts, subsequently changing its original character.

Apart from her solo work, Marta also has several ongoing collaborative projects: PRPXD (with Martin Kuentz), a duo with Alessandra Eramo, Towa (with Julie Rousse), Raven Moore (with Kathrin Guenter) and das Splitter Orchester.She was extensively featured on WDR3 Open Studio Elektronische Musik Deutschland (2011), ZDF TV (2012), 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.

Text by Marta Balzanowich

Ongoing Projects
Splitter Orchester from 2010

PXPRD with Martin Kuentz from 2010

Duo with Alessandra Eramo,from 2011

TOWA with Julie Rousse from 2012

Raven Moore with Kathrin Gunter from 2013

photo by Mario De Vega - AUSLAND 11.11.11 Berlin
PAST Projects & Collaborations 
with Yann Keller & Kenneth Hyttel(HappyHerpes)2009
with David Opetit (Les coulees succulentes collecttive)2007-2009 Francesco Arena 2007
Founder with Giancarlo Bianchini of(Hotel Nuclear)2001-2007
with Elena Skoko(2b1c)2003-2005
with Norma Jeane 2004

Playing with...

MATMOS, Paul Lovens, Toshimaru Nakamura, Matthias Müller, Werner Dafeldecker, Ignaz Schick, Jeff Surak(Zeromoon records), Burkhard Beins, Vinyl Terror&Horror, Martin Howse, Sabin Vogel, Johannes Bergmark, Rinus Van Alebeek, Olivia Pils, Alejandra Perez Nunez, JD Zazie, , Paul Hubweber, Christian Wolfarth, Wendelin Buechler, Claiton Thomas, Lucio Capece, Kruno Jost, PanTone.

Past Festivals

2013 DAAD Festival,Akademie der Künste ,Berlin (Germany)
     Sonic Circuits Festival, Washington DC (USA)

     A L'ARME Festival, Berlin (Germany)

     Eye for an Ear Audio/Visual Festival, NK ,Berlin (Germany)

     Transmediale Vorspiel @ Emitter Studio , Berlin (Germany)

2012 Internationale für Neue Musik Festival, Damstädt(Germany) 

     TaktFrei Festival, Berlin (Germany)

     kleine field recordings Festival, Berlin (Germany)

2010 Biegungen Bend/Break Festival,Berlin (Germany)
     Simultan Festival, Timisoara (Romania)
     Ohrenstrand Festival hauptbahnhof, Berlin (Germany)
     E25 Festival Artspace Rondeel, Maastricht (Nederland)

2009 International Noise Conference, Berli(Germany)

2008 Noise Festival KZET Zagreb (Croatia)
     SpektroOpen festival, Instambul (Turkey)
     Festival Der Ungewohnten Musik (Berlin)
     Noizemachinetourtruckersroadshow Festival,
     Copenhagen (Denmark)
     FRIV Polish-German Festival of Improvisation,   
     Poznan (Poland)

2007 Daskleinefieldrecordingsfestival (Berlin)
     Fusion Festival, AIr Field Larz (Germany)
     International Noise Summit, Frankfurt Main (Germany)
     Dienstbar-Festival, Berlin (Germany)
     Ler Soler Festival, Marseilles (France)

2005 FNAC, Torino (Italia)

2003 Distorsonie Festival, Bologna (Italy)
     Ladyfest, Hamburg MS Stubnitz (Germany)

2002 Ginnico Celeste Festival, Gambettola CESENA (Italy)

       Long session recording, vibrations of Fire-works
 (4 sensor microphones - amplifier - recorder) 2013

TEUFELSBERG,Long session Recording, Berlin 2010 - 2011

Around 2009

photos during 2013 recordings by Martin Kuentz 


"The sounds and information around us, are from a variable and immersive environment. Some of these unwanted environmental sounds and signals are constant and repetitive. 
Particular compounds are invariably too low or high for the sensory human frequency response to detect, so are ignored by our cognition. Other, more audible sounds are not all handled by our everyday waking consciousness. 
My sonic research is focusing on the boundary and relation between “Real Sound World”(natural and urban environmental sound) , not audible sounds in the classic acoustic environment  and “Acoustic Pollution” which disrupt the activity or balance of human life.
Following and investigating on the Physical acoustic research,I captured the sound trough multiple techniques, and devices like ultrasonic, radar, detector, electromagnetic field, FM reciver, sonar , sensor microphones and many others.

The wide spectrum of recordings come from special surrounding scape like ( giant or small objects, cataclysm of nature, nullified and abandoned places, unforeseen natural sound effects...)

to more unconventional field like (sound from fluids , underwater acoustic, longitudinal and surface waves, ground vibrations and dynamics, architectural acoustic, air acoustic, conductive surfaces).

First of all, time of day and location play a influencing role in the recording of my sound-works, as does the technical equipment used.
A spontaneous tour through an urban or natural landscape inspired entirely by my feelings evoked by their surroundings embrace the natural and different energies of the environment.
My personal experience and awareness throughout the recording process is fundamental for the development of my research and the progressive evolution of future pieces. The selected moments I recorded all interrelate through this process. 

During the live performance I improvise with a combinations of recordings and real-time tape manipulation and mixing. 
The signals, sounds and noises from the world are transformed in a surreal scape where the time, situations, spaces and locations are reinvented  from their original form creating a different horality and awareness of our reality .

                 Photo by Martin Kuentz 2013 


Chaotic Alterations/ Marta Zapparoli/ 2013/ Idiosyncratics/ Tape 2013 - idcs004

Museruole Compilation 2013  [Women In Experimental Music] 
CODEX / Marta Zapparoli/ 2012/ Zeromoon/ Tape & Net 2012 - Zero113

DEAD TREES VOL I / Marta Zapparoli & Varius Artists/ 2012/ NOHMAD/ 2012, Nohmad016

Live at Able Gallerie/ Marta Zapparoli/ 2012/ Audition Records /Net 2012  Ar067

A Fragment of Melodie / Marta Zapparoli/ 2010/ Idiosyncratics/ Net 2010


Link ZDF TV program:;sta#/beitrag/video/1668250/Bauerfeind-am-24.-Juni

Press - review:


 Live in Philadelphia @Fire Museum 2013

QUOTA;UNQUOTA 14.04.2013
Live by Marta Zapparoli

Curated by Philip Morris
Video by Jérémie Pujau
Produced by Audition Records and Salon Bruit

Quiet Que 23.02.2013
Sound Installations:  »Modulation I«(2013)
 Live-Performance by Burkhard Beins (re-make re-module)
Live-Remix-Solo by Marta Zapparoli aka Penelopex

                                              Solo Live @Emitter19.Berlin 2012
                                          video by : Elena Ziegler


Solo Live@Ausland.Berlin 11.11.11
                                      video by Seiji Morimoto

Video duo projects

Live with Alessandra Eramo @ Ackerstadt Palast, Berlin 6.11.2013 
    VIDEO: Wendelin Büchler 

Live Zapparoli & Ezramo @ Madame Claude 2012   video: Wendelin Büchler

                        Live PXPRD project Zapparoli & Kuentz@ Simultan Festival Timisoara 2010

live with Julie Rousse, Kruno Jost, Pan  Tone @ KSET Zagreb 2009

                        Video project Respiri - Sirio 2007
           A work by Francesco Arena    Sound track by Marta Zapparoli


2014 ----------------------->  UPCOMING CONCERTS & FESTIVALS  

17 March

Concert with Splitter Orchester
@NATURKUNDEMUSEUM, Maerzmusik Festival 2014

23 March 
Concert with Splitter Orchester
@ Borealis Festival 2014
Bergen , Norway

27 March  
Concert with Brutal Orgasm & Martin Kuentz (quartet)
Laskerstrasse 5, Berlin

13 April
Concert Circuit Training2 assemble with:
(Ignaz Schick, Eliad Wagner, Emilio Gordoa, Klaus Kürvers)
@ Friedhofskapelle  
Boxhagener Straße 99, Berlin

Solo concert, Occulto Festival 2014
@West Germany, Berlin

17 May
TOWA duo with Julie Rousse (BIEGUNGEN supported by INM)
Lychenerstr 60, Berlin 

1 June 
Concert duo with Martin Kuentz @Fylkingen 
Söder Mälarstrand 25, 
Stckholm, SE 

2-3-4-5-6 June
Residence with Martin Kuentz @ Elektronmusikstudion EMS
Söder Mälarstrand 61, Münchenbryggeriet
Stockholm, Sweden

27-28-29 June 
Sound installation - concert duo with Martin Kuentz
@ 2nd international ESSA conference: Mapping the Field
University of Copenhagen, Denmark

 PAST -------------->
13 February 2014
Duo concert With Martin Kuentz (PXPRD)
@West Germany, Berlin

6 December 2013
concert presentation with Splitter Orchester

Präsentation des Arbeitsprozesses 
(im Rahmen des 50-Jahr-Jubiläums DAAD)
@ Konzert in der Akademie der Künste ,Berlin
6 November2013
concert with Alessandra Eramo duo
@ Ackerstadt Palas, Berlin

15 November2013
Sound Installation with Martin Kuentz
@ Galerie Haus am Lützowplatz,
Lützowplatz 9, Berlin-Tiergarten

27-28 September2013
conert with Splitter Orchester 
@ CRAK Festival Des Musiques Affranchies
église Saint Merry, Paris, France 

1 October2013
Solo Live
@ Cafe Central
Borgval 14, Brussels   
3-4-5 October2013
Solo Live 
@ Sonic Circuit Festival
Washington DC, US

6 October2013
Solo Live
@ Red Room
425 E. 31st Street, Baltimore USA

7 October2013
Solo live
@ Fire Museum  c/o Highwire Gallery 
2040 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia USA

6 September2013
concert with Martin Kuentz duo
@ AUSLAND, Berlin

28 June2013
duo live with Julie Rousse
@ NK , Visual Audio Festival
Elsenstraße 52, Berlin

10 August2013
A L'ARME! Festival 
@ Radialsystem ,Berlin

12 April2013
Solo Live + interview QUOTA;UNQUOTA
@ K77 Lichtblick Kino - SALON BRUIT
Kastanienalle 77, Berlin

31 January2013
solo live for Idiosyncratics lable night
@ Loophole
Boddinstrasse 60 ,Berlin

24 February2013
Live solo remix from / sound installation REMIX MODULE by Burkhard Beins
@ Quiet Que ,Flughafenstr.38, Berlin

10 January 2013
Solo live
@ West Germany
Skalitzer Straße 133,Berlin

11 January 2013
Concert with Splitter Orchester
@ Marie Antoinette 
Holzmarktstr. 15-18 Berlin

14 December 2012
Duo project with Martin Kuentz
@ZKU – Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik
Siemensstrasse 27 Berlin

1 September 2012
Elsenstr. 52/
2.Hinterhaus Etage 2 Berlin

20-21 July 2012
Concert with the Splitter Orchester + live with Matmos + Ignaz Schick
@ Darmstadt avangarde music festival
Darmstadt Germany

2 July 2012
duo with Martin Kuentz (PXPRD)@ Labor Sonor Cule 
Auguststraße 10 Berlin

22 June 2012
duo with Martin Kuentz(PXPRD)@Tapis Vert Gallery
Marseille FR

25 May 2012
solo live @ TaktFrei festival

12 May 2012
duo with Martin Kuentz (PXPRD)@ Ausland
Lychener Straße 60 Berlin

23 April 2012
solo live + Martin Kuentz + Mario De Vega @ Experimontag
Madame Claude Luebbenerstr 19 Berlin

30 March 2012
solo live @ Naherholung Sternchen
Berolinastraße 7 Berlin

21 April 2012
Live @Köpi Kino Peliculoso
Köpeniker STr. 137 Berlin

9 March 2012
Impro with Vinyl Terror & Horror @ Tiefgrund
Laskerstrasse 5 Ostkreuz

25 February 2012

solo live
kleine field recordings festival @ Emitter19 studios
Kiefholzstrasse 19., Berlin

8 February 2012
solo live @ Fraction: Bruit event
landsberger allee 54 Berlin

30 January 2012
solo live @ Sucked Orange Gallery
Emserstr 91 Neükolln Berlin

 23 January 2012
Marta Zapparoli & Alessandra Eramo duo @ Experimontag 
Madame Claude Luebbenerstr 19 Berlin

26. Nov 2011
Concert with Splitter Orchester
WABE club 
Danzingerstr 101 Berlin

23 November 2011
solo live @ Able Gallery
Hobrechtstraße 28

21.Sep.2011 um 23:05 Uhr
Penelopex sound work + interview on air in WDR 3 radio open Studio Elektronische Musik
curated by Björn Gottstein !

23 Jun 2011 -  live with PXPRD at Imeno club
Imeno. Slovenja

22 Jun 2011 – live installation with PXPRD at Metelkovamenza
Menza Pri Koritu, Metelkova mesto, Ljubljana.

22 May 2011 – live with Alessandra Ezramo @ Rassegna Sonic Slackers at Valentin Stüberl
Neükolln. Berlin

17 Jan 2011 21:30 – live with Alessandra Ezramo at Altes Finanzamt
Schönstedtstraße 7, Berlin – Neukölln

27 Nov 2010 – live with the “Splitter Orchester Berlin” at RADIALSYSTEM
Holzmarktstr 33,Berlin

26 Nov 2010 – live with Martin kuentz at “Ausland “ Biegungen Bend/Break Festival 2010
Lychenerstr 60.Berlin

12 Oct 2010 – solo live at  DIENSTBAR  Galerie ZeitZone
Adalbertstr. 79. Berlin-Kreuzberg

10 Oct 2010 - LIVE INSTALLATION At  SIMULTANFESTIVAL 2010 in Timisoara (Romania)
and here

Saturday 4th September – 21:00 live with Alessandra Ezramo at Sowieso
Weisestraße 24,Berlin Neukölln

26 Aug 2010 –  concert with “ Splitter Orchester “ at hauptbahnhof Festival 2010

23 jun 2010   22:00 with PXPRD live set  at King Kong Klub

5-6 Jun 2010  18:00-24:00  Live Installation at E25 Festival at Artspace Rondeel

4 Jun 2010  21:00 -  Live-audio installation with PXPRD at ANTJE ÖKLESUND
Rigaer Straße 71/73, BERLIN/Germany

23 May 2010  21:30 Live Installation with Twilight Claps & Thunders
 at Madame Claude  Berlin/Germany

27 Mar 2010   21:00 – live with PXPRD at l’Entropy
1 rue Consolat 13001 Marseilles/FR

25 Mar 2010
  21:00 - live with PXPRD at l’Embobineuse
11 Boulevard Boués 13003 Marseille    

 20 Mar 2010  20:00 - with PXPRD at CarloLevi club
48 rue Saint Leonard - Liège/belgium Liège,

19 Mar 2010  21:00 at Muziekcentrum Kinky Star club
 Vlasmarkt 9  Gent /Belgium

18 Mar 2010  23:00 - live with PXPRD at "de barbaar"
kortrijksepoortstraat 215 Gent /Belgium

15 Dec 2009  22:00 - Frozen Sudhaus Live Installation with PXPRD at Kindlbrauerei

23 Nov 2009   24:00 - Broadcasting Live Installation with PXPRD for Salon Bruit at Herbstradio.FM Berlin/Germany

14 Apr 2009 –  live with HappyHerpes at International Noise Conference at Wallywoods Gallery (Part II)
Wally Woods Gallery. Berlin

31 Jan 2009, 21:00 – live at loophole
Boddinstr. 60.Berlin

20 Dec 2008, 21:00 – live at Salon Petra
Hobrechtstr. 47 Berlin.

22 Nov 2008, 21:00 - Penelopex - Analog Suicide Live at Electronic Church
Greifswalder Straße 223, Berlin, DE

06 Nov 2008, 20:00 - solo live at KSET
 Zagreb /Croatia

22 Oct 2008, 20:00 -  live at SpektroOpen fest     

04 Oct 2008, 20:00 solo live at Noizemachinetourtruckersroadshow
Heke Heidestr - Doberitzer str./S-bahn hbf

28 Sep 2008, 15:00 - Penelopex + A?:xl live at "2. Festival der ungewohnten Musik"
Open air Berlin.

20 Sep 2008, 21:00 - Penelopex + A?:xl live+ Dr Nexus - vinyl terror & horror

15 Aug 2008, 20:00 - Penelopex + A:xl live at Electronic Church     
Greifswalder Straße 223, Berlin, DE

18 Jul 2008, 20:00 – Penelopex live at Noizemachinetourtruckersroadshow festival
 Copenhagen, DK

06 Jul 2008, 20:00 -Penelopex live at FRIV -
FRIV Polish-German Festival of Improvisation, Poznan PL

28 Apr 2008, 21:00 - Penelopex live at Experimontag, Madame Claude
 Lübbener Str. 19, Berlin.

25 Apr 2008, 20:00 - C.Hilton /Promute /Penelopex at Total Artspace
Lenaurstr.5 Berlin.

30 Jan 2008, 21:30 - penelopex + giovanni de donà live SONIC WARGAMES at Maria Club
An der Schillingbrücke/ Stralauer Platz 33/34  Berlin.

26 Aug 2007, 20:00 - LIVE **les coulees succulents collective**
joint-venture#30, Zentrale Randlage e.V. Schönhauser Allee 172, Berlin, DE

02 Oct 2007, 21:00 - Live les coulees succulentes collective PenelopeX, DaviD*OpP, live
Antje Öklesund, Rigaer Straße 71/73, Berlin, DE

25 Oct 2007, 20:00 - Live les coulees succulents collecttive
Kita, Berlin, DE

26 Oct 2007, 21:00 - Live Penelopex, C . Hilton, Marcelo Aguirre, Lars Feistkorn    
Salonbruit, Kastanienallee 77, Berlin, DE

12 Dec 2007, 21:00 - Penelopex, Analog Suicide
Kaffee Schmidt, Schererstraße 11, Berlin, DE

23 Dec 2007, 17:00 - Audio Portrait of Berlin - live Presentation
La Fabbrica via carducci, 47035 Gambettola, Cesena, IT

24 Aug 2007, 22:00 - Live Les coulees succulents collective 
Salon Bruit, Kastanienallee 77, Berlin, DE

10 Aug 2007, 19:00 -  Penelopex live with Rauschpartikel, Stephane Leonard
Staalplaat Record Store, Berlin, DE

30 Jun 2007, 01:30 - //" les culees Succulentes collective" PenelopeX // DaviD*OpP // EmaLoT live at Fusion Festival
AIr Field Larz, DE

29 Jun 2007, 22:00  ////"Audio portrate of Berlin" field recording live set at Fusion Festival
AIr Field Larz, DE

19 Jun 2007, 21:00 - International Noise Summit 2007 -

16 Jun 2007, 20:30 - Penelopex Live at Dienstbar-Festival
Martin-Luther-Kirche Fuldastrasse 50-51, Berlin, DE

09 Jun 2007, 20:00 - Live "les coulees succulentes collective "
DATA, Marseilles, FR

08 Jun 2007, 09:00 - live les coulees succulentes collecttive
 PenelopeX // DaviD*OpP // EmaLoT

14 March 2007, 21:00 - PenelopeX  live with Border Line Noise,
 WELTEMPFAENGER Disco Mafia, Genova, IT

20 Feb 2007, 21:30 - PenelopeX //EmALot / live
Electronic Church, Greifswalder Straße 223, Berlin, DE

28 Jan 2007, 20:00 - EmaLoT vs Rober U, DaviD*OpP, PenelopeX
joint-venture#25, Zentrale Randlage e.V. Schönhauser Allee 172, Berlin, DE

16 Jan 2007, 21:30 - Penelopex , EmALot Live
Antje Öklesund, Rigaer Straße 71/73, Berlin, DE

 31 Dec 2006, 22:00 - penelopex - Field Recordings Live Set
Wendel / NSPT, Schlesische Strasse 42, Berlin, DE

15 Dec 2006, 22:00 - " Audio Portrate of Berlin '06 – Penlopex live
Ausland - Lychener str.60, Berlin, DE
Supported by GAI - Associazione per il circuito dei
Giovani Artisti Italiani/ PROGRAMM MOVIN 'UP 2006

01 Dec 2006, 21:30 - EmaLot/ruber u penelopex Live
Wendel / NSPT, Schlesische Strasse 42, Berlin, DE

03 Nov 2006, 22:00 - penelopex - Field Recordings Live Set
Wendel / NSPT, Schlesische Strasse 42, Berlin, DE

Previous shows with 2B1C band 2003-2005

ZÜRICH (CH) 5/04/2003 World's End Gallery
BOLOGNA(IT) 12/04/2003 Distorsonie Festival, Link –
HAMBURG (DE) 22/08/2003
Ladyfest Hamburg MS Stubnitz
BOLOGNA (IT) 6/12/2003 Soniq TPO
BOLOGNA (IT) 13/05/2004 Modo Infoshop
FAENZA (IT) 24/09/2004 Museo
TORINO (IT) 13/03/2005 FNAC. Streaming: Radio Clapas, 93.5 FM
in Montpellier, France ( K Centrale,

Exhibitions/sound lives and performances with Hotelnuclear from 2002 in Italy:
VIDIA (Cesena) 
NGDM (galleria a Ravenna) 
INDIE (Cervia) 
WADADA (Rimini) 
GRATIS (Senigallia)
LINK (Bologna) 
COCORICO (Riccione) 
VELVET (Rimini)
antiproibizionista Bologna 
ELETTRO+ (Firenze) 
Errata Corpora, event
organization and coordination by Channel83 
Ginnico Celeste Festival(Gambettola)CESENA
InfoModo book store (Bologna) 
L'Oreal Accademy, Act Out event/exibition (Roma).


Solo Live @ RED ROOM, Baltimore US 2013

Solo Live @Sonic Circuits Festival ,Washington DC 2013


Live performance @emitter studio 19 - Transmediale Vospiel Berlin 2013

 Live solo remix of Burkhard Beins REMIX-MODULE Sound Installation @ Quiet Que, Berlin 2013

          Photo: by Martin Kuentz
          Live-Performance @ QUOTA;UNQUOTA ,Salon Bruit Berlin 04.2013 

  Recordings with underwater mic - detector - Croatia 2012

  Live performance @ Able gallery - Berlin 2011

             Live Performance @ RAUM 20 - Berlin 2010

     Live Performance @ KINKY STAR - Gent (Belgium)2010

             Live Performance @ Zaitone Gallery - Berlin 2010

             live Performance @ Kindl Brauerei - Berlin 2009

           Live  Performance @ Zentrale Randlage - Berlin 2007

  Live Performance @ KZET - Zagreb noise festival - 2009


photo by Tom Kindermann

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