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Marta De Pascalis - Anzar

Marta De Pascalis


The Tapeworm

Released: 16th December 2016 | 2 track ambient album

Marta De Pascalis (b. 1987) is a musician from Rome, currently based in Berlin who works primarily with synthesizers and tape loops. Anzar and Emerso are two works composed using improvisation on a tape-loop system, in which patterns of repetition create a sense of a dense, dynamic and cathartic distance. Anzar's cover art is from a series of black ink paintings made by Marta's father in the 1970s.

I see these pieces as tied in a cyclical motion with their sounds moving in different directions. In Anzar, sounds are constantly falling from the source, landing gently and staying on the tape's surface until they fade out to be replaced by other sounds, finally reaching an austere resolution. In Emerso, there's a different scenario: a persistent theme in the background with sounds that slowly emerge, interact and then dissolve, ending with an abrupt change of tone. Where is the centre of this cycle? Where is the centre of this tape? The centre is moving constantly; the centre is missing. Switch sides. Repeat. - Marta De Pascalis, Berlin, 19th August 2016.