TTW#88 – Marta De Pascalis – Anzar
Illustration – GDP (Untitled, 1973)
All music by Marta De Pascalis – synthesizers, tape echo. Mastered by Francesco Donadello at Calyx Mastering.
Marta De Pascalis (b. 1987) is a musician from Rome, currently based in Berlin, who works primarily with synthesisers 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. The cover art is from a series of black ink paintings made by Marta’s father in the 1970s.
Marta De Pascalis writes: “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.
Merchants Of Air (Belgium):
Speaking of acts like Kraftwerk, Schulze and Tangerine Dream, here are two pieces of circular synth and tape-loop music, courtesy of Italian artist Marta De Pascalis. Both are long tracks, seemingly based around a central theme but constantly moving and changing. Title track “Anzar” really takes me back to those early electronics pioneers, often coming up with some folkish melodies along with the cold synth sequences. “Emerso” sounds a bit darker, somewhat nudging towards the ambient scene. In all, I like this one a tad better than the opener, probably because of its lingering soundscapes. In all, this certainly is an interesting release, which comes highly recommended to anyone who loves those old, almost psychedelic electronics. But be quick, there are only 100 copies of this tape…
Berlin school minimal synth outings from Rome born, Berlin based musician Marta De Pascalis. Improvisational, tape loop driven excursions inspired by a series of paintings from Marta’s father which date back to the 1970’s. Think JD Emmanuel with a touch of Keith Fullerton Whitman. If you like what you hear, check her earlier LP Quitratue (self-released) for more of the same.