“Hyphae” by Richard Scott & Marta Zapparoli
Sound Anatomy SA011
Richard Scott - analogue and modular synthesisers
Marta Zapparoli - tapes, electronics
1. Ascomycota 13:02
2. Zygomycota 06:25
3. Hyphae 12:09
Hyphae was recorded live at the Sound Anatomy concert series in Berlin and marks the debut release from a duet exploring sound, noise and electronics from two rather different aesthetics and technologies, Scott focussed on a visceral approach to analogue and modular synthesizers and Zapparoli performing using an impressive table full of vintage analogue tape machines and field recordings. The dialogue they discover together is fertile, intense and surprising, discovering many different directions and possibilities: a very open music, excluding nothing in its conversation. What the two seem to share is a desire even in the most noisy and abstract contexts to find narrative, dialogue, consequence and coherence
The album title is inspired by the artwork from Jane Lawson, based on her installation in which fungi slowly consume the decaying founding texts of Neo-liberalism. The cover features mushroom devouring a copy of Adam Smith’s economic text Wealth of Nations.
MARTA ZAPPAROLI: tape recorders, reel to reel tape machine, electronics
Born in 1975, Marta is an Italian experimental sound artist, improviser, performer, musician, self taught researcher. She works and lives in Berlin since 2007. Her music mainly consists in narrative sonic pieces that she builds using a wide variety of recording techniques without borders, devices, antennas and some self-made microphones . She is interested on the boundaries and relations between acoustic ecology, vibration sound, noise pollution, radio nature (VLF), air and navy communication, wireless and telegraph. From 2014 she has focused her project on Inaudible Sound recordings (radio waves and spectral signals) which shape our sense and perception of acoustic reality. With her recordings she building narratives, imaginative sonic pieces live through improvisation with real time tape recorders and reel-to-reel tape machine manipulation.
Marta has performed in Festivals all over Europa and Turkey, Norway, Sweden, U.S.A, UK, Denmark, in festivals as : März musik, Transmedial Vorspiel (Germany), Huddersfield (UK), Darmstadt (Germany), Atonal (Germany), High Zero (USA), Gaiger (Sweden), Crack (France) Borealis (Norway) and many more. Playing with many highly regarded musicians and bands like Matmos, LAFMS, Zeena Parkins, Paul lovens, and many more. Next from her solo project she is a member of : Berlin’s 24 piece Splitter Orchestra, PXPRD with Martin Kuentz, Duo with Alessandra Eramo, (TOWA) with Julie Rousse, (THE ELKS) Liz Allbee/Kai Fagaschinski/Billy Roisz/, Duo with Billy Roisz, PAREIDOLIA with Liz Allbee, (CIRCUIT TRAINING IV) and Duo with Emilio Gordoa.
She has released several albums on Umbrella Noise rec, Idiosyncratics rec, Audition Rec, Nohmad Rec and Zeromoon, Mikroton, SPINA rec. She was also extensively featured on WDR3 Open Studio Elektronische Musik Deutchland, Radio Galera (Marseilles), Radio REBOOT.FM at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), Radio tcfsr (Amburgo). In 2006 she received the MOVINUP Award for her field recording project An Audio Portrait of Berlin. She has done residences at EMS (Stockholm), Air program at Krems (Austria), DAR (Lithuania).
RICHARD SCOTT – electronics, modular and anlogue synthesizers
Richard is an English free improvising musician and electroacoustic composer living in Berlin working with electronics including modular synthesizers and controllers such as the Buchla Thunder and Lightning. He has been composing and performing for over 25 years, recently working with Evan Parker, Jon Rose, Richard Barrett, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Ute Wassermann, Axel Doerner, Audrey Chen, Frank Gratkowski and his own Lightning Ensemble. He studied free improvisation in the 1980s with John Stevens, saxophone with Elton Dean and Steve Lacy, and more recently electroacoustic composition with David Berezan and Ricardo Climent. He has had performed at concerts all over Europe, had several pieces featured at at the International Conference of Computer Music. He has released many albums, for example with Grutronic and Evan Parker for PSI records, “The Magnificence of Stereo” (sruti BOX), a series of duet and trio releases, a solo double modular synthesizer LP, “Several Circles" and an album with Sidsel Endresen, “Debris in Lower Earth Orbit” on CUSP Editions. He runs a digital label, Sound Anatomy, is initiator of the Sines&Squares Festival in Manchester, and has curated several concert series in Berlin, including Basic Electricity, AUXXX and Sound Anatomy.