Marta De Pascalis (Rome, 1987) is an italian composer living and working in Berlin. Her solo works employ analog synthesis and tape loops, incorporating free playing into steady, repetitive patterns. She has produced two albums of Berlin School minimal synth excursions: the self-released Quitratue (2014) and Anzar (The Tapeworm, 2016). Her new piece ‘Her Core’ will be published on spring 2018 by The Wormhole.
1: The Dolomites were islands at the equator.
2: The camels in Hasenheide have disappeared.
3: Nobody will ever do better than Autechre.
1. What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
Resistance in various aspects of life – from resistance against capitalism to the vortex of pessimism.
2. How and when did you get into making music?
When I discovered psychedelia.
3. What are 5 of your favourite albums of all time?
The Cure – Pornography (or Faith?)
Autechre – Oversteps (or LP5?)
Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation (or Experimental Jet Set, Trash a No Star?) Nico – Desertshore (or The Marble Index?)
Coil – Music to play in the dark (or The Ape of Naples?)
4. What do you associate with Berlin?
The crowd outside the cheap supermarket on Sonnenalle.
The Sunset at Tempelhof.
The trees that I see changing every season by my windows.
Rats at Night.
5. What’s your favourite place in your town?
If we talk about Rome, the town where I’m from, then my favorite place is Piramide.
6. If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
Read, write, make wine.
7. What was the last record/music you bought?
Autechre NTS Sessions Box Set.
8. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Kim Gordon, Roberta Wjm Andreucci.
9. What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
As spectator, Autechre at Conne Island in Leipzig in 2016. As performer, at Fela, a bar in little village on a lake in the North-East of Italy: an old guy walked in during the concert asking if it was somebody’s funeral, and then right after the set I saw a shooting star with my boyfriend.
10. How important is technology to your creative process?
Technology is important just to the executive process, In order to create something you just need your free mind I guess.
11. Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career/art?
I have a sister, she came to see me live once… I know she appreciates more my collages artworks rather than my music, but she is supportive cause she knows how music is fundamental to me.
Order Marta De Pascalis’ new release on the Wormhole here.