Marta Zapparoli

Marta Zapparoli is an Italian experimental sound artist, improviser, performer and musician. She works and lives in Berlin since 2007. Her music mainly consists in strongly narrative sonic pieces, that she builds using a wide variety of recording techniques. Although it could be qualified as abstract, Zapparoli’s music reveal an accurate sense of nativity. Her soundscapes, built using real-time tape manipulation and mixing, creating sounds that are considered non-musical or overheard are usually qualified as dense, tense & strongly emotional.


1: It seems there is no more time to have time to think and reflect deeply and truly about yourself and life.
2: There is no more risk in art and many artists in any field are afraid to say  NO!
3: Fantasy it is a rare gift in our contemporary world.


1.What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
The audible and inaudible sound from the external world, it is the most inspiration to create my music.

2.How and when did you get into making music?
I got into music at the age of 15, playing and studying Sax Soprano and recording conversations and sound in my town with tape recorder.

3.What are your 5 favorite albums of all time?
Coil – Astral Disaster
The legendary pink dots – Any Day Now
Maryanne Amacher – Head Rhythm 1 and Plaything 2
Fred Frith – Gravity
Sukia – Dream machine

4.What do you associate with Berlin?
A temporary good chance to be an artist and to dedicate more than 70 percent of the time to your project and to survive in the same time.

5.What’s your favorite place in your town?
For sure my favorite place in Berlin it is Teufelsberg, I went to record many times there, it is so lunar and a kind of magic place!
But also Tempelhof field and all the many aband on underground tunnels.

6.If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
The same thing, because following my project I could use any kind of noise created by movements, objects, humans, environments, animals, vibrations, and many other things to create my music.
Or, on the other side I would build a machine to produce sound.

7.What was the last record you bought?
GONG by Tatsuya Nakatani two months ago in Portland (OR) US

8.Who would you most like to collaborate with?
With many interesting artists and musicians as I do, but if I have to say one name, I’d like to collaborate with YUNKO.

9.What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
I don’t have a best gig as a performer because every gig it is different and special, it would be impossible to choose only one.
As spectator, recently I enjoyed very much (Horse Lords) concert. It is a very good band from Baltimore.

10.How important is technology to your creative process?
Technology it is not fundamental for my project but necessary to develop a part of it.

11.Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career?
I have a sister, she likes my sound project and she thinks that I’m a radical outsider in what I’m doing…