ALL THE GHOSTS ARE GONE

FALK (tape cassette/digital)

‘All the ghosts are gone’ is the first full length album from Berlin based cellist and composer Martina Bertoni,  and follows the release of her two EPs, respectively in 2018 and 2019. 

It’s a journal of a process of recovery, that was formulated during a time of physical and mental exhaustion. The compositions are recollections of emotional landscapes, born from a moment of fracture and conflict with a past identity.

Martina describes the process: ‘During a period in which the energies available for all the minute things of everyday life were very minimal composing this album has been the very first therapy I could take on. I had to look for who I was, in a time in which I had no strength. Waking up everyday and composing was a way for me to regain my identity and finding back my balance’.

‘I started to explore what was  unknown to me, as I wanted my cello to sound completely alien.  I had to find ways to get the sounds I liked: grainy, opaque, dusty…I did not want melodies nor did I want harmonies. I wanted to dig deep into the sonic textures that my cello could give me. I wanted layers and layers and layers of sound. To learn how to be hypnotised. I wanted to pretend to be an electronic producer. Hence I started doing the opposite to a reasonable treatment for obtaining a ‘healthy’ and ‘beautiful’ cello sound’. Filtering, layering, heavy processing, beat programming are the tools used to describe the eight stories that constitute ‘All the ghosts are gone’. The cello is stretched, drowned, multiplied and dissected. Therefore re-composed in a different state.’ I create beats and use distortion and modulation as singing voices, de-fragmenting the idea of theme, making my music sound like a cloud of dust or like drops of liquid falling into puddles’.

The main drive during the seven months of composition of the record was the will of finding a more concise way of composing and depicting the sonic world that Bertoni lives in. The mistreatment that she subjected her cello to, is a pathway to what she describes as a ‘liberation’. This record has been born from the necessity of stepping out of a pretty uncomfortable comfort zone. One of being a cellist and willing to create music that didn’t belong to her instrument.  

The eight tracks of ‘All the ghosts are gone’ are a chronicle of a disorganized reconstruction. They evoke desegregated landscapes, in which the voice of the cello is a  hazy narrator in a hypnagogic state. It is a record full of sounds of the place where it was born, and tells a story sometimes dramatic, sometimes suspended, of a pursuit of  meaning.

All the ghosts are gone is due to be released on the 8 January 2020 by the Icelandic label FALK (https://falkworld.bandcamp.com/)

Elevate

Martina Bertoni

My new album will be released in a few time.
To fill the waiting, I decided to released a song, that won't be included in my next work.
This track is a celebration of all the beautiful things that happen in life, and marks new roads in this music I am making.
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The green EP

Martina Bertoni

This EP contains the results of my first ever residency I made in Turin (Italy) in May 2019. It is based on the idea of creating a sonic map of a place, the Royal Horse Staples in Turin, in the very heart of the city.
When I came back home I had this material with me and I was still reverberating with a weird disturbed energy. I was coming back to my home country after a long time, meeting new and old friends and sensing a general feeling of struggle at every level. A struggle for everyday life, for freedom of expression and artistic creation.
This struggling vibe came back with me to Berlin, and somehow I had to give it a shape and put it out.
This is how and why The green EP is born
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In A Paradise You Would Be Happy

Martina Bertoni

This EP is a first release. Finally. If we might want to find a story behind it, we could tell this one. Here in Berlin I live in a very strange place, it is called "the Denkmal", the Memorial. It's a brutalist complex surrounded by a thick park,there's a lake, and in some parts it resembles a wood. It is said to be a place to live for War heroes and officials during the GDR times. Living here is sweet, far from the contemporary Berlin hypsteria. I use to come home from work at dusk. The wood contains the buildings, brushing away the supposed dystopia. On my way home I'm always welcomed by foxes, squirrels and hedgehogs...not to say bats and nocturnal birds. For me I call this place home, and this music of mine it's like this wood that welcomes me every night.
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