‘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.
Martina describes the process: ‘ This record has been born during a time in which I had no strength. Neither physical nor psychological. 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 my own 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.’.
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 eight tracks of ‘All the ghosts are gone’ are a chronicle of a disorganised reconstruction. They evoke desegregated landscapes, in which the voice of the cello is a hazy narrator in a hypnagogic state.
'All the ghosts are gone' is due to be released on the 8th of January 2020 by FALK as digital download and tape cassette limited edition.
released January 8, 2020
composed, played and produced by Martina Bertoni, Berlin 2019
voice on track nr. 8 by Hinrik Þór Svavarsson
mastered by Boris Wildorf at Anderebaustelle Tonstudio, Berlin 2019