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Silent Chaos (Marta NoOne: modular synth, vocals, FX, laptop and video programming – Ugo Vantini: electronic and acoustic drums and percussions, loops, samplers, field recordings manipulation, graphics) is an experimental audiovisual project founded in Rome, Italy, in 2016. They moved to Scotland in 2018, searching for inspiration and new challenges.
Their music feeds on non-linear time, on conceptual and performing circularity: ancient and futuristic sounds advance in a spiral-shaped way. Their sound is structured but not predictable, in an impromptu composition based on channelling through improvisation. Past, present and future times merge in ancient sonorities and electronic twistings. They released their debut album “micro” through Eclectic Productions in 2017 and they were featured in four international compilations; the second album “Osclltr 012” was released in 2018 through Berlin’s label Osclltr Records. They are now finalizing the production of their third studio album “Macro”, which will be released on Spring Equinox 2020 for the label WDGAF.
Silent Chaos did sonorizations for various art exhibitions, they acted in theatrical and radio performances, and performed, with their audiovisual show, at the Italian contemporary art museum MAAM and in various other venues between Italy and UK. Currently based in the north-east of Scotland, Silent Chaos presented their composition “Schizophrenia in Schizophonia” in a live performance at the SERG Sonic Realities International Postgraduate Research Conference 2018 in Aberdeen, and performed at the King’s College Chapel for The University of Aberdeen Music Department; they performed with the A/V site-specific work “Permutations”, at the Kirk of St Nicholas in Aberdeen, in Autumn 2018 for sonADA inTransit III; they performed at the Glasgow’s CCA for Cryptic Nights, for the 25th anniversary of Cryptic Glasgow and the 10th anniversary of Cryptic Nights, on March 2019 with the A/V project “Origins”; they’ve also performed “Origins” at Anatomy Rooms in Aberdeen for Listen Again Festival 2019, the fringe of Look Again Festival. “Origins” radio edit has been broadcast for Radiophrenia 2019. They performed for WAGON in the Japanese Garden of Duthie Park “The secret music of plants”, an electroacoustic performance which involves a plant connected to the modular synthesizer with biofeedback sensors, letting the plant generate music through the synthesizer. In October 2019 they performed “Origins” at Sound Festival in Aberdeen.
In Summer 2019 they were awarded of the Alt-W Fund by New Media Scotland and Aberdeen Performing Arts, to produce a generative art work for the Aberdeen’s Music Hall giant LED screen. With “Human AutomatArt” they are going to fill the Music Hall with a bespoke network of different types of sensors, whose gathered data will drive the digital painting visualized live on the screen.
Marta NoOne is an Italian sound and visual artist, now based in the north-east of Scotland. Deeply interested in chaos and order interactions, human and machine connections, she’s engaged in an aesthetic-philosophical research that uses sounds and images to try to understand our current world. In this path she has organized unconventional events of electronic music and contemporary art, as the electronic music festival “Electric Cirkus” in Rome, featuring more than 30 artists and an audience of more than 2000 people; she has collaborated with several artists in live and theatrical performances, and produced original soundtracks for independent short films.
With her partner Ugo Vantini she created Silent Chaos, an electronic and electroacoustic experimental duo with which they released 2 albums and several single tracks for compilations worldwide, and have performed in different venues, museums and art galleries in Italy, at the SERG 2018 conference in Aberdeen, at the Kirk of St.Nicholas in Aberdeen for the sonADA inTransit III series and at the Glasgow’s CCA for Cryptic Nights in 2019, among others.
She has a Sound Engineering diploma and an Ableton Live Producer diploma. She has just completed the Master’s in Sonic Arts at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, with a Carlaw-Ogston Music Scholarship, presenting her interactive audio-visual work ‘Aletheia’. She also works as a sound engineer, both live and studio, and she worked for well-known composers, such as Pippa Murphy, and for Sound Festival.
Ugo Vantini is a musician, graphic artist and producer, born in Rome, Italy and based in Scotland, UK. He has also worked in theatrical and cinematographic productions covering different roles such as sound engineer, assistant director, editor, cameraman. He always used his main instrument, the drums, to communicate his personal conception of musicality, through the use of atypical sonorities, phrasing and exploration of unusual expressive languages, that depict his sound visions.
He has played since the beginning in musical groups, sometimes formed and produced by himself, that proposed music out-of-the-box, often with a strong connotation of improvisation, often collaborating with artists who shared his concepts of sound expressiveness and the use of complex polyrhythms. Recently the extended and integrated use of electronics, through the use of multiple pads, samples, field recordings, loops and effects, led him to use the drums in an even more organic way, expanding his stylistic style and enriching it with colours and sounds otherwise unreachable.
The meeting with Marta Noone marked an epochal change, in many aspects also personal, and the birth of Silent Chaos represented the realization of a union of shared thoughts and intentions, the achievement and development of his research, and marks a milestone in his musical journey as well as a new challenge and a new starting point towards the search for other unknown sound and visual worlds.
He created the soundtrack of several art exhibitions, theater performances and contemporary dance performing live music, performed live radio concerts and has also played in many music festivals, along with international artists, such as: Omaggio a Demetrio Stratos, Calcatronica, Risonanza, Progressivamente Rock Festival, Marechiaro Blues, Free Field Festival, Rock Progressive Festival Amnesty International, Electric Cirkus, Cryptic Nights, Listen Again Festival, fringe of Look Again Festival, and many more. He produced and played with bands such as Movie, Divae, VU Meters, Entropia e Entropia Techno Department. He has played and collaborated with groups and artists such as Balletto Di Bronzo, Ezra Winston, Gary Green, Vittorio Nocenzi, Rodolfo Maltese, Twin Dragons, Nicola Alesini, E Music and many others.