cmqmartina is a human being and proves it with “123 medicine”

cmqmartina is a human being and proves it with “123 medicine”

Cristiano Di Capua · 2 months ago · Music

Writing about one’s weaknesses unfiltered is one of the most difficult things for human beings to do. Yet cmqmartina (born Martina Sironi, class of ’99) has succeeded in doing it to a tee. Available from Friday 13 her new single “123 medicine” for Columbia Records\Sony Music Italy, tells about how important it is to exorcise one’s weaknesses by talking about them, making them small and helpless. Intrigued by the person and her great attachment to music (especially electronic music), we asked her a few questions about this single and future projects involving her.

Hi Martina, let’s start right away with a very simple but never obvious question. How are you doing?

How am I doing? Interesting question, no one ever asks me that in interviews – laughs – I’m caught up in so many things, I have a really hectic life right now, so I don’t even have time to stop and actually figure out how I’m doing. I’m definitely in a good moment, I have to say. There are so many things in the pipeline that you will then get to know with time.

After your album “DISCO 2,” the single “123 medicine” marks a new phase in your project. What should we expect from this new chapter? Give us some spoilers, what’s in the pot?

It is really a new chapter. “123 medicine” is a different piece, written piano voice, with which I feel a strong emotional connection. The producers I worked with then helped me build this wonderful palace, if we can call it that. Even on a structural level it’s different, it’s a constant crescendo of music and feeling. All the new music I am making and will make will definitely be experimental, but still my own-a natural evolution.
Between trap drums, recorded violins and a variety of synths, we really put ourselves out there. Basically one of the goals in my artistic journey is to put myself out there, and with this piece I’m really doing that. Also thanks to the producer Mr. Monkey I was able to write in new ways and I’m very happy about that.

The track on listening comes across as intimate and delicate, without ever losing that electronic contamination that has always been present in your music. In this case, more than ever, it is glaring that you wrote this piece out of your own personal need. Do you consider music an art that can overcome your inner weaknesses?

Absolutely, writing for me is very therapeutic. This piece in particular was more so than the others. The theme of medication/anxiety/depression I live it every day, think that “123 Medications” I wrote in one night, more difficult than the others, but also because of that I am very happy with the result we got. I feel it very much my own.

As I mentioned, there is always an electronic side to your music. In your life, how much weight has club music had?

Definitely important. I actually got to know club music and that whole world quite late, I was never one of those little girls who always went to clubs (my mother wouldn’t let me go to places like that). Then in Milan I got to know, also thanks to my friends, many different and at the same time quiet places. Many of my happiest memories are precisely those involving sounds and friends. When I discovered all this world I tried to bring it into my music, make it more my own and usable. There was just a moment when I combined the two and cmqmartina was born. I would like to make people who come to my concerts feel the same way I feel when I go to clubs: free, happy, with the desire to dance even with strangers, without problems.

Live shows are starting up again and we will definitely see you on stages around Italy. How important is the live dimension in your music and how do you live that experience?

Actually, I tell you, I’m not one of those people who started playing live right away. X Factor, from this point of view, helped me understand all the dynamics that accompany the live dimension, it was a real school for me. To this day, on stage I vent so much and I’m comfortable with it, I make it my own. Gradually I feel that I am evolving, I can feel calm and loose even in front of so many people. I like to improvise, get carried away by the things around me. I would tell you that I’m very instinctive on stage, which I couldn’t do before, but with time I’ve learned to really appreciate it.

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Brad Walls knows that squash is a geometric sport

Brad Walls knows that squash is a geometric sport

Tommaso Berra · 3 days ago · Photography

It could not have been easy to fly a drone inside a 20-square-meter squash court, but photographer Brad Walls felt it was the only way to enhance geometry and movement in a few shots. The “Vacant” series depicts the geometry of bodies, moving a choreographed within scenes inspired by surrealism and retro-futurism.
The idea of choosing that particular location came from a visit by the artist to the squash court in which he played in his high school days. The empty space the lines of the field inspired the artist to create one of his aerial series, which had at its center the human body detached from the context but perfectly inserted into the geometric layout.

Squash | Collater.al

One of Brad Walls’ challenges was to avoid a claustrophobic effect, so white is the predominant color in the shots, repeated even in the models’ clothes, a choice that would make even Wimbledon organizers happy.
The clothes themselves are an element that reinforces the concept of retrofuturism, creating a tension between past and future through the inclusion of a futuristic wardrobe in an 80s context such as the squash court.
Looking forward to publishing his first book, due out in the fall and titled “Pools from Above,” Brad Walls defined “Vacant” as follows: “Geometry provides a hint at consistency in an ever inconsistent world. Innately, humans are drawn to it. Me, maybe more so”.

Squash | Collater.al
Squash | Collater.al
Squash | Collater.al
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All for the Gram – Soviet Innerness

All for the Gram – Soviet Innerness

Tommaso Berra · 3 days ago · Photography

Hosted this week by All for the Gram is not just a serial profile but an actual archive that collects details of an aesthetic that, however decayed, still holds great appeal. Soviet Innerness is a journey into Soviet design through the interiors of abandoned houses, amid torn wallpaper and cold, chipped tiles.

The wallpaper has been replaced in some cases by newspaper pages bearing news and photos from the 1980s, the peeling walls look like a layering of now-faded colors, as do the flower designs that once probably appeared more colorful.
The walls of Soviet Innerness are full of tired geometries, blocks of color and forms that always give the idea of unfinished, or of something that ended too quickly, leaving time for cracks to make everything look so beautiful and decadent.

The project curated by Elena Amabili and Alessandro Calvaresi describes the aesthetics of the Eastern Bloc and the themes that were present throughout the houses. There are illustrations on the walls of the countryside in USSR space, but also the great industrialization of communist cities and the memory of Misha, the popular mascot of the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

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Giulia Degasperi’s tale of pastoralism in Trentino

Giulia Degasperi’s tale of pastoralism in Trentino

Tommaso Berra · 4 days ago · Photography

In summer, whole herds of cattle move from the valleys to the mountain meadows, thousands of feet above sea level, where the air is thinner and the rhythms are dictated only by nature’s needs. Along with the animals travel shepherds, who in the mountain pastures become part of a single cycle of life, which does not suffer pauses but flows slowly and steadily.
Giulia Degasperi has represented this age-old practice of the mountains of Trentino, without directly showing the beauty of the landscapes but that of work, effort and tradition. The series “These Dark Mountains” is an anthropological study that describes the abandonment of small mountain towns and the difficulty of preserving habits that have always linked man and nature.
The choice to shoot in black and white makes the photographs almost timeless. One cannot frame a historical period because everything has remained the same, from the places to the shepherds’ clothes.

You can support the publication of a volume dedicated to the work of photographer Giulia Degasperi through the fundraiser launched by SelfSelf, click here to find out how you can help make this photography project a reality.

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A world without adults in the photos of Julie Blackmon

A world without adults in the photos of Julie Blackmon

Tommaso Berra · 1 week ago · Photography

A world without “when I was your age it was different,” without “the youth of today are worthless,” a world in which therefore there is no “adultsplanning” and children seem to be able to do everything in total autonomy.
This is the landscape depicted in photography by Julie Blackmon, an American artist associated with family issues and small-town life.
The shots are social satire disguised within everyday scenes in which children are the real protagonists, not to say the only ones. All the details depicted are symbolic, as is the arrangement of the subjects, inspired by scenes painted by 17th-century Flemish painters.
Julie Blackmon’s goal is to represent the context of small American communities, tracing the dreams promoted by the American model.

One characteristic of Julie Blackmon’s children is their total detachment from anything related to contemporary technology. Thus they can be found playing “like in the old days,” painting the driveway with chalk, or in the handcrafted swimming pool in their own backyard.
Of inspiration for the photographer’s vision is the context of large families, being herself the eldest of nine siblings. In doing so she traces memories and what more generally influences childhood, made up of landscapes and elements that shape the way we think even as adults, those that Julie does not want to represent, deliberately leaving the feeling of a world in which everything is disconnected.

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