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About the work:

Digital Atmospheres is a conceptual work written for an ensemble of eight players, evanescent conductor, fixed electronics and extended audience. It explores the sound, light and choreography as well its representation in the digital age.

It is divided in seven sections – or miniatures – that follow one another without interruption. Each section includes a subtitle extrapolated from a concept taken from the 3rd Industrial Revolution – to exception of the last one – what imbricates the musical materials to a conceptual creative impulse. That sections are;

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From a germinal point of view, Digital Atmospheres seeks a synthesis in both acoustic and digital materials. Employing a variety of techniques and sonic-elements such as: field recordings, wall of sound, granulation, Shepard-Risset glissando, sampling or L-Systems; as well as virtual tools such as reverb, delay and distortion; that are re-introduced into a purely acoustic environment. As come happening in many of my previous works, the whole materials confluence from a primal musical gesture (developing itself in an entropic way); dealing this time with a set of six chords that are stratified and manipulated in both axes, vertical and horizontal throughout the entire piece. In the last section – vii. digital natives / digital slaves – the electronic material is fused with that produced by the audience through using their smartphones like portable speakers; thus breaking the ‘fourth wall’ and turning the audience into an active element inside the sonic discourse.

In memoriam of Richard Edgar Løvstrøm (aka Thomas Wilfred).

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Thomas Wilfred:

 

Thomas Wilfred (né Richard Edgard Løvstrøm; 1889 - 1968), a Danish-born artist who came to the United States in 1916 to pursue his burgeoning vision of an art that treated light itself as a medium. To describe his new art form, Wilfred coined the term lumia. In these entirely silent and kinetic works, he employed basic technical means - including electrical, reflective, and mechanical elements - to direct light onto translucent screens, some the size of early television sets, others of cinematic scale. 

The resulting multicolored compositions often mimic the effect of the aurora borealis rhythmically pulsing in the night sky, changing in palette and pattern as light fades away and then reemerges. Developed over the course of half a century, Wilfred's wide-ranging lumia constitute one of the first aesthetic fusions of modern abstraction and technology.

Thomas Wilfred

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Credits

 

Composer & fixed electronics by Antón Alcalde.

www.aalcaldemusic.com

MAXmsp patch developed by Pedro Vicente Caselles.

www.perevicalet.com

Video art by Laurent Fort.

www.customartlight.com