Sala Murray Schafer
Francisco Sosa 383, Colonia Barrio de Santa Catarina, Coyoacán, Ciudad de México
The Arecibo Observatory is a radio telescope located in Puerto Rico, and operated by Cornell University under cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation. The observatory's 1,000 foot radio telescope is the largest single-aperture telescope ever constructed. It carries out three major areas of research: radio astronomy, aeronomy, and radar astronomy observations of solar system objects. The telescope is internationally recognized for its work in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI).
Arecibo Observatory was designed and initiated by astrophysicist William Gordon, in 1960, and completed in 1963. Bill Gordon was Provost at Rice University during a portion of my tenure there, a friend and an ardent supporter of music at the university. This piece, Arecibo, imagines the sounds represented by the radio signals received from the vastness of our universe, and may or may not contain audible clues as to the existence of intelligent life therein. Listen closely…
" 'Minotauro' Acariciando a una Mujer"
Based on Picasso's drawing "Minotaur caressing a sleeping woman."
It shows the side that does not try to demonstrate male erotism and domination, but the sentimental load through the sounds which are far from words.
"Air Under Water"
Irving Paul Kinnersley and Finn Kinnersley
Air Under Water’ is a fantasy that immerses the viewer in an underwater world of refracted light, sound and air. It suggests a world that might exist in the hidden depths of a glass of carbonated water, taking the viewer on a journey which metamorphises from the literal to the imaginary and back again. The imaginary, though, is also real: it is composed of sound and vision recorded underwater, to capture the unique and organic formations which are gently transformed into a strange and playful world.
"The Island of Dolls"
The Island of the Dolls is a multimedia performance piece for processed trombone and electronics. Inspired by Don Julian Santana Barrera’s infamous visionary art site, “La Isla de las Muñecas” on Lake Xochimilco. According to legend, Don Julian began collecting dolls to appease the spirit of a young girl that he found drowned in one of the lake’s canals. Today the small island is covered with hundreds of deteriorating dolls and is rumored to be haunted by the girl’s spirit. Upon discovering this island for myself, I was struck by Don Julian’s immense and unresolved fear. Expanding on this idea, I created a cut-up poem using bits of poetry about dolls, sirens, and shipwrecks paired with video from the island. Together, this piece is meant to symbolize the ongoing humanitarian crisis facing our borders and world future.
A live improvisation exploring the interplay between the different sound sources being played, seeking to create a complex and intricate dialogue with seemingly unrelated materials, using traditional musique concrète techniques such as looping, transposition and effects.