Sound creation: worldwide networks, “real world” and immersive virtualities; Francisco Lopéz lecture

  • 28. 03. 2014
  • 28/03/2014
  • 11:00
  • IIM, Technická 2

The presentation will discuss how his sound creative practise has been shaped over the past 30+ years by two main environments of influence that divert from common music training: the independent home-music worldwide network (starting in the late 70s) and the influence of ‘real world’ sonic environments, particularly from nature.

His work with field recordings is not influenced by representational goals but rather by the intention of creating new worlds of sonic experience based on a transformation of that source – inspirational ‘reality’.

One of the main elements of this development of new sonic realities as public experiences has to do with a reconfiguration of sound systems and spaces towards an immersive experience that challenges the general canon of the stage. The stage is an ancient convention for the establishment of a contemplative experience that has been uncritically adopted by most Western musical practices. In the case of electronic / experimental music, the absence of a stage –and thus its perceptive and symbolic consequences-permits to reunite in a single person the generator / controller of sound, transfers the atention from the performer to the sound itself, and
transforms the sonic experience from contemplative to immersive.

Francisco López is internationally recognized as one of the major figures of the sound art and experimental music scene. For more than thirty years he has developed an astonishing sonic universe, absolutely personal and iconoclastic, based on a profound listening of the world. Destroying boundaries between industrial sounds and wilderness sound environments, shifting with passion from the limits of perception to the most dreadful abyss of sonic power, proposing a blind, profound and transcendental listening, freed from the imperatives of knowledge and open to sensory and spiritual expansion.

He has realized hundreds of concerts, projects with field recordings, workshops and sound installations in over seventy countries of the five continents. His extensive catalog of sound pieces (with live and studio collaborations with over 150 international artists) has been released by more than 300 record labels worldwide. He has been awarded four times with honorary mentions at the competition of Ars Electronica Festival and is the recipient of the Qwartz Award 2010 for best sound anthology.
In Prague López is the guest of the Stimul festival, performing at the Church of Saint Vavřinec at 29.March with Slávek Kwi – Arteficial Memory Trace

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