“…the result feels like a somewhat different sort of meditation. The role of the observer is active, audio filters and equalizers working as a metaphor for the imaginative filters of the listener’s consciousness. I’d call it a constructive work of attention focusing, in which the observer is drawn deeper into the construction.”
One of my flicker animation pieces (RGB Colour Model) will be screened next week in LA as part of “The Best of Punto y Raya” program. Lots of great stuff, if you’re in LA, don’t miss it! Thursday, March 23, 8PM.
“We are excited to announce the next installment of our ongoing iotaSalon series, a selection of beautiful and provocative works from the Punto y Raya Festival 2016 to screen at the Echo Park Film Center on Thursday, March 23. Punto y Raya has been dubbed ‘the most abstract film festival in the world’ by the Japanese press. Based in Barcelona, Spain, the festival criss-crosses the globe with each year’s award-winning films, representing the best of contemporary abstract film. The 85-minute Best-Of program showcases experimental narrative expressions using pure form, color, motion, and sound, avoiding direct representation and bringing people together with imagery that is current, universal and timeless.”
One of my data bending/glitch/sound illustrations/designs has been featured in an article published in the Digital Arts magazine website. “The Best Button Badge Designs of 2016 now available as prints”.
I found this by chance, and it’s a bit funny because I spent a lot of years translating articles for the Spanish version of that magazine. Anyway, my design is not available as print, but if you like it you can buy the button badge.
I love rain, I’m sure that you all know that by now. I made this field recording last week from my window while I was working.
The sound of the rain is always beautiful. In this case, it’s interrupted by cars from time to time and you can also hear some construction workers that are restoring a nearby building. I recorded the sound using a Zoom H2n, without external microphones.
About my recordings of rain
I started recording the rain a long time ago, I think that it was in 2009, but I’m not sure. I have an archive of field recordings, most of them from Barcelona, where I live. You can find a lot of these recordings at Archive.
I started recording the rain using a Mini Disc, now I use a portable digital recorder, sometimes with binaural microphones. I like to walk under the rain, so some of the recordings are soundwalks.
I also have my rainography blog: images, texts, sounds, videos, paintings, and all kind of things related to rain.
Why I love rain
I live in Barcelona, which is not a rainy place, but I was born in Ferrol and I grew up in A Coruña, two cities in north-west Spain, on the Atlantic coast, where it rains a lot. Really, a lot, like 130 days per year. Maybe I just miss that weather, I don’t know.
Some people think that Spain is all the same, all sunny and hot, but that’s not true. Barcelona is a perfect example of that typical Spanish idea, sunny and hot, specially in summer, most people love it, but not me. Sometimes Barcelona is too hot and it’s uncomfortable.
In any case, in Barcelona there’re sometimes really huge storms, and I love that!
Blade Runner (1982)
All those cyberpunk moments where I live. Just warming you up. Walking alone. Walking alone when all of a sudden you look down. Doesn’t make any difference. Maybe you wanna be by yourself. I understand what you mean.
You reach down. It’s a test designed to provoke an emotional response. A new life awaits you in the Off-world. Custom-tailored, genetically engineered humanoid. Climb and maintain. Over the landing threshold.
Sit down, cyberpunk.
Walking the streets. Stop right where you are. Reaction time is a factor where I live. Three nights ago they tried to break through an electrical field crawling towards you on intergalactic runs. Incept date: 2016. Optimum self-sufficiency.
A basic pleasure model in the outer colonies to copy human beings. Fail-safe device. Go put the machine on it. Fluctuation of the pupil. Involuntary dilation of the iris. Just relax.
Plus the killing cyberpunk.
I’d take him to the television. I’d kill it. He likes it so much he hangs it on your bedroom wall. A banquet is in progress. Commerce is our goal here. An experiment, nothing more. A strange obsession.
“This film’s perceptual manipulations make productive use of after-images and other visual effects. The jury was impressed by the positive expanded cinema challenge that this film presented to its audience.” —First Prize: RGB Colour Model
What a great news! What a great honour!