White

You must be. You must be all night. You must be alright. You must be just fine.

The Sonic Image at Disquiet

Some days ago, Marc Weidenbaum wrote in his blog disquiet something about my blog transsubstantiatio. I’m a reader of disquiet since a long time ago, so it’s nice to see my work there.

“The result, nonetheless, is striated noise. In the mind’s eye, it’s the fuzz of a dead channel. I wonder what the channel would show if it were properly dialed in.”

Reflecting Story: Música visual

Julien Tatham has write in his web Reflecting Story something really nice about my blog Música visual, so thank you!

“Il existe depuis 2006 et on trouve des vidéos expérimentales pointues d’un grand intérêt. C’est vraiment un site où l’on découvre de vrais films originaux et je pense que c’est toujours intéressant de s’ouvrir à des créations différentes. L’auteur du blog nous dégote à chaque fois des perles en faisant un grand travail de recherche…”

Esta mesa es de dominio público

Esta mesa es de dominio público, coordinado por JL Espejo.

Con la proliferación de espacios para almacenamiento y difusión de sonido en Internet, crecen también las particularidades legales y políticas. Algunos de los puntos a discutir para esta mesa serán qué tipo de licencias aparentemente son libres, a quien pertenecen en última instancia estos archivos, donde se localizan y como asegurarnos que sean realmente libres y compartidos.

17:00. Estrategias contra el copyright.

La conversación se centrará en el tema de dominio público de sonidos en relación al usuario. Los sistemas para compartir y subir sonido a internet, y como sus políticas y legislaciones afectan a un usuario estándar. Se centrará también en algunas estrategias y alternativas a los sistemas de intercambio habituales.

Blanca Rego. _blank is an entity, null66913 is a place. Colabora y lleva varios blogs dedicados al arte sonoro, la música visual o la lluvia. Recientemente ha publicado una serie bajo el título Strategies Against © y ha estado investigando sobre distintos contratos y formatos de almacenamiento y difusión aparentemente libres.

Kamen Nedev. Productor cultural independiente, ha trabajado en distintos aspectos de la cultura libre desde espacios como Liquidación Total, para la biblioteca digital BookCamp o en la grabación y remezcla sonora relacionada con el activismo político.

18:00. Archivos inundados.

Esta mesa se centrará en las cuestiones de dominio público en relación al archivo, la propiedad y su espacio físico que estos archivos ocupan. Cómo ofrecer soluciones estructurales a los problemas expuestos en la mesa anterior. ¿Que sucedería si se inundase Archive.org?

Xabier Erkizia. Dirige el Audiolab de Arteleku y el festival Ertz de otras músicas y el proyecto de cartografía sonora Soinumapa. Actualmente coordina un proyecto de archivo de arte sonoro con Tabakalera de Donosti. Su participación también se centrará en los aspectos del sonido en dominio público y sus espacios “físicos”, la necesidad de asegurar, de algún modo, la información.

Juan-Gil López. Miembro del colectivo Escoitar, músico y profesor de música para secundaria, su trabajo teórico se ha centrado en las cuestiones de memoria acústica y políticas de la auralidad. En este caso su intervención se centrará en las relaciones entre el “patrimonio” sonoro y su sociedad. Qué necesidad hay de que existan archivos libres y horizontales.

19:00. Performance audiovisual. Blanca Rego – Visuales. Xabier Erkizia + Juan-Gil López – Sonido.

La performance se basará en el tratamiento y manipulación de datos y código para convertirlo en video y sonido. Un comentario sobre los ambiguos límites de las leyes que regulan los datos digitales.

ECO (Encuentro de nuevos sonidos) en Madrid.

Transsubstantiatio

I’ve always been obsessed with the relationships between sound and image, and databending is one of the easiest methods to transform a sound track into a still image. I like this approach because it’s an automatic transformation, not a prepared visualization. You don’t decide the outcome, it’s just the result of a mechanical process that you can’t control. Sometimes the resulting images are not very interesting, but sometimes are really mesmerizing.

I’ve been doing this kind of experiments for years and lately I though that maybe it would be interesting to show them in some kind of form, so I created Transsubstantiatio.

rainography☂

I’ve had a lot of blogs, and most of them are now dead. In fact, the only one that survives is música visual, so I guess that I’m really interested in that subject. Anyway, I’ve never had a blog about rain, my biggest obsession, so a couple of days ago I decided to create one, and here it is rainography☂.

White March

Today is quite an unusual day here… I live in Barcelona since 1993 and I’d never seen before something like that, the city is completely snowed! Right now it’s snowing and I’m hearing thunders and a couple of kids playing. It’s not the first time that I see snow here, but it’s really strange (maybe once in every five years) and usually the snow is quite subtle and incidental and fades away in a couple of hours. Who said global warming?

Tasks, tasks and more tasks…

Lately I’ve been working a lot. Besides my ‘official’ job as translator and my own projects I’m collaborating (as part of mediateletipos) with the festival Sensxperiment and we have a lot of things in perspective.

Right now we are already publishing some texts on the subject of the festival, Sensory Immersion, but we are also preparing the first exhibition, centred in the Dreamachine. Today I’ve finished the translation of the film FLicKeR, by Nik Sheehan, that will be one of the two stars of the exhibition, the other one will be, of course, a Dreamachine.

I hadn’t translated subtitles before and it’s a hard job, and quite slow. Fortunately, we had the original transcript in English, but still I’ve had to check the film continually.

Is Sunday and I’ve been working all day, and tomorrow the week stars again with its usual rhythm and tasks. Right now it’s raining, but I’m to tired to go out and record this wonderful sound…

Pursuit

Yesterday I dreamed that a group of young men with guns were trying to kill me in some kind of strange game, and tonight I dreamed that a group of teenagers with knives were trying to kill me again. The fact is that the dreams were quite different, but I guess that both were related with not being able to scape from something that is beyond your control.

Wind

Tonight was quite a windy night, I wake up at 05:30 a.m. because of the wind noise, and that’s quite unusual in Barcelona. I spent the rest of the night in bed, half sleep half awake. Suddenly the blind that is just next to my bed started making a really loud noise, and it wasn’t because of the wind because the blind is far from the window, it just separates the bedroom from the living room. I thought immediately that someone was in my room pushing the blind, quite a scary idea because I live alone. The fact is that I was having an hypnagogic hallucination, something that happens to me from time to time, I got up quickly and I saw that the blind was absolutely still: no movement, no noise (it was completely up, as usual). The curious thing is that I don’t remember having heard before hypnagogic sounds, I just saw images.