SUAL Archives | 2013

Felipe Otondo: Night Study No. 1

Duration:     0‘59“ (excpt)
Type:             Source recording provided by the artist
Credits:        Taken from the Sargasso CD “Night Studies” (SCD28082) available from         © Esfor Ltd
Notes:          Presented in conjunction with the shut up and listen! Award 2013

Night Study No. 1

Our bike is the color of the night.
Our bike is a black donkey dawning
Through lands of Curiosity.

(Roberto Bolaño)

The idea behind this work stems from a poem by Roberto Bolaño describing a night motorcycle journey across the Mexican desert. The piece explores the nocturnal sonic landscape of urban and rural locations and is structured as a sonic journey exploring real and abstract soundscapes linked to various stages of an endless imaginary trip. The work was composed mostly using environmental recordings captured in various urban and rural locations and synthesized timbral and rhythmic material generated using gamelan sounds.

Felipe Otondo

Felipe studied acoustics in Chile where he started composing and performing music for experimental theatre developing several performance projects with actors and musicians. In 1999 he moved to Denmark to do post‐graduate studies in sound perception at Aalborg University focusing on spatial sound and timbre perception. In 2005 he pursued his composition studies at the University of York in England with Ambrose Field and Roger Marsh focusing in electroacoustic composition and music theatre. His music has been widely played in festivals across Europe, North and South America, as well as in Australia. He composed the music for the BAFTA‐award winning radio drama The glassman in collaboration with Neil Sorrell and has received awards in Brazil, Bulgaria, France and Italy. Felipe is currently a lecturer at the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts at Lancaster University and his music is released by the British label Sargasso.

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