Around the sound
The Auditorio de Tenerife hosts the FMUC Contemporary Music Festival. On this occasion Around the Sound...y el ruido en silencio se volvió. (Around the sound.... and the noise in silence came back) is being presented in concert.
At the beginning of 2020, the percussionist Joan Castelló founded the project Around the Sound, which focused on the study, performance and dissemination of the music of the 20th and 21st centuries. The last concerts organised by the musician encouraged a closer collaboration with fellow composer, producer, guitarist and electroacoustic music expert Iván Valdés.
Around the Sound offers a multifaceted show, created and developed by Joan Castelló, inspired by the echoes of the Fluxus movement. This Latin word which means the flow is movement in the visual arts, but also in music and literature.
It had its most active moment between the decades of the sixties and seventies in the 20th century. It declared itself against the traditional art object as goods and proclaimed itself as anti-art. Several of the artists who participated in the Fluxus movement were pioneers in the use of video and television devices in their works, resulting in the start of video art, video objects, video performances, the happening and installations, including WolfVostell and Yoko Ono.
Around the Sound is a contribution, through the eyes of 2021, to the wake left by this artistic movement.
A specific commission by the National Centre of Music Dissemination (CNDM) within the Ministry of Culture and Sport was released for the first time at the Vostell de Malpartida Museum (Cáceres). According to the composer, the work was composed through feeling, emotion and passion. They are moods that have been reflected in the score. In fact, there are parts that were composed where it is isn’t necessary to play what is really written on the score, but rather they are performed and made on their own. This results in high performative content, therefore each performance of this work makes it unique and unrepeatable.
From a compositional perspective, this is music that is constantly evolving and developing. The rules that obliged composers to write something that they didn't feel had been ignored. There is no established composition system or rules although it contains reminiscences of the aforementioned Fluxus movement. It is a concerto that is devised and written for live performance, where the aim is to convey a sense of non-conformity towards society. The text, which is transcribed below, defines it very well:
- They broke my calm, leaving my body and voice naked.
-Fears awoke that make my soul and being fall apart.
-On my television, they comment on images that neither deaf nor
blind, we already see, hear and know.
-I am terrified!!! The silence to my questions. So much hatred, so much
-Leaders!!! Bloodthirsty avengers, with the scent of
tie, faith and lies.
-And you still ask me what is wrong with me, what is wrong with me…
-I am not crazy, no, I am not crazy. No!!!
-I! Who does not need so much noise but rather beautiful
-I sit in silence by the sea, in silence with the
salty breeze, in silence with the hushed moon.
-While life continues, while the world turns.
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