Aquarmonio (2015)
Sound Composition - Black Box Presentation (Video)
Case-Specific Electroacoustic System

Sound Installation

Sound Performance
Sound Sculpture

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This page connects with chapter 1 in the artistic doctoral thesis.

Aquarmonio is a sound composition-installation-sculpture-performance that was inspired by the cenotes found in the Yucatan peninsula of southern Mexico. The main idea in this project was to create a case-specific electroacoustic system that captures, processes, and amplifies water sounds in real-time, allowing us to play with water’s sonic characteristics and their poetic implications. Four metal water containers were carefully chosen and set up as cenotes. Two floating speakers represented the cenote’s water lilies. The Aquarmonio functioned as a sound composition-installation-sculpture most of the time; a performance took place at an established time only once a day. Then the performers played with the sound sculpture and started augmenting it with different objects. The system remained in its new state after the performance, with the installation continuing to play back its own soundtrack, but now all the resonances of the different objects had been added.

Working group: Marianne Decoster-Taivalkoski, Alejandro Olarte and Alejandro Montes de Oca.

Public presentation: Black Box, Helsinki Music Centre, Finland, April 17th, 2015. Museum of Oaxacan Painters, Oaxaca Post Museum, Mexican Center for Music and Sonic Arts (CMMAS) and Amate Museum Cuernavaca, Mexico, September 2015.