lunes, 29 de diciembre de 2008

Ricardo Dal Farra (Eng)Entre mi cielo y tu agua (Between my sky and your water)

Entre mi cielo y tu agua (Between my sky and your water) is a picture in sound of the geography and culture of some Latin American regions, and their relationships with the geography and culture of the Nordic region.

Surrounded by water or asking for it, with clear and bright skies or cloudy days and long nights, maybe different languages but perhaps common hopes. Who knows? Bridges are all around, both real and virtual. Impossible connections, feelings, thoughts and sensations flow between she and he, and you and me, across my sky and through your water.

This piece was composed in 2007 using sounds recorded by colleagues in their native lands, in the north of Europe, with plenty of water around; and by colleagues living and visiting the Cusco region, ancient heart of the Inca's empire in the higher mountains of Peru, closer to the sun but far from the ocean.

Entre mi cielo y tu agua is part of the North-South project. An initiative by Nordic and Latin American composers to share experiences and to know more about each other's culture exchanging ideas and sounds, and composing a series of electroacoustic works. All pieces are based in a common pool of sounds, created by the contribution of each composer in the group.

Thanks to all the colleagues that were helping this project and the creation of this piece. Special thanks goes to Walter Aparicio (Litho) from the Andean Media Arts Centre Amauta at Bartolomé de las Casas Centre in Cusco, and to Natalia Pajariño and Bernardo Piñero from the Electronic Arts Experimenting and Research Center (CEIArtE) at National University of Tres de Febrero in Buenos Aires for their contribution of some extra sounds that made possible this composition. Entre mi cielo y tu agua was realized at the Electroacoustic Music Studio, Argentina.

Ricardo Dal Farra (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1957) holds a Ph.D. in arts from the Universite du Quebec a Montreal. He is Associate Professor and Chair at the Music Department of Concordia University, Canada; Founding Director of the Electronic Arts Experimenting and Research Centre (CEIArtE) at the National University of Tres de Febrero, Argentina; Associated Researcher at the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre of De Montfort University, UK; and Senior Consultant at Amauta - Andean Media Arts Centre in Cusco, Peru. He has been Coordinator of the national program on Multimedia Communication at the National Ministry of Education in Argentina, Director of the Musical Production program at ORT Technical Schools and Director of the Electroacoustic Music Studio in Argentina; Coordinator of the Documentation and Conservation of the Media Arts Heritage (DOCAM) international research alliance and Research/Creation Coordinator of the interuniversity consortium Hexagram-Institute for Research/Creation in Media Arts and Technology in Canada; and Researcher for UNESCO’s Digi-Arts program, France.
Dal Farra has been teaching composition, media arts and music technology. His electroacoustic pieces and new media works have been performed in over 40 countries and his compositions have been featured in 17 international recordings. He also developed the Latin American Electroacoustic Music Collection at The Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science and Technology (; directed radio series devoted to electroacoustic music at the National Radio of Argentina and the Municipal Radio of Buenos Aires for more than 10 years; and curated several CDs with electroacoustic music by Latin American composers (published by Leonardo Music Journal; OODiscs; and The MIT Press-Computer Music Journal).
Dr. Dal Farra is a member of: the Board of Advisory Editors of the Journal of New Music Research, The Netherlands; the Advisory Board of the CIANT Gallery, Czech Republic; the Organising Committee of the Electroacoustic Music Studies Network; and the International Advisory Board of Leonardo/International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology.

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