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Concierto: 23rd Jeu De Temps / Times Play, in collaboration with CMMAS [Canadá / Latinoamérica]

Canadá / Latinoamérica

23 de junio de 2023


Steven Webb -- iSAD v.1.0 (2021 /13:51)


iSAD or “Internet Separation Anxiety Disorder” is a term used online to describe the anxious feelings associated with being separated from the digital world for an extended period. During the pandemic, this digital separation manifested with real consequences, as any loss of signal led to a loss of communication with other humans entirely. Exploring online forums during the first Covid lockdowns of March-December 2020 led me to encounter other peoples' stories of their battles with loneliness, and highlighted to me the importance of digital spaces in contemporary social life. Intersecting with these spaces are AI Bots, which are becoming an increasingly frequent part of moderating online communities. I posed questions to the AI GPT-3, asking it about happiness, predictions for the future and how it felt to be separated from humans. Compiling these answers, I interspersed them with the sounds of 1990s Apple Macintosh computers and a poem by Victoria Liao.

¡Sad — a friend

Or a closet face

at home to mend

and clothed to send

to caustic space?

Is ad a friend,

or made to end?

A cause to pace

home to amend

that sad’s a face,

lost to a rend.

I sat a friend

at home to mend.

—Victoria Liao

Oscar Andres Chaves Moreales -- The Garden on the other side of the fence (2021 /8:28)

The Garden on the Other Side of the Fence is born of a listening score for an electroacoustic mixed work with tape, accordion and guacharaca, and meant to be played live. The graphic possibilities afforded by representing sound parameters as spectral visualization provide the tools to go further with some additional emotional understanding: colours, proportions and thresholds not only quantify but can express as well. This work seeks to articulate a bothersome situation in my life in the rainy Colombian countryside: to live next to a large flower-growing company that exports its harvest for sale to countries in the Northern Hemisphere during the winter.

Alejandro Brianza -- kowloon (2022 / 5:51)

Located in Hong Kong and also known as “the city of darkness”, Kowloon was the most densely populated settlement in history. And although its inhabitants maintained an organization based on a harmonious state of anarchy, certain problems related to gangs, drugs and other illegalities led to Kowloon’s demolition in 1994. The memory of Kowloon today is a cyberpunk postcard, swinging between tranquility and chaos.

Juan Cácares Avitia

-- Entendre la Sensation (2021 / 6:42)

What matters here is the double meaning of the French verb “entendre”: to listen and to hear, but also, to understand.

- Guillermo Eisner sangüés -- Esculturas temporales (2022 / 7:53)

Esculturas temporales is arranged as a continuum of sound fragments that seeks to construct diverse ways of sculpting time, diverse gestures, diverse paths of accumulation and distension of energies. Composed exclusively from double bass samples, the work takes sound as a malleable material and proposes to sculpt on it as if we could grasp it, take it, feel it with our hands. In short, it is a vain attempt to make tangible an ephemeral material such as sound, of which we can only verify the temporal and spatial experience that its fleeting presence leaves us with.

Véro Marengère -- Hydra (2022 / 6:00)


Hydra is a 3D video artwork made with photogrammetry, scanning, 3D modeling and animation. The sounds are made exclusively from granular synthesis and voice synthesis via SuperCollider. The work evokes the quiet strength of plant beings. From being nearly totally paralyzed in a “natural” environment to being fully mobile and vibrant in an “artificial” environment, the plant no longer resembles a plant, but rather more an algae or mineral being. The work questions our tendency to oppose the natural of the unnatural. In this meditative and benevolent 3D alterworld, plants explore the ambiguity of their own identity."


Steven Webb

JTTP 2022 Fifth Prize winner (Canada).

Originally from South Africa, Steven Webb is a Toronto-based performer, composer and audio engineer. His current compositional work is concerned with examining the human experience — with the disorientation, confusion and dread that arises from living in a world dealing with a climate crisis, growing conflict and marginalization towards minority groups, and the increasing isolation of the individual despite our hyper-connectivity. Steven has written music for a wide variety of ensembles, and his repertoire includes choral, chamber, electroacoustic and orchestral music. His compositions and arrangements have been performed by The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, The Thin Edge Music Collective, Pro Coro Canada, The Hamilton Children’s Choir, Exultate Chamber Singers and Prairie Voices, among many others. Steven is a member of SOCAN, an Associate Composer at the Canadian Music Centre and a member of the Screen Composers Guild of Canada.

Oscar Andrés Chavés Morales

JTTP 2022 Fifth Prize winner (Latin America).

Óscar Andrés Chavés Morales has been working in music since he was a child playing traditional instruments (piano, accordion, tiple, guacharaca), however, electroacoustic is part of that huge universe that has been always present and returns cyclically as creative moments of composing without limits — sometimes with video, sometimes instrumental, sometimes mixed, sometimes noise or performance but always looking for a whole and independent picture of his own life at a specific moment with its specific environment and culture where music is a state of the soul and not a linear path from the easiest to the hardest, from success to indifference.

Alejandro Brianza

Recipient of the JTTP 2022 Hildegard Westerkamp Award for soundscape and sound installation.

Composer and recorder player, researcher and teacher Alejandro Brianza holds a master’s degree in Scientific Research Methodologies and a degree in Audiovisual, Sound and Recording Technologies, both from the Universidad Nacional de Lanús. He teaches at the Universidad del Salvador and the Universidad Nacional de Lanús. He has given conferences and workshops in congresses and different national and international academic meetings about his research related to sound technology, electroacoustic music and contemporary languages. His productions have been presented in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico, the United States, Canada, Spain, France, Monaco, the United Kingdom and Japan. He is a member of the collaborative platform Andamio and the Network of Latin American Sound Artists.

Juan Cáceres Avitia

JTTP 2022 Third Prize winner (Latin America).

Juan Cáceres Avitia began his professional studies in piano at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), later studying musicology with Ricardo Miranda and electroacoustic composition with Josué Peregrina at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música. His music has been presented in Argentina, Japan, Mexico and the USA. Cáceres was the third-place winner in the Latin America category of JTTP 2022, coordinated by the Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC) in collaboration with the Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras (CMMAS). In 2019 he was granted a scholarship from the Cursos Universitarios e Internacionales de “Música en Compostela” to study musicology in Spain. He has presented his research at Festival Visiones Sonoras (2021) with the conference “The Acousma of the Acousmatic Music” and at the Colloquium Miguel Bernal Jiménez (2020) with the conference “Beethoven and Tarkovsky: from ‘Elysium’ to ‘Nostalghia’.”

Guillermo Eisner Sagüés

JTTP 2022 Fourth Prize winner (Latin America).

Born in Uruguay, Guillermo Eisner Sagüés holds a Doctor in Music Composition from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). He has developed acoustic and electroacoustic concert music, participating in festivals in South America, North America and Europe. In 2021 he released the CD Música para guitarra (Chile Clásico). In 2019 he released the acoustic recording música de barrio (Cero Records) on CD. In 2017 he premiered the chamber opera Titus at the Teatro Helénico in Mexico City. In 2015 he published the book and CD guitarrerías. 10 monotemas para guitarra (Microtono Editions) and premiered the chamber opera La Isla de los peces at the GAM Cultural Center in Santiago (Chile). In the year 2012 he released the electroacoustic music recording habitar el tiempo on CD. Since 2019 he is a full-time professor in the Department of Sound of the Faculty of Arts at the Universidad de Chile.

Véro Marengère

JTTP 2022 Fourth Prize winner (Canada) and recipient of the JTTP 2022 Micheline Coulombe Saint-Marcoux Award for self-identified female or non-binary electroacoustic artists.

Véro Marengère is an audiovisual artist and cultural worker who lives and works in Tio’tia:ke / Montréal. Evolving between 3D video art, sound design and live performances, her practice reflects on the digital manifestation of animist rhetoric and botanist literature. She has a graduate degree in digital music from the Université de Montréal. Her work has been presented notably at MUTEK, OFF Jazz festival, AKOUSMA, MAPP_MTL and Pop Montreal. She has worked at Arsenal Contemporary Art, Art Souterrain and now works at the renowned Indigenous Network of Montréal.


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