Collages

Collages

By Juan Carlos Vasquez.

“A superior work in the electroacoustic idiom”

Matthew Sweeney, Foreign Accents

“A whirlpool of reaction and sensation, of legacy and private detail.”

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Collages by Juan Carlos Vasquez

 


 

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The “Collages” are an acclaimed series of experiments conducted to prove the digital capabilities of tone expansion in a single acoustic instrument. The technique consists in recording original performances of several works by celebrated composers from the past (for solo instruments), and reinventing the audio files de­constructing the pieces as a collage, using different and complex kinds of digital audio processes to create a post-modern electroacoustic version of the classical piece. As a result the usual acoustic instrument timber is expanded into deep and rich atmospheres using the entire range of frequencies. The collages series are also a sonic application of British painter JMW Turner’ technique to use layers of colours and textures to turn everyday landscape into powerful and expressive oneiric fantasies.

Side 1 (27:12, with 2-second gap between tracks) – 4 seconds of silence at the beginning / end

1. Collage 1 (After M. Mussorgsky) – 2:44
2. Collage 2 (After L.v. Beethoven) – 5:20
3. Collage 3 (After E. Ysaye) – 9:18
4. Collage 4 “Landscape” – 3:36
5. Collage 5 “The Acrobat” (After E. Satie) – 5:58

Side 2 (27:12, with 2-second gap between tracks) – 4 seconds of silence at the beginning / end

6. Collage 6 (After J.S. Bach) – 7:47
7. Collage 7 (After F. Chopin) – 11:13
8. Collage 8 (After J.S. Bach) – 4:14
9. Collage 9 (After J.L. Borges) – 2:06

Everything performed, recorded, mixed and mastered at JC Vasquez Studios, London, UK; with the exception of Collage 2 mastered by Silas Brown (Legacy Mastering) and Collage 5 “The Acrobat”, recorded at the Royal College of Music, London, UK.

Dedicated to Oxana Viritch

© 2014 Juan Carlos Vasquez

“Sibelius Collage” at the Ateneum Museum


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Juan Carlos Vasquez - Composer, Sound Artist and Researcher