Sonic Chair sc01 at Meakusma Festival

Sixteen sound pieces for a SONIC CHAIR sc01

Andreas Oskar Hirsch, Cologne, ROW OUT, 24:38, stereo, 2011 / 2017
Achim Mohné, Cologne, Music for, by & through a Sonic Chair sc01, stereo, 2017
Janneke van der Putten & Chrs Galarreta, Rotterdam/Lima I.A. Maastunnel,13:39, stereo, 2017
extract for a sonic chair || Martificial 00:06 || The Call 04:27 || Coral 08:44
Miki Yui, Düsseldorf, ellecsielle, 17:14, stereo, 2017
commissioned by Georg Dietzler for soundwaves – series on sound art, Cologne
Ross Parfitt, Münster: All of the instruments in the house right now
(4:55 min. Samples thanks to Roman Nose.)
Ross Parfitt & Erhard Hirt & Florian Walter, Münster: Triotype
(März, 2017, 6:09 min.)
Stan Pete, Halle/Westfalen: polyranger (S017, 5:10 min.)
Achim Zepezauer, Dortmund: ohne Titel (Februar, 2017, 6:09 min.)
well-chosen by Erhard Hirt, Münster
Artificial Memory Trace, Mountshannon/Ireland: Memories of Now, 7:10 min., stereo, 2018
Das Synthetische Mischgewebe, Caen/France: Heldensägen 01, 6:00 min., stereo, 2018
N(64) – N (Hellmut Neidhardt), Dortmund: Berg_Fidel, 6:59 min., stereo, 2018
Colin Potter, London/England: Are You Sitting Comfortably?
commissioned by aufabwegen /Till Kniola, Cologne
Claus van Bebber, Konzert KHM/Academie for Media Arts, Cologne 2016, II
Gailė Griciūtė, Some Of All (Excerpt)
Peter Strickmann, Mauernap, Auszug#03, Schnarcharchiv
Marta Zapparoli, Live At mex (Excerpt 2018)
well-chosen by Achim Zepezauer, mex, Dortmund
http://www.meakusma-festival.be/
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Film “À qui veut bien l’entendre” in FAME Festival 2021

“À qui veut bien l’entendre” film of Jérôme Florenville is selected to be screened in “FAME 2021 – Festival international de films sur la Musique “(Paris) and in “Rock this town” Festival (Pau).
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Exhibition AUDIOSFERA: Sound Experimentation 1980-2020

An extract of my release “Raw Field Recordings II : Electromagnetic Detritus” is part of the exhibition “AUDIOSFERA: Sound Experimentation 1980-2020” placed Reina Sofia Museum (Madrid) and curated by Francisco lopez. If you are in Spain try to visit it, if not download the press material in this website:
https://www.museoreinasofia.es/en/exhibitions/audiosphere

Listen or buy all the release “Raw Field Recordings II : Electromagnetic Detritus” following this link
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New release: Sajjra Xhrs Galarreta – Uchuraccay

Sajjra Xhrs Galarreta – “Uchuraccay” (Cassette, Blindblindblind, Hungary, 2021)

Side A : “UCHURACCAY”
Between 1980 and 1992, Peru experienced the worst internal armed conflict in its republican history that left more than 69,000 dead people. During these violent times, the inhabitants of Uchuraccay (village in the Peruvian province of Huanta, located 4,000 meters above sea level) suffered the consequences of this war. They were in the middle of the confrontations between the guerrilla group Sendero Luminoso and the Peruvian state army. In 1983, the Peruvian state army induced the inhabitants to kill whoever approaches the village. Thus, on January 26 of that year, the village people were involved in the massacre of eight journalists and their guide (who were assumed to be senderistas) between another murders. This was the consequence of the extreme violence spread around by the Peruvian state army and Sendero Luminoso, which increased the discrimination by the Peruvian government to the Uchuraccay inhabitants who were persecuted and treated as criminals. Little is known of the 135 farmers of Uchuraccay were killed in the following months and years after this happened. Under this condition, the entire community of Uchuraccay upped and fled one night in 1984, leaving their animals, their homes, their crops, their fields and all their belongings behind to find a new place to live.
This track was edited, mixed and composed by Christian Galarreta in different periods between 2015 – 2017.
The sounds where recorded under the direction of Galarreta in different times and locations with the participation of different friends:
Cicadas (by Galarreta. 2004, Yurimaguas)
Screams and wailings (with Sabrina Melenotte, Sinuhé Guevara and Sergio Sanchez Teissier. 2009, Mexico DF)
Broken piano and small motor (by Galarreta, 2013, The Hague).
New Years Day fireworks (by Galarreta. 2014, The Hague).
Singing through the tubes of harbor (with Janneke van der Putten. 2015, Rotterdam)
Toilet tubes and sound installation (by Galarreta, Bourges 2006)
Synthesizer (by Galarreta, Rotterdam 2016)
Side B: “SIRINU WAYRA TANQANAKUY” (Otoacoustic Emisisons from the wind)
This track is based in field recordings of weird acoustic phenomenons generated by some landscapes: the echo of cowbells reflected by the Austrian Tirol mountains (recorded in Summer 2012) and the sound of the wind shaking cords of sailboats in The Hague – The Netherlands (recorded in winter 2013). These recordings were equalized in order to enhance tones hidden in the dynamics of the wind sounds and of
the acoustic reflections of the mountain. These tones can be confused with melodies or singing.
I consider these kind of pieces as psychoacoustic experiences more than musical compositions. During the process of equalization of this track I experiment with OAEs (Otoacoustic Emissions)*. To get the OAEs effect the piece needs to be played loud. In some parts of the piece, the listening could be uncomfortable as a first sensation. After a while, some distorted sounds and some overtones appear in the cochlea evoking the hidden melodies or singing mentioned above. In some cultures this phenomenon became in acoustic related myths as the myth of sirens for example.
*An OAE is a “low-level sound emitted by the cochlea either spontaneously or evoked by an auditory stimulus”
(Otoacoustic Emissions: Beyond Newborn Hearing Screening Rebekah F. Cunningham, PhD).
In Quechua (Andean language):
Sirinu = a spirit of the nature, devil for Christians
Wayra = wind
Tanqanakuy = pushing each other
This track was edited, mixed and composed by C. Galarreta in 2017.
credits
released February 5, 2021
Many thanks and love for Janneke van der Putten, Sabrina Melenotte, Sergio Sanchez T. and Sinuhé Guevara for their generous singings, moanings, screams and wailings during my recordings and try outs for the track “Uchuraccay” (Side A of this release).
Label link: https://blindblindblind.bandcamp.com/
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“ArkaIra” (for 3 grand pianos) presented as a sound installation

As part of Charlois Speciaal since today you are welcome to visit “ArkaIra” a sound installation based in the translation of visual patterns from ancient peruvian textiles. It will be presented @ Textielfabrique
Sajjra Chrs Galarreta developed an idea to translate the patterns from a Nazca (1) textile into a composition for three grand pianos. The piece was composed in order to be fully experienced (listened) when is played by the three pianists simultaneously. The pianists will alternate the clusters (group of notes) in order to complete the piece. This way to play have a connection with the way to play the siku(2) (an old Andean musical instrument) and also gives the name “ArkaIra” to the piece : “Traditionally, two musicians were required to play the siku, each one taking one row of the instrument. One part of the instrument is called ira, another arka” (read more about this in the foot notes).
A version of this piece was adapted to work as a sound installation and will be presented since today at Textielfabrique as part of Charlois Speecial. For this version the musical patterns resultant from the Nazca-textile research will be played by a computer in an extremely slow time and rotating between three speakers to generate an atemporal effect in the space. Evocating the three pianos played in a spatial way as the sikus.
The premiere of this piece will be presented as a live concert for three grand pianos in November 2020 by the piano trio Rubrik. All this research project is part of ‘Van Damascus tot Charlois’, an initiative by Maaike Gottschal(Textielfabrique).
(1)The Nazca culture (also Nasca) was the archaeological culture that flourished from c. 100 BC to 800 AD beside the arid, southern coast of Peru in the river valleys of the Rio Grande de Nazca drainage and the Ica Valley.[1] Strongly influenced by the preceding Paracas culture[citation needed], which was known for extremely complex textiles, the Nazca produced an array of crafts and technologies such as ceramics, textiles, and geoglyphs.
(2)Siku is split across two rows of pipes. One must alternate rows with every note in order to play a complete scale. Traditionally, two musicians were required to play the siku, each one taking one row of the instrument. One part of the instrument is called ira, another arka. It is considered that spiritually ira corresponds to male principle and arka to female. When many musicians divide in two parts, first playing ira and second playing arka, this gives Andean music a distinctive stereophonic sound.
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New release : Evamuss – Live in Diedorf (AC 2020)

A recording of an EVAMUSS concert in Bavaria. Thanks to Attenuation circuit – Sascha Stadlmeier (recording & publication) and to Margarita Milova
(art cover). Play it loud!.

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New release : I.A. Maastunnel by Galarreta & van der Putten

‘I.A. Maastunnel’ is a 21 minutes documentary in sound and moving image highlighting the hidden acoustic behaviors of the Maastunnel (Rotterdam, The Netherlands): a 500-meter-long tunnel under the Maas river. The location is explored through sound-walks, performative interventions, and by recording sounds using ambient microphones, homemade contact microphones and electromagnetic antennas, and a hydrophone.
A handmade art object of the work has been published in a limited edition of 50 copies by label Aloardi. It is a wooden pack made with the laser cutting technique, in a design based on the maps of the Maastunnel. It contains an USB pendrive with the documentary, including a bonus audio track, and an audio tape with the soundtrack.
About the project “Invisible Architecture”
Invisible Architecture is a project by Christian Galarreta and Janneke van der Putten. In this edition they research the acoustic qualities of a monumental site, a 500-meter-long tunnel under the Maas River. The Maastunnel (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) is explored through different experiences and ways of listening: by doing sound-walks and performative interventions, and by recording sounds that are sometimes (in)audible to human ears. The sounds, generated by people and machines in the tunnel, were recorded using ambient microphones, homemade contact microphones and electromagnetic antennas, and a hydrophone, making audible the hidden ‘voices’ from the mechanical sounds and the resonating space. The activities of workers, visitors and machines are acoustically affected (filtered) and amplified by the architecture and the landscape. This sound-space was perceived as a sound-being in constant and subtle metamorphosis.

Credits
Video I.A. Maastunnel (USB, HD movie, stereo, 21’09’’) Directed by Galarreta and van der Putten. Camera by Mihail Bakalov and van der Putten. Sound recordings and video editing by Galarreta and van der Putten. Audio editing by Galarreta. Performed by Gwen van den Bout, Ellen van Eldik, Christian Galarreta, Mike Kramer, Patrícia Pinheiro de Sousa, Janneke van der Putten and Lichun Tseng.
Soundtrack I.A. Maastunnel (audio cassette, raw field recordings without electronic effects, side A: 15’13”, side B: 15’00”) Tracks A1, A2, B1 and B3 recorded by Galarreta. Track B2 recorded and performed by Gwen van den Bout, Ellen van Eldik, Christian Galarreta, Mike Kramer, Patrícia Pinheiro de Sousa, Janneke van der Putten and Lichun Tseng. Track B4 recorded by van der Putten. Audio editing by Galarreta.
I.A. Maastunnel was recorded and performed at the Maastunnel in September 2015. Published by Aloardi, 2019 (Alo 061). Edition of 50 copies. Design by Yoana Buzova in collaboration with Galarreta and van der Putten. Production by van der Putten. Thanks to W_Lfrt project spaces, the Maastunnel crew, Peter van Gemst and Anton Ruiter. Partly supported by the City of Rotterdam and Mya Cultural Fund.
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Translating patterns from a Nazca textile into sound

New compositions by Sajjra Chrs Galarreta – coming soon – as part of the project ‘Van Damascus tot Charlois’, an initiative by Maaike Gottschal (Textielfabrique). Galarreta developed an idea to translate the patterns from a Paracas textile into a composition for three grand pianos. This is the first step to implement a software to translate textiles into sound and musical-scores, and vice-versa. The process and resulting works will be presented in the form of live performances, musical scores, textiles, and a sound installation. Upcoming exhibitions and concerts will be announced soon.
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Sound documentation of “El Grito de La Yacumama”

Finally Aloardi publish the sound documentation of the project “El Grito de La Yacumama” (Aloardi, 2007). This album was waiting to be published since 2007, the year that Aloardi produced this project. It consists of 4 Volumes, with audio and original covers. At the end of this post there are the links to listen and dowload the sound socumentation.

The environmental impact of multinational projects such as the construction of the Interoceanic Highway was recorded in these audios in their acoustic, electromagnetic and underwater dimensions. This publication begins with a recording made on August 18, 2007 after an earthquake with serious consequences in southern Peru. You can hear members of the Aloardi collective talking to the drivers of the buses, jammed on the road to Pisco (epicenter of the earthquake). You can also listen to recordings of the soundscape of the route from Pisco to Puerto Maldonado (Madre de Dios) and recordings made in the ecological buffer zones of the Tambopata – Candamo National Reserve.
Participated in Puerto Maldonado: Felipe Del Aguila, Gabriel Castillo Aguero and Sajjra Chrs Galarreta (Sajjra Sajjra). Fabiola Vasquez (Fa Vasquez) and Dennis Pastor Portales participated in Lima. During this project Aloardi participated in the Festival ECOS 2007 (Nantes, France) broadcasting these field recordings via Internet to their followers in Europe and South America.
Listen & download Vol.1
Listen & download Vol.2
Listen & download Vol.3
Listen & download Vol4
See pictures and more documentation about El Grito de la Yacumama
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Sajjra Chrs Galarreta South East Asia tour 2019 – 2020 (Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia)

13.12 Singapore (Singapore) @ Third Space Sessions
14.12 Singapore (Singapore) @ Jam
15.12 Johor (Malaysia) @ The Rokin
18.12 Kuantan (Malaysia) @ Noise Cave
20.12 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) @ Raw Art
22.12 Bangkok (Thailand) @ Bangkok Noise Fest
24.12 Bangkok (Thailand) @ Jam – Experimental Edge
26-29.12 Huan hui (Thailand) @ Ssshhh
01.01 Ipoh (Malaysia)
@ Indonesia
16.01 Tangerang (Java/IND) @ Tanam Bunyi party
17.01 Sukabumi (Java/IND) @ Rumah Mesra
18.01 Cirebon (Java/IND)
20.01 Purwokerto (Java/IND)
22.01 Semarang (Java/IND) @ S-45 Music Club C
25-26.01 Jogjakarta (Java/IND) @ Jogja Noise Bombing Fest
27.01 Solo (Java/IND) – Ciu party
28.01 Ponorogo (Java/IND)
29.01 Malang (Java/IND) @ Semeru Art Gallery
30.01 Gresik (Java/IND)
31.01 Denpassar (Bali/IND) @ Tuck n’ Tap
01.02 – Mataram (Lombok/IND)
More to be announced soon


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