04 . 2017 . Commission by documenta 14

“Raw Field Recordings II : Electromagnetic Detritus” is a composition of Christian Galarreta that has been commissioned by documenta 14 radio ‘Every Time A Ear Di Soun’ (Athens-Kassel). It will be broadcasted worldwide by different radio stations between April and September 2017, as well as be part of the documenta 14 exhibition in Kassel, from June 2017 onwards. Below more information about the piece.
Link to listen the documenta 14 radio project: http://www.documenta14.de/en/public-radio/
A release with part of the composition was published in Peru by Aloardi label you can listen or buy on line it in this link

*At the end of this post you will find information about the content/concept of Galarreta’s piece and also the complete list with the names of all the commissioned artists
April 8 – September 17
Chrs Galarreta “Raw Field Recordings II : Electromagnetic Detritus” in
Every Time A Ear di Soun, a documenta 14 Radio Program
Broadcast schedule:

April 8 – 27 Paranoise Radio (Thessaloniki / Greece) & Cannibal Radio (Athens / Greece)
April 28 – May 17 Vokaribe Radio 89.6 FM (Barranquillo / Columbia)
May 18 – 27 RSI (Radio Sport Info) 92.3 FM (Douala / Cameroon)
May 28 – June 16 RURUradio (Jakarta / Indonesien)
June 17 – July 8 SAVVY Funk (Berlin /Germany)
July 9 – 28 Rádio MEC FM (Rio de Janeiro-RJ / Brazil)
July 29 – Aug 7 RSI (Radio Sport Info) 92.3 FM (Douala / Cameroon)
Aug 8 – 27 Radio WPFW 89.3 FM (Washington DC, US)
Aug 28 – Sep 17 Radio Beirut (Beirut / Libanon)

Photo: “Chrs Galarreta sensing the electrosmog in the city” by Martina Zuzana Šimkovičová (Vienna, 12/2013)
Duration of the piece 47’48”

Conceptual text

When we accept necessities generated by the technological progress and its commercialization, we are reasserting our mutant condition as urban beings. For example, we live surrounded by imperceptible electromagnetic fields coming from our communication technologies. We accept them as normal in our daily life, despite the consequences they generate on our physiologies. This electrosmog can be seen as pollution from our modern societies. Recycling this invisible waste to induce a sound experience, is an acoustic sample of the physiological self-destruction and dependence inherent to the technological production and the human creativity.

Contextual text and credits

For Dokumenta 14, Christian Galarreta presents a composition consisting of electrosmog sounds. They are mono field recordings that he took during his different research projects, workshops, sound-walks and site-specific performances in the past fourteen years. They are selections of raw material with little equalization, fades and without overdubs nor effects. To record the electrosmog he used hand-made electromagnetic transducers. Their different types and their positions, as well as the spatial conditions, influenced the acoustic dynamics and saturations of these sounds.

Just the sounds between 13’40” and 32’43” minutes come from a stereo recording of one of his live performances, sensing and amplifying electromagnetic and mechanical behaviors from different electronic waste. This performance was recorded and mastered by Anton Mobin.

List of ther commissioned artists:
*Maria Chavez
*Nasan Tur
*Em’kal Eyongakpa
*James Webb
*Halida Boughriet
*Gilles Aubry
*Michele Ciacciofera
*Ylva Bentancor
*Alvin Curran
*Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag
*Christian Galarreta
*Marco Montiel Soto
*Caroline Bergvall
*Aki Onda
*Rashad Becker
*MwangiHutter (Ingrid Mwangi/Robert Hutter)
*Charles Curtis
*Marina Rosenfeld
*Black Spirituals
*soundwalkcollective mit Simone Merli
*Samson Young
*Drog A Tek
*Hong Kai Wang
*Asli Cavusoglu
*Sanchayan Ghosh and Anshuman Dasgupta
*Serge Baghdassarians / Boris Baltschun
*Yan Jun
*Olaf Nicolai
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Sajjra concerts coming > March – April 2017

20.03 @ Berlin , Madame Claude
25.03 @ Hannover, Overdeck
30.03 @ Offenbach, Waggon Offenbach
31.03 @ Enschede, The Loch
01.04 @ Nijmegen, Extrapool
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Sajjra / Chrs Galarreta : concerts, lectures & research trip coming, Peru 2017

08.02 @ Plaza Cívica Independencia Festival de Arte Sonoro Pacifico
11.02 @ Casa Bagre, Festival Circuito Undercaos : Espectros
27.02 @ Cusco , Asimtria night
29.02 – 05.03, @ Q`eros, Aloardi research trip
06.03 @ Lugar de la Memoria, talk about Tupac Amarus installation & acousmatic session

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Concerts @ Lima in January 2017

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11/2016 next Concerts & Dj Session

25.11 Rotterdam @ Pantropical
26.11 Le Havre @ MC Daid’s
29.11 Lyon @ Lieu Magique & Secret
30.11 Clement-Ferrand @ Relax
01.12 Lyon @ Tropicalyon – El Picante Bar
03.12 Marseille @ Le Casse Tête
08.12 Paris @ Le Petit Balcon

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Spain / Portugal Tour October-November 2016

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14.10 Valencia @ Espai d´art contemporani de Castelló
15.10 Barcelona @ Magia Roja
18.10 Madrid @ Delia Bodega Club
20.10 Madrid @ La Nave –  Legazpi
21.10 Pontevedra @ Liceo Mutante
25.10 Montemor-O-Novo @ Convento de San Francisco / FB event
27.10 Lisboa @ Lounge Bar
28.10 Sevilla @ La Casa de Max / FB
29.10 Murcia @ Sonodrome Fest. (Bar El Congreso)
31.10 Murcia @ La Postiza
02.11 Malaga @ Experimenta Malaga
03.11 Malaga @ La Caverna
04.11 Almeria @ Morada Sonica
(More dates between Pontevedra & Montemor-O-Novo to be announced soon, stay in touch!)

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Participacion in ‘Electromagnetic Sensings’ Compilation CD

The track ‘Traffic signal boxes and tramlines’ from my still unpublished release ‘Raw Field Recordings II: Electromagnetic Detritus’ appears in the compilation ‘Electromagnetic Sensings’ of LOM label (Slovakia) .Thanks to Jonáš Gruska for it!. To listen or buy all the compilation visit the website of the label https://lom.audio/ . My track is a mono field recording of electrosmog taked during one of my workshops (Rhiz Bar – Vienna, 17/07/2012). The track is part of a selection of raw material without overdubs or effects. The different types of electromagnetic transducers and their positions, as well as the spatial conditions, influenced the acoustic dynamics and saturations of these sounds. Play it loud!

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Invisible Architecture / ‘AudioDH’ compilation in Todays Art Festival 2016

The piece “Acoustic Reflections Of One Voice In A Church (live Recording)” by Invisible Architecture (my project with Janneke van der Putten) was published in the compilation ‘AudioDH : Sonic Manifestations from 250 artist from Den Haag’. The collection of tracks was curated by Francisco Lopez and Barbara Ellison. The compilation was presented Thursday September 22nd at Korzo’s main hall as part of Todays Art Festival. To listen to our track, visit or click on the link below, and to listen to the compilation visit http://audiodh.nl/. Our track is a raw recording of one human voice reverberating in the space (the church) , finding the frequency of resonance that get the best energy to generate a continuum. Play it Loud and Enjoy!

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My tracks between the “15 jewels of Peruvian Ambient” list

Some of my projects are mentioned between the “15 jewels of Peruvian Ambient”. Thanks to Wilder Gonzales Agreda (SperSpaceRecords, Peruavantgarde blog).
link: http://peruavantgarde.blogspot.nl/2016/09/15-gemas-del-ambient-peruano-de-todos.html

About my release ‘Invisible Architecture’: “Lanzado en vinilo en Holanda el pasado 2014 “Invisible Architecture” y sus secuelas son las alturas más enigmáticas, rajadas y jode-mentes a las que ha llegado el genio de Chrs Galarreta, aquí junto a la vocalista Janneke Van Der Putten. En “Invisible Architecture” el sonido llega a ser una experiencia física y luminosa.”
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New Cassette Release “And The Voice Became Space”

The sound of my installation “Kanichu Manchu Icha Llullacunichu” is available now in cassette via Fougére Musique Label (France). I called the release “And The Voice Became Space”. If you want to buy the cassette please visit the bandcamp site of the label (link below). This installation was part of “La Grande Exposition D’Art Sonore #1” (Nantes, 2011). Because a confrontation with the organizers of that exhibition, my piece had been censured by them, so my credits are omitted  in their on-line documentation about this exhibition. To read more about the content of my installation and to find images of the exhibition’s catalogue (without censorship), please visit this link. PLAY IT LOUD!

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