premiere: The Foyer, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, 15.02.1997
Honorary Mention Prix Ars Electronica Awards (Linz)
Prize Bourges International Electroacoustic Music and Sound Art Awards (France)
Included on the CD orillas distantes / distant shores
The source materials for this piece included samples from Spanish flamenco music and spoken texts from the theater play Bodas de Sangre (Blood Wedding) by Federico Garcia Lorca. By means of sound manipulations on the computer, a surreal, parallel sound world is created from the recognizable flamenco sound world, and the music flows as a sequence of superimposed and juxtaposed transformations between the two parallel worlds. My idea was to evoke a metaphorical journey through a flamenco dreamland which is ‘corrupted by surreal sonic creatures’. Lorca’s texts were the source of inspiration behind the music as well as the core organizational element.
Figuras Flamencas was produced at the Electroacoustic Music Studios in The University of Birmingham (UK).