Prepare to be captivated by the enigmatic and ethereal soundscape of "Dark Energy Synthesis," an album that pushes the boundaries of acousmatic music, experimental compositions, and the realms of dub, drone, powernoise and electronics. In this review, we delve into the mesmerizing sonic realm of "Dark Energy Synthesis," where the cosmic meets the earthly, and the abstract intertwines with the familiar. Embark on a transcendental voyage as the album unfolds, enveloping your senses in a tapestry of otherworldly tones, pulsating noise rhythms, and intricate layers of sound in a post-minimal, post-techno, and post-digital aesthetic.
"Dark Energy Synthesis" harnesses the power of sonic alchemy, fusing elements of dub, noise and electronic to create an immersive experience like no other. The album takes listeners on a sonic acousmatic rollercoaster ride, where dub-infused basslines meld with intricate glitch beats and atmospheric micro and macro noise soundscapes. The result is an intoxicating blend of head-nodding rhythms and mind-expanding textures that will leave you craving more.
"Dark Energy Synthesis" is an album that challenges, captivates, and awakens the senses. It transcends conventional musical boundaries, offering a unique blend of dub, noise and electronica within the realm of acousmatic music. Embark on this auditory journey, embrace the enigmatic allure, and immerse yourself in a sonic universe where creativity knows no bounds. Surrender to the power of "Dark Energy Synthesis" and experience a transformative musical exploration.
Composer by Da Mata Paquete aka Hugo Paquete in the Absonus Lab a space for sonic experimentation that provides the conditions to foster music creativity and further development in multidisciplinary advances in art, science and technology.
Released July 24, 2023.
"Uma E-Opera eletrónica em 4 árias que explora o lugar e circunstância da existência num último suspiro, o fim de um homem num deserto do lixo eletrónico como nuvem pós-apocalíptica, onde a existência colapsa em loucura e asfixia" (paquete, 2022)
NEGENTROPY é uma E-ópera eletrónica pós-digital com uma estética de ficção científica cyberpunk pós-apocalíptica. É um espetáculo que se assume como sendo uma ópera de música eletrónica, percussão e interação em 4 atos com base no libreto, direção artística e autoria de Da Mata Paquete aka Hugo Paquete, homenageando as últimas obras escritas pelo compositor Jani Christou. Esta E-ópera reformula e inspira-se nas composições Anaparastasis I: The Baritone (1968) e Anaparastasis III: The Pianist (1968) como núcleo expressivo. Trabalhando-as, e expandindo as suas qualidades, apresentando novos modelos formais e performativos para as mesmas, utilizando uma cúpula de planetário, cortinas de holograma com conteúdos vídeo gerados por Julius Horsthuis, som espacializado para oito canais de áudio entre o público, sistemas interativos para voz, instrumentos e cenografia de luz . O barítono Rui Baeta, “the last man”, interpreta Anaparastasis I: The Baritone. Desdobra-se entre personagens com elementos interativos em palco, acompanhado de intervenções performativas de Hugo Paquete munido de eletrónica e percussão pós-techno em tempo real, interpretando Anaparastasis III: The Pianist. Os dois “last man” são acompanhados pela violinista russa IAN: Ianina Khmelik também ela com incursões na música eletrónica.
Christopher Zlaket (Hardware design)
David Stingley (Cientista computacional e de Inteligência Artificial)
Erica Frota (Direção de Produção)
Hugo Paquete (Diretor artístico, composição, cenografia e performance)
IAN: Ianina Khmelik (Violinista artista convidada na performance)
Julius Horsthuis (Conteúdos 3d)
Kateryna Kornilova (Maquilhagem, caracterização e cabelo)
Luna Castro (Fotografia e estágio na equipa criativa)
Rui Baeta (Voz do tecnólogo, performance)
Susana Nobre: (Gestão financeira)
Procura-se partir do ritual catártico da voz e cena, onde o mito, o transcendente, o primordial e o ritual moldam o pânico e a histeria como conceitos operativos diante do apocalítico. Abordam-se conceitos como ecologia radical, astronomia, ciência, misticismo e morte, tradições imaginárias e misteriosas para se desvendar os limites do eu perante o abismo. Uma ópera sítio-específica que expande os cruzamentos disciplinares.
E-ópera, Pós-apocalíptico, Distopia , Sobrevivência
Da Mata Paquete, 2022
Pulsar is a multichannel composition for 20.4 audio channels that investigates extraterrestrial sound and rhythmic noise radiation as a landscape of vast dynamic audio shapes found across the universe. Short bursts of granular dust and sequential emission are used to transition from chaos to regular music periodicity. Presented at Ars Eletronica Festival, Linz, Austria. 2022.
This composition proposes a micro and macro sonic study of the concept of pulsars, which can only be seen in regions of the electromagnetic spectrum that are as obscure as powerful unknowns. This piece is a follow-up to the composition developed for Chris Ziegler’s multimedia dance performance Cosmos (2018), which was commissioned, partly developed, and performed at the ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe. It integrates elements that generate sound and music by utilizing commercial and military satellites, which is established through a process of acquiring and converting real-time sonification of satellite movement data and merging it with midi-data language. It is used to operate musical instruments, both hardware and software. Its significance highlights the satellites’ autonomy as objectionable performers, reactants that make sonic material in an ecosystem of random movements and preset computational music laws. Where science and imagination collide in the realms of auditory perception. Hugo Paquete receives a grant from the European I-Portunus Project grant in (2019) to develop a real time satellite tracking system applied for music composition, as a resident artist at ZKM /Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe in the Hertz-Lab. The project was developed in collaboration with Christopher Zlaket, specializes in interface design, and David Stingley, specializes in computer science.
Hugo Paquete (PT)
In accordance with the festival theme There Is No Planet B, the Ars Electronica digital music focus at Anton Bruckner Private University will lend its ears to immersive sonic creation as an artistic field of research sonically reflecting our world. Convinced, or at least hopeful, that multichannel speaker environments are capable of more than simply providing virtual substitute surroundings to distract us from everyday life, we want to explore the roles multichannel audio can play in reflecting and furthering our understanding of our social, physical, and biological environment. We aim to bring together artists and researchers working in the field of multichannel audio to exchange ideas on how immersive audio can help people to understand, to hear more and to activate dissent rather than simply enabling ever more intricate aural pleasures, to be sold or rented out as “experiences.”
Sonification: Unlocking the Genetic Soundscapes
The process of sonification enabled the conversion of the SARS-CoV-2 RNA into musical elements. Through the translation of genetic information into MIDI values and notes, the album brings to life the intricate patterns and characteristics of the virus on a musical canvas. The resulting compositions offer a unique auditory representation of the virus's genetic material, unveiling a new realm of artistic expression.
Polyrhythmic Percussion and Dynamic Attacks
Employing polyrhythmic percussion rhythms derived from the repetition of RNA sequences, the album embraces the inherent complexities of the genetic material. The meticulously crafted rhythms feature dynamic attacks that infuse the music with a sense of energy and intensity. This fusion of rhythmic elements creates a captivating sonic landscape, evoking both minimalistic and maximalistic soundscapes.
Post-Digital Exploration: A Fusion of Aesthetics
The composer takes a post-digital approach, blending avant-garde, post-industrial, and post-techno aesthetic components. This experimental fusion forms the foundation of the acousmatic music research, allowing for the exploration of new sonic territories. By pushing the boundaries of art, music, technology, and aesthetics, the album reflects the interplay between human creativity and the natural world.
Science and Imagination: Unleashing the Potential
This composition serves as a testament to the potential of science as a wellspring of inspiration for artistic endeavors. By employing the biological potentiality within music composition, the album unlocks new realms of sonic possibilities. It invites listeners to embark on a captivating sonic journey, guided by the ever-expanding frontiers of scientific knowledge.
A Captivating Performance and Installation
This work was showcased as part of a performance, lighting, and sound installation during the Festival Novas Invasões in Torres Vedras, Portugal, in 2021. The immersive experience transported the audience into the textured audio universe created by the sonification of the SARS-CoV-2 genomic material. The production was made possible by the collaboration of EMERGE A.C., with the support of Torres Vedras Municipality, Festival Novas Invasões, and Direção Geral das Artes.
Credits and Acknowledgments
The album "Da Mata Paquete aka Hugo Paquete" was released on July 20, 2022. Special thanks are extended to Absonus Lab, a space dedicated to sonic experimentation and the advancement of multidisciplinary art, science, and technology. Their support and dedication provided the ideal environment for nurturing musical creativity and innovation.
This album is the culmination of groundbreaking studies that utilized sonification techniques to transform the genetic genomic material of the SARS-CoV-2 virus into MIDI values, notes, and control commands for software and hardware. By combining specially crafted virtual instruments with electronically generated audio content, a fascinating and innovative sonic experience was created. The captivating journey of exploring the boundaries of sound and perception.
IGAC/ Registo de obra n.º 2810/2021. Copyright protected
Sound Analogies and Radical Sonification - Control Oscillating Voltage + 2. Autor: Hugo Paquete. Festival Novas Invasões. Ano: 2021. Fotos: Marisa Bernardes.
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