OXYOQUET ¨El Volcán Silencioso¨
Piezas en Cadencia I-XII
Inspired and developed between 2013-2015, at the Reserva Natural Huitepec, Altos de Chiapas.
A naturalistic piece devoted for self reflection on Human specie and Nature species on Earth. For solo extended-prepared drum set-percussion, real time electronics, soundscape environment and video art.
Cenceived as an open work improvised composition that pretends to reflect the organic flow of movement, sound and light formations in nature. The essence of the composition deepens into the natural concepts of percussiveness, factual probability and alea, to exploring the states in organism systems and the relationships that are inextricably linked within each other, as a rizoma. Questioning the problem of human conditioning as an accident between organic nature and artificial nature. The piece is structured in 12 cadences which evolves like short percussive events composed into a complex audiovisual score, which is re composed and re prepared every time the piece is performed, allowing infinite interpretations based on 12 original acoustic drum short pieces that works as a sound score, and the 24 original raw video materials registered in the Huitepec Reservoir.
The whole composition integrates 4 basic layers that works together simultaneously: 1) the visual score developed in fixed video plataform; 2) the soundscape environment on fixed platform made by sounds registered exclusively in the Reservoir; 3) the real time electronic process which is a special Pd Patch designed and developed by composer Rodrigo Castellanos for his composition KARMA; 4) the acoustic drum set-percussion performance. The piece is designed to to never be finished, and represents an exercise for integrating the actively chaotic fiery eruption against the calmness contemplative introspective quietness.
What engenders more life, water or fire?
Chaos and beauty under the Earth. The rivers of fire and water listen to our walking feet in search of answers; in the search of truths. Primitive and simple, these ¨Piezas en Cadencia¨ where born from the heart of the soil; bringing to life as an envisioning of a close up micro universe encountered in a sacred Mountain.
Quietness contemplation within nature beauty opposed to chaotic entropy within homo demens.
All has been said about what has been performed on drums and percussion music. It seems that the vast world of drumming is full of material created and made by such a wonderful diversity of composers, percussionists and drummers all around the planet. Still there is a question of philosophical origin and phenomenology signification, on which this Piezas en Cadencia I-XII has been drawn upon: Oxyoquet ¨el volcán silencioso¨, which encloses a magical metaphor.
This work represents the resulting matter of a process linked to simple complexity natural facts, beyond musical thinking forming. The video work search for true light painting, pure vertiginous abstraction, defying purposely all stylistic temptation explored by modern visual art. A search within audiovisual convergences and divergences, multi gravitational centers, opposed explosions of emotive expansions, contractions and implosions in audiovisual space.
Oxyoquet is now becoming the matrix for a whole series of naturalistic pieces to be created and developed...there will be a piece based in the ocean, one on the desert, and so on...it seems to be an endless open work...
More info about this work and technical considerations under request.