Artist:Francisco López – Hantu Hilang
Date + Time: 28 September - 17:30 - 18:15
Location: city hall - sphæræ
Website: http://franciscolopez.net/


Francisco López is internationally recognized as one of the major figures of the sound art and experimental music scene. López will perform his immersive sculptural sonic piece 'Hantu Hilang' as part of the Sphaerae program.

For more than thirty years he has developed an astonishing sonic universe, absolutely personal and iconoclastic, based on a profound listening of the world. Destroying boundaries between industrial sounds and wilderness sound environments, shifting with passion from the limits of perception to the most dreadful abyss of sonic power, proposing a blind, profound and transcendental listening, freed from the imperatives of knowledge and open to sensory and spiritual expansion. He has realized hundreds of concerts, projects with field recordings, workshops and sound installations in over sixty countries of the five continents. His extensive catalog of sound pieces (with live and studio collaborations with over 150 international artists) has been released by more than 300 record labels worldwide. He has been awarded four times with honorary mentions at the competition of Ars Electronica Festival and is the recipient of the Qwartz Award 2010 for best sound anthology.

'Hantu Hilang' (Malaysian for 'Lost Ghost') is a new sculptural sonic piece created and developed specifically for the Sphæræ inflatable
biomorphic pavilion. It consists of an invisible matrix of subtle sonic materials projected and reflected into the pavilion by means of an ad hoc portable and autonomous surround sound system with 16 tiny speakers. This system is to be arranged as a temporarily built-in system in the pavilion, using the largest arc of the structure to surround an audience congregated inside it.This particular sound system is battery-operated and laptop-controlled, and does not require any additional equipment or conditions. This allows its implementation in any conditions of installation of the pavilion, including the most extreme situation of no power available. The sonic materials are thorough evolutions of original real sound environments into extreme sonic “distilled threads” of mid and high frequencies, with a consequent “ghostly” or “aethereal” character. These are adapted to the technical characteristics of the peculiar speaker system used and “compositionally” structured as sonic sculptural elements in the space of the pavilion. The realization of the piece can be either automated or controlled in real time.


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