Sound permeates every space, and music is one way to coordinate and organize
it. “SPACE WITHIN” aims to generate emotions by exploring the relationships
between human beings and computer generated sound material. This music requires
active participation and cannot be understood while the listener is engaged
in other activities. It succeeds when the listener searches for links, sources,
structures and meanings. In other words, the internal life of this music occurs
within the listener.
“SPACE WITHIN” is a compilation
of electroacoustic works created between 1999 and 2002, which are also available
from various recording labels. The pieces are part of the Ph.D. theses “Compositional
strategies in electroacoustic music” obtained from City University, London
in 2003. It contains the performances of three world-class musicians from England
and the United States. The works were composed and created with funding from
Fonca (Mexico), Mexico-US Fund for Culture and the LIEM and MEC (Spain).
Sigal’s music has been released by labels in Italy, France, Russia, England
1: Friction of things in other places for electroacoustic sounds
When things occur simultaneously there will always be different levels of friction.
Energy, disagreement, pitch, physical action and others are areas where difference
can generate musical material. ‘Friction of things in other places’
explores different levels to structure sound ideas through differences in material
and sound sources. Created at the composer’s studio in London..
(lejos del silencio) for marimba, Max/Msp and electroacoustic sounds 15’00”
Performed by Robert Esler (www.robertesler.com)
‘Rimbarimba’ was composed as part of the project ‘Far from
silence’ with percussionist Robert Esler. Throughout various sessions
in England and the USA the piece evolved into its final form which consists
of a score and a Max/Msp patch in order to trigger the required stereo sound
files from the computer. The creation of recognisable links between different
media is one of the main concerns in ‘Rimbarimba’. The integration
of rhythmic and spectral materials from the live instrument and the electroacoustic
part are therefore central to the piece. ‘Rimbarimba’ can be considered
as a mix between artificially generated sound worlds, layers of recorded sound
related to the marimba and a human element that works as a “bridge”
between multiple musical levels. I wanted this piece to be more of a process
of exploration than a pre-planned set of musical rules. Decisions were constantly
taken in order to emphasise some of the elements that emerged throughout the
compositional process. ‘Rimbarimba’ was commissioned with funds
from the USA-Mexico fund for culture in 2001 and created at the composer’s
studio in London.
Twilight for bassoon and electroacoustic sounds 13’30”
Performed by: Wendy Holdaway (www.quintmex.com)
Four continuous movements exploring the same number of different types of twilight
(civil, nautical, astronomical and true night). The piece explores these four
stages within a sound world where the bassoon is the leader and the electroacoustic
sounds define the boundaries of the relationships. Sound material for the recorded
part and general musical ideas developed from bassoon gestures that try to evoke
the daily and almost imperceptible process of light fading away and night covering
the sky. Relationships which work as structural points experiment with the fact
that light, specially sunlight, and sound are more closely related than we usually
think. The sunset is not necessarily a slow-movement process. ‘Twilight’
was commissioned by the Spanish Ministry for Culture (MEC) and composed at LIEM-CDMC
in Madrid, Spain and at London City University’s Electroacoustic Music
Studios. Premiered at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid in July 2001, the piece
has also been performed in Hungary, Mexico, Argentina, and the USA by different
bassoonists. I want to thank Peter Dodsworth, Gyorgy Lakatos and Dominique Deguines
for their help with the piece. ‘Twilight’ won Honorary Mentions
at the 2002 International Competition of Electroacoustic Music and Sonic Art
Bourges and at the 2001 Luigi Russolo competition.
& 5: Cycles (in two movements: ‘Stop’ and ‘potS’)
for electroacoustic sounds 12’30” (1999)
Feelings and sounds coming back to our memory. ‘Cycles’ of ideas,
transformations, processes and sounds. Composed in two movements organized in
a similar way. ‘Cycles’ was composed at City University’s
Electroacoustic Music Studios in London and won the 1st. prize at the 1999 International
Luigi Russolo competition.
Tolerance for cello and electroacoustic sounds 11’40” 2000
Performed by Thomas Gardner (firstname.lastname@example.org)
There may be a place where to worlds are able to meet and co-exist. A sound
world of intense and permanent relationships and behaviours. ‘Tolerance’
won an Honorary Mention at the 2000 Luigi Russolo competition and is dedicated
to Thomas Gardner, and has been performed by different cellists in many countries.
About the Artist
Sigal (www.rodrigosigal.com) (Mexico City-1971) Holds a PhD in Electroacoustic
composition from City University in London and a BA in composition from the
Musical Studies and Research Center (CIEM) in Mexico City, and was part of the
composition workshop directed by Prof. Mario Lavista. He also studied with Denis
Smalley, Javier Alvarez, Franco Donatoni, Judith Weird, Michael Jarrel and Juan
Trigos among others.
Since 1991 he has been working as composer, sound and recording engineer in
his private studio in Mexico and London, composing for dance, video, radio and
T.V., and he was the coordinator of the Computer Music Lab at the CIEM from
1994 until 1998.
He has received awards from the Mexican National Fund for Culture and the Arts
(FONCA), The CIEM, The Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, ORS and The Sidney
Perry Foundation in England and the LIEM Studios and The Ministry of Culture
in Spain, the 1st. Prize (Cycles, 1999), honorary mentions (Tolerance, 2000
and Twilight, 2001) at the Luigi Russolo Composition Prize and finalist at Bourges
Some of his works are available on CD, and his CD "MANIFIESTO" (CIEM006),
has received positive reviews and radio broadcast in Mexico and abroad. His
music has been performed in over 20 countries around the world.
Since 1998 takes active part in DAM (www.dam-music.com), a group of six composers
that is working on different interdisciplinary projects including “Altenative
Sessions” with The Maarten Altena Ensemble presented in Mexico, France
and The Netherlands.
He recently finished “Blood Stream” for the Spanish tubist Jesús
Jara with concerts in Spain, Brazil and Argentina. His recent project, "Rimbarimba:
Lejos del silencio" for marimba and electroacustic sounds, was commissioned
by Robert Esler (New Haven, CT) with funds from a Rockefeller-FONCA grant. The
piece has been performed in México, USA, The Netherlands, Argentina,
Brazil and England. He also completed “Liquid Fear” for ten instruments,electronics
and video for the Maarten Altena Ensemble. He now lives and works in Santiago
de Chile. Future activities include new pieces for wind quintet and electronics,
trio and electronics, music for film, flute and electronics and a piano and
orchestra concerto with electroacoustic sounds.