75% PhD defense seminar: Fernando Garnero. A conversation with composer & researcher Professor Doctor Eric Maestri
Composing with the unpredictable. Feed-back with acoustic instruments in the musical work of Fernando Garnero.
This seminar is included in the general research framework of Fernando Garnero’s PHD, regarding extended composable spaces, for diversified sound based artistic practices.
For this discussion with the composer & researcher Dr Eric Maestri, Fernando will focus on the experience of creating sound based art work with a chaotic phenomenon as feedback using acoustics instruments, microphones, speakers, analog pedals & Digital Sound Processing. Fernando will tackle this phenomenon in the context of different personal works spanning the period 2016-2023.
After a brief introduction to his doctoral project & current artistic practice, they will address the issues related to the use of feedback in the making of musical works, and the challenges it poses for both composers and performers. Feedback is a chaotic acoustic phenomenon: frequencies endlessly multiply themselves, amplitudes become unpredictable, and the sound can quickly become saturated or fade out. Despite this, musicians have been using feedback as a compositional device for more than fifty years, raising questions other than those purely related to instrumental and technological issues. Within this context, where does my own artistic work stand?
Fernando will approach this broad topic by initially establishing a theoretical framework that distinguishes the works according to the performers’ agency, and the self-generating capacity of the devices designed to create music with feed-back, starting from autopoietic systems without any human action during the performance. The seminar will be supported by audio-visual examples of works and different devices used on those works.
In conclusion, Fernando will briefly review his ongoing research articles within his doctoral programme.
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