Edgar Guzmán: Différance

by Edgar Guzmán

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This collection of electronic and electro-acoustic pieces by one of Mexico's most prolific young composers explores a pallette of sonic materials derived from the technological and online worlds.

"For the past eight years, a correlated and particular use of electronic processes and acoustic sounds has been a very important element in my musical work, and this is mirrored in the fact that all of the pieces collected here are either pure electronic pieces or have an electronic element involved. Each piece focuses on different cleansing “techniques” to try getting closer to that intuitive consciousness: Apnea tries to establish itself in the obscure boundaries of recognition between acoustic and electronically processed sounds; in Memento, the uses of distorted sounds (although similar to those of the piano) are intended to break our relationship to that instrument; ∞¿? exists in the world of uncertainty between sounds that are intentionally crafted by a creator versus sounds that are the "accidental" result of the unpredictable; the sounds in Sturm und Drang struggle to free themselves from their teleological destiny through manipulation of time relationships and spatial movement within the stereo field, striving to isolate themselves from their related past and future events; the sound content of Modem / line in renders the distinction between “noise” and “sound” irrelevant since noise is the fundamental sonic material of its composition; Stimmtausch leads itself out of its “original” sound identity, gradually transforming the work along a curve from pure voices to noise; Adult rated relies on the ‘harshness’ of its sound source to build its discourse; and in Dogma the incisive use of a visual sound representation which constitutes the video component of this piece strives to change its original purpose across time, from a technical tool of sound analysis into an actual musical representation-- even notation -- system."

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released January 1, 2011

0- DOGMA (2006) ELECTRONIC MUSIC AND VIDEO
Created with the support of the Mexican Youth Institute’s Artistic Projects Sponsorship Program 2006. Created at composer’s studio in Querétaro, México
1- MODEM/LINE IN (2005) ELECTRONIC MUSIC
World premiere: October 3, 2005, Project Itinerant, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Created at composer’s studio in Querétaro, México
2- STURM UND DRANG (2003) ELECTRONIC MUSIC
World premiere: June 13, 2004, V Bienal Internacional de Música Eletroacústica de São Paulo
Created at composer’s studio in Querétaro, México
3- MEMENTO (2004-2005) PIANO AND TAPE
Created with the sponsorship of the Querétaro State Fund for the Culture and Arts’s Young Creators Grant 2004-2005. World premiere: May 30, 2008, 30o Foro Internacional de Música Nueva, México D.F.
Recording/Editing/Post-production: Edgar Guzmán
4- APNEA (2004-2005) ACOUSTIC GUITAR AND TAPE
Created with the sponsorship of the Querétaro State Fund for the Culture and Arts’s Young Creators Grant 2004-2005. World premiere: March 12, 2005, Querétaro, México
Recorded by Ignacio Baca Lobera
Editing/Post-production: Edgar Guzmán
5- STIMMTAUSCH (2005) STEREO VERSION-ELECTRONIC MUSIC
Original version for eight channels created in Artistic Residency at the LIPM, Buenos Aires, Argentina, August, 2005
6- ADULT RATED (2007) ELECTRONIC MUSIC
Created with the sponsorship of the National Fund for the Culture and Arts’s Young Creators Grant 2006-2005
Created at composer’s studio in Querétaro, México
7- ∞¿? (2008) BASSOON AND ELECTRONICS
World premiere, October 29, 2008, ICETANK! Concert II, New York, NY
Recording/Editing/Post-production: Joshua Rubin
Electronics technician: Nathan Davis
Album layout and program notes: Edgar Guzmán
Producer: Edgar Guzmán
Project Advisor: Daniel Lippel

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New Focus Recordings New York, New York

New Focus Recordings is an artist led collective label featuring releases in contemporary music of many stripes, as well as new approaches to older repertoire. The label was founded by guitarist Daniel Lippel (who is the current director), composer engineer Ryan Streber, and composer Peter Gilbert in 2003-4, and features releases from many of new music's most active performers and composers. ... more

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