Cryptic Glasgow-Cove Park Residency
March 2019, I spent the whole month working in Scotland. The Cove-Park and Glasgow residency, organized by Cryptic and CMMAS in conjunction with the British Council, has been fruitful and very important in my artistic career. I can say that it marked a new starting point in my artistic career. First, what was this residency about? The month-long residency: Three weeks of intense work at Cove-Park on my art project and one week in Glasgow to exchange experiences with the art community in this city.
In this document, I will make a description of the work done during this residency, then I will make a description of the creative process and finally I will give my conclusions and thanks.
Learn more about Cryptic-Glasgow Producers here: http://www.cryptic.org.uk/
Work done in Cove-Park
My project. Description, Progress and Results.
During my residency in Cove-Park I worked on my project "Gestures of Light". Broadly speaking: this project seeks the convergence between four disciplines: musical composition, experimental photography, real-time visuals, and music performance. Next, I will describe the work done during three weeks.
During my three-week residency at Cove-Park I took a series of 53 photographs.
The creative process was as follows:
1. The photos were taken inside Cove-Park.
2. I worked on developing and debugging the algorithm to process the images to obtain new images.
3. I created the series of 53 photographs by processing the images taken at Cove-Park using the algorithm. Here I show in small format the final work: the series of 53 photographs created at Cove-Park.
During the three weeks of residence at Cove-Park I composed, 40 minutes of original music from scratch.
The instruments used were:
Prophet Rev2 synthesizer with keyboard
My modular synthesizer
FireFace 800 Audio Interface
Genelec 30-B Speakers
Recording in Protools 12.
The creative process was as follows:
1. Realization of a patch in the modular synthesizer, the 0-coast and the Prophet (creation of new sounds and auto-generative musical sequences).
2. Improvising (seeing the mountains)
This sequence of steps was repeated several times in the same order until the stereo recording was completed. A sample of the recorded work is given below. Due to the fact that this work will be published in a disc soon, it is not possible to publish in this site the complete work.
During my three-week residency at Cove-Park, I conducted experiments in order to make the convergence between photos and music in a video. This work is in process, however, below is a sample of the progress made during the residency.
The tools used were:
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 GPU
Sound interface: Native Instruments 6
The performance (setup)
During my residency at Cove-Park I created a useful setup for live presentations of works containing: real-time visuals and electronic music. This setup can now be used by other artists as well. The setup will be described in detail in an article to be published soon.
The "Gestures of Light" work is still in progress. The following steps will be taken to complete the project:
1) Mixing of the music in a multichannel version: octophonic.
2) Work on the visuals.
Both tasks will be done during my next artistic residency at CMMAS, in Morelia, Mexico in May 2019. Once the work is finished, there will be public presentations of it.
Work done in Glasgow
The last week of the Scottish residency took place in Glasgow. At that time I did two main activities: net-working and giving a workshop to create real-time visuals using Jitter software on Max MSP. Below I will describe both activities.
Concerning net-working, I had the opportunity to speak with professors of music composition and music technology at the Royal Conservatoire of Scottland and the University of Glasgow.
On 28 and 29 March, I gave an intensive workshop at the University of Glasgow. The workshop: Introduction to the Creation of Visuals in Real Time using Jitter lasted 8 hours per day. The students learned to use the Jitter tool from 0 to create their own visual contents. Among the audience of this workshop were art students from Glasgow University, a lecturer from the same institution and also engineers. This link shows the agenda of the workshop.
The work experience at Cove-Park
What is it like to create music at Cove-Park?
Creating art surrounded by nature
Working in the midst of nature, isolated from the distractions of everyday life has undoubtedly been a factor that has allowed me to be quite productive; why?
Nature: inspiration, strength and relaxation.
As a multimedia artist using a computer, there are parts of my work that can sometimes become very stressful, for example: when I am programming and I inevitably encounter "bugs" or technical difficulties. At Cove-Park, every time my mind tensed, I contemplated the landscape. Just looking at the mountains, or taking a short walk was enough to relax my mind and to gain strength again. The contemplation of the landscape allowed me to have a state of constant relaxation and this, in turn, allowed me to have a high performance: daily working days of 7 to 10 hours.
Cove-Park lives in my music work
To make music surrounded by a landscape caused that this land, literally, got inside my work. The sounds of Cove are somehow represented in my musical work; for instance: We had a week of storm: a strong wind that never stopped: it was a powerful sound I had never heard before. I also heard frogs, cows, and water, a lot of water: running through the ground, falling from the sky, dripping from the branches. No doubt I can say that all that moisture permeated the music, as well as the life that grows on every rock, on every trunk of Cove, even on the roof of my studio.
Learn more about Cove Park here: https://covepark.org/