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Harmonització de la sala d'exposicions de Belles Arts (2013)

by Francesc Llompart Pons

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2013, fixed electroacoustics (2ch.)

This piece was composed by commission of the University of Barcelona’s Faculty of Fine Arts in occasion of the presentation of the poster conmemorating Sant Jordi 2013. The idea behind this piece, framed in the work on the acoustic space made in the Masters in Sound Art the same year and published in the editorial collection "Palas y las musas; dialogues between science and art" by the UNAM, is to make actively audible the passive characteristics of the acoustics of the Exhibition Hall of the Faculty of Fine Arts and, specifically, the resonant frequencies or room modes. These were calculated in a mathematical way, from the measurement of the dimensions of the room, and later translated into the musical language: notes.

The sound material is formed by the sounds of a cello (by Núria Palau) and a violin (by the author) playing open strings and harmonics tuned to the frequencies corresponding to the modes of the room. In the piece, these sets of notes are articulated in the harmonic, melodic and contrapuntal dimensions. The piece was premiered in the same exhibition hall in hexaphonic format, separating the three dimensions of the room into three stereo pairs: length, width and height. Later it was mixed in stereo format where each dimension occupies an area of ​​the panorama: left, center and right.

It was premiered on April 9, 2013 in the faculty of arts of the University of Barcelona.

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