DESTELLOS in LA NUIT BLEUE - July 12th 2008 - Salina Real D'Arc et Senans
The Concert of inauguration of the Destellos Foundation, has been realized in the exceptional site of the Saline d'Arc et Senans in France. The program consisted in works of argentine composers : J.Halac, S.Diez Fischer, E.Justel, H.Vaggione, B.Ferreyra, D.Schachter, A.Viñao, G.Castillo, E.Kusnir, R.Minsburg, and B. DelBoca.
A white night and a taste of pure acousmatic sounds
The real saline d’Arc Senans (Doubs) hosts for the seventh year in a row what is called “The Blue Night”, a night devoted to electroacoustic music. The acousmatic genre is present throughout the duration of a seven-hour long concert that takes place during the night. The term “acousmatic” makes reference to Greek philosopher Pitagoras who, in VI BC tought classes behind a curtain and in the dark so that his students would better concentrate in his words. Thanks to the “Acousmonium”, a set of multiple speakers through which the music travels creating a virtual space in which the audience is submerged. The listener, lying comfortably on a cushion or sitting on a rocking chair, is able to concentrate and listen to this “pure sound” while appreciating to the architechtureal masterpiece by Claude Nicolas Ledoux (1736-1806), which was declared World Heritage by the UNESCO in 1982.
Acousmatic music is a music “from the inner self”, as defined by Elsa Justel, Argentine artist invited to the Blue Night. The 64 years old composer speaks with passion about an art she practiced since very young. She was 20 years old when she listened for the first time to Edgar Varese’s “Poeme electronique”. It was the year 1958 and it was like an epiphany. Ms Justel leaves her home town of Mar del Plata to go to Buenos Aires where she takes courses in Electroacoustic Music. This unlikely genre, was born in 1948 in the Television and Radio French studios of Pierre Schaeffer, the father of concrete music. He transformed the sounds removing them from their material features so that “during the experience things may talk about themselves as if they carried a message of a world unknown to us”, as Shaeffer wrote in 1952.
“RESIDUES OF THE WORD”. By the time Elsa Justel begins her learning process, magnetic tape was cut and spliced at random searching for an interesting sound. At the end of the 70’s, she buys her first digital synthesizer right before going to Germany for a festival. There she’s adviced to go to France where acousmatic music was flourishing. In 1986 she becomes part of the Group of Experimental Music at Bourges where her career was launched. She received many awards, gives conferences and composes for her coleagues. In 2007 she created in Mar del Plata her DESTELLOS FOUNDATION to promote the encounter of artists that compose in this genre. The Foundation has organized recently a competition of acousmatic pieces juried by internationally renowned composers. The winning pieces will be presented during the Blue Night. Meanwhile, the artist is at her computer making “pure sounds, absolute sounds without the background tape noise”. But the inspirations is the same: “musical ideas are always in the head, we don’t need machines to help us. Never let a machine take control of your work”, she offers as an explanation. This inspiration she gets from natural sounds, cracking pieces of wood or the sound a two glasses touching each other or the “residues of words” that she ill-intentioned records from radio shows. After analyzing them, she removes the sounds from the original context as she does it with the sound of strings rubbed with a nail file, a sound that forms the foundation for her piece Bastet which will be presented during the Blue Night. A feeling of uncertainty floats around, just like it happens in your everyday life. Melanie Bulan - 9/7/08 Le Monde, Paris
International Conference of Aesthetics "Peaks and edges of contemporary arts"
22 - 24 october 2009
The Foundation Destellos has inaugurated its first event in Argentine with the International Congress on Esthetics: "Peaks and edges of contemporary arts" It has had the participation of important searchers in different areas, bringing a new approach to the contemporary esthetics by proposals oriented to the arts that use new Technologies.
Musicologists, composers, performers, video artists, teachers; who introduce us in the different aspects that constitute the marrow of contemporary esthetics. They have aboard the Peaks and edges of today's esthetic thought. They transited by technologic, perceptive, musical, sensual short cuts to guide us in this research of beauty and esthetic enjoyment that is what makes us live. In this three days conference there were included themes as: "Music and technology", "Integrated arts", "Contemporary Esthetics", "Instrumental techniques/ Real time", "Creation by the Web", "Visual Music"; with the participation of : Mag. José Halac (University of Córdoba-Argentine), Dr. Bruno Bossis (Universities of Rennes and Paris Sorbona-France), Juan A.Lleó (Spain), Lic. Susana Espinosa (Univ. of Lanús), Dr. Emilio Mendoza (Univ. Simón Bolívar, Venezuela), Dra. Marta Flores (University of Comahue), Mag. Aitana Kasulin (IUNA), Martín Proscia (Univ. of Quilmes), Mariano Fernandez (IUNA), Fabian Luna (UNtref), Sandrine Baranski (Univ. of Lille3-France), Jorge Sad (Conservatorio provincial Alberto Ginastera), Martín Virgili (UTN MDP) and Dr Roc Laseca (University of Laguna-Tenerife-Spain).
Session has been held in a pleasant dialogue with the participation of numerous public issue of different areas as fine arts, music, philosophy, theater, cultural management . Also there were artistic spectacles : "Rapsodia Adiós Nonino" of A. Piazzolla, by Cecilia Pugliese (piano), Guillermo Olguin (violin) and Luz Pugliese (dance); "Adiós" film of D.Galasse y R.Monforte and a "Concert of Visual Music Electroacoustic", with Works of Basilio del Boca, Gustavo García Novo, Chikashi Miyama, Gabriel Gendin, Juan Sorrentino, Diana Simpson and Elsa Justel.
The event has been supported by Conicet, Universities of Mar del Plata and Lanús, CCEBA (Cultural Center of Spain in Buenos Aires), Notary collage of Mar del Plata, School of dramatic Art "Angelina Pagano" and the Cultural Secretary of Gral. Pueyrredón. So, we expect that this event will be fruitful to establish communication links between the different disciplines that participate in this congress. It is our purpose with this exchange of experiences to try to improve to a better understanding of the sense of Art and of its importance for the development of human knowledge.
Colloquium of composers and Concert to the basket -July 30th and 31st 2010
On july 2010 was organized the 1st Colloquium of Composers to discuss about the different aspects of Electroacoustic Music : spaces of sound diffusion, influence of multimedia expressions, management of creation, education, institutional exchanges and other topics related to the current situation of the composer. The meeting was attending by composers, students and teachers of Argentine and with the participation of the composers in residence Diana Simpson (England) and Chikashi Miyama (Japan). To close the Colloquium there was a concert in wich the participants presented their musical works.