Francisco López - Hidden Island Music (untitled #398)
Catalogue No.: KRXN017
Release Date: 05 Nov 2021
Genre: Field Recordings / Sound Art
Francisco López offers a brand new field recording composition based on the recordings he did in the island of Tenerife whilst visiting for a performance at the Keroxen Festival, 2020.
Internationally recognized as one of the major figures of the sound art and experimental music scene, Francisco has an ear-like gift to point his microphones (and our ears) to the most special and unlikely of sound sources. For almost forty years he has developed an astonishing sonic universe, absolutely personal and iconoclastic, based on a profound listening of the world. Destroying boundaries between industrial sounds and wilderness sound environments, the presentation here is not unlike his most famous and celebrated works whilst still maintaining its unique relevance among a prolific catalogue of sounds.
Entitled Hidden Island Music the work explores its aforementioned ‘hidden sounds’ of Tenerife with a high sensorial mix of environmental and ‘industrial’ recordings taken in and around the Massifs of Teno and Anaga and later composed into a unique sonic journey through the huge sound pits of this rugged region of north Tenerife.
Another masterful work from one of the masters of his craft, shifting from the limits of our perception to the most dreadful abyss of sonic power, a profound and transcendental listening open to sensory and spiritual expansion.
Original environmental sound matter recorded at multiple locations in Macizo de Teno and Macizo de Anaga (Tenerife), November 2020.
Evolved, composed, edited, mixed and mastered at ‘mobile messor’ (Tenerife, Den Haag) and Dune Studio (Loosduinen), 2020-21.
Cover photography by Néstor Torrens
Back photography by Francisco López
Part 1: 20:00
Part 2: 21:16
Francisco López (Madrid, 1964) is one of the key exponents of experimental and electroacoustic music. His sound installations acknowledge the power of sound to transcend the perception and emotions of the people that participate in them. López has chosen the location for its acoustic conditions and installs a sound system that invites visitors to become submerged in a virtual sound world with extreme contrasts. He favors the exploration of sound as well as our own interior, hence the rejection of visual aspects as he leaves the installation in almost complete darkness, enabling him to penetrate a “virtual reality of sound” in a kind of ritual that is both collective and individual.
López is internationally recognised as one of the key figures in experimental music. His experience in the sphere of sound creation and his field recording work spans over more than two decades, in which time he has developed a highly personal and iconoclastic universe of sound that explores the limits of perception whilst also looking for sensorial and spiritual expansion through sound. In his manipulation of natural recordings, over the years this biologist/musician has developed the foundations of what is known as “absolute concrete music”, an approach to sound that uses nature as a springboard for recreating strangely beautiful parallel worlds and virtual realities.
López has performed hundreds of concerts, conducted field recording projects and produced sound installations in 50 countries and in some of the most important international museums, galleries and festivals. His extensive catalogue of sound pieces has been edited by 150 record companies around the world and he has collaborated with more than 100 international artists, both live and in the studio.
Francisco López has received honourable mentions on two occasions at the Ars Electrónica festival along with first prize in the First Sound Art Competition 'Broadcasting Art', jointly organised by RNE (Spanish National Radio) and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (MUSAC).
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