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PART 1 17:49
PART 2 21:04


Gustavo Costa: percussion, amplified objects, electronics
Henrique Fernandes: amplified objects, percussion
José Alberto Gomes: electronics, percussion
Ricardo Jacinto: cello, electronics, percussion

Recorded live at ENSEMS 2016 by Edu Comelles | Centre del Carme | Valencia
Mixed by Ricardo Jacinto

Cover image: Panopticon plans (drawn by Willey Reveley), c. 1794-1795 (Image courtesy of UCL Special Collections, UC cxix, f. 125r)


released April 14, 2016

Collective musical instrument / performance

Phonopticon is a sonic model inspired on the Panopticon architecture, a building designed by Jeremy Bentham on the XVIIIth century, where a control central tower has a 360 degrees vision on the cells of the prisoners. Conceptually, however, the ideas of control and power implicit on the Panopticon are replaced by sound representations, free and abstract in its essence, that find different meanings on the listening processes developed by every listener.
Phonopticon is a concert where new expressive and performative ways are explored in the areas of composition, performance and electroacoustic spatialization, gathering in a central point a set of new acoustic and electronic musical instruments. The audience, displayed concentrically, is also surrounded by eight loudspeakers placed on the limits of the circle.

Composition, performance and new instrument design: Alberto Lopes, Alexandre Soares, Carlos Guedes, Filipe Lopes, Gustavo Costa, Henrique Fernandes, José Alberto Gomes, Ricardo Jacinto, Rui Dias and Rui Penha.

PHONOPTICON is a project produced by SONOSCOPIA (Porto)
+ info: www.sonoscopia.pt/en/works/phonopticon


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