Thursday, July 12, 2012

Radius Episode 29: Yair López

Yair López
Primitivo branquiado comedor de hierba de los fondos abisales

Performance and reception: 
Friday August 10, 2012 from 7pm-9pm

The noises heard over there are almost impossible to record. So how do you record them? I think you just push the red button and walk around while listening to breaths, squeaks, and other animal sounds.
I couldn’t even trace lines that satisfied me on paper. I sought to take pictures while my parents slept in the cottage. I managed to portray a cat and as a prize I received a penalty. I spent my brother’s birthday party crying. I wanted to play with the big cube and push the black button to take pictures.
Among all those tapes I found one recorded by my mother, of my brother’s sorrow. I think that was my first encounter with sound art.

I found the mistake since many years ago. At an early age, I played records on the wrong speed, and I had fun finding “different things” within this simple intervention.

The world deserves to be heard. There are stories that were not written, but told from generation to generation, printed in all of our memories, the extinct sounds, and marks that make us relive the first moment of listening.

Yair López graduated with an engineering degree in multimedia and communications from the University of Guadalajara. Working with fixed images and animation, sound has always been an important element and complement for his work, both as a musical resource and form of expression. López participated in academic programs at the Mexican Center for Music and Sonic Art (CMMAS), where he was a scholar and resident artist.

His discography includes Casa de Omar (2008, digital), Paisaje sonoro del Malecón de Puerto Vallarta (2010, CD), Ep ep popo (2010, digital), Narita Airport (2011, digital) Paisaje sonoro de los Pueblos Mágicos del Jalisco (2011, CD), SONORA (2011, CD) and MARCA Y REGISTRO (2012, DVD).
Yair created the Sociacusia in 2008, linking sound art and electro-acoustic music in Guadalajara, Mexico. 
He was a scholar of the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (FONCA) in 2010-2011, and was also a scholar of the Programa de Estímulo a la Creación y el Desarrollo Artístico (PECDA) in 2009-2010 and will also in 2012-2013.

Episode 29 will be performed, broadcast, and recorded live on Friday August 10, 2012 at Antena, a project space headed by Miguel Cortez located in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood.

Radius is an experimental radio broadcast platform based in Chicago, IL, USA. Radius features a new project monthly with statements by artists who use radio as a primary element in their work. Radius provides artists with live and experimental formats in radio programming. The goal is to support work that engages the tonal and public spaces of the electromagnetic spectrum. All audio works are broadcasted locally on 88.9 FM with a secondary stream online.

1755 S. Laflin, St.
Chicago, IL 60608
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Hours: by appointment