Electronic from the End of the World

Experimanental sound from the literally end of the world - four artist Agnes Paz, Wolfgang Spahn, Hector Aguilar and Rafael Cheuquelaf react on the massive impact of the stunning nature of Patagonia with singular electronic sounds and overexposed projections.

All artists performed together at “La Idea” in Punte Arena in 2018: https://pueblonuevo.cl/eventos/lenguaje-de-maquinas-03/

Agnes Paz

Agnes Paz (Moscow, 1974) is a theremin player, sound explorer and cultural agent.
Using the theremin as instrument, interface or as an extension of her own voice she explores its multiple possibilities, transforming sounds into atmospheres and landscapes. Apart from her solo work, she has musicalized silent films, worked on media projects, sound actions and collaborations with many musical projects, such as Colectivo No and the band Electrodomésticos. She has performed in stages in Chile, Peru, Argentina, Uruguay, Russia, Japan and Switzerland.

Agnes Paz is co-founder and director of “Electromagnetica -International Theremin Festival”. As an activist and promoter of the theremin, she teaches courses and workshops, presenting the instrument and creating bridges between science and art.

Lluvia Ácida

Lluvia Ácida is a duo from Magallanes conformed by Hector Aguilar and Rafael Cheuquelaf, who have been working in the release of albums, recitals, documentaries and musicalisation of audiovisual products.

Their first album “Simulación” (1996) introduces the electro-industrial sound of Patagonian music. As from then on, they worked inspired by the topics related to history and life of Southern Chile and the Antartic, as in the albums “La Idea – Canto a la Federación Obrera de Magallanes” (2007), “Kuluana” (2009), “Insula in albis” (2013) and “Zonas de Silencio” (2015).

Lluvia Ácida sounds are characterised by the multiple sources of sound ranging from analogue to digital keyboards and field recordings made in remote areas. Their albumns include songs as well as improvisations recorded in studio as well as in open air. They have shown their musical concept, “electronic sound of frontier”, that mixes elements of electronic, folklore, and field recordings in different parts of Chile, Argentina and the USA, being the only band in the world who have performed in the Antartic twice.

His latest work is "Ciencia Sur" , a disc and medium-length film dedicated to scientific exploration in the wild places of Patagonia and Antarctica, in search of answers to the big questions about Climate Change and the future of our planet.

Official website: http://www.lluviaacida.cl

Wolfgang Spahn - Self-Similarity

A sonification and visualisation of fractal systems Self-Similarity

“How Long Is the Coast of Britain? Statistical Self-Similarity and Fractional Dimension”, is the title of a paper by mathematician Benoît Mandelbrot (1967). In this, Mandelbrot introduces the idea, that coastlines can be modelled by random self-similar figures, thus linking mathematical fractal objects with natural forms. In mathematics, a self-similar object is exactly similar to a part of itself, which means that the whole has the same shape as one of the parts. In nature, however, self-similarity would be described as imperfect: while many parts show the same shape as the whole there are also those that don't quite fit.

Wolfgang Spahn's unique performance „Self-Similarity“ relates to Madelbrot's ideas by displaying sonification and visualization of fractal systems. Analog computer and analog neural systems communicate with the self-similarity of Patagonia's nature on both huge and macroscopic scale.

The audio-visual performance „Self-Similarity“ displays patterns and structures of lichen, ferns, moss, and seaweed as well as patterns and structures generated by technology. The data stream of a digital projector is transformed into sound, thus audio-visually presenting the electromagnetic-fields generated by coils and motors. By hacking VGA signals, amplifying their sound and implementing both aspects in his performance Spahn visualizes the importance of the machine as an integral part of his art.

Agnes Paz & Wolfgang Spahn

Agnes Paz and Wolfgang Spahn performed together at La Idea in Punte Arenas in Chile 2018.

Wolfgang Spahn is a visual & sound artist based in Berlin. His work includes interactive installations, performances of light & sound and miniature-slide-paintings. His art explores the field of analogue and digital media and focuses on both their contradiction and their correlation.

He is faculty member of the Sound Studies and Sonic Arts, University of the Arts, Berlin, Germany.


Here is most of the hard- and software the artist developed for his artwork.
- Analog Computer
- Pop Neuron
- Paper-Duino
- Paper Synthesizer
- Paper Bits
- Raspberry Pi Hats
- VGA Synthesizer
- Sound Boards



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