Roc Jiménez de Cisneros

The Graham Foundation

Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60610

In his Chicago debut, Roc Jiménez de Cisneros premieres Tetralemma + Tetrafluoroethane, a new four-channel work for electronic sounds and hand-held air horns. The piece deals with some of his long-standing interests. He’s into mereology, or the theory of part-whole relations, as it applies to the playback system and compositional structure. He also tackles the concept of imitation in music, where acoustic sources emulate the aesthetics and techniques in his computer work.

Sending similar, but not identical, audio streams to each speaker, Roc attempts to raise several questions: How does the interaction between different channels affect the overall structure? Can we perceive parts within the parts? Can we really focus our attention on one specific source?

Roc Jiménez de Cisneros (b.1975, Barcelona) is an artist and composer, and co-founder of the computer music project EVOL, which began in 1996. His work is a radical and playful exploration of algorithmic composition. Heavily influenced and inspired by cosmology, noise and rave culture, he describes his recordings, installations and performances as “computer music for hooligans.” His output has been released on labels such as Entr’acte, Presto!?, Mego, and ALKU, which he runs with Anna Ramos. He has performed extensively throughout the world. He lives and works in Barcelona.

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