[ISEA2017] Artist Talk: Alejandro Brianza — Underground soundscapes

Artist Statement

The concept of soundscape was shaped by Murray Schafer in late 60’s, describing it as the grouping of every audible sound surrounding us. Schafer conjoined the words Sound and Landscape, creating not only a new concept that would transcend to nowadays, but also an autonomous subject of study linked precisely to the characterization of spaces by their sound environment, allowing us to know them through what they reveal to us. Underground Soundscapes is a project that has started in 2015, making and putting together many soundscapes of different subways in different cities. We can hear how it sounds the subway in Ciudad de México, São Paulo, Buenos Aires, Medellín, Valparaiso, London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Madrid and Paris, and the project is still recording places. In this talk, we’re going to hear, understand, discuss and explore different potential expression of urban soundscapes, and their relationship with the heritage, cultural practices and traditions.

  • Alejandro Brianza, Asistant Professor, Universidad Nacional de Lanús, Buenos Aires, Argentina (Buenos Aires, 1989). Composer, researcher and teacher. Has a Bachelor in Audiovisual Arts and is currently pursuing master’s degrees in Methodology of Scientific Research. Is sound technician, student of Composition and Recorder in the Music Conservatory Julián Aguirre. He teaches at the University of Salvador and the National University of Lanús, where he is also part of researches related to sound technology, electronic music and contemporary languages, of which he has lectured at conferences and various academic meetings. alejandrobrianza.wordpress.com