Durán VázquezHome, Sweet Home

Home, Sweet Home

CrĂłnica 045~2009 download

Release date: 3 September 2009


  1. Pictures From the Atlantic City of Vigo (15:28)
  2. Building (13:00)
  3. Cars (07:30)
  4. Alarm, Anxiety, Eagerness (10:49)
  5. Boat Dockage (05:36)
  6. Seagulls (05:54)

All the pieces in Home, Sweet Home use soundscapes as compositional resources that are able to testify a social, historical and geographical context, to which is implicit an emotional and aesthetic component. With electronic synthesis and manipulated recordings, Durán Vázquez developed each composition from the fusion of truth and fiction, employing a well-balanced number of elements that never fill the entire gamut of frequencies but that always develop harmonics that catch the ear of the listener.

Pictures From the Atlantic City of Vigo is an electroacoustic composition with several field recordings that are assembled as shots in a cinematographic montage.

Building uses a series of succeeding recordings that follow from within each other, always finding some conceptual connection point in air, wind and pressure.

Cars is composed from synthesized sound, developing an artificial soundscape that reminds the sounds of car horns in a city.

In Alarm, Anxiety, Eagerness we can hear the young boys and girls of a grammar school over the carnival festivities. Their sounds picture an agitation that is characteristic of their age, but it is also the reflection of other social tensions, more complex and buried, that find a link in those other sounds of alarms and sirens.

In Boat Dockage the studio sounds converge with field recordings of the piers at the CĂ­es islands, in the Vigo estuary.

Finally, Seagulls is composed from the recordings of the colonies of birds at the CĂ­es islands. All the audio montage revolves around the dramatic moment when two adult seagulls attack a younger bird, breaking the peacefulness of the moment.

Durán Vázquez was born in Vigo on 1979. He started recording his work at the beginning of 1998, using self-taught methods and without prior musical formation. His work is mainly focused on audio creation, radio-art and live performances. Occasionally he composes tracks for cinema, sound-art contests, audio collaborations and his own audiovisual pieces and covers for demos. He produced the fortnightly radio program Radio Mil Colinas for Rádio Zero and Radio FilispiM, and currently the Spanish version for Radio Rakumin.

He played at festivals like Sónar (Barcelona 2004); LEM (Barcelona 2004); Experimentaclub (Madrid 2008); MEM (Bilbao 2008); In Sonora (Madrid,2009); RadiaLx (Lisboa, 2010); ZarataFest (Pontevedra, 2012), also at sound-art events like ArtEx Sonora showcase (Contemporary Art Museum Unión Fenosa, A Coruña 2008); Concerts at LIMb0 (Modern Art Museum, Buenos Aires 2007); Ciclo Vibra (Valencia, 2009); Natal dos Experimentais (Sala Passos Manuel, Porto, 2009); Vigotransforma (Vigo, 2010), and venues like Contemporary Art Museum (Vigo 2003 and 2007); Maus Hábitos club (Porto 2004); Fine Arts Faculty (Pontevedra 2005); NASA club (Santiago de Compostela 2006); Spanish Cultural Centre (Montevideo 2007); Galery DF (Santiago de Compostela 2008 and 2009); Club Le Larraskito (Bilbao 2008); Cervantes Institute (Berlin 2008); Alg-a Lab (Vigo, 2009); Goethe-Institut (Lisboa, 2010); Casa Atochas (A Coruña, 2010); Vigosónico (Vigo, 2011); Teatro Ensalle (Vigo, 2012).


Field recordings: Winter 2007, Vigo: Demonstration. Summer 2007, Vigo: Building works; Vigo estuary: Boat travel; CĂ­es Islands: Boat docking, Seagulls colony, Restaurant; Orihuela: Factory at night. Autumn 2007, Vigo: Alarm. Xmas 2007, Vigo: Siren. Winter 2008, Vigo: Rain, Carnival at school. Spring 2008, Vigo: Alarm, Wind at terrace roof, Loudspeakers at school.

Thanks to Miguel Carvalhais and everybody at Crónica for their support and excellent work. Thanks to Alejandro Durán and Miguel A. García from Larraskito netlabel for their support and advices. Thanks to Berio Molina and Isaac Cordal from alg-a collective for their kind words and feedback. Thanks to everybody at Exp+LIMb0 for their support and friendship. Special thanks to Xesús Valle, Carlos Suárez, Paulo Raposo and Ricardo Reis for their friendship and advices. Most important, thanks to my family at San Amaro for always being there.

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