Call for applications is closed for this year edition.
Summer Camp 2018 will start the 13th and end the 22nd of July.


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Concept 

This is a 9 days workshop and a residency program happening every summer since 2016 at the heart of the Catalan Countryside, on a privileged location surrounded by nature. The Third edition of the program takes place at El Polell, a cottage house at the outskirts of Barcelona. The house is prepared for long term educational programs and its fully prepared to host a group of 15 people.

During the 9 days residency and workshop participants from all over the world will share, work and explore together the creative possibilities of sound art, field recordings and digital arts as a framework. The workshop will focus the attention on the relationship between soundscape, landscape, technology, and specially the act of listening our environment.

The workshop wants to serve as a starting point to introduce the participants into all the creative possibilities of sound from a wide range of perspectives. From a musical point of view through narrative, composition, documentary, phonography all through the prism of field recordings and its relationship with the landscape and the natural environment.

The stage includes lecturing hours, a microphone workshop and several outdoor activities ranging from deep listening exercises, field recordings campaigns, the development of sound installations, live performances and site-specific interventions in the natural surroundings.

By the end of the period, the participants will work together towards a public presentation of their work during the stay. This activity will invite local audience into an open evening dedicated to sound art, experimental music inspired by the surrounding landscape and territory. All lecture and practical activities will be conducted and tutored by Edu Comelles.


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Program 

The full program and schedule of activities will be issued in detail once the participants have been selected. The stage is divided in two main stages.

The first stage focused on lecturing, tutored activities and practical workshops will span the firsts days of the stay. The time in those days will be split in lecture hours, happening in the morning, in which to establish the grounds of the subjects that will be put in practice during the day. After that, a big percentage of the day is meant to be dedicated to practical and workshop activities. 

By the end of the day a small period of time after dinner will be set for public presentations held by participants sharing ideas, pitching projects or presenting their personal work to their companions. Within all of the above, a DiY microphone workshop will be held providing all the participants with a basic microphone kit with Binaural and Contact microphones. 

The second stage will be dedicated to development, production and rehearsing of the final presentations taking place the last evening of residency. During this last days, the participants must order, plan and finish a work done collectively. Different materials, human and technical resources will be provided in order to deliver the works that will be shown to the public. Extensive monitoring, guidance and tutoring will take place on all stages by groups. 

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Tutor.

Edu Comelles lives and works in Valencia. He is a sound designer, musician and curator. He is currently involved in several individual and collective projects ranging from sound art, soundscapism and experimental music.

His works have been shown and exhibited in institutions such as LABoral, Espai Rambleta, Caixaforum or Arts Santa Mónica in Barcelona, his city. His compositions have been broadcasted in various events across the world such as Ars Electronica in Austria, Tsonami in Chile or the MAMM at Colombia, among others.

Comelles has released more than 20 releases with his solo projects or in various formations and collaborative projects. Labels like Fluid Audio, Spa.RK, Impulsive Habitat, Surrism, Mandorla are hosting his works on their catalogues. Solo and with collaborations he's been playing live at festivals such as Mutek Festival, Sónar, at the MNCARS in Madrid, MUAC in Mexico City, Fase Festival in Berlin or Eufonic in Barcelona where he also, with Cello + Laptop his collaborative project with chelist Sara Galán, played on Sonar Festival 2013.

Since 2007 runs Audiotalaia an online platform or netlabel devoted to edition, production and promotion of experimental music and sound art under Creative Commons.

Now a days he curates for the veteran Festival Ensems of Contemporary Music of Valencia. He has been the curator of Espai Sonor at EACC between 2016 and 2017. In Valencia, the city where he lives and works, he's been for 4 years the artistic director of the series of concerts Off_Herzios, organising more that 60 concerts in various venues and galleries across town.

As an academic Comelles holds a PhD in Sound Art, and MsC in Sound Design by the University of Edinburgh and a Ma on Visual Arts And Multimedia Applications at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. He's also, with Fernando Ortuño, developing a research project focused on means to show, display and exhibit Sound Art in a exhibition context. This is happening at the Valencia Arts School.

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Profile of the participants.

This program aims to gather young talented people from all over the world interested on sound and its creative possibilities. and with the aim to share and work collectively. All sessions will be held in english. A good level of spoken english is required to attend and interact in all activities.

We are looking after fine arts students, visual or sound artists, musicians, photographers, architects, anthropologists, documentarists, cinematographers, video-artists, designers or just simply people interested on using sound in their creative process. We are strongly encouraging people involved in sensory ethnography, anthropology or geography, as well as architects or students of architecture engaged on the study of landscape from an open perspective.

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Living Together.

The stay has been designed to take place in an intensive and collective experience at the El Polell facilities. The space: upstairs there are 2 rooms with 4 beds, one room with 5 beds, and one room with two beds and several bathrooms and showers. Downstairs a big kitchen, dining room, the tutor's room and the workshop.

This 9 days stay implies a certain level of compromise from the participants. Each of the 15 selected individuals will be split in teams and each of them will have assigned daily tasks. Those include, cooking, tiding up the house and cleaning. The tasks will be given through a schedule that will establish a proportional amount of work for each of the 3 or 4 groups. The participation includes the acceptance for part of the participants to collaborate daily with the basic tasks described above.

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Cost 

Each selected participant will have to deposit 380€ through Bank Transfer (IBAN / SWIFT), or via Western Union or similar, we do not accept Paypal transfers. The amount covers for daily expenses, accommodation and access to all activities at the Residency including the materials for the Microphone Workshop and the rest of activities. 

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Transportation 

Each of the participants will have to travel by their own to Sant Celoni, the biggest town nearby El Polell with a train station straight from Barcelona City Center or Airport. At Sant Celoni transportation will be arranged for all participants to the house. At the end of the period transportation back to Sant Celoni or Barcelona (depending) will also be organized by the participants and the organization. 

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Registration

The registration has two main steps. First each individual will have to fill the online form linked below. The Open Call form will provide us with background information on you. You will have to send a short motivation letter and minor information on your background and interests. 

We will carefully read and evaluate your candidacy in order to determine if you fit the profile. Once we close the open call we will select the best candidates to be part of the 2018 edition. Notification via email will be sent to all applicants and the selected ones. Further instruction to the chosen will be sent at that stage. 

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Places available

El Polell can host up to 15 participants at their facility. This means that once the registration of the applicants is done, 15 profiles will be selected and a list of substitutes will be kept just in case there are last minute drops. 
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Date of release: 21.11.2017
Format: FILE - MP3 / WAV 
Length: 20:00 min
Artwork: Audiotalaia / Guillermo Perez García.

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In 2016, we invited Marc Vilanova to deliver a work for the Digital Catalogue of Audiotalaia. Impressed by the overwhelming quality and potential creativity by this Catalan musician, we encouraged him to be a part of our catalogue. After a few months and short emails, Vilanova suggested the possibility of releasing a collaboration between him and Canadian cellist Émilie Girard-Charest that would be recorded by the Swiss Sound Designer Robert Torche. Intrigued by the proposal, we agreed to it. The collaboration would take place in a short period of time and would be recorded in the best conditions by Torche.

Researching in the Audiotalaia Catalogue Vilanova, Girard-Charest and Torche realized that there are no acoustic recordings whatsoever in the whole archive. That gave both acoustic musicians a scope on what to explore, a pretext to improvise towards an end. The original premise was to aim to sound as "digital" as possible in order to create a kind of "acoustic electronic music" during the sessions that took place in the summer 2016.

They acknowledge, in their own words, that electronics have a tradition to extend, stretch, modify and even imitate acoustic instruments. With this project, their aim has been to do the opposite: with their acoustic instruments, they searched for forms and languages that recalled electronic music.

The outcome is these 8 tracks pristinely recorded and beautifully selected from a 1-hour and a half recording. Moreover, and this is very special for the catalogue, it is always a pleasure to have works fully inspired, conceptually or aesthetically with the catalogue and the artists represented on it.
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Tracklist.

01. Sax Cello I
02. Sax Cello II
03. Sax Cello III
04. Solo Cello
05. Solo Sax
06. Sax Cello IV
07. Sax Cello V
08. Sax Cello VI
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Photos:
Guillermo Perez García (wordsoflight.divisibles.com)

Guillermo Perez García (wordsoflight.divisibles.com)

Guillermo Perez García (wordsoflight.divisibles.com)


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Credits.

All tracks by Émilie Girard-Charest And Marc Vilanova. Recorded and mixed by Robert Torche in Basel at Musik-Akademie, during one night in June 2016.

Authors note: All the sounds have been recorded live and come only from acoustic instruments: cello and saxophones (alto and soprano). No electronics have been added, although we have been inspired by experimental electronic music, as it's the line of Audiotalaia.


Licencia de Creative Commons

"Uncanny Valley" by Émilie Girard-Charest and Marc Vilanova is licensed under a Creative Commons Reconocimiento-NoComercial-CompartirIgual 4.0 Internacional License. Creado a partir de la obra en http://www.audiotalaia.net/2017/11/at084-emilie-girard-charest-marc.html


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Aquest jove artista italià forma part d'una nova fornada d'artistes sonors i músics experimentals apareguda en els últims anys a Itàlia. De la fervent activitat en aquest país veí ens arriba el treball de Lami qui, després de destacar en treballs centrats en el paisatge sonor explora les possibilitats sonores i expressives a través d'un treball amb cintes reel-to-reel. L'electrònica més analògica i retro es dóna de la mà de la creació d'avantguarda.

"Bias" el concert que presentarà a València es troba a mig camí entre la instal·lació i el concert, Giovanni Lami teixeix paisatges a partir de loops expansius, complexos i plens de textures. Preciosisme sonor analògic des del Nord d'Itàlia.

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"Bias" Etudes for buried and exhumed audio tape.

Through its focus on process and materiality, Bias opens the practice of sound ecology beyond the acoustic to consider the audibility of the chemical composition of soil. From scraps of muddied media buried across three sites in Austria, Greece and Italy, Lami crafts a series of melancholy studies which seem to question the inevitable legacy of human culture and industry in the geological strata.

Edition of 150 CDs packaged in oversize 7" sleeve, with 16 page risographed booklet featuring accompanying visual works by Giovanni Lami and a commissioned text by Francesco Bergamo.

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Concert recorded live by Edu Comelles the 13th of May 2017 at Claustre Renaixentista. Centre del Carme, València. Festival Internacional de Música Contemporanea de València, Ensems 2017. Curated by: Edu Comelles.

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Persona és el projecte sonor i experimental del músic valencià Daniel Benedito. Aquesta proposta insòlita en el panorama local fa uns anys que es passeja per festivals i sales valencianes del circuit alternatiu. Benedito explora l'ambient i l'electrònica de guitarres planejadores, combinades amb pedals, efectes i diferents estris amb els quals construeix paisatges sonors vaporosos i eteris. Es fa acompanyar també, pel contrabaixista Rafa Ramos qui complementa aquesta proposta d'arrel local i projecció internacional.

En directe sempre col·labora i combina la creació sonora amb dansa Butoh. Per a aquesta ocasió treballarà amb la prestigiosa ballarina italiana Lorenza di Calogero una de les representants més destacades de l'escena actual amb una trajectòria espectacular.

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Concert recorded live by Edu Comelles the 6th of May 2017 at Sala Dormitori. Centre del Carme, València. Festival Internacional de Música Contemporanea de València, Ensems 2017. Curated by: Edu Comelles.
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Clara de Asís és una experimentadora d'origen gadità establerta a Marsella. Allí, i al llarg dels anys ha anat desenvolupant un treball d'experimentació a partir de la manipulació no convencional de la guitarra elèctrica. A través d'un procés de destil·lat sonor Clara De Asis construeix paisatges drònics i geografies acústiques a partir del feedback, la ressonància i els efectes. 

Sens dubte una proposta única en el panorama i un boníssim exemple d'usos alternatius de la guitarra elèctrica. Clara de Asís, tot i els seus orígens andalusos forma part activa de l'escena francesa, des de Marsella. Allí un magma de creadors, músics i experimentadors operen passant desapercebuts en aquest costat dels Pirineus, esperem que per poc temps.

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Concert recorded live by Edu Comelles the 6th of May 2017 at Sala Dormitori. Centre del Carme, València. Festival Internacional de Música Contemporanea de València, Ensems 2017. Curated by: Edu Comelles.

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100 Copies of a Hand-Numbered Limited Edition. Green Carton packaging + exclusive illustration handprinted on the cover. 

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Ping Pong is the outcome of a collaboration that started in 2014 when Lucas Bolaño and Erissoma (David Mata) played life at Madrid Reina Sofia Museum. Both musicians from Madrid share common interests in music, composition and sound on a wide range. This affinity between both creators materialised over the years in sporadic gigs where improvisation was the keystone of a very intuitive work flow. Even that both artists are from Madrid it took almost one year to complete the album. 

This is the offspring of an exchange process between Bolaño and Erissoma. The premise was very simple: both had to send each other material, both had the liberty to do as the please with each other samples. The process of exchange took various rounds until they reach a satisfactory outcome. One by one, all those tracks became the album here presented. 

The album comes in a exclusive package designed by Edu Comelles, made of a oversized green-carton box with unique illustration using hand-made transfer and acrylic white paint. Each box has been hand-numbered with white ink marker. Each box has been assembled by hand has been protected with a cellophane bag.
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Credits:

Composed and mixed by David Mata and Lucas Bolaño at Madrid between 2014 and 2015. 
Mastered by Lucas Bolaño. 
Artwork by Edu Comelles.

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This is the release page of the outcome of the 10 days workshop "Audiotalaia Summer Camp" held at El Polell, Montseny, Barcelona, Catalonia between the 14th and the 23rd of July 2017.

The works are the result of various exercises proposed by Edu Comelles and the outcome is the what remained of different collective processes taking place within various groups of participants at the Summer Camp.

Very short premises where stablished for the exercises giving a big amount of creative freedom and the right amount of constriction. Final presentations open to the public are also featured in this album. These are works done collectively and without creative or technical restrictions.

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Credits:

All works done collectively by Sonny Bacon, Liew Niyomkarn, Evan Tarrh, Frazer Merrick, Estelle Schorpp, José Maria Herrera Venditti, Rafael Cañete, Leire Elizari, Joost Van Duppen, Timo Viialainen, Itxaso Navarro, Valerio Orlandini, Lucía Chamorro, Soeria van den Wijngaard and Inne Eysermans.

Thanks to: xguix, Laia and Pau.

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Video documentation (by xguix) of the final presentation:



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OFF.ELIA / Epi Neuraska & JJ Doc.
7 de Abril de 2017 / 20h #EspaiSonor
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Romanticismo Digital

Si bien, en este ciclo del Espai Sonor se ha reivindicado el papel fundamental del sonido como eje sobre el cual se articulan narrativas, músicas e improvisaciones; de vez en cuando encontramos proyectos que se fundamentan en la imagen para después encajar en ella el sonido como como pátina emocional e hilo conductor performativo.

Off.Elia es un proyecto meramente visual y performativo que adaptado al directo, y a una puesta en escena compleja y única, que redibuja y reinterpreta en clave contemporánea el imaginario decimonònico del romanticismo pictórico. Para tal acometida, los autores de la propuesta cogen la imagen icónica de la Ofèlia Muerta del pintor Sir John Everett Millais para reinterpretarla con códigos estéticos actuales. Tanto es así que es a través de la electrónica de vanguardia y el procesamiento de vídeo en tiempo real como esta imagen emblemática es devuelta a la contemporaneidad de la mano de dos creadores vinculados al territorio como son Epi Neuraska y JJ Doc.

Epi Neuraska, creador visual de Ontinyent hace años que desarrolla un lenguaje visual en tiempo real a partir de la manipulación del vídeo; conjuntamente con el artista sonoro de Burriana, JJ Doc, han conseguido tejer una propuesta insólita en el panorama valenciano que bien merece su toque de atención en el Espai Sonor.

Comisariado: Edu Comelles.
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