Jose Manuel Berenguer
José Manuel Berenguer is Director of the Orquestra del Caos, based at the Contemporary Culture Center of Barcelona, Director of the Music Festival 13, organized by Nau Coclea, Camallera. Sound consultant in multimedia systems at the GMMD-Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and professor of Digital Sound at ESDI-Universitat Ramon Llull, also collaborates with other universities and artistic research institutions such as Metronom, MECAD, IUA-Pompeu Fabra University, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona and Elisava. Inter-media artist, founder of Cclea with Clara Gar, and also of the Orquestra del Caos, collaborator of the Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges (France), was the designer and the first person in charge of the Sound and Music Laboratory of the CIEJ of the Fundació the Caixa de Pensiones, as well as Professor of Electroacoustic Music at the Conservatory of Bourges. Former President of the Electroacoustic Music Association of Spain, he' is currently Honorary President of the International Conference of Electroacoustic Music of the CIM / UNESCO, member of the Académie Internationale de Musique Electroacoustique / Bourges and of the Academy of the National Council of Music of the CIM / UNESCO.
His musical work, published in Música Secreta, Hyades Arts, Chrysope Electronique, Côclea, has been the subject of commissions and distinctions of institutions such as the Internationale Ferienkurse of Darmstadt (Germany), Gaudemus Foundation (Holland), Prix de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges (France) ), Concorso di Musica Elettronica of the Fondazione Russolo-Pratella (Varse, Italy), International Tribune of Electroacoustic Music of the CIM / UNESCO, Center for the Diffusion of Contemporary Music. INAEM. Ministeri de Cultura, Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges, RNE Classical Radio, Electroacoustic Music Cabinet of Cuenca, Contemporary Music Festival of Barcelona, among others. In the last ten years, with Clara Gar, in addition to the intermediate shows presented by Cclea, he has created and produced interactive installations -Metronoma or Policrinic / Politpic, with Cclea, and El Pati breathes and sings, with the Orquestra del Caos, are some examples- and various videos, such as Aigua, Augia, Augen o Mancha: Linde, Tajo. This one obtained the Video Award of Castilla-La Mancha. Among the numerous collaborations with other authors, it is worth mentioning the soundtrack of Clara Gar's video, La Muda de la Serpiente and videos by Joan Pueyo, such as Maria Muñoz, Sóc Jo, L'immortal, etc.
In recent years, his work has focused on installation and, despite his doubts about the suitability of these terms, real time and interactivity. The developed themes include issues related to the philosophy and history of science, the limits of language, ethics, life and artificial intelligence, robotics, the metabolism of information, as well as the limits of understanding and human perception of the world. His most recent works in this field include Silenci, Transfer, Casa de la Pólvora, Mega kai Mikron, Minf and On nothing. He is currently working on lambda / itter, with the flutist Jane Rigler, an audiovisual performance that takes the ideas of flow and turbulence to reflect on the musical gesture. From the inside, a concert for microscope, electric guitar, sound and electronic generation images, and Expanded Piano, a concert in do with the pianist Agust Fernández, for piano processed by electronic devices. Luci, his most recent installation, which explores the complex behaviors arising from additions of simple elements, won the ARCO-Beep Electronic Art Award in February 2008.