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Dr Felipe Otondo

Formerly at Lancaster University

Felipe Otondo

PhD supervision

- Musical technology

- Composition

- Interdisciplinarity

- Sound perception

- Musical acoustics

- Field recordings

Current Teaching

Modernism in the Arts (LICA 100)

Music Theory and Practice (LICA 160)

Composition 1 (MUSC 251)

Sound and Space (MUSC 270)

Dissertation (MUSC 340/MUSC 341)

Composition 2 (MUSC 351)

Sources Study in Contemporary Arts (LICA 401) (MA BY RESEARCH)

Research Theory and Methods (LICA 402) (MA BY RESEARCH)

Contemporary Arts Research Project (LICA 403) (MA BY RESEARCH)

Research Interests

I am interested in exploring the creative possibilities of sound in different kinds of acoustic environments. My main research output is my compositional work which incorporates elements of electroacoustic music and field recordings. I am also interested in investigating creative approaches to the use of the physical space in performance in collaboration with practitioners from different disciplines. Currently I am exploring the potential of integrating mobile sound sources with movements of dance performers for concerts. See project's blog here.

Additional Information

Selected works

Irama (2012)

In Javanese gamelan music 'irama' has the general meaning of time interval between two successive sounds or actions. The term can also be used to refer to temporal relationships between any of the subdividing parts in gamelan performance as well as tempo in general. This piece explores notions of pulse and microrhythmic developments using as timbral framework a set of recordings of a Javanese gamelan orchestra done at the University of York in England. The work is inspired on various temporal and timbral relationships between subdividing parts of gamelan music and structured as an aural journey through a rich palette of timbres that contribute to the unique overall sound quality of the gamelan. This piece was premiered at the 2012 AKOUSMA festival at INA-GRM in Paris and shortlisted to represent the United Kingdom at the 2014 ISCM World Music Days in Wroclaw. This work also received prizes at the following international composition competitions: Computer Space (Sofia), Quartz Radio France International (Paris), MUSICACOUSTICA (Beijing) and Musica Nova (Prague).

 

Teocalli (2011)

This piece is roughly inspired by the short story The night face up by Julio Cortázar in which a man driving a motorbike is involved in an accident and ends up in the hospital. In the middle of his hazy fever, he dreams he is a fugitive trying to hide from the Aztec Indians, who are active in their annual man hunt for the ritual human sacrifice. The short story alternates between the hazy environment of the hospital and the intense environment of the jungle and the sacrifice temple 'Teocalli'. The composition borrows from the story the idea of parallel narrative structures using as source material various percussion rhythms recorded in the streets of Mexico City, field recordings and interviews with Zapoteco Indians in various locations in Mexico. This work was conceived and composed while working as a composer in residence at the Visby International Centre for Composers in Sweden. The piece is dedicated to Xicotencatl Martinez-Ruiz and all the Mexican friends that helped me to collect the field recordings and interviews for this piece.

 

Sarnath (2010)

This piece was created as part of the project The Buddha's Footprint using field recordings from Buddhist pilgrimage sites in India. The field recordings, made by Francis Booth, include bells, drums and chants from the places where the Buddha lived and taught. The composition explores the use of textures and rhythmic passages to create different types of sonic environments linked to intense and subtle states of mind experienced through meditation practice.

 

Ciguri (2008)

Fixed media composition performed at the San Francisco Tape Music festival (United States), Mantis festival (Manchester), Oscilación (Santiago, Chile), Contemporánea festival (Udine), Musica Viva (Lisbon), Soundscape and Horspiel festival (Zurich), SCD (Santiago, Chile), Ai-maako festival (Santiago, Chile), Nuit Bleue festival (Besancon, France), Vagform festival (Gavle, Sweden), Australasian Computer Music Festival (Sydney), Late Music Festival (York), Synthese festival (Bourges, France) and Leeds College of Music. This work received the 2008 Citta di Udine prize for electroacoustic composition, was shortlisted for the 2008 Soundscape and Horspiel prize and received the second place at the 2nd International Electroacoustic Music Competition CEMVA in Brazil.

 

Global Accent (2008)

Sound installation created for the Late Music Festival at the National Centre for Early Music in York in June 2008.

 

To have done with the judgment of Artaud (2007)

Devised dance-theatre piece created in collaboration with Base Theatre. Performed at the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe festival and the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds. Read a review of the work here.

 

O reche modo (2007)

Interactive music-theatre work with circus artists premiered at the 2007 International Computer Music Conference in Copenhagen.

 

Publications

Peer-reviewed articles

"Using spatial sound as an interdisciplinary teaching tool", Journal of Music, Technology and Education (to be published in July 2013, issue 6.2).

"Rediscovering Artaud's sonic order", F. Otondo. Journal of Music and Meaning, 1, 9, Winter (2010).

"Contemporary trends in the use of space in electroacoustic music", F. Otondo. Organised Sound, 13(1), 77-81 (2008).

"Creating Sonic Spaces: an interview with Natasha Barrett, " F. Otondo. Computer Music Journal, 31(2), pp. 10-19, Summer (2007).

"A New Method for the Radiation Representation of Musical Instruments in Auralizations, " F. Otondo and J. H Rindel. Acta Acustica united with Acustica Journal, vol. 91, pp. 902-906 (2005).

"The Influence of the Directivity of Musical Instruments in a Room", F. Otondo and J. H. Rindel, Acta Acustica united with Acustica Journal, 6, vol.90, pp.1178-1184 (2004).

Research reports in online journals

"Three Strategies for a Diagonal Sound Installation," F. Otondo and J. Soto. Journal of Music and Meaning, 2, 6, Fall (2004).

"Using the Convolution to Blend Brass Timbres," F. Otondo. Journal of Music and Meaning, 1, 4, Fall (2003).

 

Conference articles

‘Composition and employability skills’, F. Otondo. International conference on compositional methods in electroacoustic music, Sheffield (2013).

‘Spatial sound as an interdisciplinary teaching tool’, F. Otondo. Leeds International Festival for Innovations in Music Production and Composition (2012).

‘Flexible spatial design for dance performance’, F. Otondo, proceedings of the 2011 International Computer Music Conference, Huddersfield, pp. 304-307 (2011).

‘Deconstructing the urban soundscape of Mexico City’, F. Otondo, paper presented at the Seventh International Conference on Music Since 1900 (2011).

"Mobile sources in two music theatre works," F. Otondo. Proceedings of the 2010 International Computer Music Conference, New York, pp. 446-449 (2010).

"Recent SpatialisationTrends in Electroacoustic Music," F. Otondo. Proceedings of the Electroacoustic Music Studies Conference, Leicester (2007).

"Shaping sounds in York Minster," F. Otondo. Proceedings of the Doctoral DRMN Conference, London (2006).

"Some considerations for spatial design and concert projection with surround 5.1," F. Otondo. Proceedings of the Digital Music Research Network Conference, Glasgow (2005).

"The combination of visual and sonic generative processes in a digital landscape", F. Otondo and T. Petersen. Proceedings of the 2005 International Computer Music Conference, Barcelonal, pp. 299-302 (2005).

"The interaction between room and musical instruments studied by multi-channel auralization", J. H. Rindel and F. Otondo. Proceedings Forum Acusticum, Budapest, CD-ROM (2005).

"Sobre la realización de Zapping Zappa," F. Otondo. Webpage of the Chilean Electroacoustic Music Association (2004) (in Spanish).

"Sobre la realización de TRAMA," F. Otondo. Webpage of the Chilean Electroacoustic Music Association (2004) (in Spanish).

"Sound Source Representation for Auralization," J. H. Rindel, F. Otondo and C. L. Christensen. International Symposium on Room Acoustics: Design and Science, Hyogo, Japan, CD-ROM (2004).

"Comparison of Directional Sources in Simulating a Soprano Voice," L. Parati and F. Otondo. Proceedings of the Stockholm Music Acoustic Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, pp. 487-490 (2003).

"Perceived Influence of Changes in Musical Instrument Directivity Representation," F. Otondo and B. Kirkwood. Proceedings of the Stockholm Music Acoustic Conference, Stockholm, Sweden , pp. 655-658 (2003).

"Directivity of Musical Instruments in a Real Performance Situation," F. Otondo, J. H. Rindel, R. Caussé, O. Misdariis and P. de la Cuadra. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Musical Acoustics (ISMA), Mexico City, Mexico, pp. 312-318, CD-ROM (2002).

"Directional Representation of a Clarinet in a Room," F. Otondo and J.H. Rindel. Proceedings of the Nordic-Baltic Acoustical Meeting , Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark, pp. 113-116 (2002).

"New Method for the Directional Representation of Musical Instruments in Auralizations," Felipe Otondo and Jens H. Rindel. International Computer Music Conference, Göteborg, Sweden, pp. 248-251 (2002).

"Directional Patterns and Recordings of Musical Instruments in Auralizations," F. Otondo, J. H. Rindel and C. L. Christensen. Proceedings of MOSART workshop on Current Research Directions in Computer Music, Barcelona Spain, pp. 230-232 (2001).

 

Awards, grants and successful research applications:

Honorary mention at the 2012 Musica Nova International composition competition in Prague (Nov. 2012).

First prize at the 9th MUSICACOUSTICA composition competition in Beijing (Nov. 2012).

First prize at the Computer Space competition in the category ‘Computer and electronic music’ in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Finalist of the Banc d’essai competition organised by INA-GRM in Paris (October 2012).

Teaching development grant awarded by the Higher Education Academy (September 2012).

Nominated for the 2012 Destellos prize in Mar del Plata, Argentina (August 2012).

Finalist of the British section of the 2014 ISCM World Music Days in Wroclaw, Poland (July 2012).

Winner of the 2012 Quartz Radio France International composition prize (June 2012).

Finalist of the 2012 Phonurgia prize in France (January 2012).

Finalist of the competition Laboratorio del espacio in Madrid (July 2011).

Finalist of the SYNC2010 composition competition in Russia (November 2010).

Finalist of the 2011 Luc Ferrari Hörspiel composition competition in France (September 2010).

Second prize with the piece Ciguri at the CEMVA composition competition in Brazil (December 2008).

First prize with the piece Ciguri at the ‘Citta di Udine International Composition’ competition in Italy (July 2008).

Vinson Award from the Music Department at the University of York (May 2006).

BAFTA award for the radioplay The Glassman with music composed by Neil Sorrell and produced by Felipe Otondo (May 2006).

Arts and Humanities Research Council doctoral award (April 2006).

Successful European Commission research project application DOREMI with IRCAM (IST-2002-6.1.1) (September 2002).

Postgraduate grant from the Department of Acoustics at Aalborg University (June 1998).

 

Commissions

May 2012 - Piece with field recordings commissioned for Locative Audio at Manchester University, UK.

August 2007 - Interactive piece commissioned for the International Computer Music Conference in Copenhagen.

July 2007 - Piece commissioned by the Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

January 2007 - Piece commissioned by Base Theatre for the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe.

October 2006 - Installation commissioned for event at York Minster in York.

May 2006 - BAFTA award for the radioplay The Glassman with music composed by Neil Sorrell, produced by Felipe Otondo and comissioned by BBC Radio 2.

March 2006 - Piece commissioned by the the Gamelan Sekar Petak ensemble.

 

Selected performances and artistic activities (full list here).

April 2013 - Irama performed at the 2013 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, USA.

March 2013 - Irama performed at the Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music in Belfast, UK.

March 2013 - Irama performed at the Athen Slingshot festival in Georgia, USA.

February 2012 - Ciguri performed at concert by percussionist Glynn Forrest in Glasgow, Scotland.

January 2013 - Teocalli, Sarnath and Irama performed at the BarcelonaSoLimit festival in Spain.

September 2012 - Irama performed at the 2012 EMUfest festival in Rome.

September 2012 - Irama premiered at AKOUSMA festival at INA-GRM in Paris.

August 2012 - Teocalli performed at BIMESP festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

December 2011 - Teocalli and Sarnath performed at the Streaming Festival in The Hague, Holland.

October 2011 - Teocalli and Sarnath performed at Ai-maako festival in Santiago, Chile.

September 2011 - Sarnath and Teocalli performed at the Reworks festival in Thessaloniki, Greece.

August 2011 - Ciguri performed at the 2011 International Computer Music Conference in Huddersfield, UK.

July 2011 - Teocalli performed at the Futura festival in Saint Denis, France.

July 2011 - Teocalli premiered at the Reina Sofía Museum of Modern Art in Madrid, Spain.

May 2011 - Sarnath performed at the Ohrenhoch Sundays project in Berlin, Germany.

May 2011 - Ciguri performed at the event UK Electric at the University of California, San Diego, USA.

April 2011 - Ciguri performed at the 2011 Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music, Belfast, UK.

March 2011 - Ciguri performed at UNIRIO in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

January 2011 - Composer in residency at Visby International Centre for Composers, Sweden.

December 2010 - Sarmath among finalists' works at the SYNC2010 electroacoustic music competition, Yakaterinburg, Russia.

November 2010 - Ciguri performed at EMUFest international festival in Rome, Italy.

October 2010 - Ciguri performed at the 23. Tage Neuer Musik in Waimer Festival, Waimer, Germany.

March 2010 - Ciguri performed at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, USA.

March 2010 - Pacífico performed at the event GLEAM at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

March 2010 - Pacífico premiered at the event Habitación del Ruido in Mexico city, Mexico.

March 2010 - Ciguri performed at the event Sonic Artists in Wales, Cardiff, Wales.

February 2010 - Ciguri performed at the Festival Internacional Primavera en la Habana, Havana, Cuba.

April 2009 - Ciguri performed at the JSEM/MSJ Festival in Nagoya City, Japan.

February 2009 - Ciguri performed at the San Francisco Tape Music Festival, United States.

November 2008 - Performance of Ciguri at the Mantis festival in Manchester, UK.

October 2008 - Ciguri performed at the Contemporánea Festival in Udine, Italy.

October 2008 - Ciguri performed at the Music Viva Festival, Lisbon, Portugal.

September 2008 - Ciguri performed at the Computer Art Festival in Padova, Italy.

August 2008 - Ciguri performed at Vågform festival, Gavle, Sweden.

July 2008 - Ciguri performed at the Nuit Bleue festival, Besançon, France.

June 2008 - Ciguri performed with BEAST at the Late Music Festival, York, UK.

June 2008 - Ciguri performed at the Synthèse festival, Bourges, France.

 

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