Juan Carlos Vasquez is a sound artist and composer from Colombia. He has participated as a sonic artist, composer and/or performer in events within the United Kingdom, United States, The Netherlands, France, Italy, Ireland, Germany, Finland, Greece, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. Commissions by the Westminster and Chelsea Hospital / Museum (UK) in partnership with Royal College of Music (UK), the Finnish National Gallery – Ateneum Museum (Finland), Polish Artists in London “PAiL” (UK) and the Hilltown New Music Festival (Ireland). Record deals with Important Records (USA) and Ablaze Records (USA/Australia). His music has been featured on hour-long specials by leading radio art / electroacoustic music radio stations, such as Resonance 104.4 FM (Clearspot – UK), BCB Radio 106.6FM (The Sound Art Show – UK), Basic.FM and Radio Círculo (UNDAE – Spain).
LISTEN: Collages – Excerpts
The “Collages” are an acclaimed series of experiments conducted to prove the digital capabilities of tone expansion in a single acoustic instrument. The technique consists in recording original performances of several works by celebrated composers from the past (for solo instruments), and reinventing the audio files deconstructing the pieces as a collage, using different and complex kinds of digital audio processes to create a post-modern electroacoustic version of the classical piece. As a result the usual acoustic instrument timber is expanded into deep and rich atmospheres using the entire range of frequencies. The collages series are also a sonic application of British painter JMW Turner’ technique to use layers of colours and textures to turn everyday landscape into powerful and expressive oneiric fantasies.