KHORUS ANIMA for mixed choir and empty space by Jonathan Saldanha>
MAY 12th 2012 – Fábrica ASA/ Estamparia
This sonic piece conceived by Jonathan Uliel Saldanha was developed in collaboration with the choral ensemble Outra Voz from Guimarães. The starting point of this process was the intention to work the voices of this large mixed choir as a factor inducing ressonance on the facilities of a former textile factory located in Covas, an empty 4.500m2 space (from Greek khōros place, space), proposing an evocation of time through the proprieties of collective chanting.
The psychoacoustic landscape emanating from this specific space is the generative point for the compositional processes, in which the relation of sound with its immediate phantom, the resonances of the space, are the core element. The sonic proprieties are therefore explored both as a temporal (signal) and spatial (directional) presence.
Voices become intermediaries for the sound and manifest themselves in a spectral and radio magnetic space populated by numerous apparitions, hallucinatory distortion of the flow of time between material things, a channel for the (re)transmission of reality.
The acoustic body of the space vibrates through the breath of the voices, becoming a presence.
Composition: Jonathan Uliel Saldanha
Choir rehearsal assistant: Catarina Miranda
Recording: Frederic Alstadt
Thanks to: João Guimarães, Carlos Correia / Kaká, André Cepeda, Filipe Silva, Susana Ralha, Amélia Muge, Mário Gonçalves and Allcateia, Magna Ferreira, Luisa Barriga, Tiago Simães, Oficina, Mulheres do Minho, Sr Bernardino, Jean Baptiste and a special acknowledgment to all members of Outra Voz.
Photo by André Cepeda.