At times during Luna Anfibia, Lucía Chamorro reverse-engineers the process of composition. Instead of shaping the sounds themselves, there is a sense of tinkering with the mind and ears used to receive them: clogging the ear canals with water so that guitar loops and birdsong arrive muffled, goading the listener toward a conspiratorial paranoia that hears symbiotic collusion between the sound of chewing and the tinkle of chimes, a rupturing of stereo perception that places radio broadcasts at the left and right simultaneously. I don’t know how she manages this switch in emphasis. Perhaps it’s the way she forces me to wrestle with the familiar, tampering with everyday sound (running water, open-mouthed chewing, tapped kitchen ceramics) to create a certain shortcoming in my powers of recognition. These compositions almost resemble memories from my own day-to-day experiences, but not quite. Something is off. The lights are dimmer. The walls bend slightly. In a bid to protect those sounds that pad the perimeter of my life with the comfort of familiar sensations, I turn inward for answers instead. What am I doing differently to dislodge this experience of the commonplace…
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the kindness comes from attn: magazine.
lucía chamorro is a composer and sound artist from montevideo, uruguay, who works mainly with experimental music, free improvisation and soundscapes. her recent work focuses on the search for visibility and audibility of women in art and society in general. she believes that art is a powerful tool that can contribute greatly in the fight for gender equality. her music also seeks to re-value everyday sounds and propose new ways of listening and relating with the environment.
luna anfibia was created from sound environments and free improvisations that lucía recorded and processed. through the selection and composition of the material, she seeks to recreate situations and sound environments of imaginary places.
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