Saturday, May 11, 2019
For his solo project at DV, Gustavo Matamoros produced the first in a collection of works titled Social Commentary. In Untitled: Social Commentary, Matamoros produced an 8 channel sound installation of reinterpretations of three historical compositions from the public domain by Bach, Corelli, and Gesualdo listed below.
Johann Sebastian Bach, Aria Da Capo, Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, 15 found versions of the Aria.
Arcangelo Corelli, Concerto Grosso No 9 in A Major Op. 5, IV Tempo di Gavotta, 20 found versions of the Andante.
Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa, Felicissimo Sono, Madrigals, Book 5, and Galgliarda del Principe di Venosa, 11 versions of Felicissimo Sono, and 4 versions of the Galgliarda.
All sound materials were used as found on the Internet. Every version of each composition was layered together to reveal the subtle delays in timing of the musical interpretations. The result is a slightly distorted listening experience that reveals itself as the pieces progress.
Born in Caracas in 1957 and living in Miami since 1979, Gustavo Matamoros is a local sound artist of international repute in the fields of experimental music and sound art. His practice focuses on the exploration of sound as audible description of change and as a tool for developing an ever closer relationship with what Buckminster Fuller referred to as The Environment—that which surrounds the individual.