TAIGA Creative Space
Francesc Martí (Spain-UK)
The Sounds of the World
Audio-visual installation, 2016
Photography Anton Khlabov
Francesc Martí’s installation is built on a network of Raspberry Pi computers and created from excerpts from the films of Andrei Tarkovsky. The artist explores the concept of audio-visual sampling, in which real-worldimages and sounds — captured and digitized — are cut, mixed, manipulated and reassembled to generate new audio-visual materials. In particular, Francesc experiments with how granular sound synthesis techniques and pseudorandom number generator algorithms can be used for generating creative works. The name is taken from a quote by Tarkovsky, who wrote in “Sculpting in Time”: “I feel that the sounds of this world are so beautiful in themselves that if only we could learn to listen to them properly, cinema would have no need of music at all”.
Mathematician, computer scientist, composer, media artist. Born in Barcelona, Spain. Studied mathematics, digital arts and free software. He is also a professional pianist. In 2001 Martí founded the experimental electronic music project RMSonce. In 2014 he starts his project “Granular synthesis video”, with which he has already participated in more than 40 exhibitions and concerts around the world, including China, Brazil, USA, Russia, Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, UK, Scotland, Spain, France, Ireland, Germany and Italy. Currently, he combines his artistic and technology projects with teaching at the Open University of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain, and at the De Montfort University of Leicester, UK. Lives and works in the UK.
Opening of media installation “Sounds of the World” – 10th CYFEST