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June 2017

A Taste of Sónar+D by Mazda Rebels

On 17 March, 21 April, 19 May and 17 November A Taste of Sónar+D by Mazda Rebels –a series of live shows curated by Sónar+D dedicated to advanced visual and audio devices– will take place in Barcelona: 4 live shows with unconventional instruments, disruptive technologies and new stage experiences in the Mazda Space (Carrer Comerç 60, Barcelona).

Mazda has spent years creating a different path in automotive, with genuine technologies  like SKYACTIV and with KODO design – Soul of Motion. So that’s why it’s also committed with rebellion and innovation in technology, culture and artistic expression.

bzzzbip, A Taste of Sónar+D by Mazda Rebels resident DJ, will be on the decks after each show.

* Invitations will be awarded in order of registration on a first-come, first-served basis. Preference will be given to those who did not attend previous events.

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November 17th, 8pm

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V.I.C.T.O.R is the live project of electronic music artist Golden Bug (Antoine Harispuru) and the Barcelona-based visual arts studio Desilence (Tatiana Halbach and Soren Christensen).

A mix of pulsing techno, organic visuals and retrofuturistic mappings, V.I.C.T.O.R. is a unique music and visual experience. A stage structure inspired by the Rubik’s Snake assembles the childhood memories of Golden Bug, in which his robot named V.I.C.T.O.R. keeps him company from the playground to his early music productions.

Previous to the show, will be the presentation of  STARTS –Science, Technology and Arts– a supporting initiative of the European Commission that encourages the collaboration between artists, scientists and technologists. The resulting synergies will change the way of thinking and creating in every field; from artistic creation techniques to technological research methodologies. This presentation will feature Peter Friess, artist and member of the European Comission. gloves by Chagall

May 19th, 8pm.

Registration for this event is over gloves explore the interaction with music using the movement of the hands as an expressive weapon. gloves allow the performer to freehand draw sounds in multiple dimensions, spontaneously creating and manipulating the sound in an intuitive and expressive way.

Computer scientist, musician and managing director Adam Stark will introduce the philosophy behind the project, its history and a variety of ‘glove musicians’ from around the world.

Singer, producer and member of the gloves development team, Chagall will perform wearing gloves to manipulate the different layers of sound of her compositions, and to modulate and add effects to her voice at the same time she interacts with the visual content of the show.

Previous to the gloves presentation and Chagall’s show, the creative visualization studio Domestic Data Streamers will explain the project “The Timekeeper“, a collective experiment, made in collaboration with Spotify that wants to answer the question: Is the way we listen to music the way we want to live our lives? This experiment, will take the shape of an installation that will combine digital and physical elements and it’s created exclusively for Sónar+D 2016.

Martin Messier: 'FIELD'

March 17th, 8pm

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In the apparently empty environment that surrounds us, all kinds of signals, radio frequencies and electromagnetic fields keep travelling constantly. Martin Messier makes these imperceptible signals visible and audible in ‘FIELDS’.

To create these sounds, Messier picks the electric signals with three microphones and then processes them plugging and unplugging wires from two connections patches, and thus bringing out all these fields in a perfectly orchestrated electric storm of noise and lighting.

Previous to the Martin Messier’s show, the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre will present the results of We Know what you did last Sónar, the collective big data experiment made during Sónar 2015.

Check the video of the artist and the best pictures of the show.

Myriam Bleau: 'Soft Revolvers'

April 21st, 8pm.

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Four spinning tops made of clear acrylic become the peculiar music interface that Canadian artist Myriam Bleau uses to shape this light and sound experience. Each spinning top, built by the artist, is associated with a music instrument, then a sensor captures motion and collected data is used to create sound algorithms. The behaviour of the objects adds unpredictability and makes each performance unique. LEDs placed inside the tops illuminate the objects and produce a magic play of lights. ‘Soft Revolvers’ received an honorary mention for the Prix Ars Electronica 2015.

Previous to the show, the Pompeu Fabra University Music Technology Group, will be presenting the new Sónar Innovation Challenge, an evolution of the Music Hack Day.

Check the video of the artist and the best pictures of the show.