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Tiempo, Piedra, Insecto

by Clara de Asís

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A piece commissioned by radio Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid, Sept. 2019.

'Tiempo, Piedra, Insecto' ('Time, Stone, Insect') is a composition for metal objects, small ceramics, mountain stone and vibrating strings. Taking the choice of materials and profoundly simple gestures as a point of departure, forms of repetition, addition and subtraction are associated as a principle of perpetual movement, engendering a sound space that juxtaposes the autonomy of elements and a perceptive total union — a union that takes place in what the listener hears.

This piece, with no aspirations to an exclusivity of sound, can be listened to in every way imaginable: in silence, with open windows and sounds; in the morning, afternoon, evening, at night – although no headphones and letting the air circulate is recommended.

The title of the work takes its name from three words written in a notepad after walking around a vast park in a big city, and a conversation on the perception and moderation of time; movement, existence, the animate and that which is considered inanimate. When we say stones do not move, perhaps it is because we don’t see them move, but without that really meaning that they do not move.



released September 30, 2019

Composed and performed by Clara de Asís – guitar, metal objects, small ceramics, stones.

Recorded by Clara de Asís in Marseille, France.


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Clara de Asís France

Clara de Asís is a composer and performer of contemporary experimental music. Her work highlights simplicity and active listening as means of music-making. Besides guitar as her main instrument, she uses different combinations of objects, materials and sound sources, involving electroacoustics and minimal approaches. ... more

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