Datum: Wed, 19 May 2010 19:41:49 +0200
WORKSHOP 27-30 MAY 2010
RAFAEL TORAL SPACE PROGRAM WORKSHOP: Rethinking Electronic Music
Rafael Toral calls his playing style „post-free jazz electronic music“, once
described as „a brand of electronic music far more visceral and emotive than
that of his cerebral peers“. Toral’s Space Program delivers music that is
full of clarity, articulating silence and sound in a thoughtful, yet
physical way. A long time collaborator of Sei Miguel, he has performed
throughout Europe, Canada, USA, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand and
Australia, released 13 albums and produced the first Anthology of Portuguese
Electronic Music. He is a member of MIMEO orchestra.
Electronic Music development has historically been mostly oriented to the
sound source (technology) and the object (finished work). Unlike in jazz,
the individual is rarely the focal point. More concerned with the musician
than with the instrument, the Space Program is Rafael Toral’s long-term
research into human performance possibilities in Electronic Music, a
fundamental reevaluation of its conception, performance and experience.
The Space Program Workshop shares some concepts, focusing on how we make
performance decisions. Aimed at musicians using hacked, bent, or custom
electronic instruments, it raises fundamental questions about what can we do
with them. The Workshop provides participants with conceptual tools for
structuring musical discourse, with emphasis on phrasing from Space
The workshop has the duration of 4 days and covers topics like:
1. Matter: Instrumental choices and interface optimization.
2. Discourse: elaborating a syntax and articulating silence.
3. Composition: listening modes and macro-form decisions.
4. Performance: the body on stage and functions in a group.
Participants are enabled to perform collectively in the end.
What is required :
– The Space Program Workshop has to do with electronic instrument control.
Your instrument absolutely needs to be able to instantly start and stop
– It is aimed at non-conventional electronic instruments that require a
physical interaction. No keyboards. No classic instruments. No computers
(except with gestural controllers).
– Previous hacking workshops and basic electronics knowledge are preferred.
– It’s about simplicity. Be prepared to focus and simplify your sound.
– A small mixer if you have several sources (your output should be one
– Headphones (and your own monitor circuit, mixer, etc., if necessary)
What is offered :
– Focus on your instrument technique and choice of sounds to perform.
– Structure your sounds, establishing a personal lexicon.
– Exercise an articulated way of listening and dealing with silence and
– In short, to develop a physical, organic, elemental approach to electronic
Schedule for Workshop: May 2010
27: 15:00 – 19:30 (with coffee break)
28: 10:00 – 13:00 // lunch break // 14:30 – 18:00
29: 10:00 – 13:00 // lunch break // 14:30 – 18:00
30: 10:00 – 13:00 // lunch break // 14:30 – approx: 17:00 //
// move to ausland – sound check /performance at ausland LychenerStr. 60
Doors open at 9pm Performance begins at 10pm
Workshop Location: @ NK Elsenstr. 52 2HH 2Etage 12059 Berlin
Participation is limited to 6 participants.
Registration: Pre-registration is required and can be done by sending an
email to email@example.com