Chronotope – Situation No. 1
Made up of sounds and images from his immediate domestic environment and reflecting on aspects of everyday life and local suburban routine, Chronotope-Situation No.1 provides new meaning to Alvarez’s ‘situational approach’ which has informed his compositional approach for the past 10 years.
Chronotope-Situation No. 1 was commissioned as part of the Tura Adapts 2020 Commissions No Borders – see more commissions here.
Notes from the Composer
An audio-visual work made of sounds and images from my immediate domestic environment. The blending and contrasting between artistic intentionality and current circumstances is thematised through a contemplative lens. In this piece I reflect on aspects of every-day life through accumulative layering, giving new meaning to the ‘situational approach’ that informs my compositions of the last decade.
Pedro Alvarez is an independent composer, improviser, and educator, born in Chile and currently based in Whadjuk-Noongar land in Western Australia. His creative work focuses on new forms of sonic narrative made of static situations, articulating simplicity of form in contrast with highly detailed textures. Research interests include aesthetics and politics, postcolonialism, critical theories, and musical thinking since the 1960’s. Alvarez studied composition with Cirilo Vila in Santiago, with James Dillon in London, and with Liza Lim in Huddersfield, obtaining a PhD in 2014. He has been hosted as composer-in-residence in Vienna and in Mexico, and receives commissions from festivals and ensembles around the world.