Who is Malaventura?
Since the year 2000 is my moniker when I decided to release experimental audiovisual stuff.
What is Fluidus session about?
Is about improvisation, use the electronic music not like a genre or style or mood, but like a path inside of a labyrinth. A journey with an start and end with just one thing in mind: Flowing. And I like to put some narrow circunstances on this path, like makes the sessions in unusual places to held an electronic performances or inviting some friends to make some noise on there.
How did you start in music?
At the end of the nineties, I started a project called Buenaventura (Good fortune), I released some tracks under that name with no success. Then I decided to change the name to Malaventura [db]
(misfortune) and started to release more experimental stuff with no aim or direction, without pretentions beyond of express myself.
Could you explain how you work, what themes or concepts you use and what is important to you?
Lately Iím very interesting in explore the concept of improvisation, random and chaos but having at the same time some limitations, trying to restrict the ideas to some phisical obstacles that make the whole concept more interesting. Thatís specially applicable to my last project "Inside the loop" that will be premiere at the Contemporary art Center of Malaga (cacmalaga.org) and consist in a giant tape loop installation where the sounds from the loop are contantly looped and rebuilts with the aim to create an new sonic world from a limited segment of audio.
How would you describe and categorize the soundworks you make?
Experimental music for people like you (yeah, you, the one who are reading this line NOW!)
How does the title relate to the work, and how do you find a fitting title?
Fluidus is a latin word that mean Fluids, liquid, flowing. I choose that word because all the meanings are related to what I want to express in these works. Music/noises that are flowing to somewhere and to someone.
Which instruments where played in the Fluidus sessions?
The Fluidus sessions were multi-instruments sessions, some are produced only using a laptop controlled via multitouch hardware, others had this setup but with the additons of a midi guitar (like in the case of the Fluidus n.4 with Sonora masala (http://www.tesladream.org
). In the case of the Fluidus n.7 with Voluble (http://www.voluble.net
) the audio comes from differents sources like a turntable, pedal looper, an airsynth or a midi theremin. One of the Fluidus with more machines involved was the n.9 with the circuit benders collective Familiar (http://www.famfest.info
) we played in that session with 3 nintendo DS, 1 mogerfooger, 1 doepfer monosynth, 2 Casio Sk, 3 buddha Machines and many more.
Is using different types of instruments important in your work?
Yes, add diferent voices to the session, richer textures and timbral qualities and add more random spice when this instruments are anologues and no midi is used.
According to you, what is contemporary sound art?
Same thing as ever, untouchable, undefinable. As Chiu Longina (http://www.longina.com
), Spanish soundartist from Galicia said "sound is similar to ashes, you can see it, have a form and shape but when you try to catch it, then disappear, it goes, fly away" So our job is trying to catch it, to stretch it, to fuck it!
What is your perspective on piracy and creative commons?
Are the answer to an abusive copyright control makes by the established industry, the capital. A wise answer, a natural shortcut.
What possibilities of the web are yet to be explored?
A really flowing multi jamming tool would be great! More bandwith needed!
Did the web changed your view on art, or your career?
No. Because for me, the web was there even before to start, so didnít changes anything, just makes impossible not to used in the process to create Malaventura.
Do you also work in commercial fields of sounds or music?
Yes. I have a secret job to pay my bills.
How important is the reaction to your work by the audience?
I like to take care of the audience in a live performance, I invite to the people to touch the Audivisual sampler or in a Fluidus to watch closely what kind of instruments we are playing, I want to make them as happy as I can in those moments. But about the question about their influences in the direction of my work, they have no influence, if you like it: great! If you not... Sorry but this is what I do.
What is your next project about?
INSIDE THE LOOP (more details in Q&A number 4)