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Screaming Tower

by Carlos Santos, Nuno Torres



Carlos Santos
electronics, field recordings, speakers
Nuno Torres
alto saxophone

Screaming Tower is a site-specific audio performance based on the idea of flux, in this case, the public water system distribution process. Uses electronics, alto saxophone, and field recordings diffused by a set of mobile loudspeakers. 

The performance took place on the last floor of a water tower, about 40 meters high, located in the city of Barreiro, Portugal, in June 2017, as part of a larger performance event commemorating 80 years of public water distribution, called "Águas Sonoras".

The architectural space is the "motif" for the development of the piece. Each of the generating sound elements: electronics, field recordings, saxophone, contribute together to the displacement of sound in the circular resonant dome of the water tower. The usage of low and high pitch sound material, small percussive elements found in field recordings or played by the saxophone, were distributed in the real-time mixing process of carefully placed speakers, so that space could vibrate revealing its hidden "music", as the last character in this broader sound spectrum process.

Music for vertical structures.


released December 5, 2017
Recording, mixing and mastering by Carlos Santos
Photography by Vera Marmelo


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Carlos Santos Lisbon, Portugal

Musician, sound artist, sound collector, digital audio manipulator and graphic designer. Interested in field recordings, soundscape composition, improvisation and electroacoustic music. Uses maxmsp software, microphones, speakers, piezo elements, modular synthesizers, spaces and a pair of ears in good working condition. Works as a graphic designer, sound art practices, field recording. ... more

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