Latin American Electroacoustic Music Collection

Felipe Otondo Ruiz, Guitar ex Machina, 2000

Recording time: 7 min 24 s.
Instruments: For electro-acoustic guitar and 4 channel tape or vice versa
Recorded at: The Carl Nielsen Academy of Music. Denmark.
Remarks: Stereo version from the original for electro-acoustic guitar and 4 channel tape or vice versa.

Other resources available:
- About Felipe Otondo Ruiz
- Compositions by Felipe Otondo Ruiz

About this composition:

This piece started as a naive attempt to study the role of a musical instrument when interacting with the electronic media. After a short period of experimentation, I realized that the usual role of the electronics as a background or support for the musical instrument was boring and predictable and it would be interesting to switch the roles, ‘mechanising’ the instrument and ‘humanising’ the machine. In that spirit I tried to contrast the human (instrument) and electronic
sound sources (tape) in a game of rejection and integration using the guitar as a global framework for both. In this pieces the instrument is the only sonic source for the tape recordings and was used as a multiple source of percussive, melodic, disturbing sounds which were slightly manipulated electronically to be played through the loudspeakers with the original instrument live.

Piece created at: The Carl Nielsen Academy of Music, Denmark.