Baltazar – After Kansai



” After Kansai”

“When listening to a sound work, the first thing that presents itself is the sound as a mass; however, in this work of Baltazár, it is the space that is defined around these masses which constitutes an equal or greater presence. I do not mean the silence, but the wake that each sound wave leaves when it is diluted in the process that produces a particular effect or modulation. The sum of these sonic wakes composes a new plane that is separated from the melodies and blocks of noise that make up this work. From “reading between the lines” one passes to “hearing between layers”. It is a constant game of associating and linking what is happening between these, entering the rhythm from the multiple directions through which reality appears to us on a daily basis.

As for sound, it oscillates between acoustic melodic parts and granules of noise that collapse in a cloud of digital processing; in the range of phrases composed of saturated coupling and the reverberation of pure tones.

If we had to make a parallel with painting, we could say that the figure and the background are clearly defined in each piece of “After Kansai” and both alternate in order to approach and move away from the plane in which we inhabit as listeners. The first tending to have few elements with clearly defined lines and the second like a great density of volumes that move in independent directions and sensations that come together and disentangle themselves.

Silence exists in the form as well as the emptiness in the background, but never between them. The sound leaves traces and these traces are those that are structured as the fundamental component of this work.”

Óscar Santis
Noise musician & visual artist.
(Concón, Chile. February 2018)

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