STEIM & 4DSOUND Present: Murcof Masterclass

June 1st, 2014 1:30 pm 
Cruquiusweg 146, 1019 AK, Amsterdam Cruquiusweg 146, 1019 AK, Amsterdam

Following his residency and performance on the 4DSOUND system, Murcof will give his insights in his experiences of working with sound traveling through space.


LOCATION: Cruquiusweg 146, 1019 AK, Amsterdam
COSTS: €19

The unique setup of the 4DSOUND system allows composers to assign trajectories to individual sounds, creating an immersive experience for the audience. During the masterclass Murcof will explain in detail which strategies and techniques he used to transform the usual stereo sources to a multispeaker experience.

Murcof is the performing and recording name of Mexican electronica artist Fernando Corona. Corona was born in 1970 in Tijuana, Mexico and raised in Ensenada. He was for a time a member of the Tijuana-based Nortec Collective of electronic musicians under the Terrestre project name. In 2000 he returned to Tijuana. Since 2006 Corona lives in Barcelona, Spain. Murcof’s music is sparse, minimalist, electronica. Many of his compositions are founded on abstract, glitchy, sometimes complex electronic percussion. Harmonic and melodic influences come from classical music, ambient music, drone music, berlin school synthesizer music, ethnic music and free improvisation. Rhythms are derived from minimal techno, dub, glitch, industrial music and IDM, and are often aligned around a 4/4 beat. The more recent works in the Murcof catalogue do not include electronic beats anymore.

4DSOUND produces moving sound images, in an unlimited spatial continuum. 4DSOUND enables you to walk through space and experience sound from all directions. Sound seems to hover in space – like a phantom. Sounds move around, above, beneath and in-between the listeners. Led by your ears, you’re encouraged to explore the space. You can move between blocks of sound, touch lines of sound and walk through walls of sound. 4DSOUND invites you to lose orientation and transcend the actual space you’re in. Sounds can seem intimately close as if whispered in your ear – or floating afar on the distant horizon. Sounds can circle around your head like a flock of birds, or twirl in the air like feathers. 4DSOUND charges, conducts and explodes energies in space. You’re not only hearing sound, but experiencing it – as a manifestation of physical momentum.