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Flow -" one of the Best Electronic Records of the year"
-Rewind 2006 -WIRE Magazine
"Joaquim is a key figure in Portuguese electronic music, as well as being heavily involved in a number of cross-media activities (film, visual arts, dance, etc). Flow takes as its basis the human voice (provided by fellow Crónica artist Filipa Hora) and synthesizes a bleak but beautiful electronic meditation on the nature of identity. "Slow Moments" is strongly reminiscent of AGF's fractured confessionals, with Hora's conspirational whisper negotiating a path through a sonic landscape littered with other samples of her voice. "Thinking Moments" captures the tiny sounds of moistened lips and snatched breath, adding heavily processed guitar to the mix, creating an engagingly intimate tone poem. Joaquim has a great gift for drawing out rhythmic and melodic patterns from the shards of sound produced by his software, giving Flow a pop heart that could see it finding favour with fans of the more "consumer-friendly" glitchery of Fennesz, Microstoria, et al."
-Keith Moline / The Wire (08.2006)
Based in Setúbal, Portugal. Researcher, teacher, electronic experimentalist, sound and visual artist, graduated in sound and film directing with a phd in computer music.
He started performing music and working with contemporary dance by the mid 80's. Since then, he has created extensively for dance, theatre, video, installations and cross media platforms. Collaborations with collectives and creators such as Mark Haim, Coogan Dancers, Vera Mantero, Errequeerre, Mónica Calle, Paulo Ribeiro, João Galante, João Samões, Annabelle Bonnery, Stephanie Thiersch, La Macana, Guillermo Weickert and Rui Horta. With Rui Horta he created the music for LP and the widely acclaimed and prized Pixel, among other works. With the Spanish choreographer Guillermo Weickert, among several musical compositions, he directed the also acclaimed and prized Go With The Flow, a dance stage adaptation of his cd Flow.
Until now, he has 17 album releases and a long list of collaborations in compilations and remixes. Over the years his records have received several mentions and highlights in international publications: IRM – one of the best records of 2016 (cd Geography); nominated for the 2014 Qwartz Awards (cd Filament); one of the best ambient/drone albums of the year by IRM (cd Filament); one of the best electronic music records of 2006 by Wire (cd Flow), etc. His first album Tales from Chaos (1997) was considered by Público and Expresso as one of the ten most important albums of the year. Público would consider him one of the ten most important in Portuguese electronic music ever. In 2018/19, the albums Impermanence (solo) and Tuning the Invisible (duo with Emídio Buchinho) received several mentions as excellent albums in several international publications (Neural, The Sound Projector, Indie Rock Mag, Expresso, Parachute, Rockerilla, etc. .). In 2020, he released 4 albums, 1 on CD and 3 digital editions, having received several nominations in Best Albums of the Year lists (“The Construction of Time”, “At ZDB, Lisbon” “At the Spitz, London” and “Nothingness”).
He collaborated with many international artists, such as @c, Scanner, Stephan Mathieu, Simon Fisher Turner, Phil Niblock, Harald Sack Ziegler, Colleen, Pure, Sergi Jordà, Marc Behrens, o.blaat, Ran Slavin, Julien Ottavi, Greg Haines, Gunther Heinz, Joe Giardullo, Carlos Zíngaro, Ulrich Mitzlaff, Nuno Rebelo, Carlos Santos, Pedro Carneiro and Emidio Buchinho among others. Over the years, on most of his solo acts, Joaquim opted to play or in total darkness, as a way to increase the sense of sound, or with visual artists such as the long time collaborators Thr3hold, Lia, Hugo Olim, Laetitia Moraes, Carsten Goertz, P.MA (Pedro Maia), Michael Armingeon, Phillip Rahlenbeck - KE4, André Sier, Nina Juric, Gabriel Shalom and Alba G. Corral.
Even though he loves to play solo, it’s in the electronic real time collaborations and live sampling that Joaquim is been mostly involved while playing live and touring all over Europe, in music and dance performances at festivals such as Lisboa Soa, Serial, Klangshphäre Ambientfestival, Sulfur, Sonica, Intr:Muros, Trendelenburg, Semibreve, Atlantic Waves, IFI, CAMP, Ultrasound, Lem, CocArt, Madeiradig, Storung, Artech, Mes de Danza, MU.DA,etc.. Highlight on performances and presentations in places such as Spitz (UK), MC2 (Grenoble), Mercat dels Flors (Barcelona), I.C.A. (UK), NRW (Dusseldorf), O Espaço do Tempo (Montemor-o-Novo), Teatro Central (Sevilla) Instants Chavirés (Paris), Casa Encendida (Madrid), KHM (Cologne), Cinema Club (Kiev) and Kino Siska (Ljubljana). In Portugal he has presented work in virtually all the regular places for experimental art like ZDB, CCB, Culturgest, Gulbenkian Foundation, Serralves Foundation, and Casa da Musica among others.
Simultaneously to his own artistic work on sound and music, he directed a few pieces in contemporary performance, video art and video mapping, and has been invited to advise programmers and curators in several festivals and events in Europe. From 2000 to 2009, he produced EME Festival, an event dedicated to experimental arts and non-standard music. Among other acts, he underlines Paolo Angeli, Oval, Tim Hecker, Hauschka, Frank Bretschneider, Scanner, Tina Frank, Lia, Gabriel Anton Irrisari, Freiband, Stephan Mathieu, Colleen, Freiband, Biosphere, Zavoloka, Murcof and Sanso-xtro.
He has been teaching and coordinating sound and audiovisuals in art schools since the 90’s. He is a researcher in computer music at CITAR - Research Center for Science and Technology of the Arts, Porto.
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