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2013 - Journey to the Last Frontiers
This project is an artistic collaboration between Álvaro Barbosa and the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble (HKNME), featuring works from the Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi, the Angolan composer and instrument designer Victor Gama, and the Artistic Director of the HKNME, William Lane. The concert is performed by the HKNME, coupled with live electronics, and piano transcriptions from compositions originally performed on Victor Gama's instruments (the Acrux and Thoa), and an interactive sound device (the Radial Wind Chimes). The immersive video projection is based on footage recorded on an Antarctic expedition by Álvaro Barbosa in 2012; and Kham (Western Sichuan/ Eastern Tibet) by William Lane in 2013, retracing echoes of the King Gesar oral tradition, the world's longest and last living epic on the Tibetan plateau.

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Performed Live with HNME at Agnès b.CINEMA, Hong Kong Art Center - 18.Jul.2013


2012 - Journey to the Last Frontier
Journey to the Last Frontier (J2TLF) is a Multimedia Piece related to the Vela 6911 incident that inspired an artistic project by the Angolan musician, composer and instrument designer Victor Gama. Vela 6911 was originally produced as an invitation by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and premiered on the 5th of March 2012 at Harris Theater in the city of Chicago. For the creation of this piece, Victor Gama and Álvaro Barbosa engaged in an expedition to Antarctica, capturing magnificent video and audio material. J2TLF is based on this experience and results in a 20 minute Multimedia Piece, produced specifically for the opening of the Black & White Festival 2012, featuring Victor Gama performing on his instruments Acrux, Toha and Dino and Álvaro Barbosa performing with live electronics and on a Radial String Chimes. The video is based on footage recorded at the Antarctic Peninsula and presents the journey of an Antarctic Penguin and Human Explorers, converging at the last wild frontier of our planet - The Antarctic continent.

J2TLF


2009/... (Ongoing) - The Railway Keeper - "Still today, when I can’t sleep and I hear trains in the silence of the night, I imagine the railway keeper’s house floating forever next to the railway, with my friend Carlos sleeping peacefully in his bed, next to those noisy iron machines.... Machines that feel to me more like monsters with the power to rip everything that falls in its path to pieces."
[ A Computer Animation Short Film Directed by Álvaro Barbosa and João Rema ]

the railway keeper

"The Railway Keeper Initial 3D Concepts"


2011 - TEDx Talk - Presentation at TEDx Covilhã on recent work related with Networked Music Performance (14-May-2011).


2010 - Live Set at Galerija Kapelica - This is a video from a 15 minutes Improvise Live Set by Álvaro Barbosa at Galerija Kapelica in Ljubljana, Slovenia During The EARZOM Festival 2010 The Sound performance included Real time Processing of sound Generated by the Radial String Chimes Instrument and generative sound sequences manipulated from an IPad and an Ipod Touch. Most of the IPad patches were performed with the Software ReactTable Mobile (released 3 days before this Performance on October 5 - 2010).

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2010 - Radial String Chimes - Radial String Chimes is Sound Art Installation developed at CCRMA - Stanford University. It consists of an entirely analog device that generates musical sounds triggered by the wind and the collision of very light straws plucking strings which resonate on a piezo sensor. The piece was installed at CCRMA (the Knoll Building at Stanford University) on the 9th of July 2010.

  

        


2010 - Pulsing Heart - Pulsing Heart is an interactive installation project that was commissioned to Sofia Thenaisie, Renato Branco, Álvaro Barbosa and Luis Gustavo Martins by Porto's Casa da Musica in order to commemorate it's 5th Anniversary. The project consisted in an interactive system that measured real time heart pulses from visitors and mapped it in a periodic red light that covered the entire Casa da Musica from the outside to the inside. The closing of the project was hosted in Casa da Musica's hallways with a live electronic performance that mapped it's musical outcome into pulses of light that spanned throughout the building. The following Video presents this concert, performed on April 14th of 2010.

Videos are devided in Part #01 and #02

Pulsing Heart Concert (14.April.2010)
Sofia Thenaisie, Renato Branco (Concept and Light Design); Álvaro Barbosa, Luis Gustavo Martins, João Cordeiro, Nicolas Makelberge, Íris Gonçalves (Sound and Music Design)
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2009 - O Trovão - An old Portuguese legend says that silverware attracts the strike of a thunder bringing out something evil trough the mirrors of our houses. In our story an old man living in a small town just bought one of the first television sets ever produced. He believes in progress and refuses to accept old superstitions. On the contrary, His wife and granddaughter believe that legends and superstitions are part of nature and exist for a reason. Are there still monsters in the era of Television?
[ A Computer Animation Short Film Directed by Álvaro Barbosa - IGAC Registration #: 1680/2009]

Screenings:
2009 – BIFF-LA 2009 – Broadway International Film Festival - Los Angeles, USA
2009 – 12 Horas no Coração da Baixa - Porto, Portugal
2009 – Cineclube -  Cinema Venepor - Maia, Portugal
2009 – Mostra-me: O Outro Lado do Cinema - Lisboa, Portugal
2009 – Cineclube Komba Kanema - Maputo, Moçambique
2009 – RTV: REC - Portugal
2009 – Kota 2023 Film Festival - República da Macedónia
2009 – Naoussa International Film Festival - Greece
2009 – Screening Som e Imagem: Casa Viva - Porto, Portugal
2009 – Cinejazz na Queima das Fitas - Porto, Portugal
2009 – International Short Film Festival Detmold - Germany
2008 – Les e-magiciens - Les Reencontres Européennes de la Jeune Création Numérique - França
2009 – Kimera Film Festival - Termoli, Itália
2009 – Extensão ANIMATU - Festival de Cinema de Animação Digital - Portalegre, Portogal
2009 – Casa da Animação - Mostra Fantasporto 2009 - Porto , Portugal
2009 – Fantasporto 2009 - Festival Internacional de Cinema do Porto
2009 – Casa da Animação - Mostra de Filmes de Animação Portugueses - Porto , Portugal
2008 – ANIMATU - Festival de Cinema de Animação Digital, Beja, Portugal
2008 – Festival Cinanima 2008 - Espinho, Portugal

2007 - Improvisations with Public Sound Objects- This video was produced in september 2007 as a result of a performance during the general rehearsal of the PSOs Installation commissioned by Casa da Musica. The setup consisted of 5 client instances of PSOs which controlled a Discklaveir Piano and a MIDI Sampler.


2005 Laptop-NonStop Concert . Improvised Laptop Music concert, performed as part of the HipChips Festival organized by the EMF. The Porto School of Arts session featured: Álvaro Barbosa, Carlos Santos, Carlos "Zingaro", João Cruz, Miguel Carvalhais, Pedro Almeida, Pedro Tudela e Vítor Joaquim.


1st Set at Porto School of the Arts:

Improvised Laptop Music by Carlos Zingaro, Vitor Joaquim and Alvaro Barbosa
Real-Time Video by

 Extra Info @ Crónica Electronica



2005 ShapeShifter 2 . A ShapeShifter is an Archetype which can define the psychological profile of a character in fictional story telling. A life form that shifts his shape also recalls for the Science Fiction Realm.
This Piece consist of a Video created by the Artist Carlos Caires, which thoroughly ilustrates an experimental Compouter Music Piece composed by Álvaro Barbosa. The Musical piece has four layers of sound which were registered from real-time performances generated with PeerSynth, Pure-Data and the PSO Sound Engine . Further editing and Syntheses (FM, Granular and Additive) was used to accomplish the final piece. The video image establishes a relationship between visual genres in whish the image mutation always embraces the music rhythm.


2005 - Andar com as Próprias Pernas - Production of the Series and Main Theme Music for a documentary.


Hard Head Driver . Collaboration with the Artist Jorge Abade by realizing the sonic design of this experimental video art piece. The resulting Video was applied in an installation which was built around a sculpture of an Iron Club and the violent universe it portraits.


1994-2004 - base.ment (bas'ment) n. [`base1 + -ment] 1 The foundation or lower part of a wall or structure 2 The lowest story of a building, below the main floor and wholly or partly below the surface of the ground 3 Rock band from Porto that plays Loud and Lethal Music.

Solar Blues Command - Basement

VIDEO CLIPS:
 Solar Blues Command [28.3 MB, mov] FulL.cliP, 2004 [CD WM]
 Rejected [22.8 MB, mov] Enslaved for the Nation n' Burning in Gasoline , 2001 [CDS IR]
 Random [37.6 MB, mov] Random, 1999 [CD IR]

PUBLISHED DISCOGRAPHY (Fonoteca Municipal):
Feature Albuns and Singles:
 Random (Independent Records 1997) - 290.BAS.10020
 Where can You Go? (Independent Records 2000) - 290.BAS.14784
Compilation:
 100 % Antena 3 ( Musica Alternativa, 1996) - 290.CEM.07864
 Prómusica (Revista Prómusica 1997) - 290.PRO.08757/X
 Pesadelo cor de rosa (Sony P, 1998) - 590.PES.13134
 Rock sound : vol. 7 (Revista Rock Sound, 2003) - 200.ROC.17936/X
 Rock sound : vol. 12 (Revista Rock Sound, 2003) - 200.ROC.18608/X

ON-LINE ARTICLES
 Basement Albuns at "Rate Your Music"
 Basement at "A a Z do Metal Portugês"
 Basement at "Under Review: A Guide ro some urban music in Portugal"


2002 - Bouncing Ball Skin - Interface prototype developed in Flash of a Bouncing Ball Skin for the Public Sound Objects Project - A Shared Sonic Space on the Web.

      

Single Bouncing Ball || Multiple Bouncing Balls


2000 Compression|Decompression . In December 1999, the Curators of the Jubileu 2000 Project commissioned to Álvaro Barbosa the realization of a 15 minutes Electroacoustic Music Piece to be integrated as soundtrack of the Jubileu 2000 Multimedia Exhibition held at the Alfândega do Porto Building form June to September 2000.The piece conveys the notion of a cyclic soundscape which compresses and decompresses its sonic density trough clouds of sound grains sculpted over real world and computer generated sounds.

     

1. Grains from a bellow (5'48'') [mp3 file: 4,65 MBytes]
2. Emmersive youth (4'35'') [mp3 file: 3,67 MBytes]
3. Electric storm (4'15'') [mp3 file: 3,41 MBytes]


1999/2000 - Initially developed in the fall of 1999 the Basement Live & Interactive CD-Rom was published in September 2000 with the CD-Single 'Where can you go?' by the label Independent Records.

  

   


2000 - Interactive CD-Rom, commissioned by the organizing committee of the multimedia exhibition "Jubileu 2000" held in Edifício da Alfândega - Porto, from June to September 2000.

    


1998 - Trouble Gener@tor : Piece created in the CREATE studios. This piece was later adapted to be included in the Basement's 1998 - "RANDOM".

Part #1, #2 - mp3 file: 1,04 MBytes
Trouble Gener@ator (1'17'')


1998 - Life and work of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien interactive encyclopedia Demo on CD-Rom.

    


1997 - 3D animation Short-film"Man Bites Dog".


1997 - Cutty Sark Promotional CD-Rom demo.

      



1996 - Portuguese Navigators Interactive encyclopedia on CD-Rom.

    


1995-96 - Early Web-Sites: first web site for the Fantasporto international film festival; web site for the Radio Xfm; first directory of Portuguese Bands in the web Alternative Music Site (hosted by UA and RUM). These web-sites are probably not on-line anymore.

http://www.caleida.pt/fantas/96/ http://etc.pt/xfm

  Fantasporto - 1996



http://music.rum.pt http://music.ua.pt

 Portuguese Alternative Music Site