2014 - Jorney to The Last Frontier (Photography Book)
Book Launch at "Fundação Rui Cunha" in Macau. This Photography Book is the result from an Artistic expedition to the Antarctic Continent in January 2012, undertaken by the Álvaro Barbosa and Victor Gama. The expedition lasted for 10 days in the former oceanographic boat from the 1970's "The Ushuaia", going to different sites in the Antarctica Peninsula, namely the Nelson Straight, Brown Bluff, Cierva Cove, Danco Island, the Lemaire Straight, Port Lockroy, Hanna Point and the mysterious Deception Island. During this expedition, Álvaro Barbosa worked together with Victor Gama collecting video and audio recordings that were used in the musical piece "VELA 691" by Gama, premiered in Chicago in 2012. Same year, both Gama and Barbosa composed and performed "Journey to the Last Frontier" and brought its first appearance at the opening of the Black & White Festival in Porto-Portugal. In 2013, Barbosa collaborated with the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble and had its Asia premier at the Hong Kong Art Center. In addition to the video and Audio, Álvaro Barbosa collected a selection of Photographs that now result in this Book.
Photography Exhibition at "Creative Macau". A series of Photographs that portrays the lifecycle of Icebergs, during a period that can last from three to six years. In their origin, they break apart from the Ice at the mainland Antarctica continent and eventually melt away in the salt water of the ocean. During their life, Antarctican Icebergs drift around their continent pushed by the tides, until they fade into the wild ocean or get caught in one of the many coves that traps the floating ice in cemeteries of Icebergs.
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.
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.
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 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).
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).
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]
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.
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.
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
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.
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 - Basement
(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.
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
[CDS IR] Random [37.6 MB, mov]
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
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.
- Life and work of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien interactive
encyclopedia Demo on CD-Rom.
- 3D animation Short-film"Man Bites Dog".
- Cutty Sark Promotional CD-Rom demo.
1996 - Portuguese
Navigators Interactive encyclopedia on CD-Rom.
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.