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ESS & Frequency Series present: FRANCISCO LÓPEZ

Francisco López’s concerts are immersive sonic experiences in the dark, with multi-channel surround systems and blindfolds provided for the public. Created from a myriad of original sound environments (both natural and artificial) collected all over the world, the performance will not present “soundscapes,” but rather virtual worlds of sound in which the listener develops his/her own experience in an environment where the rules and the parameters are defined by the sounds themselves—felt as space and as a physical dynamic force. Reknowned for the intensity, richness and complexity of these virtual worlds, López's performances are truly not-to-be-missed experiences.

$15/12 students & ESS members

Francisco López is internationally recognized as one of the major figures of the sound art and experimental music scene. For more than thirty years he has developed an astonishing sonic universe, absolutely personal and iconoclastic, based on a profound listening of the world. Destroying boundaries between industrial sounds and wilderness sound environments, shifting with passion from the limits of perception to the most dreadful abyss of sonic power, proposing a blind, profound and transcendental listening, freed from the imperatives of knowledge and open to sensory and spiritual expansion.

He has realized hundreds of concerts, projects with field recordings, workshops and sound installations in over seventy countries of the six continents. His extensive catalog of sound pieces (with live and studio collaborations with over 150 international artists) has been released by more than 300 record labels / publishers worldwide. He has been awarded four times with honorary mentions at the competition of Ars Electronica Festival and is the recipient of the Qwartz Award 2010 for best sound anthology.

Francisco López's appearance in Chicago is made possible with the support of the Sound Department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.