Cactus Geometries

Javier Álvarez

  • Year of composition: 2002
  • Duration: 19:22
  • Instrumentation: 6-channel fixed medium
  • Commission: Ina-GRM, Ministère de la Culture (France)


In this work I chose a few of my favourite cacti as musical metaphors for five possible sonic topologies. During the composition of the work, their capricious and voluptuous geometry served me as a model to invent virtual spaces, fluxes, impacts, variable symmetries, landscapes, whirlwinds and sonic trajectories, whilst specifics regarding their properties provided the context for more anecdotal images.