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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.


Javier Álvarez

  • Year of composition: 2000
  • Duration: 18:26
  • Instrumentation: 2 steelpans and fixed medium
  • Commission: État (Direction de la musique, France), Ina-GRM


In memory of Delfina Fuentes, naturally

This sonic offering falls into four movements that approach the luminous sound of these astonishing Caribbean instruments. Here, steel pans and electrocoustic sounds soar through cause and effect events, evolving into several bouts of multi-grained textures. The mutual transformations of internal resonances seek to project the instrumental sound beyond the limits of its physical boundaries.


  • June 19, 2000, Florent Jodelet, Jean Geoffroy, percussion • Multiphonies 1999-2000: Concert, Salle Olivier Messiaen — Maison de Radio France, Paris (France)