We participate with our new work Arrhythmia, in collaboration with Sergey Kostyrko at an Art Science exhibition, connected with the International Conference and Anniversary Annual General Meeting of the Global Young Academy (AGM 2019).
“The first time we visited the Casa Gran we thought at once of our series Último Esfuerzo Rural (“Last Rural Effort”), a series of works wherein we use objects you will all find back in the museum. In this exhibition we present the three works in dialogue with three spaces.
Último Esfuerzo Rural arose from rural life. We are not trying to romanticize this rural life; rather our work is inspired by the creativity and strength of the individuals, so typical of isolated rural communities: the individual him or herself looks for simple, but creative and playful solutions to the problems that occur in the world surrounding them. A lifestyle that´s about to disappear.
Último Esfuerzo Rural I and II were premiered in Valencia at the Ensems festival of contemporary music, 2004. One part consists of giant “zambombas” (lions roars), made of barrels and played by pneumatic cylinders. The other part are wooden pitchforks that, through an unpredictable mechanism, scratch on windows. These forks now found a perfect place in the stable while our barrels are incorporated into a row of barrels in the wine cellar.
A year ago we created the third part of the series, Último Esfuerzo Rural III. We started to collect antiquated metal objects in our village, Chelva. The objects include large pans for boiling onions and funnels made of tin plate, way back used in the production of sausages, and ewers made for measuring quantities of olive oil. These objects are now brought back to life by tiny air-driven industrial vibrators, mingled with the collection of objects in the oil mill of the museum.”
Special thanks to the oil mill Hnos Martínez Zaballos for their wine barrels and ewers.
ADATA AiR Plovdiv –
European Capital of Culture 2019 artist residency
September 10 -24, with Frank Havermans.
Impressions from the trip to Plovdiv, Bulgaria, investigating the area with Frank Havermansfor a new project in the course of 2019.
Último Esfuerzo Rural III at the art fair justMAD, Madrid, Feb 21-26, 2017.
Último Esfuerzo Rural III (2017) is the third project of a series of works inspired by the area we live in, the rural interior of Valencia. We are not trying to romanticize rural life; rather our work is inspired by the creativity and strength of the individuals, so typical of isolated rural communities: the individual him or herself looks for simple, but creative and playful solutions to the problems that occur in the world surrounding them (with sweat, strength and courage). Recently we started to collect antiquated metal objects from our area. The objects include large pans for boiling onions and funnels made of tin plate, way back used in the production of sausages, and ewers once made for measuring quantities of olive oil. They are brought back to life by tiny air-driven industrial vibrators. Once brought into resonance our objects recover their forgotten value by producing mysterious, hypnotic sounds: a process whereby the potential energy of once meaningful, but now dead objects, is being transformed into a spiritual experience, by stimulating their resonant frequencies in an unusually unpredictable and vivid manner. A listener can choose his own perspective in the sonic environment created by the installation by moving around below the objects. Also inside of the objects unpredictable behaviour takes place: Normally this type of vibrator is firmly mounted with bolts, whereas we attach one or two metal springs below each. This enables the vibrators to move around inside their object, propelled by their own vibration, causing different timbres and sound volumes. Each object also influences the behaviour of the others: Because all the vibrators share the air from the same limited source the activity of already sounding objects diminishes when others come to live, resulting in a fragile and complex sonic system, unpredictable in its smallest detail. In future versions we will increase the number of objects, and possibly choose objects, related to a specific site or country.
Special thanks to Günter Geiger for his assistance in the development of software and to Almazara Hnos Martínez Zaballos and Pepa and Vicenta Torralba for their ewers and pans.
Artist residency at ¡¡¡, The Hague, Netherlands, 1-31 October 2017.
Version IV of Último Esfuerzo Rural IV has been shown at DA_Fest, Sofia, Bulgaria, 19-23 September 2017. The objects we used were supplied byVenelin Shurelov, the artistic director of the Festival, found in Jasna Poljana, a village in the south-east of Bulgaria.
Arte sonoro en España (1961-2016), Museo Fundación Juan March,
Carrer de Sant Miquel, 11, 07002 Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
Curators: José Iges and José Luis Maire. Artists (among many others): Mikel Arce, José Manuel Berenguer, Xabier Erkizia, Ramón González-Arroyo, Concha Jerez and Javier Maderuelo.
Video of Mirlitones, recorded at the Museo Fundación Juan March, in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, 2016. For the occasion we changed lots of things like the types of valves we use (the work works with compressed air), the software, the length of pipes and, being the most important change, the type of membrane that produces the sound.
Complete, unedited footage of performance by Peter Bosch and Llorenç Barber with the dancing robots by Bosch & Simons at Hostal Barraca, Valencia, organized by Baracca, Dordrecht/Den Haag, May 2015.
Wednesday May 13, 2015, BARACCA organised an exhibition at the 3rd floor of hostal Barraca, Valencia as part of a series of exhibitions and performances in places with a similar name. With Maurice Bogaerts, Rob Bothof, Tuan Gizmotron, Ibrahim R Ineke, Yvo van der Vat, Bosch & Simons. Performance by Llorenç Barber and Peter Bosch.
Pictures from concert with Último Esfuerzo Industrial II, MEM festival, November 7, 2014 and in Murcia and Madrid, January 2015.
At the concerts in Bilbao the sound was being amplified only with the four bass amps while in Murcia and Madrid the sounds were sent to a mixer from the line outputs of the amps and then distributed with a bigger sound system with more spacial and dynamic control. The first 2:30 of this recording comes from Murcia, while the following 10 minutes is an excerpt from Madrid. The concerts lasted 30 minutes.
Excerpt from concerts in Murcia and Madrid, 21st and 23rd of January, 2015. Press at the left side of the bar for play/pause
Recording of private concert, MEM Exhibition Hall, Bilbao, November 8, 2014. Press at the left side of the bar for play/pause
Último Esfuerzo Industrial II (2014)
Último Esfuerzo Industrial II, Chelva, October 2014
Último Esfuerzo Industrial II consists of four electric motors, four frequency controllers, four contact microphones and four bass guitar amps that amplify the signals captured by the mics. The motors are mounted on ancient moulds for the production of cast iron from Puerto de Sagunto, an industrial town north of Valencia, founded at the beginning of the 20th century. These wooden moulds are not just pedestals they also function as sound chamber for the microphones. Together with the old second-hand motors with reduction gear and cogwheels they evoke the aesthetics and dreams of the futurist movement of an age ago. At that time, sound design and control were very limited, but now contemporary laptop performers enjoy almost infinite sonic possibilities. Último Esfuerzo Industrial II builds a bridge between these two eras with simple and direct means. The contact microphones do not only capture mechanical noise, but also the electromagnetic interferences caused by the pulse width modulation that is used for the speed control of the motors. The motors are being used as variable pulse width oscillators that produce a more dynamic and complex sound spectrum than the oscillators normally used in analogue electronic music. Their frequencies are being controlled with a computer when shown as autonomous installation and manually with analogue control units in concerts. At the MEM festival in Bilbao, November 2014, the work was exhibited during three weeks. At the opening concert only the four bass amps were used for amplification. In January 2015 two concerts were given in Murcia and Madrid. Here the sounds were sent to a mixer from the line outputs of the amps and then distributed with a large sound system with more spatial and dynamic control: an intense and immersive experience lasting 30 minutes. In future performances the work may be expanded to 5 or 6 motors.
Special thanks to FCV Patrimonio Industrial Puerto de Sagunto for providing us with cast iron moulds from their collection.
April 2013 Contemporary Arts Media, Melbourne released a unique compilation of works conceived and created by us in the period between 1989 – 2012.
It comprises two discs:
1. Interview at Ars Electronica, Linz, 1998
2. Was der Wind zum Klingen bringt, Multimediale2, ZKM, Karlsruhe, 1991
3. Electric Swaying Orchestra, TARt ´91, University of Twente, Enschede, 1991
4. Trajectversterker, Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede, 1993 / Vooruitgang, Argument,Tilburg, 1994
5. Krachtgever, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 1995
6. A Castle for Kobe I and IV, studio, Chelva, 1996, Universidad Politécnica, Valencia, 1999
7. Cantan un Huevo, Metrònom, Barcelona, 2001-02
8. Último Esfuerzo Rural II, Stenersen Museum, Oslo, 2004 / Metrònom, Barcelona, 2005
9. Springtime in a Small Town, KLANKENBOS, Neerpelt, 2006
10. Último Esfuerzo Rural I, Re:New, Huset i Magstraede, Copenhagen, 2008
1. Retrospective Bosch & Simons, Espace Pommier, La Tour du Pin, 2009
2. Aguas Vivas, 2003-2009
3. Bang Spring Time, Forja Arte Contemporáneo, Valencia, 2009
4. Chutes Libres du Printemps, Gare de St Sauveur, Lille, 2010
5 Bang Spring Time, Transitio, Fonoteca Nacional, Mexico-City, 2011
6 Mirlitones, Kunst Werkt, Dordtyart, Dordrecht, 2012
7. Wilberforces, Winter Sparks, FACT, Liverpool, 2012
Length 82:40 mins.
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During 14-18 August, 2013 Mirlitones was shown as part of the ICMC 2013 and the Totally Huge New Music Festival at the Kidogo Art Institute, Fremantle, Australia. For the occasion we made a new computer program based on data taken from seven planets. The length of the pipes is related to the diameter of these planets and the elapse in time of the dynamics for each pipe is deduced from day and night cycles. Each pipe is treated differently resulting in a slow, hypnotizing, ever changing sound mix. A new phase in the development of the work.
Another, practical novelty is that the pipes were bought in Australia while all other essential materials were brought in the plane as personal luggage. A formula that can be performed worldwide with little transport costs.
August 17 bass clarinet player Krista Martynes improvised together with the installation after a short introduction on the work by Peter Bosch.
Sound recordings: (play/pause at the left part of the bars)
The 1st track is a recording from the centre of the space when working as an autonomous installation, the 2nd is an excerpt of a recording made by Johannes S. Sistermanns of the live improvisation.
Mirlitones at Kidogo Art Institute, Fremantle, Australia, 14-18 August 2013