Migratones is our third collaboration with Sergey Kostyrko (RU) after a workshop we realised in KKW, Leipzig (2016) and Arrhythmia, Halle (2019). Both former projects were curated by ArtSci Nexus.
In Migratones migration data of six different regions in Russia, processed by Sergey, control the air flow to each of the seven hanging mirlitons. As in our former collaboration data are transformed into “real, organic sounds” instead of electronically produced sound, emitted with loudspeakers, a common practice in sound art. Our contribution is largely based on our previous work Mirlitones. These organic sounds will be combined with field recordings by Sergey from the Murmansk area, emitted from speakers, mounted in another set of hanging tubes.
The presentation of Migratones is financially supported by AC/E, Spain.
More info about the festival will be posted soon at
For RRRR we have been working on a new version of Acuática with some significant changes in sound and image. We hung the carboys in fishing nets and premiered new valves, which offer a much wider range of air flow for each bottle individually.
Other participants: Pul&Play, Jorge Reichmann, Llorenç Barber, Trashhhhh !!!, Gràcies per la pluja, Factoría artis3.
Museu de la Pauma, Mas de Barberans, August 7 and 8
August 7 and 8 we gave 4 concerts with a new set-up of Acuática with 7 carboys placed on a metal structure, our first live appearance since September 2020… The concerts formed part of the cycle “Ebre, Música & Patrimoni 2021”. Paisatges sonors de les Terres de l’Ebre, an initiative of the Museu de les Terres de l’ Ebre, Sant Carles de la Ràpita.
En tiempo real. La Colección Rafael Tous de arte conceptual.
MACBA, Barcelona, from 14-05-2021 until 7-01-2022
Cantan un Huevo has been shown at Metrònom, Barcelona in 2001-02. A video of this exhibition was filmed and edited by Adolf Alcañiz Rodriguez. This video can be seen at the exhibition “En tiempo real. La Colección Rafael Tous de arte conceptual” at the MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, where it is shown in a video compilation of sound art, including works by Rolf Julius, Terry Fox, Lewis deSoto and Jordi Benito.
Hundreds of metal springs, originally tied together to serve as a mattress, form an extremely complex surface when put into movement. Oscillating motors cause glass bottles, placed on these mattress springs, to rattle against on another.
Call #CMCVaCasa of the Consortium of Museums of the Comunitat Valenciana,
online since October 22, 2020.
Acuática, version 3 is one of the 100 projects selected in this call.
Acuática, version 3 (Bosch & Simons, 2020) is a project in which we capture and mix the sound of air bubbles in carboys filled with water. Version 3 combines the qualities of the two previous versions. While it maintains the subtlety of version 2, it certainly gains in complexity and dynamics for the mayor number of sound sources (12), the double of the previous version.
Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid, October 14, 2020 to January 11, 2021
Audiosphere features the work of 810 artists from 80 countries working in the field of experimental music, with a particular focus on the independent, underground, DIY and non-academic spheres, both before and after the popularization of the internet. This exhibition aims to fill a historical and cultural void by supporting and presenting the work of this international community that in most cases has been ignored in the field of contemporary art.
BarcúArt Fair/Festival, Bogotá, Colombia, October 13-18, 2020
This year, for sanitary reasons, the fair has chosen for an online format created by the Updated Art Studio (UAS) of Solimán López. The virtual exhibition consist of 6 sections:
-Curated exhibition of independent artists
-Digital art exhibition curated by Wade Wallerstein
-Exhibition of the Fuga Foundation
-Exhibition Clorofila organized by Juan Covelli
–Harddiskmuseum exhibition “The pioneers” with
Bosch & Simons, Hugo Martínez–Tormo, Inma Femenía, Rubén Tortosa, Fabien Zocco, being the first artists who supported the Harddiskmuseum, in 2015. We participate with two diptychs produced with our work Aguas Vivas.
Laboratorio del Mundo Vibrante, Festival Ensems, Valencia, Spain
Universitat de València, LA NAU, 18-20 September, 2020
This event consisted of two workshops and three mini-concerts. Visitors of all ages could explore the world of vibration and resonance by modifying and controlling three robots/creatures mounted on metal springs that generate surprising movements and rhythms. In the same space we recovered two works from 1993, being the very first version of the Krachtgever, a tower of vibrating boxes supported by springs, and the Trajectversterker, a vibrant wooden track on which various objects sound and move in different ways. We used these three elements of the set-up in three mini-concerts.
mini-concert, filmed by Ensems
Images from the workshops Laboratorio del Mundo Vibrante
Also part of Ensems: talks (in Spanish)
on-line talk about our work in general by Rubén López-Cano
Carmen Pardo about our work “Arrhythmia”, a collaboration with Sergey Kostyrko
All events organised by Marina Hervás and Cristina Cubells.
Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Utrecht, Netherlands,
Poème Symphonique by György Ligeti, on-line concert, September 13, 2020.
On September 13, 1963, at the closing concert of the Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Hungarian composer György Ligeti’s legendary work Poème Symphonique premiered, having been commissioned by Gaudeamus. A piece for 100 metronomes which are started simultaneously, but in different tempi, resulting in a polyrhythmic jungle.
57 years later Gaudeamus presented Poème Symphonique again, with a corona flavour this time: from living rooms and other locations all over the world, via Zoom.
We were one of the participants, with our inherited metronome.
First concert with this new project. We capture and mix the sound of air bubbles in the water of the bottles and amplify these sounds over a four channel PA system. After the concert the public was invited to come on stage and listen to the sounds from nearby.
Integral sound recording of the concert:
“Spring Tide” at Wadden Tide 2019
August 31- September 29, Blåvandshuk, Denmark
This open-air event took place at the beach and the dunes of Blåvandshuk.
Bosch & Simons (ES), Erick Fourrier (FR), Ingrid Ogenstedt (IS), Kate Skjerning (DK), Roger Rigorth (DE), Monique Bastiaans (BE), Stuart Ian Frost (GB), Strijdom van der Merwe (ZA), Britt Smelvær (NO), Gkøde & Partnere Arkitekter (DK), Hannah Streefkerk (NL) and Edgar Massul (PT).
Curator: Jette Mellgren (DK)
About Spring Tide:
“The theme of this exhibition is the migration of birds, a fascinating, complex, dynamic process. Through long springs, sound migrates as birds do but much faster. However compared to the strings of musical instruments it propagates extremely slowly. So slow that it is possible to track the sound travelling through space, visually and audibly. The work is powered by the wind that blows six metal plates which hit the springs in an extremely unpredictable way.”
Saturday 25 May, from 15h to 22h, reception of our works KrachtgeverandCantan un Huevo, which will stay mounted much longer, for the moment..
“cONcErn is an artistic infrastructure for art works that, for logistical reasons, are at risk of destruction, disposal or abandonment. Together with the artists, cONcErn investigates the possibilities for a recovery of the artworks “in need”. A gathering rather than a collection, cONcErn welcomes the art works in a dynamic space for storage and visibility and appreciates the diversity of contemporary creation.
Thanks to the ensemble of recovered art works, cONcErn organises educational and cultural activities, public events and round table discussions that explore the place and potential of artistic practice in the current socio-economical and ecological climate.”
“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.
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.
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