Phonopticon
Collective musical instrument / performance

Phonopticon is a sonic model inspired on the Panopticon architecture, a building designed by Jeremy Bentham on the XVIIIth century, where a control central tower has a 360 degrees vision on the cells of the prisoners. Conceptually, however, the ideas of control and power implicit on the Panopticon are replaced by sound representations, free and abstract in its essence, that find different meanings on the listening processes developed by every listener.
Phonopticon is a concert where new expressive and performative ways are explored in the areas of composition, performance and electroacoustic spatialization, gathering in a central point a set of new acoustic and electronic musical instruments. The audience, displayed concentrically, is also surrounded by eight loudspeakers placed on the limits of the circle.

Composition, performance and new instrument design: Alberto Lopes, Alexandre Soares, Carlos Guedes, Filipe Lopes, Gustavo Costa, Henrique Fernandes, José Alberto Gomes, Ricardo Jacinto, Rui Dias and Rui Penha.

Video excerpt from the performance at Centre del Carme, Valência HERE.

Past Presentations:
2017/04/05 | Loulé, Cine-Teatro Louletano, Festival Som Riscado
2016/11/19 | Germany, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Shiny Toys
2016/11/18 | Holanda, Nijmegen, Extrapool
2016/09/03 | Lisboa, Tapada das Necessidades, Festival Lisboa Soa
2016/07/02 | Spain, Valencia, Festival Ensems
2016/07/01 | Spain, Piera, IB
2016/06/30 | France, Toulouse, Collectif IPN
2016/06/28 | Germany, Berlin, Ausland
2016/06/25 | Germany, Cologne, Saint Gertrud Church
2016/06/24 | Germany, Cologne, Saint Gertrud Church
2016/06/22 | Germany, Bochum, Q1
2016/06/19 | Holland, Amsterdam, Kulter. A Lab
2016/06/18 | Holland, Rotterdam, Worm
2016/06/17 | France, Saint Etienne, L´Assaut de La Menuiserie
2016/06/16 | Spain, Zarautz, Putzuzulo
2016/06/15 | Spain, Bilbao, Larraskito
2016/06/14 | Spain, Pontevedra, Liceo Mutante
2016/06/14 – 2016/07/02 | European Tour
2016/04/02 | United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, NYUAD
2016/01/07 | Braga, GNRation
2015/11/28 | Tondela, Acert
2015/11/19 | Castelo Branco, Cine Teatro Avenida