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SARC’s PhD graduate and Visiting Scholar receives award at Phonurgia Nova Awards 2020

Pablo Sanz, SARC’s PhD graduate and Visiting Scholar at Queen’s has received an award at the Phonurgia Nova Awards 2020 for the work STRANGE STRANGERS.

In her speech, jury member Juliette Volcler said:

“Pablo Sanz’s piece possesses a great richness in timbre, frequencies and dynamics, and projects a very fine work onto the sonic plane. The first sequence guides us inwards and beautifully implements the radical ecological approach developed by the philosopher Vinciane Despret: that of placing ourselves in relation to other animal species as individuals in relation to other individuals, of perceiving them not simply as representatives of their vast family, but in their singularity as subjects. Strictly speaking, we are challenged and questioned by these “strange strangers”.  

Phonurgia Nova Awards have become one of the most renowned global prizes for cutting-edge works of audio art. The competition distinguishes authors whose work manifests a keen sense of sound and listening as a means of expression. This year marks the 25th time this international prize is awarded. The prizes were awarded at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris on 4 October 2020.

STRANGE STRANGERS was commissioned for the R(A)DIO(CUSTICA) monthly series on the Czech Radio (ČRo 3 Vltava). The composition was first aired on 30 October 2019.

Available online (37min, headphone listening encouraged):

Acknowledgements: Mamirauá Institute (Tefé, Amazonas, Brazil), Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC), Queen´s University Belfast, Santander Foundation, Laboratory for Acoustics and Sonic Arts (LASom), Institute of Arts, University of Campinas (São Paulo), T-37 (Madrid, Spain), Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), Visby International Centre for Composers (Gotland, Sweden).