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Recently, I experienced the power of the internet once more as a virtual network to connect people from all over the world in a cheap and fast way. Unbelievable, in spite of oceans and continents, we share a similar approach of composing, just like musical aerials. In no time I discovered a new participant to the P-ART family: Daniel VARELA (Argentina) and his companion José Marchi are extremely involved by the poetry of soundscapes and the spiritual flow of timbres, in stead of elaborating separate notes in a contemporary frame. 'El Jardin de los Colores' (see below) is a decisive trilogy focused on the garden of "white" sounds.

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Daniel VARELA & José MARCHI

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 Why to compose using white sounds ?

 

White is where possibility dwells / exists.

El Jardín Blanco (The White Garden) is the space where childhood express the purest sounds of its own again.

White allows us to hear again our most innocent voices ... the voices of child´s play...

And if we open that space the existence plays and we gradually become transformed in those sounds, in those colours ...

White is the possibility of colour, is the colour that pours it out permitting / allowing
the Silence ... is the silence that enables us to sing in the colours again.

Empty and plenitude, breathing of white and silence, the possibility that the world becomes illuminated.

We are very interested to deal with sound colour and to inhabit resonance.
This process was gradually deeper and , at least in some aspects, related to
colour in the paintings made by one of us. After many years of work, José Marchi´s visuals was submitted to a growing vanishing treatment of characters and colours. Our sound installation El Jardin Blanco (The White Garden) from 2001 was deeply linked to this process and we´ve noticed that white colour ( and white diatonic sounds ) were a kind of sound world plenty of different luminous possibilities.

By the other hand, we knew many inspiring readings that could let us know
some understanding about feelings / ideas on the white kind of sound.
After some time, we knew the insightful writings by Alaska based composer John Luther Adams . --"White is not the absence of color," says Adams "It is the fullness of light. Silence is not the absence of sound. It is the presence of stillness. As the Inuit have known for centuries, and as painters from Malevich to Ryman have shown us more recently, whiteness embraces many hues, textures, and nuances." Another good example of vanishing colour field are the paintings by Mark Rothko and its particular sense "beyond the painting" in a place like
Rothko Chapel.

Ideas, sensations and feelings "beyond" the paintings, the sounds and the
resonances. But firmly rooted in resonances.

José Marchi ­ Daniel Varela
Buenos Aires/ Argentina

Innermarks.mp3

Click and listen to the spectral soul of the large gong in a short excerpt (596 k / mp3 format) from our CD "Inner Time Marks" (2002)

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Comment by Daniel VARELA

Daniel VARELA
Vicente López 1415
Quilmes Oeste (1879)
Buenos Aires/ Argentina

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