Sound Art . Phonography . Acousmatic Realm

João Castro Pinto is a Portuguese artist interested in the art of composing silence with sounds.

He studied Philosophy at the New University of Lisbon and is currently finishing his Ph.D. dissertation in Computer Music @ U.C.P. / C.I.T.A.R. - Research Centre for Science and Technology of the Arts.

João Castro Pinto’s sound work ranges between: soundscape composition, dense droning, noise, electroacoustic, acousmatic, tape music & experimental electronic genres. He plays live electroacoustic music, with and without instrumentalists, as tape music / spatialization concerts.

Castro Pinto has presented his work since the mid 90´s in well over 150 performances / concerts / appearances, all over Europe, the U.S.A., South America and Asia, in cities such as: N.Y.C., IOWA, BUENOS AIRES, MORELIA, SEOUL, PARIS, BERLIN, COLOGNE, DORTMUND, MUNCHEN, VIENNA, KLOSTERNEUBURG, GRAZ, KRÁKOW, BOLOGNANO, ATHENS, UDEN, LEEDS, BIRMINGHAM, ČESKÉ B., LISBOA, PORTO, FARO, etc... and in festivals and venues such as: INA-GRM MULTIPHONIES / BANC D'ESSAI (FRANCE), VISIONES SONORAS (MÉXICO), INTERNATIONAL COMPUTER MUSIC CONFERENCE (USA), AUDIO ART FESTIVAL (POLAND), WIEN MODERN (AUSTRIA), MUSLAB - INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF ELECTROACOUSTIC MUSIC (ARGENTINA), SEOUL INTERNATIONAL COMPUTER MUSIC FESTIVAL (SOUTH KOREA), MÚSICA VIVA ELECTROACOUSTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL (PORTUGAL), AVEIRO SÍNTESE ELECTROACOUSTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL (PORTUGAL), PNEM SOUND ART FESTIVAL (NETHERLANDS), Phill Niblock's EXPERIMENTAL INTERMEDIA FOUNDATION (USA), ORF (AUSTRIAN NATIONAL RADIO - KUNSTRADIO), The U.I.M.A. - UNIVERSITY of IOWA MUSEUM of ART (USA), FEASt (Florida Electro-Acoustic Student) Festival (USA), SAMMLUNG ESSL MUSEUM (AUSTRIA), CALOUSTE GULBENKIAN CENTER FOR MODERN ART (PORTUGAL), CENTRO CULTURAL DE BELÉM (PORTUGAL), CASA DA MÚSICA (PORTUGAL), FUNDAÇÃO SERRALVES - CASA DE SERRALVES (PORTUGAL), RADIALX – INTERNATIONAL RADIO ART FESTIVAL (PORTUGAL), etc...

Conceived and directed the "Hertzoscópio - Experimental & Transdisciplinary Arts Festival" dedicated to the divulgation of contemporary experimental music, video-art and intermedia. The first edition of the festival (2003) was co-directed with fellow sound artist and composer Nuno Morão.
The Hertzoscópio aims to stimulate the creation and diffusion of experimental and trans-disciplinary arts through the presentation of works, concerts & performances from recognized artists & promising revelations, trying to consolidate the expression an interdisciplinary culture within the context of contemporary arts.
This festival has the goal to supply formation and to valorize the emergent audience that is increasingly interested in the use of the new technologies associated with the main artistic forms of expression.

Collaborates and frequently plays with renowned Portuguese and foreign artists from the sound art / experimental and improv. music scenes such as: Tom Hamilton (USA), Dr. Karlheinz Essl (AT), Koji Asano (JP), Bernhard Loibner (AT), Michael Fischer (AT), Vienna Improvisers Orchestra (AT), Hanna Hartman (SE), Boris Hauf (AT), Clemens Hausch (AT), Gilles Aubry (CH), Thollem Mcdonas (USA), O.Blaat (JP), Nathan Fuhr (USA), Sei Miguel (PT), Carlos Zíngaro (PT), Rafael Toral (PT), Coti (GR.), D’Incise (CH), John Grzinich (EE), Variable Geometry Orchestra (PT), Ernesto Rodrigues (PT), Manuel Mota (PT), ANISOTROPUS (PT), Anastasis Grivas (GR), Red Trio (PT), Blaise Siwula (USA), Jeremy Bernstein (USA), Kurt Ralske (USA), among many other artists.

Shared the stage on festivals / events in direct lineups with artists such as: Phill Niblock (USA), Marc Behrens (GER), Derek Holzer (USA), Miguel Azguime (PT), Atau Tanaka (JP), Lionel Marchetti (FR), Natasha Barrett (UK), Jacob Kierkegaard (DK), Brandon Labelle (USA), Joachim Montessuis (FR), Nikos Veliotis (GR), Talibam (USA), etc...

João Castro Pinto is a composer released and endorsed by MISO MUSIC PORTUGAL's - MIC.PT.

Released several recordings [solo pieces, collaborations and compilations] by: OtO (Japan), Triple Bath (Greece), Sirr-ecords (PT), Creative Sources Recordings (PT), Grain Of Sound (PT), Variz (PT) and Useless Poorductions (PT).