Sound Art . Phonography . Acousmatic Realm

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

He graduated in Philosophy from 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 is a composer released and proudly endorsed by MISO MUSIC PORTUGAL's - MIC.PT (Portuguese Music Research & Information Centre) & MISO RECORDS.

His 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 presented his work, regularly, since the mid 90´s, in 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, KRAKÓW, 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), ICMC - INTERNATIONAL COMPUTER MUSIC CONFERENCE (USA), Phill Niblock's EXPERIMENTAL INTERMEDIA FOUNDATION (USA), U.I.M.A. - UNIVERSITY of IOWA MUSEUM of ART (USA), FEASt (Florida Electro-Acoustic Student Festival) (USA), VISIONES SONORAS (MEXICO), MUSLAB - INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF ELECTROACOUSTIC MUSIC (ARGENTINA), AUDIO ART FESTIVAL (POLAND), WIEN MODERN (AUSTRIA), ORF (AUSTRIAN NATIONAL RADIO : KUNSTRADIO RADIOKUNST), SAMMLUNG ESSL MUSEUM (AUSTRIA), PNEM SOUND ART FESTIVAL (NETHERLANDS), SEOUL INTERNATIONAL COMPUTER MUSIC FESTIVAL (SOUTH KOREA), MÚSICA VIVA ELECTROACOUSTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL (PORTUGAL), AVEIRO SÍNTESE ELECTROACOUSTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL (PORTUGAL), CALOUSTE GULBENKIAN CENTER FOR MODERN ART (PORTUGAL), CENTRO CULTURAL DE BELÉM (PORTUGAL), CASA DA MÚSICA (PORTUGAL), SERRALVES EM FESTA - FUNDAÇÃO DE SERRALVES (PORTUGAL), RADIALX – INTERNATIONAL RADIO ART FESTIVAL (PORTUGAL), etc...

He conceived and directed the "Hertzoscópio - Experimental & Transdisciplinary Arts Festival" and the "Hertz_extend#1", both 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.

João Castro Pinto collaborates, and frequently plays, with renowned Portuguese and foreign artists from the sound art / experimental and improv. music scenes such as: Hanna Hartman (SE), Tom Hamilton (USA), Karlheinz Essl (AT), Koji Asano (JP), Bernhard Loibner (AT), Michael Fischer (AT), Vienna Improvisers Orchestra (AT), Jorge Sánchez-Chiong (VE), Boris Hauf (AT), Clemens Hausch (AT), Philippe Lamy (FR), 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.

He played in festivals / events in direct lineups that also featured composers and musicians as: Phill Niblock (USA), Miguel Azguime (PT), Lionel Marchetti (FR), Natasha Barrett (UK), Atau Tanaka (JP), Jacob Kierkegaard (DK), Brandon Labelle (USA), Joachim Montessuis (FR), Nikos Veliotis (GR), Marc Behrens (GER), Derek Holzer (USA), Talibam (USA), etc...

Castro Pinto released several recordings [solo pieces / albums, collaborations and compilations] by: MISO RECORDS (PT), Unfathomless (BE), OtO (Japan), Triple Bath (Greece), Sirr-ecords (PT), Creative Sources Recordings (PT), Grain Of Sound (PT), Variz (PT) and Useless Poorductions (PT).

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