Óscar Escudero wins Giga-Hertz Special Prize 2018

Óscar Escudero wins Giga-Hertz Special Prize 2018

Óscar’s work  has been newly recognized with an important international prize. On this occasion, the EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO (SWR), together with the ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics (Karlsruhe), have granted him the Giga-Hertz Special Prize 2018 for his work POV for saxophonist + virtual reality glasses and video. The prize honores the work of those musical creators with a strong focus on technological research and innovation. Óscar’s POV, the first piece of his Flat Time Trilogy, has been highlighted as a pioneer example in the use of VR devices within the concert situatuion.

With a sum of 4000€, the prize comes together with the production of a new project at EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO Freiburg, known as the leading German institution for the research in technology and musical creation. In 2019, Óscar will produce there a new work to be premiered by Spanish pianist Lluïsa Espigolé at the end of the year.


Video mapping, VR lens and customized pieces

POV (point of view) was premiered by Spanish saxophonist Pedro Pablo Cámara in Berlin, in autunm 2017. The piece places the player right in the middle of a projection surface, which includes also performer’s body itself. A score player is projected inside the VR glasses, which allows a complete synchronization between all video and performer’s actions. Besides, and following the logics of other previous pieces, the performer personalizes part of the visual material appearing on the screen and creates a unique and non-transferable version. This process generates a hybrid space in which real geolocations and profiles on different social networks converge within the here-and-now of the performance.

Camara will perform again the piece at the award ceremony, which will take place on 24th November at the ZKM in Karlsruhe.


Jury statement by Detlef Heusinger (Head of SWR Experimental Studio)


Óscar Escudero describes himself as a representative of the generation y, as that cohort of the population that has a y=why tendency to question is said. Escudero artistically lives out this inclination, whereby he no longer describes himself as a composer as a digital native, but also as a multi-performer and media artist. This versatility enables him to create „Gesamtkunstwerke“ from a single mould, in which music, video and performance are fused. In today’s sea of possibilities he gives us orientation through the virtual glasses offered by himin the New Clarity apostrophized by Habermas.


About the Giga-Hertz Award

As explained on the official website, “the Giga-Hertz Award is dedicated to world-famous physicist Heinrich Hertz (1857–1894) who discovered electromagnetic waves at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) where he taught at the end of the nineteenth century. The prize was arranged as an initiative of the ZKM | Center for Art and Media, and since 2007 has been jointly awarded by the leading German studios for electronic music: the Freiburg EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO of the SWR and the ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics in Karlsruhe”. The Special Prize is given together with the Honorific Prize, which has gone to the American group “The Hub”, founded in 1986 as a pioneer ensemble of laptops. Besides, the artistic couple formed by Corean Jinhee Jung and Taebok Cho have been equally awarded with the second Production Award for their work +3×10^8m/s, beyond the light velocity.

The jury of this year included Ludger Brümmer (head of the ZKM Hertz Laboratory), Detlef Heusinger (artistic director of the SWR experimental studio), Björn Gottstein (SWR2 editor for New Music and artistic director of the Donaueschinger Musiktage), Alexandra Cárdenas (composer) and Palle Dahlstedt (composer and professor in “Art & Technology” at Aalborg University).




You can read all the info about the prize on the ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics website: https://zkm.de/en/presskit/2018/giga-hertz-preis-2018-preistraegerinnen




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