MANTRAcks and Sonic Fields: A VirtuAural Duology Part 1 – untitled #352

Francisco López (ES)

OÖ Kulturquartier
Digital Musics & Sound Art




Industry and nature are the opposing starting points for this long-term sound meta-piece, which originally consisted of two parts. The ten-channel audio installation untitled #352 was specially adapted for the attic of the Ursulinenkirche: Complex layers of sound, recorded in Fontenay-sous-Bois near Paris, develop further and are distilled into expansive electronic mantras (“MANTRAcks”).

MANTRAcks and Sonic Fields: A VirtuAural Duology/Francisco López (ES), Credit: Francisco López

Unlike canonical “field recordings” or “soundscapes”, this piece moves forcefully away from representation or documentation and delves into a territory of ontological deep exploration of sonic substance.


Project Credits:

  • Part 1 – untitled #352
    Created from original environmental sound matter recorded at the Régie de Chauffage Urbain / RCU (urban boiler plant facility) in Fontenay-sous-Bois, near Paris. Initially developed for the audio-only installation-performance soundtrack of the choreographic project ‘Exposure’ by Anne Collod. Premiered for blindfolded audiences at the RCU as part of the Biennale de Danse du Val-de-Marne 2017. Selected complex layers further evolved and distilled into extensive electric mantras (‘MANTRAcks’). Composed, mixed and mastered at ‘mobile messor’ (Den Haag, Dublin, Paris) and Dune Studio (Loosduinen), 2016-2017.