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The Construction of Time
Own Release / Cat: 07 / digital, digipak CD  /  Release Date: 30 October 2020
File Under / Tag: abstract; avantgarde; ambient; ambient electronic; drone; glitch; electroacoustic; trumpet; Portugal
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The Construction of Time - Reviews

This album follows on from the previous works Nothingness (2019), Impermanence (2018), Filament (2011) and Flow (2006) albums that focus on the questions of time, flow, interiority and breadth of perception that we create from the world in which each of us lives.
Since time is one of those perceptions, subjectively and intimately dependent on our state of mind, life experience, knowledge, etc. it ends up being relativized in different ways by each one of us, according to the moment we live. If we are happy, we feel that time flies, if we live unpleasant moments, time seems to never end. What are these differences in perception if not to the construction of the time we make within each of us?

And when we think about the Universe, in its extension and depth, what capacity do we have to assimilate time as a space-time correlation? Will we ever be able to really understand what 10 light years means and what happens with time in us across that travel?
From perception to perception, we feel the impermanence and relativity of our lives, while we rely on vague certainties collected from the remains of the day “l’ecume des jours” (Boris Vian) and some scientific certainties that we may anticipate can also be temporary. Knowing our finitude, each one in their own way, we deal with the paradox of our entire existence having to fit into a meaning of which we do not know the name. In the meantime, while experiencing the elasticity of the path, each one of us does his own emotional construction of time. As Carlo Rovelli reveals on his book The Order of Time, “time for us is memory and expectation”. Just like music is.
“Our own perception of what time is, is emotion (…) The emotion of time is not the fog that makes hard for us to understand time but it is precisely what time is for ourselves” - Carlo Rovelli, “Carlo Rovelli: The nature of time”, New Scientist

All tracks written, played, produced and mastered by Vitor Joaquim at Xara, during 2019/20.
Bonus track (only on Bandcamp digital download): based on trumpet samples recorded at Lisboa Soa Festival, September 25, 2020.

Vitor Joaquim: trumpet sampling & processing, voice, granular synth, piano, keyboards, electronics, hiss, humming, crackling
João Silva: Trumpet

Includes: excerpt from an unknow Bororo song (1, 5), random radio broadcasts and tv sounds captured during the invasions of Iraq (August 1990 – February 1991, March 2003 - December 2011)

Cover design by Raul Reis
Cover image: The Tower of Babel (Vienna) from 1563 by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (Wikimedia Commons)

(C) (P) Vitor Joaquim (SPA) 2020 |

Press Release



A Sonic adventure curated by Francisco Lopez
Museo Reina Sofía

14 October, 2020 - 11 January, 2021 /// Sabatini Building, Floor 3

By way of a selection of hundreds of sound works, Audiosphere. Sound Experimentation 1980-2020 looks to cover an historical and cultural void in terms of the recognition, exhibition and analysis of a key part of the recent changes that have taken place in the artistic conception of sound creation.
In the following catalogue, the curatorial discourse that articulates the exhibition is displayed along with some texts that affect the relevance of sound art in contemporary art and, with it, in the social field.

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LIVE Series +

a series of releases in duo with other musicians. On these concerts my main work was live sampling, processing / granular synthesis.
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Working on:

Youtopia, a dance piece by Gustavo Monteiro
with Gustavo Monteiro and Edu Turull
Production: Sekoia - Artes Performativas
Support: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
Artistic Residencies: Circolando, O Espaço do Tempo, Devir-Capa

To Be Premiered in Gaia, March 20201