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DocuMental, a film series about pioneers in advanced music at Alicante venue

Translated by Irene Nieva Moratalla
Alicante, 19 December 2020. By María Asunción Soria Pastor

The Alicante electronic music and production festival ENSOLab is organising a cycle of two documentaries at the Alicante City University Venue which is based on the forerunners of the musical avant-garde in Spain. On Friday 20 November, Sender Barayón. Viaje hacia la luz will be screened. The documentary, by Luis Olano, is about Ramón Sender Barayón's life, a pioneer in electronic music in the 1960s. On Friday 27, Geometría del Esplendor, by José Ramón da Cruz, will be screened, which is about the industrial music of the group Esplendor Geométrico and the break with what had been seen until then in the 1980s. 

After the screenings, there will be time for dialogue with the filmmakers.

 

Sender Barayón. Viaje hacia la luz (Luis Olano, 2018)

 

Ramón Sender Barayón was born in Madrid in 1934. In 1936, as a child, he went into exile in the United States with his family and ended up being a pioneer of electronic music, counter-cultural avant-garde, and the hippy movement in the 1960s California. The documentary feature Sender Barayón, Viaje hacia la luz, by Luis Olano, is about Ramón Sender's life throughout the 20th century and told by himself: it goes from the Spain of the Civil War, repression and exile, to the sunny California of the counter-culture, the golden years of rock, psychedelia, and hippies. 

The film began to take shape in 2016, when its author, Luis Olano, went and interviewed the main character at his house in San Francisco, based on a desire to find out how he was able to take the opposite path to that of his father, Ramón J. Sender, a 100% "Iberian novelist". The film was completely self-financed and had the collaboration of the Institute for Northern Aragon Studies and the Madrid Film Institute.

 

Geometría del Esplendor (José Ramón da Cruz, 2016).

 

In 1980, Arturo Lanz, Gabriel Riaza, and Juan Carlos Sastre left the music band Aviador Dro to launch one of the most transgressive proposals on the Spanish music scene. Taking its name from a poem by Marinetti, and with noise as its sound material, Esplendor geométrico is the music band that inaugurated the age of industrial sound in Spain. 

Geometría del Esplendor proposes a new audio-visual narrative treated in the same breakaway tone as the group Esplendor Geométrico, which represents industrial music and its meaning on the conventional discourse of art in general and of music and image in particular. Its style is characterized by a mixture of very varied elements which is marked, among other premises, by a script diagrammed in bar structures, like a symphony. Moreover, the editing orders and adjusts a combination of random appearance (disrupted rhythms, interviews with the characters, etc) but which has an enormous coherence, like a dance piece.

 

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