Artur M Vidal

PhD Student

Artur M Vidal is a Spanish-born saxophone player and sound artist who grew up in Paris and currently resides in London. As such, he has performed and recorded extensively in the UK, France and Spain, as well as also being active in Turkey, Mexico and the Czech Republic.

His  work involves field recordings, sound walks, dance and improvisation, and he is an active member of the  improvised music scene, playing and recording with artists and musicians who include Grundik Kasyansky, Jennifer Allum, Ruth Barberan, and Sébastien Branche, with whom he makes up the improvising saxophone duo ‘Relentless’.

He has completed an MA in Sound Arts at the London College of Communication and started in 2013 an Mphil / PhD research  about the notion of silence in Improvised Music and Acoustic Ecology.

Image of Artur Vidal playing a saxophone

MPhil research

The Notion of Silence in Improvised Music and Acoustic Ecology - attempts to develop new knowledge on both disciplines through the study of their understanding of the notion of silence.

 

This research is interested in the notion of silence in Improvised Music and Acoustic Ecology.

It attempts to develop new knowledge on both disciplines through the study of their understanding of the notion of silence.

At the moment I am studying the diversity of approaches existing in improvised music interested in the notion of silence. I am for instance exploring the debates considering the notion of silence as a way to challenge the practice of improvised music or as a dead-end. I am also interested in discourses which scrutinizes Acoustic Ecology's seminal texts understanding of silence.

Exploring the notion of silence in both disciplines this research aims to consider the possibility of a common ground between Acoustic Ecology and Improvised Music which would provide new listening and musical experiences.

Supervisors

Status

In progress, current student.

Contact

arturmvidal@gmail.com