A Rose is a Rose

by Vitor Joaquim

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A rose is a rose, a kiss is a kiss, and a name is a name.

Would you be different if your name was Thomas? Who knows? But then, if your name was Thomas, we could ask: Would it be different if it were Peter?
It can be a never-ending story. If your name is Thomas, then your name is Thomas.

We can speculate about everything and that is the main point in "A Rose is a Rose". I don't want to speculate. We can build stories on top of stories but in the end what we get is: stories built on top of stories.
I just want to say what you can hear. Even if I'm working with a general concept, very often, the reality of sound overcomes it, and in the end, I always need to go back to the sound in itself. It's my main focus. My advice is: concentrate on what you are hearing and that is the point. No more, no less.
If you want to think, it’s up to you to decide what you want to think about.
If you want, you can think about a rose. But keep in mind: a rose is a rose.

A Rose is a Rose was produced in my studio, in a short period of time and is mostly improvised material, recorded and assembled with a few touches, here and there.
After two cd's with collaborations from extraordinary people, I needed to do something in a solo context, like I usually do when I create music for dance, installations, theatre or simple
Tales from Chaos and La Strada is on Fire, involved collaboration in a deep level, and I wanted to do something that I could identify as coming out of my own blood, something that could represent how I'm working in a fast and lonely context.
It sound's more harsher but I'm sure that it sounds more personal as well. And of course, I'm especially happy because it portraits very well what I'm doing live for the last two or three years. Whatever it be in a solo or collaboration context. I mean, improvising with different people, running different software at the same time always in the edge of what I can find. That's what I like. This feeling of loneliness and devotion. I cal it, something. Viva Picasso.


released August 7, 2004

8 tracks, 56' 52''
writen, recorded and produced by Vitor Joaquim
includes sound bits from random tv sounds
cover: Miguel Carvalhais, Lia

released on dOc recordings (Austria)
cat. # 007



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Vitor Joaquim Porto, Portugal

laptop experimentalist, sound and visual artist, graduated in sound and film directing. He started performing improvised music and get involved in experimental art by the mid 80's.
Since then, he has created extensively for dance, theater, video, installations and cross media platforms. He is a researcher in computer music at CITAR/ UCP, Porto.
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