La Strada is on Fire (And We Are All Naked)

by Vitor Joaquim

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I wanted to produce a record that would reflect my everyday life in the studio.

When I play, I usually start from scratch, exploring small acoustic sound sources, programs and hardware devices as my main drive for inspiration.

Given enough time I end up finding a small motive that attracts my attention in a special way and that I develop, certain to reach a point where I'll find new reasons to keep working on it, until something substantial is defined.

In those moments, when something is sounding consistently strong and interesting, I start recording without even stopping what I'm doing.

The question of what to do and where to go at any given moment thus becomes a reference in my work.

It was over those moments that I tried to navigate, creating the same level of approach for the guests, always keeping in sight the possibility of being surprised by what would come out of it, searching in the mix, choosing new paths from the received and found material. Only then I thought to organize and mold the final shape. I found relationships, I created associations and gave them some sense as if everything was a game.

From my point of view, to think about all the variables beforehand is a good thing, when the functional effectiveness is gaining over formal values or even over ethical values, as is the case in civilian or aeronautic engineering. When creating, your set of values differs, they're maybe even more risky.

In this record, things are as they are, because that's how they are. But they could also be different. It could not be like this in aeronautics!

I take Picasso's words and make them my own: when I paint, my goal is to show what I find, not what I look for.

It is trivial but, maybe for being part of what I am, I like to be surprised by what I find.

It's like in an oriental poem: if you understand things, they are as they are; if you don't understand things, they are as they are.


released April 6, 2003

Directed and produced by Vitor Joaquim.
Recorded live in studio during 1999 except 1, in 2001. Performances mixed in 2001.

Vitor Joaquim: piano, electronics, singer table
Martin Archer: saxophone (3, 4) - processed by Chris Bywater + Charlie Collins
Rodrigo Amado: saxophone (5, 7)
Victor Coimbra: bass (4, 5)
Mariana F: voice (1)

the cd release includes one video-file by Vitor Joaquim, based on a photographic series by E. Muybridge (can be viewed here: )

cover by Miguel Carvalhais
internal artwork by Patricia Gouveia
photos by Alexandre Vilar

released by Crónica (Portugal) -
cat. # 004~2003



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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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