EDGAR VALCÀRCEL “Invenciòn” 1966, PERU

“Invención” (1966) para sonidos electrónicos compuesta por el peruano Edgar Valcárcel (Puno, 1932-Lima,2010) en el laboratorio de música electrónica de la Universidad de Columbia.

Edgar Valcarcel (b. Puno, Peru, 1932) lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina, during the early ’60s, working at CLAEM-Instituto Torcuato Di Tella (1963-1964). He composed his first pieces using electronic sounds upon receiving a Guggenheim fellowship that allowed him to work at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center in New York.

It was there he composed Invención for tape in 1967, working with electronic sound wave generators and filtered white noise and using editing and looping techniques.

He also composed Canto Coral a Túpac Amaru for chorus, percussion and tape while working at the Columbia-Princeton studio in 1968.

Zampoña Sónica for flute and electronic sounds, composed between 1968 and 1976, also makes use of the electronic sounds Valcarcel produced during his stay at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center.

Another piece by Valcarcel, Flor de Sancayo for piano and tape, was composed in 1976 at the McGill Electronic Music Studio in Montreal, Canada, while he was a visiting professor at McGill University.

Now in his seventies, Valcarcel feels that his dream to continue working in the electronic music field has become impossible to accomplish in his homeland because of the dramatic social, economical and cultural situation there. However, he has never lost hope.

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