Audio: Laura Luna live at MUTEK Montréal


Listen to a live set by Mexican-born, Prague-residing sound artist and musician Laura Luna, recorded at the MUTEK festival in Montréal, where SHAPE had its first showcase beyond Europe.

A multimedia artist turned composer, Laura Luna de Castillo deals in atmosphere creation, eschewing staid actualities for magic realism and darkly imagined cosmic travels. Part mysterious raconteur, part technological phenom, Castillo coaxes elegantly entangled texture and complex emotion out of her machines.

A photographer turned video and film artist, in 2013, Castillo began to experiment with music: perceiving sound as a powerful art form for enhancing memories and narratives – she recorded sounds around her that triggered emotions and memory fragments, building them into a rich tonal music. Galvanized by those field recordings, Castillo centralized sound in her work. Using field recordings, a modded Atari computer, a gameboy and various synths, she constructed her own sounds to describe fantastical scenes and narratives, creating soundtracks for sublimely fogged-in worlds inspired by the sort of science fiction that deals in the eerily heart-rending. Consequently, her music takes listeners deep into emotional, dream like journeys, where feedback, error and accidental programming play with layered intentional melody, field recordings and vocals.

Castillo’s music works in concert with her tech heavy multidisciplinary projects – audiovisual performances, object creation, installations and interactive works. Her 2014 album Isolarios, featuring her own cover art, emerged from an artistic and personal generative, mnemonic process unsurprisingly suited to a career artist. Her synths come on in washes and blips, she makes melodies that growl or float, building in movements evocative of a non-traditional classical music textured in electroacoustic noise. Live at MUTEK, Castillo employed motors and mechanisms, pedals and processors, alongside curated samples and audiovisual machines of her own devising.

She was nominated to the SHAPE platform by Prague-based art center MeetFactory.