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João Orecchia creates artworks and installations that deal with different ways of hearing, manipulating and physically representing sound. He also regularly collaborates with visual artists to create soundscapes fitting a conceptual framework in their own pieces.
 
     
    • LEONARDO MUSIC JOURNAL

   
I am very happy to announce that my piece "Storage 1896 - 2015" was included in the latest issue of the peer reviewed Leonardo Music Journal, published by MIT Press. The editor in chief is Nicolas Collins, author of Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking, one of my favourite books ever. The audio companion to this issue was compiled by Lukas Ligeti.

Find the Leonardo Music Journal here

"Storage 1896 - 2015" is a variation on an installation from an exhibition called Rituals of the Living at Constitutional Hill, Johannesburg and is comprised of recordings of these empty rooms, resonant frequencies amplified in an attempt to call out from the dark empty spaces a felt presence. Listen to the piece here
 
       
    • FLOATING REVERIE // DIGITAL RESIDENCY

   
Floating Reverie is a digital art residency program which provides a platform for arts to explore process, research and concepts through a digital medium and specific process.

I produced 14 process based compositions based on processes by Tegan Bristow done in Processing for Floating Reverie Digital Arts Residency.

View the audiovisual pieces here and Tegan Bristow's pieces here

Floating Reverie is here
 
       
    • PUBLIC ACTS // PUBLIC ART INTERVENTION

   
"Looking for love? Tune in to 102.2FM. This is a safe space. There is no “other”. There is only love. There is (or WAS) a radio somewhere in this space, broadcasting proclamations of love for (an) other. It may still be here... it may have been acquired or it may have broken or run out of power... but tune in, for love of the other."

This message was pasted in public spaces around Johannesburg's centre while a pirate radio transmission of intimate voice recordings expressing love for another was broadcast throught the area. None of the radios lasted longer than an hour or two.
 
       
    • KUDZANAI CHIURAI VIDEO SOUNDTRACK // CREATION

   
This is the soundtrack I made to a video work by Zimbabwean artist Kudzanai Chiurai. It is based on a creation story told in the Setswana language.

Listen to it here.
 
     
    • IYEZA BY KUDZANAI CHIURAI // SOUNDTRACK COLLABORATION BETWEEN MOTÈL MARI AND THANDISWA MAZWAI

   
For the soundtrack to his video piece based on the last supper, Chiurai brought Thandiswa Mazwai together with Motèl Mari to adapt her song Iyeza and perform it live along with the video at the opening of his exhibition, State of the Nation.

The film has gone to the Sundance Film Festival, showing in the short film competition.

More about it here.
 
     
    • JOZI RHYTHM ANALOGUES

   
Performance at Shikisha, Newtown Jhb, 2 Nov 2011with rhythmanalysis graph.

The time lapse films produced by Collins and Van Veuren in 2010 were the starting point of the project. As part of a research study involving Rhythmanalysis, Van Veuren produced a graph which shows the amount of movement in the films over time. This graph was interpreted by the three musicians as a graphic score, and on the night of the performance the films were projected behind the musicians, while the graph was projected in front of them on a perspex sheet, allowing the audience to also 'read' the graph in relation to the music and films.

Watch the video here.
 
       
    • PIANO BURNING: INVISIBLE CITIES 1/12

   
In the build up to the first Invisible Cities event in Johannesburg, we burnt a piano. It took a lot of petrol and firelighters and time. Several hours.

Before throwing in the match, I built some cheap miscrophones and placed them inside the piano to record the sounds of the piano becoming a new object. The sound on this video is a combination of that burning and a tape loop installation I made in the stairwell leading up to the roof where the piano was burned, where the event was then held.


Watch the video here.
 
       
    • MONOTYPE, A ONCE OFF PERFORMANCE AT JHB FASHION WEEK

   
Design label Guillotine presents Monotype, an innovative performance piece consisting of fashion, design, sound, movement and print making. This semi-performance/installation is a theatrical piece that draws from the input of a whole team of creatives to produce a garment using elements of printing and design to alter the shape and structure of fabric within the spectatorship of an audience. Music by Joao Orecchia, Filmed and edited by Chiara Frisone.


Watch the video here.
 
       
    • BALANCE, AN INSTALLATION BY COLLEEN ALBOROUGH

   
A stop frame animation by Colleen Alborough for her exhibition also titled Balance. The sound is made entirely from material sourced using home-made microphones that record the inner workings of machines such as computer cpu's, my car's gear box, coffee machine, and the electromagnetic hum and static of fluorescent lights.


Watch the video here.
 
       
    • BETWEEN, A VIDEO PIECE BY COLLEEN ALBOROUGH AND JOÃO ORECCHIA

   
produced for CITY BREATH. CITY BREATH is an urban oral history video project.

Apart from existing works, it initiates and develops new collaborations in the areas of the video poem, screen dance and experimental film. These short video 'breaths' or 'gasps' seek to interrogate the official understandings of South African cities given to us in television, film and other mass media.


Watch the video here.

More about CITY BREATH here.
 
       
    • LAST ONE STANDING: A SNOWBALL FIGHT TOURNAMENT

   
This amazing spectacle of a snowball fight tournament in the centre of Johannesburg was a pleasure to be a part of. The teams were made up of everyone from taxi drivers to soap opera stars to politicians. Andy Sherman and myself provided a soundscape for the event as well as a war cry for each team which was sung by the Universal Gospel Choir.

Watch the video here.
 
       
    • SOUNDLINES

   
For this project I overlayed Marcus's drawing of the Joburg skyline onto a software sequencer where the horizontal lines represent the length of each note over time and the height along the vertical axis represents the pitch. I added another layer of percussion where each note represents a different percussion instrument. The result is a completely automated piece of music played by the lines of Joburg's silhouette.

Listen to how it sounded here.

More about this project by Marcus Neustetter here.
 
       
    • VILLAGE WALK PUBLIC PERFORMANCE

   
I was asked to do a performance on a square in one of Johannesburgs main business districts. The goal was to bring arts to an area not generally associated with much more than business. I set up three microphones and looped and manipulated the sounds of people walking by and the ocasional brave one who spoke into the microphone. My goal was to create an alternate soundscape of that space.