Carlos Santos (1967, Lisboa, Portugal) microphones, piezo elements, digital electronics, computer, maxmsp, small resonant objects and spaces
Studied painting with António Sena (Ar.Co, 1988 -1992), worked in advertising for a period of time, but nowadays works as graphic designer in corporate identity, packaging, web and audio-video production as a freelancer.
Started sound/music activities in 1989 when formed the VITRIOL project with Paulo Raposo, a laboratory for experimental sound actions, first with studio work followed in 1994 by live output, mainly live electronics, acousmatic music with a improvised or graphic score oriented approach. He uses the laptop with software written in MaxMsp, small resonant objects, microphones and piezo elements to produce a music that deals with space and sound phenomena. Interests in “soundscape” and field recordings are a huge part of his work, for piece preparation or just for archival purposes. Always recording, events, spaces or music. Electro-acoustic performance, improvisation, multi-channel acusmatic music, sound installation and radio pieces.
Presents himself solo in site-specific audio-video works, or in duos with Paulo Raposo (computer), João Silva (video, sound, photography), “Venús Pistolletto” with Emídio Buchinho (elec. guitar, mics, objects), “Inhabitaded Spaces” with Ricardo Guerreiro (computer, mics, speakers and space), or groups like ZNGR electro-acoustic trio (w/ Carlos "Zíngaro" and Emídio Buchinho), Electro-acoustic Trio with Ernesto Rodrigues (violin) and Guilherme Rodrigues (cello), close related to the “near silence” aesthetics, with whom recorded several audio CD's, always with at least one international improviser as guest. Member of several larger formations: “(Des)Integração” laptop ensemble (2001-2003), "Naja" ensemble, “Suspensão” septep, IKB ensemble, VGO - Variable Geometry Orchestra. His musical aproach to diferent contexts difers from case to case, electro-acoustic, in "near silence" aesthetics, where the atention to detail and structure is essential, or live-electronics and sampling for dense and more expressive gestures in larger ensembles.
Presented his work in Portugal, Spain, France, UK, Norway and Germany. His is represented in several CD relaeses under different projects. Worked with artists from several media: dance, performance and video. Did music and sound design for video and animation. Video and sound editing for comercial projects.
Belongs to the Granular board of directors, a portuguese association for experimental art and does the image of Creative Sources label. Broadcasts “Boca Doce” show at Rádio Zero (web) and other special shows.
Workshops and seminars in digital audio manipulation, Maxmsp programming and sound art practice.