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Per Bloland is a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music whose works have been described by the New York Times as “lush, caustic,” and “irresistible.” His compositions range from solo pieces to works for large orchestra, and incorporate video, dance, and custom-built electronics. He has received awards and recognition from organizations including IRCAM, SEAMUS/ASCAP, Digital Art Awards of Tokyo, the Martirano Competition, and ISCM.

He is currently an Assistant Professor of Composition and Technology at Miami University, Ohio, and in 2013 completed a Musical Research Residency at IRCAM in Paris. A portrait CD of his work was recently released on Tzadik. 

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Rodrigo Castellanos (Mexico 1977), is a musician and composer based in Santiago de Chile. In the last years his work has revealed a remarkable rise within the Latin America’s contemporary music scene with and without new technologies, as well in improvised music. Several of his works have been programmed in the main festivals in Latin America and in important concert cycles and festivals in Germany, Italy and Spain. Currently coordinates NODAL, a music and technology project, in Santiago de Chile. 

Rodrigo studied at Escuela de Bellas Artes of Oaxaca in Mexico, at the Escuela Superior de Música of the National Institute of Fine Arts of Mexico, and in 2010 obtained a Master in Arts and Composition at the University of Chile, specializing in graphics programming and electroacoustics. He has followed advanced training courses in technology, composition, and guitar, taking classes with Mark Applebaum, Alexandros Markear, Julio Estrada, among others. Throughout his career, he has received important scholarships in Mexico, Chile and Argentina, for studies and creative projects. Highlighting, the grant from the National Music Fund 2016 CNCA Chile, which allowed him to produce the double album “Memoria y Territorio”, which includes camera, mixed and electroacoustic works of his authorship, and the scholarship of the Latin American Center for Interdisciplinary Training to attend the workshop Mathematical Applications to Music at the University of Buenos Aires. He has 5 record productions, and since 2011 he is a teacher at the Casona Arts Academy of Florida in Santiago. 


Patricio de la CUADRA

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Patricio de la Cuadra is a Fulbright scholar with a Ph.D in Computer Based Music Theory and Acoustics, M.A. in Music, Science and Technology and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. His undergraduate studies were done at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) obtaining a double degree in Electrical Engineering and flute Performance. Patricio is an accomplished musician with a Diplome d’Interpretation Superior in flute from the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, who has played flute and various Chilean folk instruments in Europe, South America, Japan, Taiwan, and the US (including Carnegie Hall ’94). Between 2001 and 2003 he worked as researcher with the Musical Acoustics team at the IRCAM and in 2016, he was an invited by Sorbonnes Universités in Paris to lead the Geste-Acoustique-Musique project, an interdisciplinary and inter institutional research project on musical instruments and gesture.

He is currently Associate Professor at the PUC where he teaches musical acoustics and co-directs the Center for Research in Audio Technologies



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Nicolás Espinoza is a researcher and sound artist based in Rio de Janeiro, and nowadays is the assistant curator/director of Festival Multiplicidade, one of the most influential festivals and platforms of new media arts of Brazil. Currently enrolled in the Electrical Engineering PhD program of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, his academic research explores the use of machine learning algorithms in automatic harmonization of tonal music, using the choro genre as a case study.

As sound artist, he experiment with the use of data and probabilistic based frameworks for improvisation and experimental composition, works that materialize as collective sound spaces in form of installations and interactive free improvisation performances. He has published in the Brazilian Congress of Music and Mathematics and in the Conference and the Journal of the Korea Electro-Acoustic Music Society, and his sound installation has been activated in different places of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo as the Oi Futuro Flamengo Theater, The Maré Arts Center, the Anita schwartz Art Gallery, and the Brazilian Museum of Sculpture.



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Bachelor in Sound Engineering and Composer of Electroacoustic Music .

Interested in applying new technologies in music to develop new interactive listener and cognitive fields and spatial representation of sound, through the use of gestural interfaces for controlling sound and performance, using the concept of malleability of sound as musical mechanism facing the viewer . His works have addressed different aspects of the musical language as free improvisation, chamber works and sound art installations.

He showed his works in many International festivals such as Días de Música Electroacústica in Portugal 2015, In Vivo Electro Workshop, Ircam Manifeste with Robert Henke – París 2014, acousmatic Forum Hope University – Liverpool 2013, Mixtur Festival – Barcelona 2013 , Ai- Maako 2010-2012 – Santiago de Chile, Tsonami Sound Art Festival Valparaíso 2007 to 2011.

During his artistic residency at the ICST, Renzo Filinich will be working on an audiovisual installation. His work will focus on the acoustic transformation of pre-recorded sound materials, as well as on generating new material, by means of the diverse software tools available at the Kompositionstudio. Designing sound-spacing algorithms in Max/MSP (using the 18-loudspeaker system) is also intended, based on the Ambisonics collection of objects.


Bernardo GIRAUTA


Bernardo Girauta is a researcher and sound artist from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is currently a graduate student in the Literature, Culture and Contemporaneity program of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RJ).

His academic research focuses on the relations between musical indeterminacy, verbal musical notation practices, biopolitics and philosophical perspectivism. As an artist, he has already produced videos, installations and live performances. All of his works amounts to reconfigure borders between concepts such as sound and text through use of indeterminacy and free improvisation strategies.



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Javier Jaimovich is a researcher and sound artist based in Santiago, Chile. Javier holds a B.A. in Music Technology from Universidad de Chile, an M.A. and a Ph.D in Sonic Arts from the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) at Queen’s University Belfast. His research interests encompass the development of Digital Musical Instruments (DMI), Music and Emotion, BioMusic and BioSignals, Interactive Sound Art and Interactive Systems. His creative practice draws from these themes to create interactive sound art installations, and novel interactive performances that explore the interrelationships between art, science and new technologies. 

Currently, Javier is an Assistant Professor at the Sound Department in Universidad de Chile, where he teaches modules for the Sound Engineering, MA in Musicology and MA in Media Arts degrees. Dr. Jaimovich has worked in highly interdisciplinary projects both in the EU and in Chile, such as the EU FET Research Project SIEMPRE and as co-director of the artistic project Emovere. 


Francisca MORAND

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Francisca Morand graduated as a Teacher specialized in Dance from Universidad de Chile, she also holds an M.A. in Dance from American University (2001) and is a Laban Movement Analyst (CMA) at the Laban-Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (2013). 

She began her professional career as a contemporary dance performer in independent companies from Santiago de Chile, in addition to her teaching work, in Chilean companies such as La Pequeña Compañía, Andanzas, La Séptima Compañía and Silueta de Gos. Her areas of interest are contemporary technique, Contact Improvisation and more recently somatic systems applied to dance training and teaching. She is currently full time faculty at the Dance Department of Universidad de Chile, where she teaches undergraduate courses. 

In 2001, she started to expand in the field of choreographic creation by conducting artist residencies at American University and George Washington University in the United States. Also has developed artistic collaborations in Chile with other artists, mainly developing her work with Eduardo Osorio (, Camilo Rossel (, and Javier Jaimovich (


Leopoldo SOTO

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Leopoldo Soto was born in Santiago, Chile in 1964. He received the B.S.,  M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics in 1989, 1990 and 1993, respectively from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago. His main research interests are related to dense transient plasmas, pulsed power and applied optics, including Z-pinch, plasma focus, capillary discharges, pulsed power miniature devices, transient plasma diagnostics, holography, interferometry and optical refractive diagnostics.

In 1999, he was awarded with a Presidential Chair in Science by the President of Chile. In 2007, he was elected as Fellow of the Institute of Physics, UK. He was the President of the Chilean Physical Society for 2 periods, from April 2003 to April 2008.

Nowadays, he is the Head of the Thermonuclear Plasma Department of the Nuclear Chilean Energy Commission, CCHEN, and the Director of the Center for Research and Applications in Plasma Physics and Pulsed Power, P4 CCHEN- U. Talca. He is associate professor of the Ph.D. Program in Physics of the University of Concepción, Chile  and the Ph.D. Program in Applied Science at the University of Talca, Chile.


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