Sónar Reveals South America Conference Programs: Exclusive

Astronomer-musician collaboration and other “totally cool” workshops, panels and exhibits to coincide with music festivals in Sao Paulo, Santiago, and Buenos Aires


As part of Sónar festival’s first-ever event in Chile, artists will make music with sounds from the universe as captured by astronomers at the world’s biggest telescope, which is located in the country’s Atacama desert.

That unprecedented collaboration, in which electronic artists will actually make music with the stars, is but one among the many music-making labs, workshops and master classes planned for Sónar + D, set to coincide with the Barcelona festival’s upcoming editions in Santiago de Chile, Sao Paulo, Brazil and Buenos Aires, Argentina. A Sónar festival will be held for the first time in Bogotá, Colombia, but that event will not have a conference component.

Calling itself “a global platform for Latin America’s New Map of Sounds,” the two-decade old electronic music and technology arts festival kicks off its 2015 South American tour Nov. 24-28 in Sao Paulo, returning to Brazil for the third time. Sónar returns to Buenos Aires for the second year on Dec. 3, hits Santiago de Chile on Dec. 5, and Bogota on Dec. 7.

The four festivals together, organized with local promoters in each city, will feature more than 90 performances, which include appearances by 36 South American artists.

The Sonar +D conference programs, released today exclusively to Billboard, focus on “the relationship between creativity and technology and the digital transformation of cultural industries.”

In Buenos Aires, events include a panel with five Argentine female DJs, a performance by Ecuadorian DJ/producer Nicola Cruz, and a master class by Argentine electro-pop artist Leo Garcia on MPC samplers, among other workshops, exhibitions and live shows.

Sao Paulo’s Sonar + D conference will offer a Maker Lab in a “totally cool environment,” outfitted with 3D printers and other digital equipment, a film festival, and a program of panels and talks including “New Latin American Scenes,” “Music Production and Sonoric Trends” and “Remaking a City.”

In Santiago, the program includes a Music Hack Day, talks by Leo Prieto, founder of top Latin American technology blog Fayerwayer, and Austria’s Ars Electronica Artistic Director Gerfried Stocker, among others, and robotica and electro-aucoustic music displays and demonstrations.

As previously announced, Chemical Brothers and Hot Chip will headline the Sónar South American festivals. Artists making the trek also include Brodinski, Evian Christ and Recondite.



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