HOLOFRENIA

HOLOFRENIA has a wide range of live sets:

Sound Research 2017-2020:
A) Performative Mixed Reality Interfaces for Real-time Sound Composition, Holophrenic Vocals and Channelling Site-specific Installations.
B) Sensory Percussion & Holophrenic Vocals.

Sound Research 2010- 2019:
C) Electroacoustic Sets: { Amplified Drums & Objects / Handmade String Electroacoustic Instruments / Vintage Turntable without Vinyls } + Vocal Trance Channelling

Self-quarantine Album:
πρόλογος [Prologue: Vocal Studies 2012-2020]


MUSIC BACKGROUND 1993- 2019
for history noise geeks & improvised music lovers

90's:
Holofrenia started as a progressive free jazz-rock drummer under an anthropomorphic shape in the early 90's getting involved with the legendary - rock in opposition - mexican band Decibel in 1999, and openining shows to bands as Magma, Le Orme & John Wetton (King Crimson)... and recording live sessions or in studio with bands and musicians as Germán Bringas (Jazzorca), Humus, Victor Mendez (Oxxomaxoma), Metaconciencia... some of them released by Musea 'Le Classiques Du Futur' in France; or by MIO Records in Israel - "FIAT LUX: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS 1977-2000" - Decibel´s Boxset, included in the Live at Ex-Teresa Museum 2000.

21st Century:
In 2004 Holofrenia moved to Europe and got quickly involved into the european improvised music scene, performing under the conduction of the London Improvisers Orchestra (2008), Berlin Improvisers Orchestra (2010-2012) - w/ Tristan Honsinger, Alexander von Schlippenbach - ; Orquesta FOCO de Madrid (2006-2011) - w/ William Parker, Keith Tippett, Eddie Prévost, Michael Fischer [Vienna Improvisers Orchestra] -, and releasing &/or touring with some amazing free-jazz-punk bands as Machinations of Joy with Dave Tucker [The Fall] and Ricardo Tejero (Barcelona 2010); w/Discordian Records: The Third Mind w/el Pricto, Don Malfon & Alvaro Muñoz - & - Reptilian Mambo featuring Avelino Saavedra; Tabla y Cuchillo in Berlin (2011) again w/Ricardo Tejero, and two years later as trio with Niko Meinhold; and in Istabul, with Korhan Futacı [Konstrukt*], Umut Çağlar*, Barlas Tan Özemek* & Yasemin Mori.

Berlin 2010-2012::
While living and working in Berlin we created Audition Records and became members of Salon Bruit, attending to tons of concerts, organising and releasing the first batch of documentary releases of the then - recently funded - Berlin based label, and the first musical/radical mutations started spreading its viruses over the skin & the way Holofrenia currently perceives music.
The primal holophrenic transform-action happened after cutting with a saw in a half the tama jazz drums, the drum kit was less than 20 kg in order to play around Europe as much as possible with a portable 12 inch bass drum and a 10 inch toy snare. 3 small toy drums were packed with a mackie mixer & a set of thomann mics, and since then we started using the PA soundsystem as the main instrument, where the drums are the controller and the PA the bed to jump over the frequencies of liminality.

Favorite projects from that period: Animales Varios with Klaus Kurvers (Kontrabass), and with guests as Mat Pogo, Els Vandeweyer and Ute Wassermann; and the noise-band Ultraspießer with Julian Percy (Last Dominion Lost). Our preferred gig with Ultraspießer was sharing cartel with Charles Hayward (This Heat) in 2012 at NK. And also at NK and organized by Rumpsti Pumsti, to perform with Vagina Dentata Organ - as a marching drum band with Els Vandeweyer, John Murphy, Marcelo Aguirre, Michael Gillham, Morten J. Olsen, ... -, a concert released as LP by Harbinger Sound in 2012.

Mexico 2013-2019:
One of the best things after 8 years studying 3D animation & video games aside of working with Interactive Technology Groups and of Neuroscience, was to turn back to Mexico. We presented some concerts with the new solo in festivals as Nrmal, el Nicho Aural, Lxs Grises, and then we stopped performing live with amplified drums as a soloist to perform instead with handmade string instruments premiering works in Vertice at Radio UNAM, performing hybrid VR electroacoustic works as 'Antagony', a VR Chamber Opera - & - as the Holophrenic Conference at Inmersiva Festival, where we did - at the end of a 30 min blindfolded conference - a choir with the 80 participants; in addition to the first live sets with sensory percussion as Teatro Holofrénico at Terminal Club Antisocial.

( SIC )
In 2013 - we created (SIC) alongside Rodrigo Ambriz - (SIC) have been considered by the international press as one of the most brutal and unconventional avant-garde bands in the history of experimental music in Mexico. Some of our hightlights: Berghain (CTM Festival 2017), and great times - and massive PA - sharing cartel with bands as Ex Eye (CTM), The Ex & Neurosis (Bestia Festival), Lightning Bolt & Bálazs Pándi (Aural Festival) and performing in trio with Martin Escalante, Joachim Montessuis, and the LP recorded in Paris as quintet with SCZRS.

International Highlights and Awards::
Berlin 2017: The Death of the Anthropocene, a Sci-Fi Radio Drama performed live at CTM Festival.
Berlin 2019-2020: ˈʊmˌvɛltn̩, a new Immersive/Interactive VR Experience commissioned by the Konzerthaus Berlin, to be premiered in 2020.

Teatro Holofrénico | Berlin 2020
Over the last 3 years I have been researching and developing interactive interfaces for invisible music and Holophrenic Theater, and our solo as Holofrenia have mutated into even weirder-more abstract electronic-organic forms, from dark enlightenment singing like a pulsating angel-string to mapping drums... from building VR orchestrators to release unconventional editorial formats as Codex Holophrenicus, augmented reality scores, VR interactive environments and more to come. Holofrenia shares knowledge with our parallel transmedia research as composer-singer-live performer-and technologist developing extended reality and physical interaction for live activations and hybrid art performances. The album Prologue as it name refers, is a first attempt and a compilation of musical works from 2012 to 2020 connected to what Holofrenia does inside of me while I sing, and currently we are working on a first solo LP after trying for almost 30 years how to channel the deepest voice of compost-humusities through a human being.

We love to sing.

Coronakrise, Berlin 2020