Ricardo Cutz
Since 2004
Works in Rio De Janeiro Brazil

Hapax signifies the instantaneity of the moment. As defined in the Aurelio dictionary of Portuguese “hapax” is the last remaining word of an extinct language found in its abbreviated form in Greek: “hapax lego menon”, i.e. something that has been said but once.

Hapax has now existed for 5 years, born of an authentic drive to interfere in the public urban environment. The beginning musical interferences kick off in 2001 with installation performances in the swinging neighbourhood of Lapa, in Rio de Janeiro, gradually turning into a Friday night attraction for 8 months. The musical approach is based on the research of the sound of iron scrap, industrial bulk, junkyard objects capable of presenting the sonorities and pitches of an urban, pop, experimental music. The actual music is made with electronic sampling and programming, mixed with the steel hums and dins of the objects, actually ready-mades, elaborated assemblages of the residues originated from the most diverse industrial techno parks, built and rebuilt throughout the performances.

Keeping to its hybrid course, Hapax has created throughout the years a poetic stance applicable to an array of languages, urban intervention, experimental music, sculpture/object, improvised performances, etc… In all fields of intervention what is at stake is the constant relentless research into sound, sonorous bodies, transmitters and receptors of dins that actually make up public spaces, that actually compose the city. Hapax depicts contemporary conurbations in a playful performing live act taking the sounds here and now.

Hapax are Daniel Castanheira, Ericson Pires and Ricardo Cutz. From distinct areas and careers, i.e. poetry, music, theatre, cinema and the visual arts, the group defines itself as an art collective. Using as its creative tool a broad technological cornucopia, stretching the limits of high-tech and low-tech appliances such as samplers, sensors, synthesizers, electronic drums, uhf radios, and just about any electro-electrical apparatus capable of producing sound are used in the composition of the group’s repertoire.

In the last five years the Hapax art collective has participated in numerous events and acts some of which worthy of highlighting: The Abre Alas 2006 exhibit at the Gentil Carioca gallery (RJ,2006), inauguration of the Caixa Economica Federal cultural centre (RJ,2006), the exhibit “Corpos virtuais: arte e tecnologia” (trans. Virtual bodies: art and technology) at the Telemar Cultural Centre, curator Ivana Bentes (RJ,2005), the first interactive performance via-satellite in Brazil in collaboration with video artist Eder Santos, at the Nokia Trends event (curator Lucas Bambozzi, SP, RJ, 2005), Rio Cena Contemporanea Festival (RJ, 2003,2005), the theatre performance As Fenicias at the Oficina Theatre in São Paulo (SP, 2002), the Contemporary Art Panorama of Rio’s museum of Modern Art (MAM, RJ, SP, BA, 2001,2002). Furthermore the group has also held performances at several concert halls and festivals such as the Brasilia Music Festival (DF,2004), Motomix (RJ,2004), World Social Forum in Porto Alegre (RS, 2003), Recbeat (PE,2002), Cep 20,000 (RJ, 2001-2005), Casa das Caldeiras (SP,2005), Studio SP (SP,2005), Circo Voador (RJ, 2004,2005), teatro Rival (RJ,2005). Hapax has launched an album O que está acontecendo (2005), (trans. What’s happening?), with record label Mundo Perfeito, distributed in Brazil by Tratore.
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Burro sem Rabo (tailless Donkey)

Wed Nov 07, 2007 00:00 - Tue Nov 06, 2007



At the performance Burro Sem Rabo (Tailless Donkey) the city is transformed into an interface to create a sound piece played remotely through mobile wireless data transmission - a GSM mobile device.

It is a walk by the city of Belo Horizonte knowing only the start and ending points. Along the route, a number of sound interventions are made in the city mixing oscilating tones, noises and sampled beats with the daily sound fabric of the city. All these inputs will be recorded during the drift and then in the end will be processed and combined in a final intervention of electronic music.

Burro sem rabo is the name of a cart used by city dwellers and recyclers who live off the leftovers of society. Here the cart is fitted with various devices: digital recorder, sampler, synthesizers, lap-top, mobile internet connection, 30 meters of AC cord, subwoofers, drivers, tweeters and "sample honks" used by Brazil's informal service vans to call for clients.

The cart presented in Belo Horizonte will be equipped with a GPS device. Continuing their research of immersion and urban intervention, Hapax prepares a meeting with the metropolitan public space aimed to intervene on the worn routine of home/work/leisure. With a stranger's gaze, the group will enter the heart of the city and cross ghettos, alleys, streets, faces, corners, traces and avenues. Penetrate the nervous center of the city and expand the vital powers of a planed city reinvented as music.

All the coordinates of the drift will be transmitted through a GSM cellphone from the GPS device to an internet server, where they will be stored and retransmitted in real time to a computer mounted in the park, next to the Palácio das Artes, running two softwares: one musical and another converting GPS data into MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) signals. The signals originating from the GPS coordinates will then modulate synthesizers and samplers. Computer, PA system and video projector will conform an audio-visual environment outside the Palácio das Artes the ending point of the musical drift. In this place, the festival's audience and the general public will be able to follow the path of the artists: visually, with a line that indicates the displacement of the cart; and also on the sound dynamics generated by this same displacement. The route will gradually appear onscreen in real-time while a set of sounds chosen by the group will be automatically manipulated by the GPS coordinates of the cart.

What is being played in this technology invented by Grupo Hapax? Every movement can be decomposed in several parameters as distance, curve angles, speed and so on. Likewise, sound can be decomposed: volume, tone, rhythm. Indexing the GPS coordinates we can make them correspond, transforming movement parameters in sound parameters. Hapax warns: from now on, bus drivers, walkers or the police car can be playing music.

This performance will take place in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, saturday november 17th, comminted by Artemov.net- Internacional Festival for Locative medias.