Javier Codesal

Javier Codesal, Pieza musical (Video, 2002)

Museums at Night 2022

Music by Night. Hamaca video program

Saturday 14 May 2022, 7.30 pm

La Capella celebrates The Museum Night with a special session dedicated to the connections between the visual arts and the musical context. On the one hand, the night begins at 7 pm with an audiovisual program by the video-art distributor Hamaca. This is a selection of artistic videos where music plays a prominent role.

Then, at 9 pm, Balago's live performance will take place. Balago is David Crespo's experimental music project, and is characterized by an electronic atmosphere of strong cinematic influence. The concert focuses on the presentation of his latest album El altres (2020), released by the Barcelona label Foehn Records.


7.30 pm - Música de nit (Music by Night). A video program curated by Hamaca and La Capella

Melody, rhythm and darkness. Music by Night evokes a harmonious, nocturnal sound, and it does so on the basis of a visual narrative – that of video art, that of audiovisual language – that allows itself to be seduced and carried away by music’s ability to hypnotise. Firstly, we find pleasing references to genres of music as disparate as pop, ambient, singer-songwriter and folk; and secondly, each of the pieces tells a story that is strongly independent conceptually and in which technologies applied to the sound and image co-exist with the sentimental content of a verse, the throwing of pop culture into crisis, the political intensity of a song and the spirituality of a sound out of its usual context.

In short, Music by Night is a selection of videos chosen from the Hamaca video archives that share a common desire: to set images to music and to do so at night.


One Wonders. Videografía (1986), 5 min

This dance of everyday objects animated by computer was one of the earliest computer-graphic works made in Spain. The recording, editing and music were created by computer using software designed by Videografía.

Synthesizers. Carles Congost (2002), 6 min

This video in the form of a fake documentary analyses the persona of the music producer and their role in the post-rock and pop world of music. The use of synthesisers, as well as the search for a striking look, were typical of most bands of the time.

Oramics: Atlantis Anew. Aura Satz (2011), 7 min

Conceived as a tribute to Daphne Oram, a pioneer in British electronic music, this film presents the Oramics machine, Oram’s unique invention. It briefly revives this obsolete technological fantasy, making it possible to visualise drawn sound material, reinterpreting and translating it into new film sequences.

Totes estimades. Francesca Llopis (2005), 3 min

Francesca Llopis enters the universe of the singer-songwriter Jaume Sisa with this video clip. The powerful, bold staging is inspired by Pop Art and collage.

Toma-vistas. Eugeni Bonet (1978), 4 min

The recreation of the great holiday dilemma in the form of a diptych of two landscapes in sequences filmed in static shots on Super 8: on the left, the beach; on the right, the countryside. A tribute to amateur filmmaking expressed in the rigour and controlled randomness of structural cinema.

El amor es tu destino. Toni Serra (2010), 10 min

Following images of a stony wasteland and a child comes a televised performance by the Egyptian musician Abdel Halim Hafez singing ‘The Cup Reader’ by the poet Nizar Qabbani. Toni Serra appropriates this compulsive repetition of the verses as if were a redemptive mantra of enthusiasm, a reading of love and destiny, wishing the child filmed good luck in his life.

Baila la contrarreforma. Marta de Gonzalo | Publio Pérez Prieto (2012), 7 min

The future is now; the future of the restoration designed for inequality as the norm and every possible horizon. A folk tune that stirs our senses of humour by using mockery and irony. Now perhaps we can go and talk to others, some young people, about how this is not all that we can aspire to and experience.

Pieza musical. Javier Codesal (2002), 8 min

Rehearsal by the Nuestra Señora de la Fuensanta Band of Cornets and Drums. In the middle of the night, a group of children play slow, sad traditional music imbued with religious feeling.

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