Acoustic Space returns to Museo Reina Sofía this September. The concert series began in 2010 as a way for the Museum to make a place in its programming for the wide range of currents in today's heterogeneous musical scene.
Now, with the structures that sustained the 20th century musical industry broken, the expansion of Internet has set off a process by which musical styles are being fragmented into a broad diversity of sub-styles, all with access to a global market. As a result, over the last 20 years an international music scene has been developing in which voices that previously had little chance of being heard now form part of a new industry that allows myriad sound realities to co-exist with one another, each one adding complexity and diversity to the scene.
This is the point of departure for Acoustic Space, a series of deeply-nuanced performances that allow for faithful expression of personal musical identity, with artists such as Peter Broderick, Bugge Wesseltoft, Shigeto, Cibelle, Nils Frahm and Colin Stetson, who have participated in previous editions.
This time the series features a selection of artists who have released, all of them, a new album in 2013. The musical proposals include the organic house style of the Swiss Kalabrese, the mix of Latin sounds with electronic structures by Helado Negro, the distorted guitars of the Norwegian Carmen Villain, the emotional synthpop of Amateur Best, the lean productions of Chicago's MC Serengeti and the pop with synthetic atmospheres and vocal lines by the Brit Emika.