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foto: Selu Herraiz


Aadk | sonora

Aadk | sonora


SONORA is a school of sound experimentation established at Centro Negra in Blanca (Murcia, Spain), in the rural environment of the Ricote Valley. Its main aims are: to foster the development of musical pedagogy through creation, to encourage new ways of learning, and to enable access to contemporary thinking, as well as the cultural dynamizing of the Ricote Valley. All goals are achieved through creative practices in the field of sound experimentation. The project seeks to generate a sense of community by creating, playing and reflecting together. To promote attitudes of collaboration, trust, and respect. Issues of gender and cultural diversity are addressed as transversal axes. Thus, Sonora aspires to facilitate transformative experiences to build other imageries and stimulate awareness of acoustic ecology.

A project by AADK Spain Design and creation: Elena Azzedin and Selu Herraiz Coordination: Selu Herraiz Co-produced by: FundaciĂłn Daniel and Nina Carasso.


Aadk | sonora

Aadk | sonora

General objectives · Encourage new methodologies and forms of musical learning in formal education. · Generate a long-term stable project that enables the participants to develop their own learning rhythm. · Emphasise the value of process over results. · Develop autonomous learning and active participation. · Develop an awareness of acoustic ecology and respect for the sound environment. · Inquire the relational possibilities of music as a universal language. · Introduce a postcolonial and gender perspectives as transversal axes. · Make contemporary music culture accessible to the rural society. · Promote the use of new technologies for a better understanding of current music. · Promote equality (gender, race, and class) through collective music creation in socio-culturally diverse communities. · Create sound situations of collective participation to develop attitudes of collaboration, trust, respect, and empathy. · Create an agency in arts and technology by DIY (do it yourself) and DIWO (do it with others) philosophy as well as the use of free software.

Specific objectives · Expand the teaching resources of the Municipality Schools from Ricote Valley. · Introduce new pedagogies to teachers from the field of music and technology to amplify their teaching methods. · Establish a dialogue between musicians and other groups of diverse socio-cultural features. · Create spaces of encounter for the civil society aside the institutional framework. · Share specialised knowledge for professional artists and educators. · Stimulate the activity of new creators and the dissemination of their works.


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Aadk | sonora


Action 1: Experimental Music classes integrated in the Municipality Music School of Blanca. In collaboration with the Municipal School of Music of Blanca, classes of experimental sound are implemented. Targeted to all age groups, they occur on a weekly regularity and for an annual duration.

postcard design by: Mer ve Özcan

The contents are adapted to each age group with the following goals:


photo credit by: collective EduNoise

· The use of sound as a tool to acquire knowledge and develop the imagination. · Encourage active, creative, and critical listening. · Discover the evocative properties and sonority of everyday objects. · Include primitive and rudimentary elements in the creative process for a better understanding of ethnic and traditional music. · Build traditional indigenous instruments based on local materials · Craft sound devices through creative electronics. · Foster a more conscious and empowered use of technology and machines. · Facilitate the understanding of new music. · Experiment with low-tech electrical sounds. · Compose and improvise by inquiring the relational possibilities of music as a universal language.

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Aadk | sonora


Actıon 2: Tools of Innovation in Musical Pedagogy. Action 2 consist of creating a working group to explore new methodologies for musical pedagogy. Targeted are music and technology teachers from Primary and Secondary school, conservatories, University degrees as well as any other institution for Music and technology education. The aim of this action is to develop an educational toolbox and new resources (practical and theoretical) that facilitate the inclusion of new forms of learning music. These introduce knowledge about contemporary music and female authors, which is enabled and reinforced by using new technologies in the formal curriculum. During the first year, the training is in the format of a seminar, with a monthly periodicity and a duration of three hours per conference / workshop. It creates a space for sharing thoughts and debating about pedagogy, as well as being able to elaborate and share innovative didactic resources to be implemented in the context of formal education.

photo: Selu Herraiz

The proposed contents are:

photo: Selu Herraiz

· Sound as a tool of knowledge and an enhancer of the imagination. · Active and deep listening according to the School of Pauline Oliveros. · The music from the appearance of noise. John Cage: Silence. Luigi Russolo: The Art of Noises. · Pioneers of Electronic Music: A historical review that incorporates female experimental musicians. · Sound landscape and field recording. · Ethnomusicology: Music outside European-centrism. · Creative Electronics: Philosophy of do it yourself (DIY) and do it with others (DIWO). · Building music instruments from recycled materials. · Collective improvisation and creation.

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Aadk | sonora


Action 3: Experiences of Collective Creation in Relation to the Territory. Three professional musicians guide experiences in working with different aspects of contemporary music. This action is implemented in collaboration with specific groups of diverse socio-cultural features to create sonic situations and to dive into the surrounding territory. The experiences take place in an urban or natural settings in Blanca and have a visual and performative component. This programme is scheduled one weekend per month. The invited artists hold a participatory workshop taking shape as an orchestra that fuses contemporary with traditional music of the valley and collaborates with specific communities of Blanca. The workshop ends with a concert to share the outcome with a general audience.

Lilith & Dereck in Samhain / concert organzation by Vulture Culture Label & Wang Feng Magazine photo: Raúl Ballester

This set of actions aims to establish a Festival which can serve as an encounter of musicians with very diverse styles, ages and backgrounds: De la Raíz al Noise (from roots to noise). As first Experimental Music and Collective Creation Festival of Ricote Valley, it is an attempt to create new emotional links through the music, and generate, theoretically, an unlikely community. The process has an interdisciplinary character in which a dialogue between music, body, and territory is created. Also, the whole process will be captured in a documentary film.


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Aadk | sonora


Action 4: this is Not a Sound Art Master

What is it about?

Specialised Course in Experimental Music and Sound Art

This course is oriented toward the study of the concepts, procedures, and techniques necessary for the creation of artistic productions in the fields of experimental music and sound art. It also acknowledges the concepts of acoustic ecology and the acquirement of the ability to listen in new ways.

Carlos Suárez March 2018 - June 2019 Centro Negra / AADK Spain

It takes place in the intersection between Music, Science, Architecture, Philosophy, and Pedagogy to create a web of knowledge drawing together fields that are often presented as being separate.

deep listening / sound experiments education / thinking / imagination noise / low-tech / DIY / DIWO spaciality / territory

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The course is developed in the format of an art residency, providing a coexistence space with the working group, as well as a more intimate relationship between the participants and the surrounding territory.


Not a Master of Sound Art

The action is guided by Galician-Venezuelan sound artist and educator Carlos Suárez, born in Celanova in 1966. Master of the Conservatorio Superior de Música Simón Bolívar de Caracas (specialising in the electroacoustic). Ethnomusicologist of the Instituto Universitario de Estudios Musicales de Caracas. Master in electroacoustic composition from the UCV.

Specialiced Course in Experimental Music and Sound Art Elena Azzedin (Director of the Residency Program of AADK), Selu Herraiz (Director of the Educational Project AADK Lab) and Abraham Hurtado (Artistic Director of AADK Spain) are in charge of mentoring and curatorial guidance.

Who is it aimed at?

photo: Guiliana Grippo

It is aimed at artists and educators interested in experimental music and sound art / Curious people willing for new acoustic experiences and who are interested in exploring sound, creativity, and a DIY philosophy (do it yourself). It is also aimed for both –professionals and non-professionals.

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How will we work? It is an intensive course in a residency format. Each session consists of: · Theoretical and practical contents. · Individual exploration. · Put in common. · Mentoring -curatorial guidanceWe work immersed in a creative learning process surrounded by nature. Personal and collaborative projects are developed in relation to the contents of the course, attending to the individual needs of each participant and in connection with the rural context of the Ricote Valley. A working system based on network-thinking and direct experimentation with the sounds, spaces, and materials of the area is applied.Analogue technologies and handmade sound universe are deeply explored and supported by digital machinery and specialised software to develop compositions.

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Diagnosis: Context of the project and description of needs Sonora school is located in the Ricote Valley, Blanca, a town with 6000 inhabitants, crossed by the Segura river. It is located in the province of Murcia and its rugged terrain made it hardly accessible and have made the valley historically isolated. Its economy. Based on agriculture and crafts utilising esparto, the town attracted the migration of the Maghreb and the Algiers in the 1990s. Since Spain’s primary sector reached a critical point, Blanca has become a place with very few possibilities for the young and for those who previously took for granted their future security. Despite its proximity to the capital of Murcia, only 40 km away, public transport is slow and scarce. As a result, the valley has maintained a very traditional identity. With regards to the Region of Murcia, in terms of music, there’s an established educational infrastructure: there are three conservatories dependent on the Ministry of Education and five municipal conservatories. Many municipalities also have their own respective municipal schools. In the case of the Ricote Valley, we have the Municipal Schools of Blanca, Archena, or Abarán, with 180, 400, and 90 students respectively In the context of experimental music, the training offered in the region is almost nonexistent. Sporadic workshops are held in contemporary art centres but there is no consistent educational entity that provides a sense of unity and solidity to this approach. There is a network of self-taught and independent artists in Murcia who develop their work around sound and experimental music, and try to gain exposure for their work through isolated self-financed events. In the last year, a new wave of young noise-loving artists who create small alternative festivals has emerged.

Body Noise created by Quimera Rosa & reproduced by EduNoise

Aadk | sonora

Aadk | sonora

There are two projects in Murcia dedicated to experimental music: · The Sound Art and Experimental Music Archive (SONM) –directed by Francisco López and coordinated by Susana López– which specialises in the dissemination of sound art. This project lacks an educational programme and is currently on hiatus due to a lack of funds; · Intonarumori and the Murcian Association of Sound Art and Experimental Music have sporadically organised events in a self-managed way and with minimal subsidies. Both entities have a wide network of contacts and a deep knowledge of this field and are collaborators of this project. This context inquires certain challenges which are the matrix of Sonora School, a project that aims: · To create a school that proposes an increases an alternative to the musical learning available in the Region and the Valley. · To create a set of strategies that permeates formal education, incorporating new techniques, both musical and pedagogical, alongside more inclusive discourses. · To be used as a tool to generate community based on collective creation. · To facilitate innovative and transformative artistic and pedagogical experiences to build new imaginary.


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Continuity of the project

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One of the objectives is the agency of the participants. All tutors, artists, and young people of the school are informed that they can become a driving force behind the project if they wish to be a future member / monitor of the school, as well as an organiser of the festivals or to implement the teachings at their own schools. We consider that in projects of this kind, the sustainability needs to rely on three pillars: One part funded by the public sector, second by the private sector and a third by the Independent (entrepreneur or specialized). The activity must be designed so that it can generate a certain economic return, the private sector invests a capital and acquires symbolic value, and the public sector makes the activities more accessible to all citizens regardless of their purchasing power. Once the school is consolidated, the future goal is to export the model to other places with the same needs and challenges. To incorporate a classroom of experimental music in other municipal schools, to propose training courses for teachers in other regions, to generate social cohesion through music among diverse socio-cultural communities elsewhere or establish a practical Master of Sound art and Experimental Music in the Region, are examples that draws our future projections.

AADK Spain is an international artistic platform that creates space for research and contemporary art creation. Focused on process and experimentation, the main interest is to explore the notions of body, spatiality and territory. In 2006 AADK (Aktuelle Architektur Der Kultur), an artist’s network based in Berlin that comes together to develop curatorial and artistic projects. Invading and transforming spaces that goes from unused places to art institutions; establish new relationships between curation, creation and reception; and generate experiences that displace the margins of the art practices As a continuation of this project, in 2012, Abraham Hurtado funds AADK Spain, settling at Centro Negra, (Blanca, Murcia, Spain) to work in a rural context -from local to global. Along these years, AADK Spain has created and established different programs such as the Residency Program, Contemporary Practices, Cartographies or AADK Radio. AADK Spain also work in close collaboration with other artistic and cultural spaces, this allows them to promote the mobility and exchange for our visiting artists and their art-work at the national and international levels.

Aadk | sonora

Aadk | sonora

Selu Herraiz (Murcia, 1981)

Ahlam Elena Azzedin, (Madrid, 1976).

Audiovisual Artist and Urban Activist

Artist, cultural manager and independent curator

He analyzes the relationship between Space, Time, Memory and Identity, creating experiences and working with bodies, sounds, spaces and images in a trans-disciplinary research. He combines his personal research with the design of educational programs and group dynamics, in order to activate the social transformation and to stimulate a critical thinking through creativity and playing. Selu recognizes himself as a nomad.

She studied Fine Arts at the UPV in Bilbao, and since 2004 she has developed many sides in the field of contemporary art, with a special interest in the educational and social aspect of art.

In the field of sound, Selu Herraiz works with EduNoise: a group who investigates about sonics experiments, education and techno-magic. With Patricia Rainjenstein, they are designing and implementing experiences and laboratories where to use the noise to free the mind, to relax the urban rithm and to waste time in a healthy way. Their will is to invite people to play while thinking and reflecting about current topics. His work traveled to Toulouse (France), Riga (Letonia), Córdoba (Argentina), Lille (France), Palermo (Italy), Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia (Spain). He has combined the subversive practice and experimental work in the underground of art, with exhibitions and works in relevants nationwide institutions as MNCARS (Madrid), BB.AA Royal Academy of San Fernando (Madrid), Mubam (Murcia), Coam (Madrid), Centro Parraga (Murcia), CC Puertas de Castilla (Murcia), Matadero (Madrid) y Espacio Fundación Telefónica (Madrid). In the alternative scene, his work has been shown in spaces such as Espai Erre (Barcelona), Hiroshima Room (Barcelona) or Alg-a Lab (Galicia), Centro Negra (Murcia), El Quirófano (Murcia), among others.

As an artist her work focuses on urban interventions and relational art. Azzedin starts in the arts production in 2005, when together with a group of local artists and the current Department of Culture in Cartagena, founded the Emerging Art Festival Mucho Más Mayo, being a member of the organizing committee where she was responsible for the coordination and production of urban art proposals, exhibitions and social projects in peripheral neighborhoods, different artworks presented in the Night of the Museums. Nowadays, she is currently in charge of the conference program. Together with the artist Sara Serrano, she coordinated the Parallel Events of the European Biennial Manifesta 8, in which she curated the Institutional Projects. Regarding her interest in education she was one of the founders of Medusa Mediación collective, with whom she developed educational projects through art, awarded by the Ministry of Culture, to work on visual culture from a gender perspective. Launches the Zentrum Für Kunst und Urbanistiks art residence together with the Berlin collective KunstrePublik, with whom it coordinates the citizen participation project Moabiter-Mix within the framework of the European program Actors of Urban Change. Together with the artist Salvi Vivancos, she created Memorias Celuloides, a project to recover collective memory through home movies, which led to the creation of the National Home Movies Network. Since 2015, she is part of AADK Spain platform, where she directs the Residency Program at Centro Negra, and together with Abraham Hurtado, forms the curatorial team. AADK Spain is the space where she combines her interests as an artist, curator and cultural manager. She is interested in art as a field of research, and for its political and educational potential.

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AADK Spain [International platform for research and contemporary art creation]

Abraham Hurtado (Murcia, spaın, 1972). Performer and Visual Artist He has collaborated with numerous visual artists as well as worked in diverse theater and dance companies, both national and international. His personal work explores the notions of space and presence, superimposed contexts, and the relation with the audience, trying to expose how this affects the perception-reception of each proposal. His projects were presented in Festival Intimate Strangers in Vooruit Gent, La Conservera Centre of Contemporary Art in Murcia, Biennal of Image and in Buenos Aires, Fundaço Vieira da Silva in Lisbon, Moderna Museet in Stockholm among others. He is one of the founders of the AADK platform in Berlin alongside Vânia Rovisco and Jochen Arbeit. He is founder member of AADK platform. This collective is a curatorial project in which the members work with the selected artists exploring the fields of performance, installation, music, literature, video-art, etc. He has curated various exhibitions and festivals such as “Dissected” in Mica Moca Berlin, Fenomens 2015 and 2016 in Barcelona, Supermarket Art Fair in Stockholm, Experimental Section of IBAFF Independent Film Festival, Cumplicidades 2018, Lisbon...etc.

Team 2017 Abraham Hurtado Artistic Director Elena Azzedin Residency Program Director Selu Herraiz Director AADK Lab Juan Conesa Head of Production Daniel Hernández Head of Communication Rubén Martínez Assistant of Production Klara Menzel Cultural Management Harry Bullen Assistant of Communication Merve Özcan Visual Design Curatorial Team: Abraham Hurtado and Elena Azzedin AADK SONORA Curator: Selu Herraiz

Abraham Hurtado is the director and founder of AADK Spain -focused in research and creation of contemporary art. Based in Centro Negra, Blanca, Murcia. He currently forms, together with Elena Azzedin the curatorial team of AADK Spain.

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