All the Lighthouses of the Peruvian Coast: My Body, A Map, Infinite Landscape of the Coast of Peru

2021

All the Lighthouses of the Peruvian Coast is a graphic score by Luz María Bedoya, where the patterns of light signals of the lighthouses were translated into musical terms. Bedoya invited different musicians to interpret the score. Interrupted by the pandemic, my interpretation became a performance for video. For it, I elaborated a series of mobile scores out of the main score as a form of mediation between the existence of the composition as a map, my body as a main apparatus of interpretation, and the territory to which the map corresponds. The first one functions as a main legend. It places the tonal range according to the instrumentation and the parts of the body to which each instrument corresponds and predetermines the character of each color as a suggestion for the interpretation. The piece consists of three sections, each with different instrumentation, with two interludes in between for field recordings. The recordings come from some of the geographic locations in the Peruvian coast indicated in the map as well as from Brooklyn, the place of the making of the performance. The scores and the amplification infrastructure are an installation that defines its choreographic and spatial dimensions. The original score is used for the first two sections, which are for winds -double flute and pututu (conch shell trumpet). For the third section, for stone percussion, a second mobile score is used. This score is a map that traces the Peruvian coast through its lighthouses along with their corresponding patters in the modules of the original score in horizonal lines, colorless. The third score is a map in scale marked with the locations of the lighthouses, equidistantly segmented, with the levels of intensity and tonalities of each module whirl winded together. This one is used for modulating the field recordings.