Hugo Branco – Zona Autónoma Improvisada (live)

Zona Autónoma Improvisada was commissioned by Teatro Aveirense as a live soundtrack for the interactive laser installation Friction by the Openfield studio.

Originally composed in July 2020 for a live performance at the “Zona Autónoma” micro-festival, the sound performance was revisited and revamped for the multimedia show that took place at Aveiro’s municipal theatre on the 11th and 12th September 2020, within the Criatech art and technology festival.

Besides three audio cuts from the live show, we’ve included a PDF with a download link for a high-res video of the whole performance, captured by João Garcia Neto’s skilful lens. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

I composed this sound piece sitting on the floor at VIC’s underground auditorium. It felt like I was five again, playing LEGO on the floor at my mom’s place. My setup at Teatro Aveirense was an attempt to share this feeling with the audience, by translating the intimacy of my childhood home onto the theatre stage.

Photos by Joana Magalhães