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Studio Sound Art

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 what is it? [9:24]

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Eight channel piece composed in the summer of 2007 using CSound and binaural soundscape recordings. The version presented here is a stereo version but a 8 channel spatialization is also available.
This stereo version can be listened through speakers but listening through headphones allows for a better perception of the spatial characteristics of the binaural materials. The binaural version available above is a virtual version of the 8 channel spatialization (using headphones an approximate multichannel surround experience is attained). This piece was featured in the Vage Terrain online magazine, in the citySCENE issue.

Based on soundscape recordings done while performing soundwalks (walking and listening attentively to the environment) through different neighbourhoods in Toronto. The recordings where then edited and transformed using time stretching, convolution and layering. The title "What is it?" is actually an ancient Zen koan (question) used as a meditation tool. This piece is a meditation on the unity of everything perceived through sound.

Performances:
- 8 channel version premiered on August 11th, 2007 at the Sound Travels Festival in the context of the emerging artists residency organized by New Adventures in Sound Art.
- 8 channel version on October 5th, 2007 at the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, Concordia University, Montreal (Harvest Moon Festival).
- 8 channel version performed on December 4th, 2007 at a AngelusNovus.net concert in Toronto.



 Anatta [9:32]

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Eight channel piece Composed in the fall of 2008 using CSound and binaural soundscapes.
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This piece was motivated by the spiritual and social work of Sister Celeste Reinhart. I recorded an interview of her and used her voice mixed with soundscape recordings of natural and urban spaces to create a homage to her work and inspiring personality. At the end a literal quotation of her interview can be heard.

Performances:
- Premiered on October 22nd, 2008 at the Sound Play Festival.
- Performed on November 6th, 2008 at the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, Concordia University, Montreal (Harvest Moon Festival).



 bell [15:28]

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Composed in the winter of 2005 using CSound. This piece, and other pieces by different composers, can also be heard at the diffusions.org web stream.

This is a meditative piece constructed using the recordings of a single bell strike, an improvised chant and a wooden block. The recordings where time stretched and changed in pitch in order to create a slowly evolving texture.

Performances:
- Premiered at the Sounds Electric '05 Electro-Acoustic Music Festival at the National University of Ireland.
- 8 channel version performed on October 21st, 2007 at a AngelusNovus.net concert in Toronto.



 hwadu [5:53]

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Composed in the spring of 2006 using CSound.

This piece, the same as "What is it?", is inspired by the Zen meditation practice. "Hwadu" is the Korean Zen translation of the Japanese word "Koan". This piece was made using a recording of an improvised chant and a wooden block (Buddhist instrument named Moktak).

Performances:
- Premiered on September 29th, 2007 at the Nuit Blanche 2007 art festival in Toronto.



 the five aggregates [6:28]

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Six channel piece composed in the spring of 2008 for the Deep Wireless Festival Tans-Local Performance(S) concert organized by New Adventures in Sound Art and AngelusNovus.net. This piece was made using CSound for processing short samples taken from tracks included in the Deep Wireless compilation CDs. The pieces used where composed by: Inge Hoonte, Robert MacKay, Keith De Mendonca, Jill Summers, Dallas Simpson and Mark Mclaren. Thank you to all of them for granting permission to use their materials.

In Buddhism the "Five Aggregates" are all the different physical and mental components that form the whole human body and mind. These are: form, sensation, perception, mental formations and consciousness. This piece is a sonic "poem" that symbolizes this concept.

Performances:
- Premiered at the Deep Wireless Festival oragnized by New Adventures in Sound Art. The performance took place at IndexG gallery on May 8, 2008 and was transmited live by www.free103point9.org.



Sound Art Improvisations

Stereo (and multichannel coming soon) improvisations made by processing soundscape recordings. Mostly are binaural sources so headphone listening is advised. I perform these improvisations with the idea of creating imaginary "abstract" soundscapes that could have been somehow recorded either statically or as sound walks through an imaginary place. The sources are not revealed so as to let a new soundscape emerge without references.
These improvisations are meditative and gradually evolving sonic ambiences.

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Sound design for film

 The Adder's Bite  (sample)

Short film directed by Firas Momani (Canada).

Awarded Grand Prize in the International Shorts category at the 2010 Fantasia Festival in Montreal.
Toronto International Film Festival Official Selection 2010.
World Wide Short Film Festival Selection 2011.
Total duration: 8:58
Format: Surround 5.1 (ambisonic) and Stereo (UHJ)
All sound effects, sound art score, stereo and surround mix and final mastering composed and produced by Hector Centeno. All rights reserved by the film producers (non CC license).

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 The Falldown  (sample)

Documentary directed by Ben Graeme (Canada).
Premiered at the 2008 Planet in Focus festival in Toronto.
Total duration: 46:00
Format: Stereo
Sound art score and sound mixing composed and produced by Hector Centeno. All rights reserved by the film producers (non CC license).

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 Desierto Cielo  (sample)

Short film (Mexico).
Total duration: 19:00
Format: Stereo
Sound art score by Hector Centeno (also with music by Arturo Villela, not included in this sample). All rights reserved by the film producers (non CC license).

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