Pablo Sanz is an artist, composer and sound recordist currently based in Belfast. He makes site-conditioned/specific projects, multichannel installations, immersive sonic-spatial live performances and sound pieces for headphone listening. His activities are engaged in the act of listening and the exploration of aesthetic and spatial aspects of sonic perception. He works primarily with environmental sound as raw material, using extended listening technologies, architectural physical space and spatial audio strategies. Thresholds of human perception and the interrelations between nonhumans, matter and phenomena are essential in his practice.
His work is presented internationally in a variety of contexts and has been awarded in the competition ‘Europe – A Sound Panorama’ (2011, Goethe Institute, Deutschlandradio Kultur, ZKM-Karlsruhe) and the ‘5th On-Air Radiophonic Art Prize’ (2009, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid). He has been artist-in-residency at Inland-Campo Adentro (Catalonia), Matadero (Madrid), Nau Côclea (Girona), FDD (Lisbon), Sonoscopia (Porto), ARE Holland (Enschede), Q-O2 (Brussels), CONA-Institute for Contemporary arts Processing (Ljubljana) and LASom-Laboratory for Sonic Arts and Acoustics (São Paulo). Recent projects include field recording work in the Central Amazon region supported by Brazilian and British research organisations, site-specific architectural interventions in The Netherlands, Spain and UK, radio commissions for Radio Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid, FON Air UK, Atelier de Création Sonore Radiophonique in Belgium and releases on Very Quiet Records (UK), Gruenrekorder (DE), Vacuamoenia (IT) and Sonic Terrain (Colombia) among others. Pablo has given lectures, courses and workshops on active listening, environmental sonic arts, field recording, electroacoustic composition, and site-oriented projects at several universities and organisations in Europe, UK and Brazil.
In 2004 he was a founding member of mediateletipos.net, a collaborative independent initiative devoted to the dissemination of aural culture and sonic arts through which he contributed to several curatorial projects including commissioned programmes for Sónar Festival (Barcelona) and Sensxperiment (Córdoba). In 2007 he relocated to The Netherlands, completing studies at the Institute of Sonology and the ArtScience Interfaculty in the Royal Conservatory and the Royal Academy of Arts of The Hague. Since 2013 he is engaged with the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) at Queen´s University Belfast, where he works towards a practice-based PhD (Sound~Space~Perception: Environmental Composition Approaches).