About me

Pilar working

Hi! My name is Pilar Miralles and I was born in Almería (Spain) in 1997. I am a composer and sound artist based in Helsinki (Finland). I speak Spanish, English, and a decent French. You can find my artist statement and short bio in the home page.


Education

  • Doctoral candidate, Arts Study Programme, at DocMus Doctoral School of the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki (Finland, ongoing)
  • Preparatory doctoral student at DocMus Doctoral School of the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki (Finland, 2024)
  • Master of Music in Composition at the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki (Finland, 2022)
    • Published Master's thesis "Galina Ustvolskaya’s 'True and Eternal Bliss': spiritual creativity in the Soviet Union"
  • Master’s Degree in Electroacoustic Composition at "Centro Superior Katarina Gurska” of Madrid (Spain, 2020)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Composition at the Royal Higher Conservatory of Music “Victoria Eugenia” of Granada (Spain, 2019)

Current research project

    My current artistic research project is called Nothing Much; Denormalizing Productivity through Sonic Underload. In this project, I aim at exploring the concept of "sonic underload" for the problematization and subsequent denormatization of productivity. Productivity is understood here as the main socio-temporal logic of the mass-market society in the context of late capitalism. My objective is to investigate and question the normalization of a culture of the overload, characterized by overproduction, overconsumption, and the immediacy of optimization in the context of a socio-economic system whose structural characteristic is systematic growth. The main consequence of this situation is the impossibility of reflexively constructing the self. In the face of this context, I will attempt to pursue my own reflexive construction through the artistic practice of performative experiences related to unproductive behavior. I intend to use the analysis of these experiences as a creative tool for the compositional process of situations of sonic underload, that is, situations in which the expectations, that is, the norm, related to the amount of sonic information for the listener might be challenged, possibly triggering a reflection on the normalization of overload as the structural feature of everyday life and the capacity of the self to develop as a reflexive self: a subject with the capacity of owning an autonomous consciousness, allowing the creation of own principles on which one can rely and upon which one decides to act.


Some more biographical stuff

My instrumental work has been internationally premiered by ensembles and orchestras, such as the Île-de-France National Orchestra, Orchester im Treppenhaus, Defunensemble, Vertixe Sonora, Ensemble Ascolta or Norrbotten NEO. On the other hand, my electroacoustic work has been developed at the Nordplus intensive course IMMEDIA 2021 in Vilnius (Lithuania), the MuteFest ’20 and ’22 at the Sibelius Academy (Finland), or the Festival of Contemporary Art of Granada’s University 2021 in collaboration with composer and researcher José López-Montes (Spain). I have participated in other important new music festivals in Europe such as Musiikin aika (Time of Music) 2023 in Viitasaari (Finland), the Academy of ManiFeste 2022 at the IRCAM in Paris (France), or the VI VANG series of CentroCentro in Madrid (Spain). My most recent recognition was the First Prize of the Young Composers Award organized by SGAE-CNDM in Madrid (November 2023), thanks to which I am the current resident composer of the Spanish Musical Youth Network (JME) for the 2024/25 season. I collaborate as a co-teacher of the SuperCollider programming workshop organized by the Music Technology department of the Sibelius Academy since 2023. During 2023-24, I have also been invited by the Ulysses Network to join the Ulysses Journeys for young composers, attending composition courses in Viitasaari, Hamburg, and Barcelona. In September 2024 I will visit Georgia Tech University in Atlanta as part of my participation in the program Spanish Young Music Talents organized by the cultural area of the Embassy of Spain in Washington DC. From time to time, I dust off my extra-official text-based work (the so-called book), my flute, and my collage notebook.

I use SuperCollider programming language for composing my electroacoustic works. You can check out my GitHub for some SuperCollider tutorials and other specific codes I am developing.

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