Luis Alejandro Olarte

Electroacoustic Music Researcher

Luis Alejandro Olarte is an electroacoustic musician devoted to pedagogy, live performance and digital lutherie. He is the lecturer of Electroacoustic Music in the Sibelius Academy at the Center for Music and Technology of the Helsinki Arts University.

Olarte is a Doctor of Music graduated under the supervision of Andrew Bentley. He studied classical guitar and electroacoustic music in Colombia with Ramiro Isaza, Roberto Garcia and Horacio Lapidus. He graduated from Generative Improvisation and Musical Acoustics at the National Conservatory of Paris under the guidance of composer Alain Savouret and engineer Charles Besnaionou. In 2010 he completed his studies at Paris University in Computer Music with Horacio Vaggione and Anne Sedes. He works as a freelance artist in Helsinki, combining teaching, performing and sound art. He is interested in electronic music instruments organology, design, software and hardware (supercollider and modular synths), experimental art and cross-disciplinary collaborations. contact: alejandro.olarte(at)

...From a certain point of view improvisation is the highest mode of musical activity, for it is based on the acceptance of music's fatal weakness and essential and most beautiful characteristic — its transience. The desire always to be right is an ignoble taskmaster, as is the desire for immortality. The performance of any vital action brings us closer to death; if it didn't it would lack vitality. Life is a force to be used and if necessary used up"
(Cornelius Cardew 1971)

"Music is something to be done more than contemplated, appreciated, consumed, or exchanged. Accordingly, musical activity must not capitulate to the deterministic influence of centralized power, to overspecialization, or to the conformist forces of mass production and distribution. Composition [Improvisation] entails a loosening of restrictions and a corresponding relaxation of order. It rejects pressures to uniformity and nurtures diversity. It is, in short, a relation that is open, tolerant, and friendly to individual difference and a plurality of musics: a postmodern political economy"
(Jacques Attali 1985)