Luis Alejandro Olarte

Electroacoustic Music Researcher


I am an electroacoustic musician devoted to pedagogy, artistic research, live performance, and digital lutherie. I am a lecturer in Electroacoustic Music at the Sibelius Academy, Center for Music and Technology of the Helsinki Arts University.

I am a Doctor of Music graduated under the supervision of Andrew Bentley with a project called "Elements of electroacoustic music improvisation and performance" available here. I studied classical guitar and electroacoustic music in Colombia with Ramiro Isaza, Roberto Garcia, and Horacio Lapidus between 1995 and 2001. In 2009 I 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 I completed studies at Paris University in Computer Music with Horacio Vaggione and Anne Sedes. My interests are electronic experimental music, sound art, computer music, performance art, experimentalism, and cross-disciplinary collaborations. I love supercollider and modular synths, and my biggest passion is to teach and learn. contact: alejandro.olarte(at)uniarts.fi



...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)