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Those old, wise Greeks knew what they were talking about when they said that our senses, always prone to deceiving us, can only help us form opinions, not provide absolute certainties. And we couldn't ask for a clearer example of this phenomenon than "Afterglow".

That's not to say, of course, that Juan Antonio Nieto and Javier Piñango have set out to pull the wool over our eyes (at least, I don't think so). It's just that their mastery in generating and twisting sound means that what seems as natural as a river can be made to come from such artificial sources as analogue synthesis or digital processing. Whereas in earlier work our sensory confusion resulted from the blending of these two processes, this time around we're faced with their superimposition. We're left wondering which sonic stratum each occupies, thanks to a marvellous auditory sleight-of-hand.

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Photo on cover by Almudena Villar

Mercury is an album in wich the sounds used (improvisations with percussion metal plates and storms field recordings) work into a different perspective on dark ambient, Nieto hasnpt used melodies or ornaments to make the listener more "friendly", It's the transformes sounds that sustain the album and need attentive ears to be enjoyed.

El 14 de enero de 2018 se ha publicado el catálogo de la Segunda Convocatoria de arte postal de la revista-fanzine Procedimentum, dirigida por Pedro Pablo Gallardo, en esta ocasión dedicada a la pieza de vídeo-arte W_Spaces of Otherness de Roland Quelven con música de Juan Antonio Nieto, han participado artistas plásticos, sonoros y vídeo-artistas. Las piezas sonoras y de vídeo se han incluido en una publicación titulada Procedimentum. Volúmen I. Trabajos disponibles en libre descarga. Además la revista incluye un amplio dossier con los trabajos de Juan Antonio Nieto y Roland Quelven.

On January 14, 2018, the catalog of the Second Calll for Postal Art of the fanzine-magazine Procedimentum, directed by Pedro Pablo Gallardo, was published, this time dedicated to the piece of video-art W_Spaces of Otherness by Roland Quelven with music of Juan Antonio Nieto, plastic artists, sound artists and video-artists have participated. The sound and video pieces have been included in a publication called Procedimentum. Volume I. Works available in free download. In addition, the magazine includes a wide dossier with the works of Juan Antonio Nieto and Roland Quelven.


Han participado numerosos artistas de diversas nacionalidades:

Artistas Plásticos.

Alemania: Walter Bachmann. Argentina: Raquel Gociol. Brasil: Almandrade - (Antonio Luiz M. Andrade) / Tamara Chagas. España: María José Bellido Jiménez / Manuel Camacho Polonio / Daniel de Culla / Ferran Destemple / Pablo Gallardo Bellido / Pedro Pablo Gallardo Montero / Sofía Isabel Gutiérrez Márquez / Francisco Jiménez Baños / Miguel Jiménez. El Taller de Zenon / Pablo Portero Sánchez-Crespo / Javier Seco / Almudena Villar Calvo (Latimeria Acúfenos). Grecia: Demetrios Coutarelli. Italia: Ruggero Maggi / Daniele Virgilio. Serbia: Predrag Kovacic.

Archivos Sonoros.

España: Francisco Fernández aka microPlex / Javier G. Entonado a.k.a. Arín Dodó / Pepe Gálvez / Pedro Pablo Gallardo Montero / José Guillén / Juan Ramón Martínez. JARRTUL / Juan Antonio Miñana Osca / Antonio Murga / Javier Piñango / Josep Maria Soler Solá. STAHLFABRIK. Francia: Zumaia. Portugal: Rogério Paulo da Silva.


España: Antonio Algaba ART / Pepo Galán / Saúl Wes. Francia: Zumaia. Portugal: Rogério Paulo da Silva.

/ Espaces hétérotopiques / Contre Espaces / Ailleurs /
Other spaces between utopian and real landscapes.
"We do not live in a white and neutral space ; we do not live, we do not die and we do not love inside the rectangle of a piece of paper. We live, we die and we love in a space which is divided up, cut up, coloured in, which has its light and dark zones, its different levels, its steps, its hollows, its bumps, its hard areas and other friable, penetrable and porous areas. There are the transit zones, the streets, the trains and the subways; there are the open zones of the temporary stop, the cafés, the cinemas, the beaches and the hotels, and then there are the closed zones of rest and home. Yet, there are other places which are absolutely different among all these places which differ from one another : places which are opposed to all the others and which are meant to erase them in a way, to neutralize and purify them. These are a kind of counter-space. Children know these counter-spaces and these local utopias very well. Of course they are the bottom of the garden; of course, the attic; or better still the Indian tent set up in the middle of the attic; or again the parents’ double bed on a Thursday afternoon. It’s on that double bed that they discover the oceans because they can swim amidst the blankets; that bed is also the sky because they can jump on the springs; it is the forest for them to hide in; it is the night for them to become a ghost between the sheets; finally it is pleasure for they will be punished when their parents get back home. (...) So be it ! I dream of a science – I mean it, a science – which would study these different spaces, these other places, these mythical and real questionings of the space we live in. This science would not study utopias for this term has to be kept for that which does not really exist, but heterotopias, these other absolute spaces. The science in question would therefore logically be called and is already called “heterotopology”. "
Michel Foucault Translated from the French by Isabelle Maubian.
"Bachelard's monumental work and the descriptions of phenomenologists have taught us that we do not live in a homogeneous and empty space, but on the contrary in a space thoroughly imbued with quantities and perhaps thoroughly fantasmatic as well. The space of our primary perception, the space of our dreams and that of our passions hold within themselves qualities that seem intrinsic: there is a light, ethereal, transparent space, or again a dark, rough, encumbered space; a space from above, of summits, or on the contrary a space from below of mud; or again a space that can be flowing like sparkling water, or space that is fixed, congealed, like stone or crystal." Translated from the French by Jay Miskowiec.

Sound / Juan Antonio Nieto
Footage / Estanca 17" - Isabel Pérez del Pulgar & Roland Quelven
Video / Roland Quelven

Juan Antonio Nieto: "Airports & Hotels" Impulsive Habitat 2017


Airports & Hotels is a compilation of the sounds I have found in the trips I have made in recent years.

The sources of these sounds are field recordings made at different airports, on airplanes and in hotels. In these last ones the recordings are improvisations with the elements that I found in them and their different stays. These recordings were made with the windows open to capture the sounds of the outside, rain, traffic, people talking, etc.

These sounds were mixed, trying to maintain, as much as possible, the spirit they had at their origin, and rather than identifying the sounds, I wanted them to be intuited.

The different titles of the tracks refer to the places where they were recorded. The majority were mastered and completed in Madrid.
Tape limited edition of 100 copies



Tape limited edition of 100 copies on the viennese label Moozak.

Custom designed cardboard cover, assembled by hand from multiple layers of laser cut, comes in 8 tasty colours.

Artwork by Clemens Hausch.

The beauty of errors, asymmetry and imperfection are the defining features of "Imperfect".

Often discarded or corrected, digital errors represent an inexhaustible source of sounds and unrepeatable structures. "Imperfect" is an ordery chaos, a collection of reworked improvisation, in wich some very obvoius and other almost imperceptible errors give the work an essentially non-repeatable character.


OUT NOW !!!!
Juan Antonio Nieto | ISOLATED
Cover art by Almudena Villar

Isolated is the logical continuation of Static, the previous record that Plus Timbre release in 2015.

Isolated base remains in the idea of combining percussive sounds with dark drones. If for Static sounds were recorded in public spaces, in this new record all the sounds have been recorded in my own home, pens, knives, brushes, and any subceptible objet, beaten or rubbed over different surfaces, glass, wood, metal, sand in order to get a unique sound (avoiding the can add effects) this sounds combined with each other, were able to form a special feeling. Drones were created to finish adjusting topics. The result is an album that can be heard both environmental manner or in a deeper listening. The multiple sounds have been treated one by one, in EQ and volumes.

Juan Antonio Nieto

Juan Antonio Nieto & Javier Piñango
Two unfocused cardinal Points
Marbre Negre [MN053]
cover art by Almudena Villar
Los puntos cardinales, ese sistema ideado para orientarse en un mapa o sobre la superficie terrestre. Si dicha superficie es la española e ideamos una cartografía relativa a la música experimental, dos de los puntos cardinales apuntan directamente a Juan Antonio Nieto y Javier Piñango. Y da igual si los situamos en el norte o en el sur, en el este o en el oeste. La cuestión es que ambos son puntales inequívocos en los que fijar la mirada si de lo que se trata es de las músicas extrañas y del underground patrio.
Tras algunos conciertos en conjunto en Madrid y largos años de complicidad, ambos músicos deciden encontrarse para elaborar su primer disco en común: "Two unfocused cardinal points", un oscuro y denso ejercicio de exquisita combinación de electrónica analógica y digital en perfecta comunión.
Nos enfrentamos a un disco extenso, articulado en 6 temas que tiñen de negros, blancos, azules y grises -perfectamente combinados con las inquietantes imágenes de Almudena Villar que ilustran el artwork- sus 80 minutos de duración y los cuales serían fácilmente encajables dentro de esa tan denostada etiqueta llamada Dark Ambient. Posiblemente para hacerse una idea general y saber por dónde van los tiros sería suficiente, pero a todas luces resulta ineficaz, injusta y hasta cierto punto intolerable. Ya sea por los detalles que aportan las grabaciones de campo con el procesamiento justo para integrarlas en el ambiente general, pero permitiéndolas resaltar sobre otras capas; o bien por la combinación de claroscuros constantes que permiten respirar sin perder la inmersión y la concentración necesarias para abarcar el conjunto de un trabajo marcado por las densas neblinas de frecuencias opresivas y de un halo de ruido elegantemente gestionado.
La cuestión es que Nieto y Piñango, elaboran en este disco meta-ambientes inabarcables que traspasan el marco de lo sonoro para convertirlos en visuales, palpables y emocionales sin alejarse ni un ápice de la impronta individual de ambos creadores, tan dada en ambos casos a cierto caos y abismo.
Un disco que pedía a gritos ser creado y difundido desde hace tiempo y que ahora ve la luz de la mano del sello barcelonés Marbre Negre, otro punto cardinal en lo que a edición de músicas oscuras y extremas se refiere.

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Juan Antonio Nieto, First Prize Radical dB International Contest 2016, category audio artist
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