Endphase — Members
Following studies in piano, music theory and composition at the conservatories of Madrid-Ferraz and Salamanca, Alberto Bernal studied composition with mathias spahlinger and electroacoustic music with Mesías Maiguashca and Orm Finnendahl at the Musikhochschule Freiburg in Germany, completing his artistic formation in 2005. From 2002–05 he was also a studio tutor in the MHF electronic music studio. In 2005, he moved to Berlin, where he attended classes held in the Electronic Studios of the Technical University and studied privately with composer Peter Ablinger. The following year he moved to Madrid, where he was composer-in-residence at the Centre for the Diffusion of Contemporary Music (CDMC).
His reflections on current contemporary music issues have been published in various journals and online resources, such as kunstMusik, espacio sonoro, Doce Notas, MusikTexte, Ballade, Parergon, Enrahonar: Quaderns de Filosofia and others, and to give lectures and courses at music conservatories in Beijing, Freiburg, Salamanca and Lisbon, as well as summer courses in Waldkirch, Oslo and Darmstadt. Bernal has received numerous grants and awards from a number of institutions, including the Humboldt Foundation, DAAD, the Goethe Institute, the Spanish Ministry of Culture, the State Department of Germany and the Casa Velázquez (Madrid).
His compositions have been performed in Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, Hungary, China, Italy, Portugal and Spain. Active as a performer of live electroacoustic music, notably his work with the Endphase laptop trio, Bernal teaches courses in electronic music and in analysis at the Conservatory of Palma de Mallorca and at Madrid’s Aula de Músicas Academy.
João Pais (Lisbon, 1976) studied at the Escola superior de música (Lisbon) and at the Royal College of Music (London). In 2002, he moved to Freiburg (Germany) to study composition with mathias spahlinger and electronic music with Mesías Maiguashca and Orm Finnendahl at the Musikhochschule Freiburg. From 2003–04 he was also a studio tutor at the MHF, completing his studies there in 2005. In addition to his academic studies, Pais has attended seminars given by Emmanuel Nunes, Salvatore Sciarrino and others in Lisbon (Calouste-Gulbenkian Foundation), Paris (IRCAM, Académie d’été), Darmstadt (Ferienkurse für neue Musik) and Szombathely (Bartók Festival).
With colleagues Luís Antunes Pena and Diana Ferreira, Pais founded and directed the New Music festival Jornadas Nova Música from 1997–2001.
He collaborates with Alberto C. Bernal and Enrique Tomás on Endphase, a laptop trio exploring conceptual electronic improvisation. The trio performs regularly and explores the intersection of sound and visual media. Endphase often gives workshops alongside performances in order to develop and articulate the pedagogical aspects of performance using electronic media.
João Pais works principally with the open source programming environment Pure Data (Pd) and is an active contributor to its development, both as a programmer of small tools and objects (part of Pd-Extended) and as an editor of Pd’s software documentation (FLOSS Manual etc.). He uses Pd to create performance tools, such as Click Tracker, a patch to prepare click tracks for the performance, study and composition of complex music. Pais works occasionally as a sound engineer for concerts and gives lectures and workshops on the theory and practice of electronic music. Since 2006, he works and lives in Berlin.
Enrique Tomás (Madrid, 1981) is a sound artist and researcher who dedicates his time to finding new ways of expression and play with technology. His work explores the intersection between computer music, locative media and human-machine interaction. He is a member of a number of collectives through which he develops various aspects of his work: the phenomena of listening and the value of sound heritage with <escoitar.org>, electroacoustic improvisation with Endphase and sound installation with FASE. As an individual artist, Tomás’ activity is centred around <ultranoise.es> and focuses on performances and installations with extreme and immersive sounds and environments. He has exhibited in spaces of Ars Electronica, Sonar, KUMU, SMAK, Medialab-Prado, Laboral, STEIM, Arteleku etc., and in galleries and institutions throughout Europe and in Mexico. Also an educator, he has led many workshops on the use of technologies for creative expression. Following his work as sonic researcher at Futurelab (Ars Electronica’s media art R&D lab), he is now the director of the Labor für Elektroakustische Musik und Neue Medien in Linz, Austria.