Phroq (Francisco Meirino)
Francisco Meirino (1975 / Spain-Switzerland)
Active since 1994 (as phroq until 2009) in sound and live performance, Francisco Meirino explores the tension between programmable material and the potential for its failure, he is primarily interested in the idea of recording what is not supposed to be : gear failures, the death of PA systems, magnetic fields and electro-static noises and in how failure can become something more than just annoying.
Francisco Meirino's music is a complex and constantly changing electronic soundscape that is fascinating by its physical intensity and detail precision.
He works mainly with the computer, reel-to-reel tape recorders, magnetic fields detectors, piezo tranducers, field recorders and home-made electronics.
More than 150 live performances in various venues in Europe, Japan and North America. and in festivals such as: Activating The Medium (San Francisco, USA) / Observatori (Valencia, Spain) / Musica Genera (Warsaw, Poland) / Norberg Electronic Music Festival (Norberg, Sweden) / Akousma (Montreal, Canada) / Lausanne Underground Film and Music Festival (LUFF, Lausanne, Switzerland) / Ertz (Bera, Spain).
Over the years, Francisco Meirino had the honor to collaborate on studio and in live with great artists such as : Dave Phillips / Scott Arford / Michael Gendreau / Randy H.Y. Yau / Lasse Marhaug / Jason Kahn / Zbigniew Karkowski / Astro / Cindy Van Acker / Tim Olive / Mike Shiflet, among others.
He has been commissioned with music for: Pro-Helvetia (Switzerland), Radio Airplane (Japan), Companie Greffe/Cindy Van Acker (Switzerland), Mostra d'Art Sonor i Visual de Barcelona (Spain).
Francisco Meirino has been awarded with the composition prize for electronic music in 2003 by the Swiss Art Counsil.
He lives and works in Lausanne, Switzerland.