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Geometria del Esplendor




José Ramón Da Cruz



"In the 80s, one of the most remarkable and little-known achievement of modern music takes place. A student, a designer and a prison officer create Esplendor Geométrico, a Spanish band that will have influence in the international electronic music picture for over three decades". Esplendor Geométrico is an industrial music Spanish band. The group was created in 1980 by Arturo Lanz, Gabriel Riaza and Juan Carlos Sastre, all of them old members of El Aviador Dro y sus Obreros Especializados. They took the name of the band from a Tommaso Marinetti poem:"The geometric splendor of the world's mechanic". In 1980 Riaza, Lanz and Sastre left Aviador Dro to start one of the most innovative, risky and transgressive projects of Spanish music scene. Esplendor Geométrico started the metal age in Spain. Using noise as guideline of their new music adventure, Esplendor Geométrico, destroy the music structure with cacophonous sequences, supercharged upheaval rhythms, abstract spaces and techno tribal percussion. Robotic, circular, hypnotic ryhtms... and above all things, noise. With them the post-industrial tribalism concept was born. Esplendor Geométrico are with out doubt the most international project in the electro-industrial music area and are part of a mythical legacy in Spain and in other countries. 35 years later, Lanz lives in Beijing and Evangelista in Rome. Esplendor Geométrico is still active and influences not only in the industrial music but also in the electronical field, especially in the sound of artist like Autechre and Pan Sonic. Esplendor Geométrico and its visual and music radicalism take part in a crucial moment of the Spanish and worldwide culture (1980-2015), a cross-wise vision of music as a cultural seed. The avant-doc documentary Geometría del Esplendor reflects the existence and creative direct influence cross-wise of the band Esplendor Geométrico. Even though Esplendor Geométrico is not a well known band in Spain, it is the most present Spanish band in the international music picture with over 35 years of grounding. The documentary does not only deal with the music matter, it also deals the cultural and social situation development of a specific time. Created and directed by the filmmaker and video artist José Ramón da Cruz, music, image and content make up a single structure of visual music.