Manuel Rocha

Born in 1963 in Mexico City. Manuel Rocha Iturbide studies composition at the Escuela Nacional de Música in the University 
of Mexico with Julio Estrada, Ratko Tichavsky and Federico Ibarra. During three years he works in the collective  photography  
workshop  of  Pedro  Meyer  and he participates  in  various  exhibitions  in  Mexico ,  Brazil, Cuba  and  Italy. His interest for 
electronic music, experimental video, sound installations and sound sculpture take  him  to   the University of Mills College in  
the   USA ,   where   thanks to a grant from the OEA  and  UNAM,  he  studies  with  Alvin  Curran, Anthony  Braxton,  David 
Rosenboom and Larry Polansky, and  obtains  an MFA in electronic  music  and composition (1991). Then in Paris, he takes 
a  one-year  course  in  composition  and  computer music at IRCAM, where he studies with Bryan Fernyhough (1991-92).  In 
1992 he starts his doctoral thesis on "Granular synthesis techniques" with  Horacio  Vaggione  at  the University of Paris VIII. 
In 1993 he wins a grant from the Mexican  cultural  foundation  to  compose three electroacustic pieces. In France, he  works  
at  studios  UPIC, GRM and IRCAM to produce  works.  Besides  producing music in Paris, between 1991 and 1996  he  was  
invited to produce other compositions at different studios in different countries, such as LIEM in Madrid Spain, SFU University 
in Vancouver Canada,  University  of  Herefordshire in UK, etc.   He   worked  as  a  researcher  at  IRCAM   developing  GiST 
(1994-95) and later as a professor at the University of  Paris  VIII  where  he  taught  synthesis   and   computer programming 
(1995-96). In 1996 and 1997 he was  nominated  at  the  Bourges Electronic Music Contest in the categories of program tape 
music and tape with instruments respectively,and in  1996  and   1997  he  won the 2 prize at the Russolo  Electronic  Music  
Contest  in  the  category  of  composition    for   instruments   and  electronics   and   tape  alone.  He  has  been  invited to  
different   international   conferences  to  present   his   work   ( The   tuning   of  the  world,  1993;  The   biennial of  art  and 
technology,  Connecticut  1994;  ICMC  1995 , 1996, 1997) and to electronic music festivals such as ABSOLUTE MUSIK  in
Austria,  Experimental  Intermedia  and  REDCAT  in  USA, VAE  in  Peru, etc.  Besides  composing, he has realized sound 
installations  and  sound  sculptures  presented  in  galleries  and  museums  such  as  Artists  Space in NY NY (1997),  the  
Crousel  gallery  in  Paris ,  the  1993, The  Sidney  Biennial  in  Australia  ( 1998), the ARCO art fair in Madrid Spain (1998), 
SURGE gallery in Tokyo (2000), Kyoto Art  Center  in  Kyoto  (2000),  Avatar in Quebec Canada (2002), Bienal do Mercosul 
in Brazil (2005), etc. . He has also written articles published in magazines such  as  " New  Journal of Music Research" and 
in  the  proceedings  of  ICMC.  His  music  has  been  played  in  Mexico , USA, Canada, Italy, Austria, Australia, Slovakia, 
Greece, France, Brazil, Hong-Kong  and  Spain  . Some of his outstanding electroacustic pieces are: "Avidya" for tape, 23'00, 
1989. "Atl" for tape, 10'00, 1990. "Frost  clear  energy saver", for refrigerator, tape and double bass, 17'00, 1991. "Bandas de 
pueblo",  for  tape ,  French   horn ,  trombone,  tenor  saxophone, soprano saxophone, trumpet, percussion, and a  Mexican  
Village   Band,  17'00,  1991.  "Ligne d'abandon",  tape  composition for an installation, 30'00, 1993.  "Transiciones de fase", 
interactive   composition   for   b  rass  quartet   and computer, 12'00, 1993-94. "SL-9",  work  for digital  tape  using granular 
synthesis techniques, 1994. "Móin Mór",  for  digital  tape, 10'00, 1995. In 1998, he had a commission from the Banff Center  
for  the Arts to compose an oboe and tape piece, and another commission from the XXVI Cervantino Festival  in  Guanajuato 
Mexico  to compose an instrumental piece for violin, alto, chelo, flute, clarinet,  and percussion, which was performed by the 
Mexican Contemporary Ensemble ONIX. In 2000 Rocha spent  7  months  in  Japan  with   a   Japan Foundation  Fellowship  
where  he  composed new pieces   and   worked   on   sound installations. In 2002 he did a two-month residency in Caracas 
Venezuela  with  a  grant in order to compose a radio artwork. Manuel Rocha  Iturbide  lives  currently  in Mexico City, where 
he works as composer and sound artist, and where he is the curator of  the  international  sound art festival. He taught at the 
University of Morelos State in Cuernavaca Mexico   undergraduate  and  postgraduate   courses  on computer music and the 
history of sound in the arts. Presently he is a professor at the National School of Music in UNAM and he is a member of  the  
Sistema Nacional de Creadores (a three year scholarship for composition in Mexico).

2005.- Manuel Rocha Iturbide performing at the Video Arte Electronica (VAE) in Lima Peru. 2005.- Manuel Rocha Iturbide performing at the International electroacustic music festival at Bourges France. 2004.- "Arte Sonoro". Five Mexican electronic music composers-performers at the REDCAT concert series. 2004.- "Sound Trips: a travelogue through sonic landscapes". Exploratorium, SF California. 2004.- "Mutek". Fetsival of electronic music. Mexico City.
2003.- "Puddles Festival". Tokyo Japan.
2003.- "CCM Songline Series". SF California. USA.
2002.- "MexArtFest". Kyoto Japan.
2001.- "Experimental Intermedia". NY, NY.
2001.- "International conference for computer music" ICMC La Habana Cuba.
2001.- "Festival internacional de Bourges". Bourges France.
2000.- The bridge between artificial language and natural. Hill Side Terrace, Toko Japan. 1999. - "XI Festival Internacional de Música de Morelia". Morelia Mexico.
1998. - "SEAMUS Electroacustic week Concert". North Carolina State University. 1998. - "Foro internacional de música nueva". Mexico City.
1998. - XVI FESTIVAL CERVANTINO. Guanajuato Mexico.
1998. - "Seventh Annual Florida Electroacustic Music Festival". University of Florida. 1997. -"International conference for computer music" (ICMC) in Salonica Greece. 1997. -"Bourges International festival of electroacustic music ". Bourges, France. 1997. - "Foro internacional de música nueva". Mexico City.
1996. -"Bourges International festival of electroacustic music ". Bourges, France. 1996. - ABSOLUTE MUSIK electroacustic music festival, Allenstaig Austria.
1996. - "International conference of computer music" (ICMC) in Hong Kong.
1995. - "International conference for computer music" (ICMC) in Canada in collaboration with the Banff arts festival. Performance of "Transiciones de Fase". 1994. - Paralelo Madrid. Madrid Spain. Otras músicas, "Música y realidad". Performance of compositions "Atl" for digital tape and "Frost clear" for double bass, tape and refrigerator. 1994. - Concert at IRCAM. . Performance of "Transiciones de fase" by the ensemble Court circuit directed by Pierre André Valade. 1994. - "A Wrinkle in the air". A concert of electroacustic music presented by "The school of contemporary arts" at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver Canada. 1993. - "The tuning of the world". Electroacustic music concert in Banff Canada during the international conference of acoustic ecology. 1991. - "Contemplation and Action" Multimedia concert of electroacustic music at Mills College Concert Hall. Oakland, CA. 1991. - Mills College concert Hall in Oakland California, with the "Magellan string quartet". 1990. - "Seventh Species composer group". Sherman Clay Recital Hall at SF California, USA. 1989. - Final exam to receive composition diploma at "ENM "UNAM.


2004.- "Intervención en el fuerte de san martin". 23 zonas project. Campeche, Campeche.
2003.- "Recognition of Space". In collaboration with Luciano Matus. Instituto de Mexico. Miami, Florida, USA. A parallel activity of Art Bassel Miami.
2002.- "Reconocimiento del espacio". In collaboration with Luciano Matus. Templo de San Agustín, Centro Histórico, Mexico DF.
2002.- "Offbeat Japan". An internet exhibition at
2002.- LASCAS, un arte mexicano actual. Espacio AVATAR, Québec Canada.
2000.- "Rebicyling". Surge Galery. Tokyo Japan.
1999. - "Reconstrucción de los hechos". Casa de la Cultura. Juchitan Oaxaca.
1999. - "Reconstrucción de los hechos". Sixth international contemporary music festival of Bogotá Colombia.
1999. - "In a fraction of a friction". ARCO 99. Project Rooms. Madrid, Spain.
1998. - "Impasse". A one-person exhibition at the alternative space "Regina 51", Curated by Santiago Sierra.
1991. - "Contemplation and Action". Mills College Concert Hall, Oakland, CA. Presentation of Video Art and a Video-Sound-Installation.


2005.- "Mercosul Art Bienale". Porto Alegre Brazil.
2005.- "Mano a Mano". Cultural Spain Center. Mexico City.
2004.- "La Colemena". Colección Jumex. Mexico City.
2003.- "I Cube Project. Puddles". Tokyo Japan.
2003.- "Sound-Image". Laboratorio de Arte Alameda. Mexico City.
2003.- "El Sentido y los sentidos". Gallery of the Universidad Latinoamericana, Mexico City.
2003.- "Salon de Arte Bancomer". Modern Art Museum. Mexico City.
2003.- Winners of the Bienal Monterrey Femsa. Amparo Museum. Puebla Mexico and Museo de Arte de Zapopan. Guadalajara Mexico.
2002.- Experiencia Sonora. Museo de Bellas Artes. Caracas Venezuela.2001.- Nothing. Roseeum art building. Malmo Suiza. Curated by Graham Gussin.
2001.- 4th FEMSA Biennale. Monterrey, Mexico.
2001.- Asamblea. Centro Cultural de Mexico. Paris France.
2001.- Eso…Third international sound art festival. Ex-teresa Arte Actual. Mexico DF.
2001.- Channel n. Kyoto Art Center. Kyoto Japan.
1999. - "Sloan Galery ". Ruido...First International Sound Art Festival. Mexico City.
1998. - "11th Biennial of Sidney". Sidney Australia.
1998. - "DOMESTICA". Project involving 9 artist's interventions in 9 houses of La Condesa in Mexico City. Curated by Tomás Rivas.
1997. - "Lines of Loss". Art exhibit of 5 Mexican artists at Artists Space in New York. Curated by Gabriel Orozco. Participation with Sound installation in situ and music performance.
1997. - "La resurrección del San Martín". San Martín building. México, DF. Sound installation in situ.
1997. - "Third biennial of three-dimensional art". National Center for the Arts. Mexico City.
1995-1996. - "Distant Relations". Itinerary Art exhibition presented at Icon Gallery, London. The Dublin Museum of Modern Art, Ireland. The Santa Monica Museum of contemporary Art, Sta. Monica, CA. The Carrillo Gil Museum. Mexico City.
1996. - "En torno a Luis Buñuel". Art exhibition celebrating Luis Buñuel at Museo del instituto cultural de Morelos, Jardín Borda. Cuernavaca Mexico.
1996. - "En otro lugar muy lejos de aquí". World trade center, Guadalajara MEXICO. Art exhibition at the international Art Faire FITAC. Curated by Guillermo Santamarina.
1995. - Cultural Center of Mexico. Paris France.
1995. - Filth biennial of art and technology in the University of Connecticut. 1995.
1994. - "Figures d'origines". Chapelle de la Salpetrire, Paris France. Realization of a sound score for a multimedia luminografic concert by Jorge Orta.
1994. - Gallery Chantal Crousel, Paris France. Presentation of the sound installation "Ligne d'abandon" in collaboration with Gabriel Orozco.
1990. - "The Day of the Dead". Galería de la Raza. San Francisco, CA. Art exhibit. Presentation of Performance "El Rey del Mambo".
1989. - "Siete fotógrafos Latinoamericanos", in Festival Latinoamericano de Arte y Cultura" at Brasilia Brazil. Collective Photo exhibition.
1989. - "A PROPOSITO. 14 obras en torno a JOSEPH BEUYS". Art installations exhibit in Convento del desierto de los Leones. Mexico City. Curated by Guillermo Santamarina.
1988. - "Taller de los lunes". Collective photo exhibition at the Consejo Mexicano de fotografía (CMF) in Mexico City.
1987. - "Ojos que no ven" at the Fototeca in Havana Cuba. Collective Photo exhibition.
1986. - "A un año del temblor", Milan Italy. Collective photo exhibition.


2003.- II Festival Radar. Curator of the first retrospective of electroacustic music in México.
2002.- Generación espontánea. Curator of a electroacustic music concert with insect sounds for the international congress: Conocimiento Antiguo/Mundo contemporáneo in Oaxaca México.
2002.- Habitat Sonico…Cuarto Festival internacional de arte sonoro. Sound art festival co-organized with Guillermo Santamarina, director of the Ex-Teresa Museum in Mexico City.
2001.- Eso…Tercer festival internacional de arte sonoro. Sound art festival co-organized with Guillermo Santamarina, director of the Ex-Teresa Museum in Mexico City.
2000.- Humor y Aliento…Segundo festival internacional de arte sonoro. Sound art festival co-organized with Guillermo Santamarina, director of the Ex-Teresa Museum in Mexico City.
2000.- XII Festival Internacional de Música de Morelia. Curator of a international electroacustic music concert in Morelia Michoacan.
1999. - Ruido… Primer Festival Internacional de Arte Sonoro. Sound art festival co-organized with Guillermo Santamarina, director of the Ex-Teresa Museum in Mexico City.
1999. - "ACOUSMONIUM". Two Electroacustic Concerts at the "XI Festival Internacional de Música de Morelia". Morelia Mexico.
1998.- Encounter of Sound Art. A small festival of sound art in San Miguel de Allende Guanajuato, co-organized with Michael Bock.
1998. - Vox Electroacústica. A mega sound-installation acusmonium for diffusing sound poetry and electroacustic music based on language sounds. Antiguo Colegio de San Idelfonso Museum, Mexico City.
1997. - Distant Relations. Electroacustic Music of Mexican and Irish composers. Two concerts at the Carrillo Gil Museum of contemporary art.


o RAS No. 7. Revista de arte sonoro. Centro de creación de música experimental. Universidad de Castilla la Mancha. Cuenca España.
o A través otra vez. CD of the sound installation presented in Centro cultural de España. Limited Edition, 50 CD's.
o Computer music journal. DVD Anthology. Volume 27 (4), 2003. DVD edited by the magazine Computer Music Journal. USA.
o Histories of the Future. Cabinet Magazine, NY EUA.
o Boom Box Project. Compositions of electroacustic soundscapes by Manuel Rocha Iturbide. Produced by the art foundation BVA Bancomer. México 2003.Limited edition, 300 CD's.
o Machin1. Obras electroacústicas de Manuel Rocha Iturbide, Salvador Rodríguez, Guillermo Acevedo, José Manuel Mondragón, Miguel Hernández y Víctor Romero.
o Eso. Antología de obras sonoras del tercer festival internacional de arte sonoro. Ex-Teresa Arte Actual. México 2001.
o Humor y Aliento . Antología de obras sonoras del segundo festival internacional de arte sonoro. Ex-Teresa Arte Actual. México 2000.
o Ruido ... . Antología de obras sonoras del primer festival internacional de arte sonoro. Ex-Teresa Arte Actual. México 1999.
o Ver. Revista audiovisual. No.2. Namdee Publishing Station. Bangkok Tailandia. 2001.
o Computer music journal. Sound Anthology. Volume 23, 1999. CD editado por la revista Computer Music Journal. USA.
o "Ligne d'abandone". Electroacoustic Sound Art Work in collaboration with Gabriel Orozco. CD Edited by the gallery Crousel. Paris, France. 1996
o "Distant Relations". Two electroacustic compositions by Manuel Rocha Iturbide and Roger Doyle for the art exhibition "Distant Relations". CD Edited by Curator Trisha Ziff. 1995.
o "Figures d'origine". Luminographic concert in collaboration with Jorge Orta. CD Edited by the gallery Ivon Amor-Pallix. Paris, France. 1994.