WHAT DOES TULUM SOUNDS LIKE? AN INTERVIEW WITH HUGO BRANCO
ARTIST AT RESIDENCIA GORILA
Hugo Branco, Artist Resident and creator of Sound-Escapes speaks with us about his stay in Tulum, his experience in Residencia Gorila and Sound-Escapes, a project that integrates diverse pieces like a track of all the Tulum’s sounds that got his attention.
Hugo Branco, can you talk about your work and passions?
I’ve basically have worked in many creative projects, more in the line of sound. I started as a DJ fifteen years ago then moved to production and experimentation, I think sound is a very plastic matter that you can really work a lot with and it has a strong influence on the lives of people. Besides sounds I’m very interested in words because when I was a kid I wanted to be a travel writer. Being a DJ took to me to travel and to know other places, and also cooking, three things that interested me are those: sound, palabras, travelling and food.
What was THE PLAN before you arrived to TULUM?
I was going to come to Tulum and be here for two months. Finally I stayed for four months. The plan was to run through several Latin countries recording sounds that got my attention of each city that I picked from each country while writing about it, also collaborating with other artists and make a performance of each place. My first stop was going to be Tulum and then get to Mexico City.
And what did it REALLY happened?
I arrive to Tulum because I wanted to land in soft land, I started to meet people and hear about other places inside México. I went to Bacalar, to San Cristobal and I wanted to go to Oaxaca but couldn’t, at the end I didn’t even reach Mexico City. I was hired by an Ecoturism Agency, and started working with them and that’s how I ended up staying more, my idea was to keep traveling but now I’m going back to Porto because we got a grant to work with another project. Certainly I will come back and keep persuading the first plan, because it feels like the beginning of something and all the doors are being left open.