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B i o g r a p h y

Cristian Morales Ossio (1967)

Chilean composer based in Santiago, Chile. He began his formal musical studies at the Universidad de Chile, and simultaneously he received his first composition lessons by Hernán Ramírez Ávila. In 1987 he began his degree in Music, and then, in 1992, he pursued composition studies at the same university. His first explorations in electroacoustic composition were guided by the help and advice of composer Juan Amenábar, a pioneer in Chile and Latin America. He decided to continue his studies at the Institut de l’Audiovisual at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, in Barcelona, where, under the supervision of composer Gabriel Brnčić, he obtained a Master degree. In 1997, he is accepted as a student at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon, where he finished his advanced studies in composition. There, he studied with composers Philippe Manoury and Marco Stroppa, and computer music with Denis Lorrain.
His researches have been oriented towards the problem of the integration of the electroacoustic music practice into the music writing, the formalisation of compositional processes, and the composer/interpreter collaboration. A big part of his works has been the result of collaborative works and exchanges with soloists and ensembles such as NeufdesN, Taller de Música Contemporánea UC, Taller de lejos, Black Jackets Company, Karina Fischer, Guillermo Lavado, Diego Castro Magas, Paola Muñoz, Richard Craig, Garth Knox, Taller Sonoro, MDI Ensemble, Ensemble Cepromusic, Matteo Pennese, Evan Parker, Ensemble New Babylon, Teodoro Anzellotti, Vertixe Sonora, Elision Ensemble, Ensemble Pu Joa, Drumming G.P, and others.
He obtained a PhD in Music at the University of Huddersfield (CeReNeM), under the supervision of composer Liza Lim. His research was based on recursive systems of distributed creativity as strategy of composition. In Huddersfield, he also participated as composer and improviser of DrifEnsemble.

Since 2003, he teaches music composition and electroacoustic music at the Universidad Católica de Chile.


Topics of interest:

  • Distributed creativity in collaborative processes composer/interpreter

  • Recursive strategies of manipulation of compositional materials

  • Formalization of the compositional process

  • Poetic of the sound image

  • Articulation of the concept of harmony as state of musical materiality

  • Composition and political thinking

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