Lecture given at the Universidad Nacional de Santiago de Chile in 2001

Artistic cross-breeding/Music without frontiers


The process of globalisation, through today’s different means of communication, has enabled the ‘cross-breeding’ of cultural identities belonging to different countries and continents, some of which lie very far apart.

This process, in constant mutation owing to multifarious migratory movements (groups, soloists and artistic companies representing music of various oral traditions, new technologies, multimedia spectacles , etc.), encourages this aspect of the globalisation of contemporary culture. It is probable that we could, in a relatively short space of time, be faced with ‘ONE ART OF THE WORLD’, and in this connection, it would be highly appropriate to quote the action of UNESCO in Paris.

This globalisation of culture in its different forms, exercises a strong influence on the individual through processes of ‘assimilation’ and ‘identification’ with regard to the transmitted models, in such a way that the ‘subject-artiste’ defines his creative identity.

Art has played and continues to play, very often, the role of catalyst for individuals and social groups belonging to diverse ideologies, religions, social and political groupings, etc.

The internet enables every artiste:to engage in exchange, to nourish his ‘imagination’, to display his production in the form of images and/or sound, to be his own artistic producer.

As far as my own production as a composer is concerned, I have, for many years now, been attracted by ‘world music’, that infinite multiplicity of extraordinary sources that are sometimes ‘secret’, strange, exalting, and that have enabled me to enrich my compositional technique with regard to development and to the ramifications and mutations of musical parameters. Thanks to the discovery of these various types of ‘world music’, I have been able to find different ways of treating the human voice, different ‘modes of play’ for the instruments, to record new sounds for contemporary music, to discover new rhythmic and melodic structures.

José Luis Campana