João Castro Pinto started his creative activity as a sound artist / composer in the 90's. The main output of his artistic production comprehends the domains of sound art, experimental electroacoustic / tape music, soundscape composition and intermedia research, in a transdisciplinary perspective of confrontation, concerning the new digital media. Since 2002 he's been the artistic director and producer of the Hertzoscópio - Experimental and Transdisciplinary Arts Festival. His academic path is reflected in his works for it indicates which are the main artistic perspectives and ideas of his interest. He has studied Philosophy at the New University of Lisbon and is currently concentrated in his Ph.D. studies in Computer Music @ the U.C.P. in Porto, Portugal.
His fundamental artistic intent resides on the exploration and recreation of natural sound elements that are abducted from their original context trough digital recording technologies, and then recreated in another context and space-time that intends to create a deep inner experience. The common denominator of the artistic goals of the pieces that he has presented so far focus on the intention of creating an intense sonic experience, that provokes in the audience something similar to an existential glimpse that portrays the imperative need of searching for a way to access the ultimate inner-space, which is both intimate and transpersonal.
João Castro Pinto has presented his work in over 100 performances/concerts, all over Europe and the U.S.A., in cities such as: N.Y.C., IOWA, BERLIN, COLOGNE, DORTMUND, MUNCHEN, VIENNA, KLOSTERNEUBURG, GRAZ, BOLOGNANO, ATHENS, UDEN, LISBOA, PORTO, FARO and performed in festivals and venues such as: MÚSICA VIVA ELECTROACOUSTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL, AVEIRO SÍNTESE ELECTROACOUSTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL, PNEM SOUND ART FESTIVAL (The Netherlands), Phill Niblock's EXPERIMENTAL INTERMEDIA FOUNDATION [N.Y.C., U.S.A.], ORF (AUSTRIAN NATIONAL RADIO - KUNSTRADIO), The U.I.M.A. - UNIVERSITY of IOWA MUSEUM of ART [Iowa, U.S.A.], RADIALX - INTERNATIONAL RADIO ART FESTIVAL, etc...
He collaborates and frequently plays with renowned Portuguese and foreign artists from the sound art / experimental and improv. music scenes such as: Tom Hamilton (USA), Dr. Karlheinz Essl (AT), Koji Asano (JP), Bernhard Loibner (AT), Boris Hauf (AT), Gilles Aubry (CH), Thollem Mcdonas (USA), O.Blaat (JP), Nathan Fuhr (USA), Michael Fischer (AT), Carlos Zíngaro (PT), Rafael Toral (PT), Coti (GR), Paulo Raposo (PT), Carlos Santos (PT), D'Incise (CH), John Grzinich (EE), Sei Miguel (PT), Variable Geometry Orchestra (PT), Ernesto Rodrigues (PT), ANISOTROPUS (PT), Anastasis Grivas (GR), Red Trio (PT), Rodrigo Amado (PT (PT), Blaise Siwula (USA), Jeremy Bernstein (USA), Kurt Ralske (USA), among many other artists.
Shared the stage on festivals / events in direct lineups with artists such as: Phill Niblock (USA), Marc Behrens (GER), Derek Holzer (USA), Miguel Azguime (PT), Atau Tanaka (JP), Lionel Marchetti (FR), Natasha Barrett (UK), Jacob Kierkegaard (DK), Brandon Labelle (USA), Joachim Montessuis (FR), Nikos Veliotis (GR), Talibam (USA), etc...
Released several recordings [solo pieces, collaborations and compilations] on: Sirr-ecords, Creative Sources Recordings, Grain Of Sound, Variz, Useless Poorductions.