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Echoes of memory,
violence, war and
A boy's eye view
of civil war

The soundtrack for Itzpapalotl (Obsidian Butterfly) was made to accompany a large scale installation which exhibited as part of the group show Mourning and Scars: 20 Years After the War. The exhibit was curated by Roxana Leiva at SomArts, San Francisco in February 2013.

The soundtrack is an hour long minimalist ambient piece that shifts smoothly from chamber to chamber. It was composed using many layers of sound fragments and loops taken from political marches, movies, tv shows, childhood recordings and the political left wing protest songs of the early 80s.

The fragments are interwoven with each other and refer to each other in unpredictable ways. They gyrate around a common sublime object, a non reducible “thing” that is touched by all of them but cannot be expressed by any one of them in full, a certain something that includes (but is not limited to) a boy's eye view of the civil war of El Savador; the most cruel, the most vicious, the most heroic, the most beautiful, the most mundane, the most intangible, all in one single place, all at one single time.

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