Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Hecho En Venezuela, part 1

Chelique Sarabia - selections from "Revolución Electrónica en Música Venezolana" [Promus, 1972]

Although this is a collection of typical Venezuelan themes and songs, Sarabia makes use of contemporary recording systems/effects to give them new form. Alongside traditional instruments, these recordings were constructed with inverted vocal elements, synthesized frequencies, and M.R.A.A. equipment (based off of the principles of the Moog). The result is a beautiful, psychedelic-folk journey filled with delayed synth horns, echoing electronic strings, and layers of rhythmic live instrumentation.

Ambar - selections from "Love Maniac" [Polydor, 1979]

Some of you might remember Maria Conchita Alonso as Schwarzenegger's love interest in The Running Man, but this Cuban-born, former Miss Venezuela contender, had a recording career before focusing on acting. Her debut release was a spacey, disco-driven collaboration with Italo-Venezuelan producer Rudy La Scala. The "Sweet Lover" trilogy is a passion-filled tale of a woman who coldly dismisses her current suitor only to dream and sing about "the first, and only one, who ever had my body and soul."

Grupo De Experimentacion Sonora Del ICAIC - selections from "Grupo De Experimentacion Sonora Del ICAIC" [Integra, 1979]

The only reissue of this 1973 release was produced in Venezuela, in 1979. The GES collective formed in 1969, as an extension of the Cuban Institute of Art and Film. Aside from scoring films, the GES focused on re-inventing Cuban music, built on the foundation of their roots and heritage. With an emphasis on traditional song structure, as well as the avant-garde, the GES was a platform for experimentation in composition and arranging. Many of the musicians involved, like Silvio Rodríguez, went on to nurture careers as influential Nueva Trova artists.


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