Verano Mexicano: A Soundscape
Series produced by Sean McMahon
In this soundscape, entitled "Verano Mexicano" (Mexican Summer), you will hear the intricate rhythms of a Mexican rainstorm, the historic sounds of the organillo (a crank driven music box), trucks and trains, political chants, car horns, and street vendors hawking their wares. This auditory portrait highlights the socio-political climate of a country during a historically important period, as well as the beauty to found in the banality of everyday sounds.
This summer I had the privilege of traveling to Mexico for five weeks. While I was there I made numerous recordings of the people and places I experienced using a Marantz solid-state field recorder. It is hard to put into words the feelings evoked by the drone of church bells at a funeral in Tepoztlan the day before a neighborhood fiesta, or the rush of being swept up in a crowd of hundreds of thousands of people chanting their hopes for a better world. It is for this reason I have created a sound collage documenting my experiences in Mexico: to attempt to capture those moments in time and weave them together into a coherent whole. In this soundscape, entitled ?Verano Mexicano? (Mexican Summer), you will hear the intricate rhythms of a Mexican rainstorm, the historic sounds of the... Show full description