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This CD+ZINE focuses on picota, a ritual music that has been passed down mainly in northeastern Mexico since around 1880. This is a rare recording from a baptismal ceremony held in 1992. The 24-page 7" zine features essays and photographs about the history of Picota. Cover color will be sent at random. Below is the label's explanation. It is reliably known that ``picota'' or ``tambola music'' has been played since circa 1880. This is the oldest musical expression known from the region, but few artifacts have been found to provide clues as to its exact origins. It is said that the picota was originally played in rain-making ceremonies on ranches in the border area between Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon. A resident of the village of El Angelo says that when his grandparents planted sugar cane, beans, and corn in what is now the citrus region, where oranges, lemons, and grapefruit grow, they were doing so on territory to attract the spirits that coexist with them. He says he said so. Although many of the farmers were black and considered "otherworldly," they worked the land and supported their families just like anyone else. They also taught their colleagues how to honor the spiritual beings from the Gulf Coast who make their jobs easier with the significant rains that occur from June to September each year. The tamborazo (another name for the picota) is used not only in rural farming, but also at celebrations of patron saints, typical of magical and pagan origins, as well as weddings, burials, processions, baptisms, and convites. The tradition of apprenticeship has continued to this day. Konvite is a modern expression of the indigenous mitote. It is a political procession in which the entire community participates, with Tambora at the head. Nowadays, in some mountainous regions, the tamborazo is played during funerals, and it is said to accompany the soul of the deceased on its way to the underworld. Many ancient genres, such as picota, have survived the threats of globalization such as urbanization, economic oppression, and land dispossession. As Manuel Peña Doria says, the singing dust does not return to dust. It feels eternal. " Click here for other works by the label /// Click here to...
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*Sold exclusively at our store This is a TOBIRA edition CD released in March 2024 in a limited edition of 3 copies by Gus Tomizuka, owner of the experimental/folk label Transitory Tapes in Arizona, USA. Contains 15 ambient folk, bossa nova, lounge, and ambient house songs based on the concept of view/hiding place theory proposed by geographer Jay Appleton based on animal behavioral psychology. This edition also includes unreleased songs limited to this edition. Includes an insert with explanations for each song. Below is an explanation by the author himself. "In 14, geographer Jay Appleton proposed the vista-hidden field theory of spatial aesthetics, which posits that humans benefit when their physical environment provides a balance between expansiveness (vistas) and confinement (hidden horses). The album interprets the model of vista and refuge through music, striking a balance between panorama and containment, especially in electroacoustic arrangements that offer a childlike sense of wonder. The vista – the refuge principle Adaptation proved to be elusive.The four-year recording period eschewed standard studio techniques in favor of a more intuitive method, one that conveyed the delicate scenery that inspired the project. Rather than making high-fidelity field recordings, we reconstructed natural soundscapes with synthesizers, an act of intimate and meticulous imitation.As a result, the environmental atmosphere Blending seamlessly with the album's dynamic, geometric composition, it can be likened to a house built in symbiosis with the surrounding topography.While blockbusters may form the paradigm of contemporary music, these works... , embodying a quiet commitment to gentleness over strength, reflecting the plain charm of ordinary life."
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