Exposé Online banner

Luis David Aguilar — Hombres de Viento / Venas de la Tierra (1978​-​1982)
(Buh Records BR74, 1982/2015, CD / DL)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2019-10-04

Hombres de Viento / Venas de la Tierra (1978​-​1982) Cover art

This limited CD reissue of the film music of composer Luis David Aguilar is part of the Buh Records "Sounds Essentials Collection," a rescue project of several essential works of Peruvian avant-garde music. The long title refers to the album's two long tracks (13 minutes and 32 minutes respectively), which translate to roughly "Men of the Wind" and "Veins of the Earth." The former is music that accompanied a short documentary about the job of the workers of the ashlar quarries in Arequipa, and their early deaths due to the hazards of their work, many caused by gigantic pieces of ashlar (finely dressed / cut / worked stone) collapsing onto the workers, and others due to developing pulmonary deficiency caused by inhaling the dust generated by massive mine collapses. "Veins of the Earth" is music composed for a mid-length film of the same name by the talented document filmmaker from Arequipa, José Antonio Portugal. The previous existence for both was only as accompaniment for the films they were written for, so the term ‘rescue project’ truly applies here, although a listener will most likely encounter these two immersive masterpieces completely out of context, with no previous knowledge of the films they accompanied. Throughout both one will hear a number of native peruvian instruments like pututus (Andean wind instrument made from a seashell), quenas (traditional wooden wind instrument), zampoñas (pan pipes), wakrapuku (traditional wind instrument made from a goats horn), pitos (whistles), claves, shacapas, tinyas (traditional drums) of different sizes , cymbals played with a bow, as well as human voices, and Western instruments like viola and prepared piano. As mentioned previously, the music here is completely immersive, and listeners will find themselves in a different culture half way around the world, without any of the standard references of Western popular music anywhere in sight. The different wind instruments in conversation with one another, the shakers, drums, and other percussives, sometimes seemingly random, the piano played from the inside like a harp, as well as some studio effects and electronics all come together to make this an incredible journey into a different culture and time. These are soundtracks, after all.


Filed under: Archives, 2015 releases, 1982 recordings

Related artist(s): Luis David Aguilar

More info
http://bit.ly/2LMXUCF

Latest news

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more

2020-05-14
Jorge Santana RIP – Jorge Santana, noted guitarist, leader of the band Malo and brother to Carlos Santan, died on May 14 at the age of 68. Jorge and Carlos worked together on a number of occasions, though Jorge's career was centered around Malo, solo work, and with Fania All-Stars. » Read more

2020-05-06
Florian Schneider RIP – Florian Schneider, one of the founders of the pioneering electronic group Kraftwerk, has died at the age of 73. Co-founder Ralf Hütter announced that his bandmate had passed away from cancer after a brief illness. » Read more

2020-04-23
Shindig Festival Goes Lock-Down – Here's what they're saying: It's A Happening Thing! The Shindig! Magazine Lockdown Festival. In our days of no large gatherings of people, maybe it's still possible to have a music festival. Shindig! Magazine is giving it a go with a multi-artist streaming extravaganza on Saturday April 25. » Read more

2020-03-24
Bill Rieflin RIP – The sad news reaches us today of Bill Rieflin's death. Rieflin was best known as a drummer in bands ranging from post-punk to industrial to indie-rock to progressive rock, including work with The Blackouts, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, Land, and King Crimson. Rieflin had been battling cancer for several years, and succumbed to it on March 24. He was 59. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Julie Slick - Julie Slick – Being from a famous music family has definitely helped bassist Julie Slick get a leg up on the competition. A graduate of the Paul Green School of Rock, Slick and her just slightly older brother Eric...  (2011) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues