Ontayso ‎– Teotihuacan.

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U-Cover ‎– u-cover 028CDr
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CDr, Album, Trimpak
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1 Temple Of The Feathered Serpent 10:37
2 Pyramid Of The Sun 14:05
3 Avenue Of The Dead 12:18
4 Pyramid Of The Moon 14:20

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Comes in a clear Trimpak case in glossy sleeve.

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3cityjay

3cityjay

January 26, 2013
edited over 4 years ago

Teotihuacan (which means "where man met the gods") is a large archaeological site in the Basin of Mexico, containing some of the largest pyramidal structures built in the pre-Columbian Americas, that at it's zenith (perhaps in the first half of the 1st millennium AD) was one of the largest cities in the world, with a population of perhaps 125,000 or more. As for the tracks take their names from the main structures and locations in the site while the cover shows a claw and feathers, which probably refers to The Feathered Serpent, which was a prominent supernatural deity, found in many Mesoamerican religions, thus forming a coherent art theme.

I feel that this brief introduction was necessary in order to understand where I'm coming from when describing the music on this album. So, the first three tracks are compositions based on beats of varying intensity and place in the arrangement (background of forefront) and brooding ambient textures with overlaying drones shimmering around. The last track is a nicely constructed drone with some shifting undertones and snippets of field recordings.
Prior to having a go at this I was curious to see if the music would try to convey the bygone thriving glory years of Teotihuacan, or it's it's present state of an archaeological site that only whispers through it's abandoned monuments and streets of those long forgotten times. To be quite honest, after listening to this a couple of times I feel that both interpretations are absolutely acurate and my reception of the music solely depends on the mood I'm in. Whatever it may be it's always a welcome journey of the imagination.