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Antonio Zepeda - Templo Mayor (Cassette)


To call Antonio Zepeda an ethnomusicologist is to misunderstand what he was trying to accomplish when he began to research, learn and play pre-Hispanic and traditional Mexican instruments in the early 1980s. Rather than focus on trying to recreate lost music of a distant past, Zepeda used these instruments in a modern studio environment to create music that sits outside of time, sounding simultaneously ancient and futuristic, alien even. In this way he demonstrates that the past is not something we can ever understand, we will always be viewing it from a biased perspective, it will always remain mysterious to us, almost like something from a distant galaxy. 

Templo Mayor was Zepeda’s first recording using pre-colonial instruments, and he makes liberal use overdubs and reverb creating wonderfully intricate tapestries of pre-hispanic percussion, flute, horn and voice. The first incredible foray into his private realm of ancient future music. 
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