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Los murmullitos is a relatively short piece for piano and electronics, though it is drawn from my larger work, Los murmullos. The piece is based on a highly influential novel from the 1950s: Pedro Páramo, by the Mexican author Juan Rulfo. It is the surreal tale of a man’s return to the town in which his parents lived, long after that town has fallen into decay. Comala is now more heavily populated by the dead than the living, and exists in a blurred twilight realm in which such distinctions are meaningless. The descriptions of the environment are exceptionally vivid, often invoking the four elements to transition between the past and the present, and between the living and the dead. The original title of the novel was Los murmullos, a reflection of the murmuring and whispering of the dead heard at various points throughout. Contrary to the gentle implications of the word, it is the intensity of these murmurs that overwhelms and suffocates the protagonist just over half way through the narrative.
My composition shifts between four recurring material types, each inspired by one of the above-mentioned elements as described in the book. The electronics were generated using the physical modeling software Modalys.
Los murmullos is dedicated to Keith Kirchoff.
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