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Various Artists
Mensajes del agua: Nuevos sonidos desde Perú Vol. 1
Buh Records
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Release Date
February 2, 2022

This compilation presents a selection of young Peruvian artists who have in common a taste for electronic and electroacoustic sounds. It offers a panoramic view of the new directions in electronic and experimental music made in Peru.

We find here pieces of a new kind of ambient music, both nostalgic and futuristic, such as those by Soarer, Grave for Amanda, or Ayver's neoclassical forays into piano and strings composition; atmospheric electronics with Andean elements by #DMTh5; soundscapes made from field recordings by Vered Engelhard; a sound collage by Lucía Beaumont; the synthesizer explorations of Mauricio Moquillaza and Vrianch; and electroacoustic works by Michael Magán and Isabel Otoya, the latter based on the transformation and modeling of the sounds of a marimba.

These artists are representative of a new generation of Peruvian musicians who are interested in sound exploration and are working towards new ways to energize the local scene. This is most apparent in the emergence of collectives to promote new music made by young people, such as Dehumanización or Retama, as well as in the development of a new strand of electroacoustic composition connected with circuits of the musical underground. This generation has gravitated toward an evergrowing interaction between music and the visual arts, and a greater exchange between artists from various regions of Peru. But they are also solitary artists, in the sense that they work in individual projects, and most of them have their own home studios. They are musicians and at the same time their own producers, whose music searches for specialized circuits through the Internet.

The compilation Messages from water: New sounds from Peru, Vol. 1 is also the first of a series produced by Buh Records for Centro del Sonido (, a website set up as a digital archive of Peruvian experimental music and sound art. The compilation has been made by Luis Alvarado and is published in a limited edition on cassette. The mastering was made by Alberto Cendra and the art by René Sánchez.

This project was awarded with funding from the Economic Stimuli program of the Peruvian Ministry of Culture.

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Carácter Transitorio Mauricio Moquillaza 4:29 Buy

    Carácter Transitorio

  2. 2 Quick-A Michael Magán 4:30 Buy
  3. 3 Reconciliación con la vida Ayver 4:25 Buy

    Reconciliación con la vida

  4. 4 Causa y efecto S O A R E R 4:48 Buy

    Causa y efecto

  5. 5 Brief, Cruel and Anonymous Vrianch 3:08 Buy

    Brief, Cruel and Anonymous

  6. 6 Dirty River Vered Engelhard 4:52 Buy
  7. 7 En honor a los caídos #DMTh5 5:17 Buy

    En honor a los caídos

  8. 8 Escondite Lucía Beaumont 1:30 Buy
  9. 9 Ansiedad, Futuro & Incertidumbre Isabel Otoya 3:19 Buy

    Ansiedad, Futuro & Incertidumbre

  10. 10 grounds of negligence grave for amanda 2:56 Buy

    grounds of negligence

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