Auditive City

Auditive City

We as a species have a fondness for yesterday. With Juan Manuel Castrillo’s latest release, Horizontales, takes a look backward, rather, he tilts his head to the side, cups his ear and tries to listen to a by-gone era. Interestingly, there was a recent project called The Roaring Twenties that grabbed sound from a variety of sources in New York City and created a soundscape of New York in the 1920s. But back to the subject at hand.

Castrillo’s Horizontales, on Impulsive Habitat netlabel, is more of a re-imaging of what a city use to be. Castrillo writes:

Birds, covered wagons, horses and street peddler chantings with many others used to compound large cities sonic atmospheres before industrial development. Irregular fresh rhythms from human activities were plentiful. Those sounds, from centuries ago, described situations and told stories were rich in information, varied and contained many particularities as result of local conditions. The murmur of machinery with it’s buzzings, squeaks and rumblings brought with itself the line, the repetition…

Horizontales is filled with man-made drones and other ethereal sounds plucked from the our soundscape laid bare to our ears. It is wonderfully expressive and shows that recordings of our urban life can just be as beautiful and exotic as a nature recording.


Artist: Juan Manuel Castrillo
Title: Horizontales
Netlabel: Impulsive Habitat
License: CC BY-NC-SA
Download mp3: zip
Release Date: 3 January 2014