I found a beautiful and troubled place in Mexico called Teotihuacan, and wrote a piece of music about it with the pianist Tom Hodge. Out today as a free download on the Quotient Series - link below.
If you've seen my Emergence live show recently you might recognise this track, which is part 1 of a pair. The second part will be released on my next EP with Tom coming in April, with the first part exclusively available from this download series.
Here is the full story behind the track in case of interest -
When I was touring in Mexico, I was lucky enough to have some days off during a visit to Mexico City, and took a trip to a nearby Toltec/Aztec Pyramid site called Teotihuacan. It's a beautiful place, but when I asked about its history I was told that most of the knowledge and culture of the people who built it was lost, with the arrival of the Europeans. Now it's turned into a rebuilt money making tourist trap, with the loss of its real meaning.
I recorded the space and sounds there with binaural mics, so I could try and capture some of the feeling of it, including a storm which came in, and then I wrote a strings part inspired by the feelings of the visit there. Tom Hodge brought the piece to life by playing a piano part in addition, and I loved the piano so much I decided to make two parts, the first with the piano only, combined with the binaural recordings and a randomising delay feedback network, and the second part with the strings.