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Los Caprichos de Goya

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This suite, composed by Erizonte and arranged and produced by Scud Hero, is inspired by Los Caprichos, the series of 80 prints published in 1799 by the renowned Spanish painter and printmaker Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, a highly significant commentator on and chronicler of his era whose subversive, imaginative style has proven massively influential. The suite is arranged in seven movements. Symphonic timbres are used, as are electroacoustic instruments and other sound elements created for this work by the great percussionist Antonio Piñera. The titles of the movements take the names of some of Goya's engravings, which dealt with themes including abuse of power; vices of the clergy; love and prostitution; the lack of education in the village; and superstitions and fantastic creatures. Being an Erizonte project, the experimental work is in this case the search to overcome the limitations of physical properties of classical instruments and technical implementations, thanks the possibilities afforded by the tools of electronic music. The work pushes the limits of some instruments while respecting their original personalities. For example, a violin sounding notes as if it had six strings, or a classical guitar producing a tremolo unreachable by a human. The result is a relatively formal work, in keeping with the time of Goya, and a work in which experimental style is more than ever at the service of the public, interwoven between elements of the composition. The suite was commissioned to accompany the exhibition of the engravings at the Lithuanian Art Museum, and has also been performed in Berlin and Madrid as a live show incorporating music, video, and dance. The artwork for this release, reminiscent of an engraving, was designed by Locktite, who was nominated for a Latin Grammy for her previous work with Erizonte.