Antropoloops is a stunning project that is born out of the celebration of difference. Rubén Alonso, the main driver behind the project, takes fragments of traditional songs from all corners of the world and weaves them together as a map projected behind him visualises in real time how he is mixing and where the song is coming from. The data visualisation, crafted by Esperanza Moreno, serves as a visual aid to put names, locations and faces to the sometimes as many as eight loops of music that Ruben is mixing. The concept that drives this is the fascination for the similarities and familiarities in distant and culturally alien music.

Rubén takes us on such an immersive, sensorial journey through the lands of Latin America that you can almost feel the dry wind beating sand onto your back as you cross the desert or the cool water bubble over your skin as you slip into the cool waters of a lagoon. Just as we might begin to slip off on our own journey, fleshing out the gaps in the story with narratives from our own lives, Rubén pauses to offer us just the dose of information we need before he seamlessly picks up all the threads and loops and sets off on the next part of the journey, with us all eyes and ears, following raptly behind him.

Here we leave you with a link to the latest masterpiece that tells the pre-Colombian myth of the Lik serpent: a vast creature with a tail full of fish that appears in different forms across the planet. The body of this serpent has 136 fish, or rather loops, of traditional South American music that come from 60 different songs. Sit back and be whisked away on a sonorous 17-minute journey across South America and on your way back, take a detour to find us down at ITHAKA.




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