ALBUM

 

The name CRONOFONIA comes from the merging of the words Cronos (from the greek "khronos", time) and Fonos (greek "phonos", sound). It carries a double meaning as sound of time and time of sound, which is directly connected with the universal idea of Music in a very fundamental level. In this particular case it also implies a "traveling in time through music". The idea of Cronofonia's first album is to tell a story by the means of sound.

 

The double album narrates, in what we could call a theatrical play made of sounds, the story of a generation. The album alternates aural landscapes (soundscapes), like in a movie made for the ears, with songs, instrumental pieces and poetic lyrics that, all together, develop the story of a main character. This character, more than an individual, is the representation of a whole generation. In this case the generation of the 60's and 70's of the 20th century which is characteristic for having experienced a time of great historical changes and social transformations. However, the accent placed on the universal aspects of the story also reveal how experiences, emotions, feelings, thoughts and the painful, though unavoidable, process of growing up are part of a universal human nature and, therefore, are valid for any time or space.

In our story the protagonist (a songwriter dealing with a writer's block) talks, in first person, about the problems, the worries, the dreams and the hopes that, in a general level, belong to all his generation. Love, family, politics, the past, the present, the world, the future and the meaning of the own existence struggling with daily life, are some of the fundamental subjects that are portrayed through a glance into the life of this character. A character that is looking at himself, trying to find his essence and preoccupied to express what is inside him without turning his back to the problems of the outside world. The self image appears in the mirror and rise the questions that trouble him: How much of life is about an inner journey? How much is it necessary to adapt to interact with others and still be himself? What does the interaction with other people mean in his internal existence?

 

The story develops during the lapse of a day in the life of our protagonist, starting at dawn and ending with the rising sun of the new day.  As a parallel, the small moments of the day become pictures of the small moments of a life time. There is a look back, nostalgia and the idea that it is possible to revisit times and places through music and sounds.  During the narration we hear the sounds of everyday life as if we were part of it but, underneath this apparent simplicity, we also hear the sounds correspondent to the interiority of the character, slowly intertwining in a complex plot. Some relevant historical events appear in a symbolic way crossing the personal side of the story: the worldwide demonstrations of students in 1968, the military dictatorships that conditioned the development of  Latin-American countries , the cold war, the collapsing of the communist block of Eastern Europe, the boom of the neo-liberal politics, etc., are some of the referred moments that, as a theatrical background, weave with the personal and intimate life of the main character.

 

The protagonist keeps looking for a solution to his existential anguish, a conclusion that would allow him to assume his identity,  give a place to the world inside and around him, and find a meaning to his own existence. At the end, the answer is found in creativity. In the moment when all the thoughts, concerns, reflections and emotions come together in the creation of music, merging in a new expression with all the strength of a new birth accompanied by the light of the new dawn.

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