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Sonidos De Cuba

by Scott Riesterer

Electronic music ranging from progressive house and breaks to downtempo, all built from Cuban field recordings
Genre: Electronic: Electronica
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1. De Salida
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2. Jinetero (feat. Thomas Towers (Congas), James Kang (Guitar), Matthew Kyle Grant (Vocals) & Rudy Gill (Vocals)]
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3. Calle Musica, Pt. 1 (feat. Thomas Towers (Congas)]
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4. Calle Musica, Pt. 2 (feat. Thomas Towers (Congas)]
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5. Motopollo
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6. La Cueva
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7. Una Dia En El Jardine
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8. Ascensor
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9. Una Vista Del Malecon (feat. Thomas Towers (Congas), Stephen Falk (Bongos and Congas), James Kang (Guitar) & Tania Clarke (Cello)]
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Album Notes
In March of 2010, I travelled with my fiance to Cuba for ten days. Despite the short amount of time I spent there, I was overwhelmed by the complexity, culture, rhythm and pulse of the country. I brought with me a Zoom H4N portable recorder and gathered various snippets of the rich acoustic landscape. After returning home, I began using these recordings as a foundation for my own music. I spent many hours editing, warping, looping, filtering, sampling, and mangling the sounds to distil them into songs. Over the next three years, I created an album of electronic music that attempts to tell the story of this visit. I made this music in an effort to relive and restructure not merely the recordings, but the memories of my time there in order to share this journey with others. Hopefully you’ll feel transported as you listen and enjoy these Sonidos de Cuba. If you would like to read the stories behind the recordings please visit

Special thanks go out to all my supportive Rockethub funders for making this project possible. In particular I’d like to thank Kali Dumbrell for being the first to jump on the bandwagon, as well as Patrick and Vivien Clarke, Mike and Linda RIesterer, Kyle and Hayley Riesterer, and Adam Lastiwka for their kind generosity. Many thanks must also go to my loving supportive wife and travelling partner, Tania Clarke.


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Stephen Falk

A sonic feast
Ever listened to music that reminds you of a place you’ve never
actually been?
A juxtaposition of multiple genres that no particular label can
Pin down?
Welcome to Scott Riesterers "Sonidos De Cuba."
Anyone familiar with the discipline of sound design, would appreciate
The Intricate sonic tapestries in this album.
Anyone interested in vicariously exploring another culture(s) through
Someone else's eyes/ears would dig this, anyone interested in dancing their ass
Off...well you get the idea.
You feel like your on vacation with the artist.
He mentions in his liner notes;
In March of 2010, I travelled with my fiance to Cuba for ten days. I brought with me a Zoom H4N portable recorder and gathered various snippets of the rich acoustic landscape. After returning home, I spent many hours editing, warping, looping, filtering, sampling, and mangling the sounds to distil them into songs. Over the next three years, I created an album of electronic music that attempts to tell the story of this...
It certainly tells the story.
Take jinetero for example;
The only lyric in the entire track (and for that matter he entire album) is the deep bass vocal
Intonation Of the word jinetero.
Think Barry white meets Isaac Hayes..

Jinetero refers to;
street "jockeys," who specialize in swindling tourists. Most jineteros speak English and go out of their way to appear friendly, by offering to serve as tour guides or to facilitate the purchase of cheap cigars, for example. However many are in fact professional criminals who will not hesitate to use violence in their efforts to acquire tourists' money and other valuables. (wikipedia)

With its edgy brass arrangement, and mantra like Chorus, you feel like you're running through
The streets of cuba, drinking and dodging con artists...very cool.
Every track (each with a strong sound design element) evokes a strong visual.
Melodically and rhythmically exciting, you’ll always find something new
with repeated listenings.

Highly recommended..

Matthew Forss

Does not disappoint at all!
Scott Riesterer is a skilled sound designer from Vancouver, Canada for documentaries, short films, video games, and commercials. The musical inspiration for Sonidos De Cuba stems from a trip the country over a decade ago. The new nine-track release dabbles in alt-jazz, electronica, trip-hop, down-tempo, house, and progressive genres with some alt-pop influences. Sonidos De Cuba is embellished with the sounds of the island nation from field recordings that are not grainy, too unprocessed, or too rough.

“Una Die En El Jardine” opens with various animal sounds and atmospheric or environmental interference. The music is interrupted with percolating, blurby sounds. The trumpet-like noises blend with a house or trip-hop back-beat that contains some dry pings, wood block sounds, and raw percussion consisting of cymbals and drums. A squawky, static-driven guitar embellishment sets the tone for a classical rock presence that is a little funk-laden. However, the tune mellows with some rattling percussion, electronic pings and noises, along with blurby, spacey inflections that are new age and avant-garde. A fluid, keyboard portion reflects a jazzy side that throbs with lush sounds seemingly leaping out of the speakers and into your lap. The environmental noises
return at the end of the song for a circumlocutional affect that does not disappoint.

“Jinetero” opens with an urban, bazaar feel, followed by a swishy percussion set that is boisterous and definitely alive with muted trumpet sounds, rippling percussion, and electronic scratches, buzzes, and blurbs. The funk-laden tune contains punchy, but steady trumpet sounds throughout. However, the real charm is the spacious electric sounds and deep voice that recites the song’s title a few times throughout the song.

“La Cueva” opens with some whistling, environmental noises, and walking sounds with some swishy wave sounds. There are scattered pings and drones that merge into a rock-type solo on drums, wood block-like instrument, dark trumpet stylings, and blurby electronic sounds. The atmospheric washes and general beat resemble older Tangerine Dream material. At any rate, the music is rather long, but contains a variety of progressions that are not exactly coherent. Still, there are beautiful soundscapes that are explored with precision and desirability in mind.

“Motopollo” opens with environmental noises and animal sounds that are joined by a motorcycle
motor that repeats the same basic motor sound for a minute. The motor sound wanes and the swishy percussion picks up speed, but the electronic drones, slapping sounds, and reverberating saw-like sounds with some grinding noises make the song particularly likeable. There is a nice mix of electronica and dance with an almost equal addition of avant-garde charm.

“De Salida” begins with a vibrant mix of urban sounds that resemble a subway, crowd of people, and intercepted transmissions from other planets. However, the tonal pings and clear tones signal a rather avant-garde set-up. There are children’s voices in the background, radio or television transmissions, and swishy percussion noises that cannot be ignored. The laser-like pings, earthy percussion, and sparkling electronica provide a multi-layered song that is anything but boring. The electronic notes are playful and almost indicative of chip-tune music.

Canadian-based, Scott Riesterer, presents listeners with a diverse array of amped-up electronic music with a percussive twist. There are enough melodies and rhythms to entice even the most discriminating listeners. Sonidos De Cuba is an avant-garde-beat that is somewhat Caribbean, but more focused on electronica with a new age presence. The music does not disappoint at all.

Anyone familiar with instrumental electronica and percussion magnificence should check out
Scott Riesterer’s latest release.