The Soundscape of BORDER TRIP(tych) / TRIP(tico) de la frontera
In 2007, David Molina first learned of his mother’s complicated history and immigrant struggle when he interviewed her for part one of BORDER TRIP(tych). Her story recounts leaving El Salvador and coming to the U.S. alone, later returning to her homeland due homesickness. She and David’s father were consequently forced to return to the U.S. and cross the border illegally in order to get young, dying, infant David adequate medical attention. In time, they settled in the U.S, working the typical immigrant jobs, and eventually hosting relatives fleeing El Salvador’s bloody Civil War.
Taking this along with other immigrant testimonies, Molina then edited them down to their most pertinent and powerful moments. From them, he wrote original music using acoustic and electronic instruments, field recordings, vocals, and found objects. The sound design includes recordings of organic materials, anti-immigrant propaganda and media sound bytes, which are then burned onto CDs. During the shows, Molina mixes and loops these samples using DJ gear to create rhythms, or to give them a musical quality. On top of this sound bed, he improvises on multiple instruments using looping and sampling technology, creating dense complex layers. He essentially creates a live music score, sound design, and re-mix of all the material. For the third installment he will be using his father’s testimony.
Listen to a sampling of BORDER TRIP(tych) / TRIP(tico) de la frontera Audio tracks
“Enterrada demo (3 themes mix)” – From Demo by David Molina. Track 2 of 24.
Niños Enterrados – From Music for Installations by David Molina. Track 4 of 5.
“La Despedida” from Music for Installations by David Molina. Released: 2011. Track 5 of 5.
Soundscape created by David Molina for BORDER TRIP(tych) / TRIP(tico) de la frontera