June 27th, 2014 by ejalbright
Click above to hear samples of music to the new light-and-sound show at Chichen Itza
The music for the new nightly light-and-sound show at Chichén Itzá has premiered on the Internet.
Aldo Aráchar, a sound engineer based in Mexico City, reportedly composed the score for the new show, which according to officials is slated to premiere in early July.
Aráchar posted a sample of his score on SoundCloud, explaining, “Original music composed for the all new Chichen Itzá night show. Featuring state of the art video mapping techniques, lighting and quadraphonic audio, the new show truly is an extraordinary experience.”
Earlier this month Yucatán Governor Rolando Zapata Bello made a whirlwind trip to Chichén itzá to inspect the new show. According to press reports, the governor’s office had requested changes, in particular with the soundtrack, insisting upon more indigenous music/instruments.
Aráchar’s samples do contain what sound like Maya drums (the tunkel) and whistle, although most of the music is symphonic, closely resembling a film score.
The new light-and-sound show cost the state $60 million Mexican ($4.6 million US). Two years ago the equipment that projected the former light-and-show was struck by lightning. The loss of the nightly show has been devastating to hotels and restaurants in the area, who have had trouble attracting visitors to stay overnight without it.
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