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Viral

[English] When I first imagined "Viral," I wanted to base the piece on the various controversial tweets by

Donald Trump. Not only did Trump prove to be the most uninspiring character ever, but also did

his tweets. As a consequence, I abandoned my initial idea. Instead, I took Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan and transformed it into the melodic motif introduced in the first two bars of "Viral." 

The motif (whose rhythm I based on the syllabic profile of the slogan) gets stretched, multiplied, compressed, and passed on to the various members of the string orchestra like a virus. I also aimed to make the motif very catchy,  so audience members would get "infected" during the performance. It is my musical reaction to the virality of political ideas facilitated by mediums like Twitter, and what that means for the global political landscape. The piece (a collaboration between Mexican and American

artists) is also a stance against the isolation policies promoted by Trump's agenda.

 

[Español] Cuando imaginé "Viral" por primera vez, quería basar la pieza en los controversiales tweets de Donald Trump. Trump no solo resultó ser el personaje menos inspirador del planeta, sino que sus tweets resultaron igual de decepcionantes. Como consecuencia, abandoné mi primera idea. En vez, tomé el famoso slogan de "Make America Great Again" o "Haz América Grande de Nuevo" y lo transformé en motivo melódico que presento en los dos primeros compases de la pieza. El motivo (cuyo ritmo basé en el perfil silábico del slogan en ingles) se estira, multiplica, comprime y se "esparce" entre los miembros de la orquesta como un virus. Es bastante pegajoso, para que la audiencia también se "infecte" durante el performance. Es mi reacción musical a la viralidad de ideas politicas facilitada por medios como Tweeter. La pieza (una colaboración entre artistas mexicanos y estadounidenses) es un símbolo en contra de las políticas de aislamiento promovidas por Trump.