Sonidos de Cuba Scott Riesterer

In March of 2010, Scott Riesterer travelled with his fiance to Cuba for ten days. Despite the short amount of time he spent there, he was overwhelmed by the complexity, culture, rhythm and pulse of the country. He brought with him a Zoom H4N portable recorder and gathered various snippets of the rich acoustic landscape. After returning home, he began using these recordings as a foundation for his own music. He spent many hours editing, warping, looping, filtering, sampling, and mangling the sounds to distil them into songs. Over the next three years, he created an album of electronic music that attempts to tell the story of this visit. He 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”.

  • Year of composition: 2013
  • Genre: Electronica
  • Hardware used: Zoom H4N Portable Recorder, MFB Kraftzwerg Analog Synthesizer, Korg Electribe ES-1mkII, Trumpet, Trombone, Dave Smith Tempest, Korg Monotribe, Access Virus, Dave Smith Poly Evolver, Elektron Octatrack, Elektron Machinedrum, Korg Kaossilator
  • Software used: Native Instruments Komplete 7 Bundle (Reaktor, Kontakt, Battery, Massive, Absynth, FM8), FXPansion Strobe, Amber and Cypher; BFD2, Ableton Live 9, Avid ProTools 10, Waves Platinum Bundle,
  • Duration of the submitted work: 61:12
  • Production: Home
  • Disc publication: Sublime Sound (887516009969). Available for sale at: and More info at:

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