paintings of windows is one of a plethora of projects by pseudoarcana label head antony milton. antony spent 2009 and 2010 in south america, and this serves as something of an audio diary of that time.
as with the previous works in the PoW series - sound studies from india, pakistan and new zealand, 'plaza de armas' is based upon field recordings that have been subtly layered or treated so as to draw out the mood of pieces and to enhance the natural narrative flow of the album as a whole. most times these treatments are imperceptible to the listener.
recorded in peru, chile, ecuador, bolivia and argentina much of the album favours distant sounds more reminiscent of day dreams over strident documentary recordings. the sounds of a vibrant but distant fiesta band drifts up a mountain valley on the wind, a children's pipe band rehearse in a broken down church, frogs chirrup in a palpably warm dusk, an 80 year old woman sings a lullaby on a jungle boat.
"strangeness abounds everywhere and the air is full of secret stories. the air is also full of music. during the track rurrenabaque/ovalle night ambience, music issues forth from radios, pool balls click, motor bike engines rev and a piano plays. everything exists together and edges are blurred. the track dissolves into a gentle rumble as if the tropical night has consumed everything... a world full of sound, but more importantly teeming with life." - thefieldreporter.wordpress.com/2012/05/12/122/