With the success of MXTX album (Six Degrees Records) and ongoing live premieres, the Austin, Texas-based nonprofit golden hornet publishes the entire open source MXTX sample library; the unconditional gift of thousands of beats, drops, loops, notations, melodic fragments and soundscapes from a carefully selected group of DJs and composers, including Camilo Lara (Mexican Sound Institute), Adrian Quesada (Black Cougars), Mabe Fratti, Selectah Toy, and many more. These are the original sample sources used in the creation of the studio album MXTX: a cross-border exchangewhich one to Austin Chronicle calls:

“…one hell of a vibe, intersecting the glitchy flavor of Nortec Collective with the groove and atmosphere of Thievery Corporation while bringing a small army of collaborators from both sides of the Texas-Mexico border in on the fun.”

In 2020 and despite a global pandemic, Golden Hornet Artist Director Graham Reynoldswell known for his original film scores by Richard Linklater, along with three other extraordinary co-curators, invited 40 musical artists from both sides of the Rio Grande/Bravo to participate in the first phase of MXTX; building the open source sample library.

Preservatives included Orion Garciafounder of the Latinx DJ/Producer/Artist collective based in Austin, Texas Peligrosa; from Monterrey, Mexico, artistic entrepreneur Coke Trevino, the founder of The Projecto; and the highly acclaimed Felipe Perez Santiago de Mexico – composer, conductor, sound artist and currently Artist-in-Residence at California’s SETI Institute.

What is MXTX: A Cross-Border Exchange?


The second phase of the project, the MXTX: a cross-border exchange studio album, consists of thirteen gender-balanced complete works and a bonus track that draws on many elements from the MXTX Sample library but deconstructed and reconstructed in combination with composed and arranged parts for a more electronic chamber ensemble.

Stream and buy the entire album here

Highlights include a collaboration between Rubén Albarran from Café Tacvba and Ramon Amezcua “Bostich” from Nortec Collective and a David Lynch piece from Gabriela OrtizLatin Grammy nominee and recipient of the Mexican National Prize for Arts and Literature.

With the release of the entire sample library and the continued intention to forge borderless musical connections around the world, the idea is for creatives to take their approach to MXTX project using the library for original compositions or remixes.

Based in Mexico City pahua (Paulina Sotomayor) has done just that with the upcoming release of “Impermanencia Involuntaria”, premiering exclusively here at Magnetic Magazine and on all digital platforms tomorrow, August 24e. Her take on Alina Maldonado’s original dives deep into the MXTX sample library to create a track that goes back and forth with Sotomayor’s style while keeping the original vibe intact.

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Pahua explains:

“It was a lot of fun working on this new rendition. I took the backbone of the song, which is the trombone. I worked it with a lo-fi beat to make it a lo-fi Mariachi version, i.e. a regional Mexican sound that has oscillated for generations between bohemian and traditional.It is a very fresh and dark version and mystery is enveloped between its layers.

Read more about Pahua’s remix here

Grammy Award-winning producer/guitarist Adrian Quesada of the black pumas is the first highlighted sample pack in the library. Adrien goes on to say:

“By far the most influential art form in my life has been hip-hop, and its process of reinventing and repurposing is something I love… For MXTX, I’ve put together a sample of sounds , sensations and genres to inspire someone to run with as they wish, without preconceived instructions. Graham Reynolds adds, “The early phases of MXTX focused on two creative communities, from Mexico and Texas, together making an artistic statement. This next phase sees the release of our 24 gigabyte sample library worldwide, free to everyone. We can’t wait to hear what innovations are yet to come! »

Access the entire MXTX sample library here

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