La Chicharra is a body of electro-acoustic noise, drones, sounds, rock and roll, and murder ballads by artist Cristobal Martinez. The work archived in La Chicharra use instrument scores that include electronic musical instruments, computational algorithms, hacked human-computer interfaces, acoustic instruments, and field recordings. All of the computational algorithms, hacked interfaces, and electronic musical instruments are designed, built, and performed by Martinez. La Chicharra is a chronicle of sonic metaphors and narratives about Northern New Mexico and the greater borderlands that are inspired by traditional stories, memories, tragedies, sleaze rock radio, and composer perceptions of the land. According to Martinez, who was born and raised in New Mexico, “The sounds presented in this blog are a signal fire — a prayer to the people, lands, and water I am from; a memory of my ancestors; a memorial to those who have disappeared; and a predator upon all in power who choose to irradiate our lands.”

Black Mesa

Prairie Dog Town


Stone Cold Killer

Lower Road

El Cañon

Doña Sebastiana

Clubhoof / Clubfoot

Crash Test Doll


Feathered Culebra