‘Futuro Conjunto‘ is the brain child of Rio Grande Valley natives Jonathan Leal and Charlie Vela. These music-minded storytellers managed to funnel the feeling of unease and worry about the future into a story of agency, curiosity and expression. It’s a story woven together through song, art and culture – Valley culture.
This futuristic concept album is housed at Futuroconjunto.com. The site is built as a portal to archives of the future and includes an interactive timeline of imagined events to come, original art, animation and videos designed to immerse the audience deeper into this world. It was created with collaborations by more than 30 Valley-area artists.
The music takes listeners though a future reality of the RGV using archival footage of a live-streamed concert in 2120. It’s held at an abandoned rocket facility in fictional Boca Chica, Texas – presumably, a possible future of the currently unincorporated area in Brownsville with the same name. The stream is corrupted so only the audio is in tact – leaving room for the audience to imagine what life could be like in the Valley 100 years from now through several fictional bands and varying futuristic musical genres.
Listen to the complete story in the player above.