In the both the Andean ancestral languages of Aymara and Quechua, the word warmi translates to woman. Argentinian netlabel Sudamerica Electrónica has compiled the collection Warmi Noise featuring a roster of South American women working in electronic and experimental music, and describes the release as follows:
The intention of this compilation is to present a solid argument in favor of placing gender equality at the center of the effort to reorient the development of our Latin American record label. In order to address key contemporary challenges, it’s necessary to publish a compilation showing some of the best examples of the Latin noise movement in a transformation of structure, equality, social security, and democratization, through live acts and perfomances. It is a fundamental step.*
Warmi Noise includes live experimental recordings such as “Gi Ahumada” by Argentinian poet Constanza Pellicci, which features improvisational vocals atop synth pads reminiscent of Brian Eno’s “2/1”; and “The Kitchen” by Veronica Meloni, a choppy sonic collage assembled from a variety of metallic household sounds.
The compilation is rounded out by “Volviendo a Casa,” a silky downtempo jam by Chile’s Alisú, and an industrial drum-n-bass track from Buenos Aires’ Camille Android, best described as “POST INTERNET EXPRESIONISMO ELECTRONICO MUTANTE,” by the artist herself.
At the height of the conversation about women’s inclusion and equality in electronic music (amongst all industries and fields) it’s important that records such as these aren’t released totally under the radar. However, within the realm of underground electronic music, thoughtful initiatives like Warmi Noise help to push the entire culture of music past its traditionally male-dominated trappings, even through niche music genres.
Download the full compilation at archive.org.
*paraphrased for clarity