Marcelo Soria-Rodríguez, or msoriaro as he’s affectionately known on fxhash, released his first mint on the platform just as it opened for beta use.
contrapuntos translates to counterpoint, a music theory term describing the relationships between lines of music. Using counterpoint, a musician can create sonically dependent or independent lines of music that can stand alone or be loomed together into harmonious sonic textures. In contrapuntos #241, the use of various lines of color strung together in a temporal arrangement exemplifies the alone-togetherness of counterpoint theory and, perhaps, life itself.
Despite looking and feeling like the first clear winner of the fxhash beta era, contrapuntos took a while to mint out. Early fxhash collectors spent incredible amounts of time debating the project’s perceived high edition count and exorbitant mint price of 5 XTZ (which, at the time, was the most expensive fxhash mint price yet).
Personally, contrapuntos was the first collection released that left me speechless and obsessed with completing a full-color set. A set of contrapuntos entails six colorways: black, red, light red, gold, white, and light blue. There’s also an array of XYZ, which differs in width, length, and clustering, giving rise to spacious outputs like #280 below.
The truly beautiful aspect of this release lies precisely in the depth of variety between iterations. Each output is clearly unique from its peers yet simultaneously expresses structural similarity, or harmoniousness if you will. As such, the resonance within and between each contrapunto is apparent, allowing one to zoom out on the collection as a whole, allowing it to play like a sublime orchestra.
My love for contrapuntos is such that I gifted my parents a printed iteration after painstakingly poring over the right printing method (giclée according to msoriaro himself). But I know I’m not alone in my deep appreciation for the collection — there’s an entire community built around msoriaro’s work in the fxhash discord. Come and join us sometime to talk contrapuntos!