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Length: c. 15 minutes

About this Piece

Spicy tamarind candy-making is almost an adventure inside the big candy factory: Tamarind is boiled in water and then strained to get the flavor. In a different room, glucose is mixed with some water to get candy: The candy is stretched, compressed, slapped, and elongated before it is mixed with the rich acidic flavor of the tamarind and guajillo chili powder. The result is a delicious hot candy whose process inspires melting sounds and spicy rhythms. —Francisco Cortés-Álvarez