SCRIPTORIUM began its journey in December 1999. It became the Cuban scene's voice for thirteen years. It was the vehicle where bands, both rock, and metal, channeled their opinions and concerns. For us, it meant communion and gathering, a print that represented everyone on the island, from ALBATROSS, Sandino's woodcutting punks to the black metal that MORBO made in Baracoa. Everyone was reflected and, in a certain way, participated with their comments and suggestions.
In 2013 we received an invitation to present the magazine at the acclaimed SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. Towards that event, we left with the Cuban bands ANCESTOR, ESCAPE, and AGONIZER. The plane ticket was open for a month. Still, it was the passage to freedom for many. It was the way we found to shake ourselves off the oppression of the Cuban dictatorship, from that regime that limits freedom of expression and degrades its inhabitants, like a Kafkaesque metaphor. Out of more than twenty musicians and support staff, only two returned.
Immigrant life is not easy, you leave the comfort zone to launch yourself into the unknown, and you only bring your dreams and desires to go ahead. It took seven long years to build another comfort zone and be able to resume those dreams, that addiction to ink and paper, that repressed longing, that path that you once took. The new environment is different, more technological, more digitized. It is an environment where readers have moved towards digital, social networks, and sitting down to leaf through a magazine has gone out of style. However, SCRIPTORIUM will try to rescue the past's longings, that forgotten feeling, call us dreamers, but I think we are not the only ones, as that great English rock legend would say.
SCRIPTORIUM is and will be the publication where everyone will find a place. When you mention this name, we want that you get an image and a feeling of unity. We want all the elements that make a scene great to be represented, from bands, labels, radio shows, distributors, and the audience, especially. We want everyone to find the support they need on our pages. Without further ado, we leave you with these forty pages loaded with nostalgia, rebellion, dialogue, and criticism. We apologize in advance because English is our second language; we try to intertwine various cultures woven by this universal language so that everyone can read us. Although this issue 24 will be the first edition made from the United States, there will also be a Spanish written version. We just want to thank you. We will always be in debt to our readers. Thank you for your support in all these years and for encouraging us to return. Gracias miles.
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