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Edgar Barroso – Website I Works I News I Projects I

This website is a sort of a music diary where I share music, videos, ideas, current and future projects, dreams and everything that comes to mind. I’m thankful and glad that you are here. You can hear about news and concerts in the BLOG section of this website. This website is focused on my music [...]

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Transdisciplinary Collaboration and Open Source Creation

As mentioned before the study and practice of Transdisciplinary Collaboration is of tremendous importance in my life. During my time at Harvard I founded various collaboration groups with graduate students coming from many different fields of knowledge. We called it the “Open Source Creation Group” which was a cluster of Harvard Graduate and Undergraduate students [...]

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Edgar Barroso – Composition Interests

My writing focuses on the exploration of how trans-disciplinary collaboration, sound physicality, and social context influenced the resulting sound. Almost every new work of music that I write, becomes an opportunity to create a community based environment with experts in fields other than music. This collaborative approach is crucial to be able to explore new [...]

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Edgar Barroso – Social Innovation Programs in Mexico

Social commitment is also an essencial part of my life. Using the skills I have learned from years of studying collaboration have helped to create a nationwide community of responsible citizens involved in the betterment of social issues in modern Mexico. We have several projects such as “60 Minutos por México”. An initiative that has [...]

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“Innateness is Modular” by Edgar Barroso premiered by Elision Ensemble at Harvard University

Edgar Barroso - Elision Ensemble

…is Australia’s premier new music ensemble whose virtuosic and authoritative performances have established the reputation of Australian new music at key international venues and festivals.

The ensemble has performed at Maerzmusik, the Hebbel Theater Berlin, the Berlin Philharmonie and Konzerthaus, Wien Modern, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Westdeutscher Runkfunk, Radio Bremen, Festival Ars Musica of Brussels, the Züricher TheaterSpektakel, Saitama Arts Theatre of Japan, IRCAM, the 50th Warsaw Autumn Festival, the Chekov International Theatre Festival of Moscow, the Opéra National de Paris Bastille for the Festival d’automne of Paris, the TRANSIT Festival of Leuven, the Ultima Festival of Oslo, Spitalfields Festival, the City of London Festival, and Kings Place in London. These engagements complement major appearances at the Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide Festivals and the release of several recordings with KAIROS, NEOS, NMC and MODE — all reviewed to acclaim by the international press.

Recently the group has worked with composers Bryn Harrison, Sam Hayden, Einar Einarsson, Matthew Sergeant, Luke Paulding and Ann Cleare, and maintained a close research relationship with SIAL studios at RMIT, Melbourne. Richard Barrett’s CONSTRUCTION, a large project commissioned by the European Capital of Culture programme, was premiered by ELISION at the Huddersfield Contemporary music Festival in 2011 and broadcast live by BBC Radio3. ELISION has also developed a strong relationship with newly emergent strands of American composition made evident in the close association with composers Aaron Cassidy, Evan Johnson and Timothy McCormack and forthcoming residencies at Harvard and Stanford Universities as part of a USA tour in 2014.

ELISION has recorded over twenty-two compact discs, undertaken close to forty international tours to over fourteen different countries and initiated international commissions and projects supported by cultural organisations in the United Kingdom Germany, Canada, Holland, France and Japan.

“Binary Opposition” Selected at the INTERNATIONAL CALL – SYMPOSIUM Understanding Visual Music – UVM 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina


“Binary Opposition” for Video and Electronics by Edgar Barroso from Edgar Barroso on Vimeo.

The Electronic Arts Experimentation and Research Centre – CEIArtE (Centro de Experimentación e Investigación en Artes Electrónicas) of the National University of Tres de Febrero (Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero) is inviting to submit papers and artworks about videomusic to be considered for the Understanding Visual Music – UVM 2013 symposium.

The event will be coproduced with the General San Martín Cultural Centre, the Galileo Galilei Buenos Aires Planetarium and will also count with the collaboration of the National University of Lanus. The symposium will be held on August 8th and 9th of 2013, in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Edgar Barroso selected as part of the Inaugural Class of Harvard Horizons Scholars



Eight students named as finalists by Harvard Horizons, the new GSAS initiative to celebrate the insights and innovations of Harvard’s PhD community

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce the 2013 Horizon Scholars, eight PhD students whose ideas, innovations, and insights have the potential to reshape their disciplines. These students have been selected by the Harvard Horizons initiative as representatives of the high aspirations and the extraordinary achievements of Harvard University’s PhD programs. They form the inaugural class of the Society of Horizon Scholars, a new fellowship cohort that will offer opportunities for long-lasting community, mentorship, and professional and academic growth. Over the next month, these scholars will receive in-depth mentoring on the art of effective presentation, preparing them for a campus-wide symposium on May 6, at 4:30 p.m. in Sanders Theatre.

The Inaugural Horizon Scholars
and their project titles:

Edgar Barroso, Music
“Enhancing Music, Social, and Entrepreneurial Innovation through Trans-Disciplinary Collaboration”

Stephanie Dick, History of Science
“Aftermath: Following Mathematics into the Digital”

Alex Fattal, Anthropology
“Guerrilla Marketing: Information War and the Demobilization of FARC Rebels”

Hansun Hsiung, East Asian Languages and Civilizations
“Textbook Enlightenment: Europe, Japan, and the Global Book Trade, 1720–1877”

Fenna Krienen, Psychology
“What We Can Learn From the Human Connectome”

Aaron Kuan, Applied Physics
“Graphene Nanopores for Single-Molecule DNA Sequencing”

Liz Maynes-Aminzade, English
“Macro-Realism: How Fiction Can Help Us Understand an Interconnected World”

Jeff Teigler, Division of Medical Sciences
“Building Better Vaccines by Learning the Language of the Immune System”

The Horizon Scholars will present their ideas in compelling, short-format talks at the Harvard Horizons Symposium on May 6, at 4:30 p.m., at Sanders Theatre. Provost Alan Garber, FAS Dean Mike Smith, and GSAS Dean Xiao-Li Meng will join in the celebration, and faculty, staff, and students from across the University are invited to attend as well, and to stay for a reception after the symposium. Free tickets will be available at the Harvard Box Office and at the door at Sanders Theatre. (More information to follow.)

The inaugural class of Horizon Scholars was selected by Harvard Horizons, an initiative of Dean Meng and Shigehisa Kuriyama, Reischauer Institute Professor of Cultural History at Harvard.

Fifty-five PhD students applied to Harvard Horizons in February, submitting synopses of their most essential research ideas and short video of themselves presenting their work. A cross-disciplinary faculty committee reviewed the applications, selected 15 semi-finalists, and conducted a round of interviews, after which the committee met to choose the eight Horizon Scholars.

“Binnary Opposition” by Edgar Barroso for Video and Electronics selected at the Festival Mixtur / Barcelona, Spain April 25 – 27, 2013.


Mixtur is a collective formed in Barcelona with the aim of contributing to the creation, pedagogy and diffusion of today’s music and sound art, engaged with research, both related to the sound itself and it’s interaction with other disciplines.1

“Metric Expansion of Space” for Accordion by Edgar Barroso at Concert Hall Studio Foce in Lugano, Switzerland performed by Gabriele Marangoni – January 12- 2013


The metric expansion of space is the increase of distance between distant objects in a space that is constantly expanding, like the universe. Even though the universe is expanding, is not expanding into anything outside of itself. I imagine this expansion as very violent and extreme. The piece expands certain material into itself, a sort of a force that is trying to reach the unreachable, but has no place to go but to return to his own mass. With an obsessive obstinate rhythmic structure and with spasms of energy that revolves in its own velocity, range and capacity, the accordion becomes a machine which receives a non-stop stream of energy from the player. These bursts of energy can be measured between several nearby points in space with a very precise compositional strategy. The piece uses amplification as a continuation of the idea of being continuing expanding. I can’t think of a better performer than Corrado Rojac, he is energetic, precise and yet sensitive to convey the beauty raised from an obsessive behavior. We are very lucky to have him with us.

“NADIR” by Edgar Barroso and Ernesto Rodriguez-Leal performed by Séverine Ballon at Harvard University / April 6 – 2013

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A collaboration between cellist Séverine Ballon, engineer Ernesto Rodríguez-Leal and composer Edgar Barroso. “Nadir” is a solo cello piece which uses ORIGAMI as an sound modulator and generator.

Séverine Ballon studied cello at the Hochschulen für Musik in Berlin and Lübeck with Joseph Schwab and Troels Svane. In 2004-2005 she was a participant in the International Ensemble Modern Academy. She has also undertaken further studies in contemporary cello technique with Siegfried Palm, Lukas Fels and Rohan de Saram. In 2006-2007, she was a solo cellist in the Toulouse Chamber Orchestra, before deciding to specialise in contemporary music performance. Séverine is a member of the ensembles ELISION (Australia), Ensemble Sillages and multilatérale (Paris) and works regularly with such ensembles as Klangforum Wien, musikFabrik (Cologne), Ictus, Ensemble Inytercontemporain… In 2008-2009 she was at Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart) for a six-month residency. She attaches particular importance to working directly with composers (Helmut Lachenmann, Liza Lim, James Dillon, Jonathan Harvey…) and has premiered several solo works (Liza Lim, Erik Ulman, Stefano Bulfon, Alex Sigman…). She has recently collaborated with composer David Coll on his multimedia work 68 at IRCAM, and on an installation project with photographer Evi Keller. She regularly performs in a duo with electronic artist Sébastien Roux. Séverine Ballon has been a prize-winner of the 2004 international contemporary music performance competition Gioia del Colle (Italy) and of the Marie-Luise Imbusch Foundation.

Awarded with a Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellowship – Harvard University / 2012 – 2013


Fellowships, were established to support a full academic year (September-June) of research or study abroad for Harvard graduate students and graduates of Harvard’s graduate and professional schools.

Candidates for these fellowships should have an outstanding academic record, a feasible and well-defined project, and good standing within their school.

“PUSH” by Edgar Barroso in progress for the ICST Immersive Space


An immersive/interactive non-linear piece by Edgar Barroso created for technology developed at the p://www.icst.net/” target=”_blank”>ICST by Jan Schachter which tries to portrait the dichotomy that exists in his native Mexico. Beauty – Violence, Hope – Poverty, Biodiversity – Polution.

“ACU” 8.0 Multichannel Electroacoustic piece by Edgar Barroso performed at the Visiones Sonoras Festival. October 2012 – Morelia, México

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Particularly important in acupuncture is the free flow of Qi, it is commonly translated as “vital energy”. Acupuncture treatment regulates the flow of Qi, tonifying where there is deficiency, draining where there is excess, and promoting free flow where there is stagnation. An axiom of the medical literature of acupuncture is “no pain, no blockage; no blockage, no pain.” Acu is based on the idea of representing an ill sound organism full with blockages that eventually will heal by “pressing” specific points (speakers).

ACU 8.0 Electroacoustic piece by edgarbarroso

“Visiones Sonoras” es realizado por el Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras (www.cmmas.org) con el apoyo de la Secretaría de Cultura del Estado de Michoacán, el Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, el Centro Nacional de las Artes, el Conservatorio de las Rosas, el British Council y la Unidad de Vinculación de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Campus Morelia.

“Kuanasi Uato” by Edgar Barroso performed by the Argento Chamber Ensemble – Conducted by Michel Galante / Boston, MA – October 2012

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Kuanasi Uato I by Edgar Barroso performed by Argento Ensemble at Harvard University – 2012 by edgarbarroso-4

The Argento Chamber Ensemble is the performance arm of the Argento New Music Project. Consisting of nine dedicated members, the ensemble regularly expands to perform and record chamber orchestra works of up to 30 musicians, and has established a reputation for delivering unforgettable performances.

Argento spearheaded Lunar Movements in 2010, and again in 2012, series of weekend concerts exploring modes of musical écriture that stem from Schoenberg’s 1912 Pierrot Lunaire. The Ensemble has toured widely in the US and abroad in festivals including the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the International Festival of Spectral Music in Istanbul, Turkey, the American Festival of Microtonal Music in New York, Sounds French Festival in New York, The Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ireland, and the International Festival of Electro-acoustic music, Shanghai. Tours to Asia and the Middle East included collaborations with non-Western musicians such as singer Kani Karaça.

The group has worked closely with leading composers such as Pierre Boulez, Tania Leon, Tristan Murail, Elliott Carter, Philippe Hurel, Gerard Pesson, Joshua Fineberg, and Philippe Leroux, and has collaborated with younger emerging composers internationally and at leading universities such as Columbia, Princeton, and Stonybrook.

The Ensemble’s first recording, featuring the music of Tristan Murail, was released in January of 2007 on the AEON label. The recording immediately received critical acclaim worldwide, and won the 2010 Record Geijutsu Record Academy Award for the new music category. Recording of Philippe Hurel’s Quatre Variations was released in 2009 on the Harmonia Mundi label, and recording of works by Alexandre Lunsqui is slated for release in the near future. The ensemble has also recorded surround sound installation works, and has produced a complete video and audio recording of Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire for online education.

Argento’s reputation has been the result of its long history as a chamber ensemble since 2000, demanding technical preparation, and a probing interpretive commitment to the music. Independent of commercial endeavors, the Ensemble relies on the hard work of its musicians, board members, and your generous support.

“An Inward flow” performed by duo SONODUALIS at the XIX Festival Punto de Encuentro. Valencia/Spain – November 16 – 2012



ESTRENO ABSOLUTO: CARLOS SATUÉ-”Cinco poemas de Castro” mezzosoprano, saxophon and live electronic

Mezzosoprano, saxophon and live electronic

“Kuanasi Uato” by Edgar Barroso premiered at the International Cervantino Festival by the Ensamble Nuevo de México – Conductor: Miguel Salmón del Real / October 18 -2012

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Commissioned by the International Cervantino Festival based on the city of Guanajuato – Mexico. “Kuanasi Uato” comes from two words that formed the current name of this city: Kuanasï and Uato from the Purepecha language. The name means “hill of frogs”. It was given this name because for the ancient Purepechas, it seemed that they were shaped like frogs. Because of the geographical characteristics of the city, where you can only access the city going through tunnels, the contrast in environmental changes is dramatic. Therefore contrast is very important in the piece. Kuanasi Uato is made up of different materials that collide against one another, separated, incapable of mixing. Throughout the piece, sound starts modeling the interaction among these materials until they get trapped in a flow of events which overlap constantly. This overlapping of energies create a vocabulary of gestures that compose the entire energy profile of the piece. This energy, and this piece is a sort of melancholic homage to Guanajuato, where I did my undergraduate studies and where I have dear friends and family.
Comisionada por el Festival Internacional Cervantino 2012 en la ciudad de Guanajuato. “Kuanasi Uato” viene de dos palabras que forman el nombre actual de esta ciudad: Kuanasï y Uato de la lengua purépecha. El nombre significa “cerro de ranas”. Se le dio este nombre porque para los purépechas, las montañas parecían que tenían forma de ranas. Debido a las características geográficas de la ciudad, donde sólo se puede acceder pasando por túneles, el contraste de los cambios ambientales es dramático. Por lo tanto, el contraste en el material sonoro es muy importante en la pieza. Kuanasi Uato se compone de diferentes materiales que colisionan unos contra otros, separados, incapaces de mezclarse o integrarse. A lo largo de la pieza, el sonido mismo empieza a modelar la interacción entre estos materiales hasta que se quedan atrapados en un flujo de eventos musicales que se superponen constantemente. Esta superposición de las energías, comienza a crear un vocabulario de gestos que componen el perfil energético de la pieza. Esta energía, y la pieza es una especie de homenaje melancólico a Guanajuato, donde hice mis estudios de grado y donde tengo amigos y familia muy queridos.

“ACU” by Edgar Barroso at FYLKINGEN, Stockholm / Sweden – September 18th -2012.

Fylkingen is a society, consisting primarily of practicing artists, devoted to the production and promotion of new music and intermedia art. Since its foundation in 1933, initially as a chamber music society, Fylkingen has been committed to experimental, new and unestablished forms of contemporary arts. Learn more…

Tuesday 2012, September 18th – 20:30
Octophonic Concert

Münchenbryggeriet, Torkel Knutsonsgatan 2, Stockholm
Martes 18.9.2012 a las 20:30 horas


Caminando…. (recordando Nicolás Guillén) sección I (2002) Andrés Lewin-Richter
ACU (2008) Edgar Barroso
Formants B (2003) Albert Llanas
On Nothing (2003) José Manuel Berenguer
Sonatisse (2004) Pablo Fredes
Strings (1989) Andrés Lewin-Richter


Generalitat de Catalunya: Consell Nacional de la Cultura i de les Arts
Ajuntament de Barcelona: Barcelona Cultura
SGAE Fundación Autor
Universitat Pompeu Fabra


“Metric Expansion of Space” by Edgar Barroso will be performed by accordionist Gabriele Marangoni at the Palace Moriggia – Museum of the Risorgimento in Milan. June 21, 2012


Si diploma in fisarmonica con il massimo dei voti presso il Conservatorio G.Verdi di Milano con il M. Sergio Scappini, col quale continua a specializzarsi. Parallelamente studia composizione sperimentale con il M° Dario Maggi, sempre presso il Conservatorio di Musica di Milano. Ottiene presso l’Università degli Studi di Torino la Laurea in Scienze e Tecnologie dell’Arte con il Prof. Ernesto Napolitano. See more…

“ENGRAMA” by Edgar Barroso winner of the Blodgett String Quartet Composition Prize. “Engrama” will be performed by the Chiara String Quartet at Sanders Theater on February 19, 2013

Chiara String Quartet

“ENGRAMA” will be performed at the Sanders Theater at Harvard University in February 2013.


Renowned for bringing fresh excitement to traditional string quartet repertoire as well as for creating insightful interpretations of new music, the Chiara String Quartet (Rebecca Fischer and Julie Hye-Yung Yoon, violins; Jonah Sirota, viola; Gregory Beaver, cello) captivates its audiences throughout the country. During 2011-2012, the Chiara is celebrating twelve seasons of playing together.The Chiara has established itself as among America’s most respected ensembles, lauded for its “highly virtuosic, edge-of-the-seat playing” (The Boston Globe). Read more…

Collaboration with designer Yen-Ting Cho and Edgar Barroso “To Be Different” will be screened the Royal College of Art in London (Lecture Theater 1)

Percussionist Samuel Z. Solomon premieres “Ataraxia” by Edgar Barroso for percussion and live electronics at the John Knowles Concert Paine Hall – Harvard University / April 26, 2012

Ataraxia (Ἀταραξία “tranquility”) is a Greek term used by Pyrrho and Epicurus for a lucid state, characterized by freedom from worry or any other preoccupation. In this piece, the aim is to convey a state of tranquility with a very smooth flow of energy coming from the percussionist. In the score, the performer is asked to think in terms of the practice of Tai-Chi, where acceleration is very controlled and energy is somewhat contempt. The electronics on the other hand, are representing the energy, that invisible vitality coming from very soft and controlled movements, this energy is invisible to our eyes but is all around us. The piece is a state of robust tranquility that derives from surrounding oneself with trustworthy and affectionate sound world “worthy of trust”, avoiding directionality and conflict. I am very luck to have Samuel Z. Salomon to premiere this piece, he really understood the piece right from the beginning and his incredible sensitivity and musicianship are truly remarkable.

“UTTERANCE” for Baritone and One Speaker by Edgar Barroso. Premiered by Bass-Baritone Frank Wörner. April 14, 8pm – 2012 – Harvard University, John Knowles Paine Concert Hall

For non-native speakers, utterance is a word that comes with a lot of confusing pronunciations, meanings and usages. This piece is an homage to a friend of mine who spent a long evening conversation explaining to me (and others) what is the meaning of the word Utterance and when it is a appropriate to use it. Is it pronunciation? Is it mention? Is it expression? Is it a style of communication? Is it all of them? Since Frank Wörner comes from Germany and I will soon move to Switzerland I decided to use German and English to convey distance from the absolute understanding of the word Utterance.

The piece is an absurd dialogue between the singer and a second character who is “inside” a single speaker and that will be interrupting and explaining the meaning of Utterance to Frank. The learning experience makes use of singing, speaking, laughing, shouting and what the performer feels at the moment of listening to what the speaker has to say. It has a controlled level of improvisation, making the piece be halfway into a small music theater monologue-dialogue between him and his many selves. An absurdist fiction that was not that far away from that original conversation among friends on the topic of Utterance.

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Works by:

Justin Hoke
Sivan Cohen-Elias
Edgar Barroso
Chaya Czernowin
Andreas Dohmen

ARTS @ David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies: Spring Music Concert / March 28 – 2012

Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
Contact: Marcela Ramos, mvramos@fas.harvard.edu

ARTS@DRCLAS is pleased to announce the second version of its SPRING MUSIC CONCERT SERIES. Each year Latino and Latino American musicians from Harvard and the Boston area are invited to play at The David Rockefeller for Latin American Studies.

Program 1: Composer Andres Ballesteros
Nora and Reshma’s Magical Tandem Bike Ride
Sin Tregua

Program 2: Composer Edgar Barroso
ACU – Electroacoustic piece
Kapsis – For Video and Electronics
Binary Opposition – for video and electronics

Program 3: Trio Clave: Carmen Liliana Marulanda (Traverse flute), Fabián Gallón (Tiple) Arístides Rivas (Violoncello)
Gloria Beatríz – Bambuco de León Cardona
Bochicaneando – Bambuco de Luis Uribe Bueno
El Sanjuanero Huilense by composer Anselmo Durán.
Marielena – Danza de José A. Morales
Carito – Bambuco de Luis Carlos Saboya
El Patasdilo – Pasillo de Carlos Vieco Ortíz

All arrangements by Carmen Liliana Marulanda, except Carito, by Lucas Saboya.

The event is free and open to the public.

Reception to follow.

“Over-Proximity” by Edgar Barroso premiered at Harvard University by MusikFabrik Ensemble and conducted by Yordan Kamdzhalov / May 12 – 2012

Conducted by Yordan Kamdzharov

For Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, One Snare Drum, Two Maracas and Piano.

We are now so close to each other. Social networks have been sharing our lives, ideas, pictures, videos to the world since some years ago. These hyper-connectivity has created the possibility to maintain relationships that otherwise would not be possible, such as long distance relationships and online collaboration. Nonetheless, despite all these advantages, this over-proximity to our lives, has brought a new form of stress to society. What we published in these networks could make somebody else uncomfortable, upset, even miserable, and could be someone that you don’t even know. Your “happiness” expressed in your pictures, could be a trigger of someone else’s depression at the other side of the world. People are now comparing to one another constantly. This piece is an exploration of musical materials that are too close to each other, either rhythmically, energetically, or referring to pitch content. This piece is a personal reflection on the consequences that we produce when we published something on the web. The music material was created thinking in the Over-Proximity idea of having people looking at others people’s lives. A given in today’s world.

Inspired by Slavoj Zizek idea of over-proximity and social networks in the new social revolution yet to come.

“Why are we so traumatized by the neighbor’s over proximity? Habit and custom are the predominant ways in which we maintain a distance towards the “inhuman” neighbor’s intrusive proximity, and we are today effectively witnessing a decline of habits: in our culture of self-exposure and “sincerity”, they no longer provide a screen ensuring our distance from the neighbor.”
Slavoj Zizek “Living in the End Times”