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Jose “Chipi” Estrada is a Guatemalan-born composer and sound designer based in Los Angeles, California. Being that he has composed for production music libraries, podcasts, games, advertising and film, plus collaborated with filmmakers from around the world, makes him remarkably versatile to write any genre of music in any platform. Among his compositions is the score for the award-winning animated short-film Metaphora, which features a blend of indigenous Central American instruments with psychedelic electronics and Jalogüin, in which he did not only composed the underscore, but also wrote the theme song in collaboration with Argentinian singer-songwriter Juan Abella from the band Vicious Rooster.


As a sound designer and editor, he has worked in advertisements and many indie films that have been screened at some of the biggest film festivals in California and other states. His rapid adaptation into the Hollywood scene comes from the fact that he utilizes his broad musical background to create a blend of textures in the overall sound of any visual media on which he works. Aditionally, he uses his diverse cultural sensitivity to communicate intuitively with filmmakers from many different backgrounds.

Chipi began his musical career as a self-taught guitar player in Quetzaltenango, a city in the highlands of Guatemala known as “the cradle of culture” of the country. With no formal musical training, he moved to Guatemala City where he got into sound design and mixing for advertisement. There, he discovered a whole new world of music that inspired and led him all the way to the Musicians Institute College of Music in Hollywood several years later. Currently, he is a sound designer, guitarist, producer and film composer based in Southern California.

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