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Selections from the Middle East, the Middle of the East & Just East of the Middle

 

'Taking inspiration from the ethno-cosmic music of the 80s and early 90s, Muslimgauze, Fourth-world Japan, Crammed’s ‘Made to Measure’ series, or going back further, other samplers of Middle Eastern and North African sonic traditions including library recordings.

I was attracted to the laconic spaciousness and heaviness of some of this music – the rippling dubbed saz loops, desert ambient interludes, complex hand-drum patterns and the samples of arabesque voices and strings - sounds that don’t just feel like exotic add-ons to standardized motifs, but are instead heading off confidently in their own direction, part of their own aesthetic and sonic organization. A psychedelic mind-meld of East and West.'

 

∙ Paolo Modugno - Il Minareto/Deux Filles -
  The Sun On The Sea
∙ Claude Larson - Hyderabad
∙ William Hoskins - Song: Open Skies
∙ Renaldo & The Loaf - Kous Kous Western
  Parts 2 & 3
∙ Paul Dresher - Delta Clavé
∙ Steven Halpern ‎- Islands In Time
∙ The Hi-Tones - Ibrahim
∙ Neo - The Bhutan
∙ Karl Biscuit - Fables Prehistoriques –
  Pteroglyphe
∙ David Sylvian - Words With The Shaman, Pt.
  2: Incantation
∙ Muslimgauze - Empty Quarter (Part I)
∙ Gregory Taylor - Paths from Tree to Tree
∙ Scott Fraser – Azan
∙ David Parsons - Bengal Village
∙ Nyantora – Wave
∙ Daniel Schell & Karo - 3 Moustiquaires
∙ Luis Paniagua - Aqui Y Ahora
∙ Marc Barreca - In A Foreign Land
∙ Ramuntcho Matta - Zoique III
∙ Sheila Chandra With The Ganges Orchestra -
  Drone, Drone, Quick, Quick, Drone
∙ Tibor Szemző - Gaza Strip
∙ Port Said - Samba Del Sol
∙ Roger Baudet ‎– Reverie
∙ Haruomi Hosono - Spinning Spirits
∙ Michael Sena - Fisherman Dance
∙ Chi - Dance
∙ Wally Badarou - Dance In The Dust
∙ Yoichiro Yoshikawa - Tassili N'Ajjer
∙ Claude Larson – Radschastan
∙ Ken Davis - Arabic
∙ Rüdiger Lorenz - Strange Feeling
∙ Muslimgauze – Romanie Abuse