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following on from my post a while ago about looking for arabic music ………

i managed to get my hands on some heavy arabic percussion stuff thanks to CixousianPanic and a muscle bound dude in one of those lil arabic music shops where they bootleg regional music.

what have i done so far?

ummm i’m not really sure……

i sampled bits and sped them up so imagine the typical khaleeji drumming and clapping now at dance floor speed.

i’ve actually managed to chop up and blend turkish and arabic time signatures into some odd bastard child of jungle. its like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.

is it any good?

well i dont know, its not finished yet.

but i can quite happily, tell you what it isnt,….

its not just a western dance floor beat with arabic style drums and violins on top…..

so it doesnt really sound like a buddha bar remix,… which is good, even tho i quite like some buddha bar/arabian nights stuff.

its also not just generic arabic music remixed over jungle beats the way alot of ragga-jungle is a mostly reggae/ragga vocals on top of a jungle beat.

in fact i havent used a single “jungle” break that would categorise the track as jungle.

its jungle in spirit πŸ˜›

and its not breakcore.

it sounds tribal but not in a tribal house psytrance type of way,…… ministry of sound have never really played anything like this i dont think.

after listening to regular stuff, my stuff sounds out of sync,… until its been playing for a while, then you get into the rhythm,… something to do with the odd time signature i’m guessing. hence the jungle in spirit thingy as old school jungle used to sound odd compared to standard house and hiphop back in the day.

but also i think a little bit more funk and groove needs to be injected, but as with experimental music, i have yet to find the right sound to go with it,…. even with my vast sample library of everything from japanese shamisen to 1920’s black plantation songs.

it has got me excited tho πŸ˜›

excited in a way that kinano said when he said i was gonna open a whole can of worms with this idea πŸ˜›

i’ll pop it up here in a few days when its done.

i mean if it gets done πŸ˜›

or i’ll mail some of you lot a sample of what it sounds like so far for your input.

thing is, i’ll only be able to really judge how good it is by getting a dj to drop it into a set and seeing the crowds reaction to it. and saddly august means theres almost no parties going on here.

i love how when youre purely experimenting, youre less concerned about putting your stuff out there cos it is, well,……. an experiment πŸ˜›

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10 Comments

  1. i hope it gets done!!
    would love to hear what it sounds like..

  2. i wanna hear!! I wanna hear!! I wanna hear!! πŸ˜›

  3. glad to see you guys interested πŸ˜›

    i’ll send it out when its done in a few days.

  4. I think this is the first time I “read” how music sounds like πŸ˜›

    Can’t wait to hear it!

  5. lol i know, i should have just uploaded thru a player or something,… but i gotta figure out how to do that too πŸ˜›

  6. I know I’ll still stick to rock but can’t wait to hear it
    Can u elaborate on the can of worms tho?
    Where did that come from?

  7. that came from kinano on my previous post looking for arabic music.

    actually what he said was :

    “You’re treading in some really treacherous waters here dude πŸ˜› ”

    which is true if i were to take say a famous song and just remix it.

  8. Skunk, you sound totally obsessed. How wonderful. What a blessing to love your work so!

    There’s a song they sang in Qatar when the Emir introduced the constitution, a song the men dance to with their swords. it is hypnotic and repetitive. I think they can make up words as they go along, because I am pretty sure they were saying good things about the Emir. I loved it, it got in my head.

    You’ll find the hook, you’ll get your groove πŸ™‚

  9. yeah xpatr, its rare that an idea gets triggered, and once executed keeps you excited πŸ˜›

    i recall watching those kinds of tribal singing as a kid on tv here and it is very hypnotic, especially the clapping.

    a thought just occured to me, i know the last track i did probably wasnt your cup of tea, but i think this you might like cos of its roots and how its pretty much ethnic in nature.

    you’ll be the first one i send it out to :D.

  10. Eager to hear it, Skunk. Glad you are happily obsessed. πŸ™‚


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