MATRIXSYNTH: An Arab And A Jew Make Sweet Love by Ian Richter

Thursday, May 31, 2018

An Arab And A Jew Make Sweet Love by Ian Richter




A new release by supporting MATRIXSYNTH member, Ian Richter.

"IDR-Newswire / TEL AVIV / May 29th 2018 / ​Tel Aviv-based South African-born musician and producer Ian Richter has just released his first LP under the moniker ​Ricatelli​. The album, entitled “An Arab and a Jew Make Sweet Love”, offers an eclectic electro-acoustic collection of mid-tempo grooves layered with everything from Eastern percussion to modular synthesizers.

When asked about what inspired the album, Richter recalled the scandal surrounding Dorit Rabinyan’s 2014 novel ​All the Rivers​, explaining, “'It's insane to me that a book telling the love story of an Arab and a Jew was removed from the high school curricula in Israel. With all the literature about war and conflict, why remove the one positive example?'

The album is mostly instrumental, and takes the listener on a journey through a variety of beat-based music genres. Richter produced the album at his home studio, recording a colorful palette of instruments including synthesizers, guitars, samplers, and drums. Some tracks include vocal takes, mostly performed by Richter, with the addition of manipulated samples and computer-generated speech.

Richter views the root of the Middle East conflict as 'a segregation caused by fear-mongering that exists in many parts of the world', saying, '​As a musician, I thought I'd just point to something that's already going on - love between Arabs and Jews. Oh, and yes, they have sex too.'

The album 'An Arab and a Jew Make Sweet Love - By Ricatelli' ​is available on all major streaming platforms and online music stores.

About Ian Richter
Having lived in two of the world’s most conflicted regions - South Africa and Israel - Ian Richter has been exposed to culture through a unique set of circumstances. Growing up in the sleepy surfer town of Durban, Richter eagerly absorbed the sonic influences offered to him, drawn to both Western and African music. Moving to Israel at the age of 18 offered him the chance to connect to a more active alternative music scene. Tel Aviv proved to be fertile soil, and collaborations with a variety of artists led to playing the local circuit and gaining experience as a live performer. Today, Richter juggles a range of sonic projects, performing in clubs, composing music for contemporary dance, designing sound for the visual arts, and producing recorded pieces across a number of genres."

http://www.ian-richter.com

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