MATRIXSYNTH: Moog Subsequent 25/Arabic: "Iram of the Pillars" (إرَم ذَات ٱلْعِمَاد)

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Moog Subsequent 25/Arabic: "Iram of the Pillars" (إرَم ذَات ٱلْعِمَاد)

Kris Lennox

"Different flavour of composition this time, with a piece after the famed lost city (currently I'm working on a lot of MENA music, hence something different). Great tone from the Moog (as always). Very interesting to hear synths used in this context (synth companies: take note. You're missing a trick...).

The MENA sector is growing at quite a rapid rate - not only in the world of music, but also in the world of business/finance.

This piece is a fusion of 'East meets West'. In terms of 'East', the non-standard scales should be obvious (still 12-TET here, of course. But that is part of the fusion). Less obvious will be the rhythm: the work is in 7/4, and the drumming sequences are three patterns:

1) Iqa' Nawakht
2) Iqa' Dawr Hindi
3) Iqa' Muhajjar.

With Iqa' Muhajjar, I'm treating it as a double-time 14/4 (i.e treating it as 7).

In terms of the above/if anyone is looking to study Arabic music: perhaps the best book/resource is 'Inside Arabic Music' by Johnny Farraj and Sami Abu Shumays. Released late last year, the book is a veritable tome of information. And very approachable. Good introduction - and far more.

There's potential for Arabic-styled synth music...

PS I'm reading from the score (score is sitting to the R), and playing along with the metronome for sync with parts in the DAW (added post).

PPS playing the bassline is no mean feat! Hugely offbeat/syncopated, only compounded by the time signature.

Enjoy/all best

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