• sote Sacred Horror In Design (CD, £12.75)

    Sote aims to devise an idealised fusion of the musical heritage and tradition of Iran with the forward-thinking vision which has propelled his storied career producing techno, hardcore and computer music for labels like Warp, Ge-stell, Morphine and Repitch. Now living in Tehran, his music has frequently grappled with the strict cultural restrictions imposed in his country over the past few decades, finding a space and setting to nurture new developments in experimental sound and performance; first documented on last years Hardcore Sounds From Tehran on Opal Tapes. Working with Arash Bolouri who plays the santour (Persian hammered dulcimer), and Behrouz Pashaei on the long- necked, four-string setar, Sote frames and responds to their traditional artistry. Across the six tracks the strange strings tend to conduct the overall experience, tuned to the unusual colour and complex microtonality found in the classical music of Iran. Blurts of noise, sour tones, and a vaguely technoid or dubwise impression expose the inner rhythm and counterpoint embedded in this strummed music, building a new understanding and doorway into unfamiliar timbres and environmental patterns which govern us. At times it finds the artist at his most compositionally delicate and measured listen to the sense of space afforded to a beautiful solo that drifts throughout Boghze Esfahen and then into Plural and redoubles his focus on what new insight might be gained from the emotional, mathematical and polyrhythmic principles underpinning Persian music. Track Listing: 01. Flux of Sorrow 02. Boghze Esfahan 03. Plural 04. Plebeian 05. Segaah 06. Holy Error

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