SECOND WAVE (ELM8001)
Featuring the cream of predominantly Arab musicians, this collection of traditional vocals and instruments is given added punch with touches of unobtrusive electronica. This spellbinding set will find fans beyond the confines of "world" music.' Music Week, July 2000.
Alien Soap Opera, a vehicle idiosyncratically driven by the prolific remix engineer and former member of The Orb, Greg Hunter, features the expertise of Egyptian master of Arabic classical music, Amir Abdel Magid. Meeting in Cairo when Greg went to record with Killing Joke, Amir listened in on the recording session and asked Greg to mix a track for him. Enthralled with the results the two decided to work together on a more permanent project. Over the next four years Greg travelled between London and Cairo co-writing with Amir and collaborating on various projects, producing and mixing Arabic music and touring the Gulf finding inspiration. Alien Soap Opera and Fifth Sun were the results of this partnership. Amir Abdel Magid is a musician/producer/arranger, famous throughout the Middle East for his Kanoon (Egyptian Harp) playing, his recordings and live performances. He is a familiar sight on Arabic TV (MBC etc), with his music aired almost daily. He regularly tours with his orchestra throughout the world performing Arabic music.
Greg Hunter's reputation as a multi-talented studio expert has resulted in him lending his production and engineering skills to many varied artists such as Paul McCartney, The Orb, Crowded House and Killing Joke to name but a few. A veritable ambient wizard, Greg's career has also included working with a number of different traditional musicians, expertly blending sounds from around the globe with his expertise in the studio to create an exciting fusion of experimental electronic music with the human touch of live analogue.
'Second wave' is an exceptional and intense ambient journey fuelled by an eclectic amalgamation of styles, that will carry the audience through time and space. A predominantly instrumental album, this features a variety of soloists from Amir's orchestra playing on top of ethereal electronics. Fusing the ancient traditions of Arabic classical music and the limitless digital future, the music of 'Second Wave' combines pure echoes of North Africa answered back by hypnotic beats.
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Track Listing (30 Second Samples)
1. SECOND WAVE
3. ARTIFICIAL DREAM
5. VOODOO DUB
8. SHEESHA SONG