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The Palace of Tears

July 16, 2016

Here’s a video for tune on Thousand Yard Prayer‘s release, Golden Section.

This tune uses a scale (or maqam) called Maqam Yakah.  The notes are: G A B C D E F G. The B is played approximately half a semitone flat and the F is played approximately half a semitone sharp.

The rhythm is Dawr Rawaan Turkii Awwal.  This is in 13/4 time and is divided 3+2+4+4. The track is at 86 or 172 bpm.

The Seventeenth Philosopher – how the video was made

July 15, 2016

Here’s a video for a tune on Thousand Yard Prayer‘s new release, Golden Section.

The film clips were recorded at home on a DLSR and were uploaded to This website/app automatically edits the clips you provide (or there’s a large library of copyright-cleared clips available) in time with your track and applies effects and processing from a wide range of options. You can then download it at various resolutions (for various fees – all quite reasonable). At this time, there isn’t an option to add text or any other transitions between clips, however they have lots of upgrades to the platform planned.

The basic video was then loaded into a programme called iSkysoft, which is a film editing package similar in operating style to Windows Movie Maker or Cyberlink PowerDirector, although we find it easier to carry out some functions. On this occasion, we used it only to add all the text and to output it in our chosen format suitable for upload to YouTube.

Anyway, we hope you like it!


Two new releases for Netlabel Day 2016

July 14, 2016

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Netlabel Day is an annual celebration of netlabels. If you’ve never heard of netlabels, they are labels. On the net. There’s a list of 2016’s participating labels HERE.

They usually release their music under a Creative Commons licence and usually free of charge. Some are dedicated to only one or two artists but some offer many releases.

Netlabel Day sees literally hundreds of releases, from dozens of labels, becoming available on the same day, in every imaginable genre and a few others too. Do yourself a favour, turn off Spotify or the radio and check out some netlabels.

Our label, Broken Drum Records, has two Netlabel Day releases.

Golden Section by Thousand Yard Prayer.

Central Asian and Middle-Eastern rhythms, frame drums, violin, oud, tar, ney, some Croydon electronica and a smattering of frame drum-propelled drum’n’bassy magnificence…

Flame by Tyrantbane.

The militant wing of Broken Drum Records.  Provocative sample-plundering Middle-Eastern inflected hip-hop-ish grooves…

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The Seventeenth Philosopher by Thousand Yard Prayer

July 2, 2016

14 July 2016 is Netlabel Day and Broken Drum Records have two releases lined up.

One is by the label’s militant wing, Tyrantbane. More about that in a later post.

The other is by Thousand Yard Prayer.  It is called Golden Section and has eight tracks, Central Asian and Middle Eastern rhythms, frame drums, violin, oud, tar, ney, some Croydon electronica and a smattering of drum’n’bass…

Here is a video for a tune from Golden Section. This is The Seventeenth Philosopher.


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Secret Archives of the Vatican on SOAS radio

May 19, 2016

Here are Vince and Louis talking for a couple of hours on SOAS radio in London, all about the history of the band, its roots in the cassette trader scene and the old Asian Underground scene.

Bandcamp, Downloads, Streaming, and the Inescapably Bright Future

May 19, 2016

Bandcamp Daily

In light of a recent report that Apple will soon abandon music downloads (later denied, but undoubtedly containing a certain amount of inevitability), we thought we’d take a moment to update you on the state of Bandcamp’s business and our plans for the future.

Bandcamp grew by 35% last year. Fans pay artists $4.3 million dollars every month using the site, and they buy about 25,000 records a day, which works out to about one every 4 seconds (you can see a real-time feed of those purchases on our desktop home page). Nearly 6 million fans have bought music through Bandcamp (half of whom are younger than 30), and hundreds of thousands of artists have sold music on Bandcamp. Digital album sales on Bandcamp grew 14% in 2015 while dropping 3% industry-wide, track sales grew 11% while dropping 13% industry-wide, vinyl was up 40%, cassettes 49%… even CD sales…

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Eastern Tongues – Secret Archives of the Vatican Podcast 132

May 9, 2016

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Here is the latest Secret Archives of the Vatican podcast. It’s also available as a download from iTunes.








  1. Dub Byzantine
    Zeb-da Spy from Cairo
  2. The Walls of Byzantium
    Secret Archives of the Vatican
  3. Gelecek
  4. Above The Bosphorus
  5. Hiphop du Soleil Levant
  6. Singing in Tongues
  7. Darinda
    Rap Engineers
  8. The Philosopher King
  9. Shehnai Moon Dance
    Mosienko Project
  10. Chunar Remix
    Bandish Projekt
  11. Mountain Blue

“If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph: The only proof he needed for the existence of God was music.”

Kurt Vonnegut


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