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Two new videos from our latest release

September 20, 2020

Here are two videos from our latest release, Three Wise Women. Made, as ever, on an ultra-low budget, we think they’re OK!

Three Wise Women – new release

September 17, 2020

We’ve just released a three track collection called Three Wise Women.

2020 has been a year when we’ve mostly released single tracks as we used the COVID-19 pandemic to get busy in the studio. During this time we’ve started to add some northern European and medieval influences to our already eclectic mix of bass electronica and eastern sounds. We felt it was time for (what used to be called) an EP.

Here, we think about the passing of those who crossed before us, their wisdom and what has been lost.

Please note that each track has its own artwork. We love the interaction of artwork and music and we try to find images that complement the music.

Three Wise Women – an update, September 2020

September 10, 2020

Here’s a short video about our current musical explorations and thoughts on where we’re heading. Also, first details of our next release!

Dark Forest

August 28, 2020

Here’s a new tune.

Dark Forest
We have no idea what kind of music this is. We’ve used an Arabian 7/8 rhythm called Dawr Hindi. We’ve used an Arabian mode/maqam called Hijaz. There’s Viking and Shamanic frame drums, a vulture bone flute, a plucked medieval lyre and a medieval gittern. There’s some dubstep-style bass wobble, synths and drums.

Explorations
This does, therefore, capture many of our musical influences in one place. We’re currently bringing some European folky influence into our usual middle-eastern favoured mixture. We’ve always been interested in medieval music and have, on occasion, recorded medieval tunes. All of these strands are coming together now – we finally have the studio resources and musical knowledge to create the music we’ve always wanted to create.

Video

Our videos remains very low budget! This one uses free footage from the internet and we have fun turning it into something.

Undreamed

August 23, 2020

Thousand Yard Prayer
Thousand Yard Prayer started off in 2002 as a side project of Secret Archives of the Vatican that allowed us to release more music more often in the days when the music industry worked very differently. These days, of course, we can do whatever we want.

Vive la difference
We try to make Thousand Yard Prayer‘s music a little more acoustic than Secret Archives of the Vatican‘s, although that doesn’t always work. None of our music is aimed at commercial success (heck, if only we knew how…) but TYP tends to be our less obviously mainstream tunes.

Undreamed
This one’s perhaps an anomaly. It sounds quite melodic and accessible to people who might not like our usual releases.

Instruments
This track doesn’t sound like most of our recent releases. No plan, it just came out this way. We’re exploring medieval and pre-medieval instrument sounds at the moment. This tune uses a Scandinavian tagelharpa, a Persian frame drum, a viola da gamba, a gittern, a kaval and a Trossingen lyre. There is a very subtle hint of Croydon electronica. We don’t know what musical genre this is, if indeed it fits one at all. Most of our music seems to write itself.

New website for Loga Ramin Torkian

August 21, 2020

Loga Ramin Torkian is one of our favourite musicians. You may know him as one half of the most excellent Niyaz or from Axiom of Choice but that’s not all he does.

He is an award nominated, gifted Iranian-born composer, greatly respected for his ability to adapt the Persian classical repertoire to his own unique and modern compositions. He has always pushed to expand the sonic capabilities and range of Iranian music, believing that this could further widen the possibilities of his rich musical heritage and bring it into a modern platform.

He’s just launched a new website which has music, videos, a store and much more information. Check it out.

WEBSITE: Loga Ramin Torkian

And in case you’re not familiar with him, here’s an introduction.


The Hooded

August 15, 2020

We’re keeping busy in the studio while we still can! Here’s our second release this week.

The Hooded
The Hooded follows on from our recent release, Riddlemaster, in exploring the instruments and sounds of Viking era northern Europe and of medieval Europe and integrating them into our traditional middle eastern flavoured mix.

Instruments
This track features a tagelharpa (our current favourite instrument!), a viola da gamba, a Cologne lyre, a Viking frame drum or two, a vulture bone flute, some orchestral strings, some throat singing and a tiny hint of Croydon bass electronica just so we don’t forget our roots.

Habibi Funk 014: Solidarity With Beirut

August 14, 2020

We’re all aware of the horrendous explosion in Beirut recently and the effects on the lives of the Lebanese people will be felt for a long time to come. They need our help.

Here’s a new fundraising release from Habibi Funk.

100% of the profits will go the the Lebanese Red Cross. All tracks from this compilation come from artists from Beirut, some of them don’t live there anymore but the city was essential for their musical career. Although the process of compiling this release was super rushed in order to help in raising funds as quickly as possible, we truly love how it turned out to be musically.

So, please don’t just stream it. Splash some cash! It will help people in desperate need.

Riddlemaster – video

August 13, 2020

Here’s a video for our tune, Riddlemaster, by Secret Archives of the Vatican.

Very few people watch our videos but we like making them!

Riddlemaster

August 12, 2020

Here’s this week’s new tune. We haven’t added this tune to our Singles 2020 collection on Bandcamp. It feels like the start of something new.

Something new
It has musical roots in Nordic folk but also has our traditional middle eastern flavour in the mix. (Virtual) instruments include Viking percussion, a Persian frame drum, a medieval viola da gamba, a Trossingen lyre, a deer bone flute, Indian tablas and a subtle hint of Croydon bass wub wub. No actual bassline, no drum kit. We have voices and throat singing.

If you like this tune, please share it.

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