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Wisdom Speaks – Secret Archives of the Vatican Podcast 134

February 16, 2018

Here is our first podcast in a long time – about a year. There are some old tunes, some new, but all are awesome. Please support these artists by buying their music.

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1 Mantra (Doors of Perception Edit) – Material
2 The Fall of New Babylon – Secret Archives of the Vatican
3 Twelve Years a Mamluk – Thousand Yard Prayer
4 Kashmiri Mind Meld – Byzantine Time Machine
5 Cuneiform Chronicle – Sikada + Byzantine Time Machine
6 Rama (The Spy From Cairo Dub) – EarthRise Sound System
7 A Lesson in Love Listen!!!! – Fun Da Mental
8 Dunya – Aisha Kandisha’s Jarring Effects


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Twelve Years a Mamluk

February 14, 2018

Twelve Years a Mamluk by Thousand Yard Prayer is available now from Bandcamp.

The rhythm is a 4/4 time Arabic Maqsum at 70 bpm. The scale the ney flute is playing is maqam Saba.

Every so often when writing a tune, it takes on a life of its own and turns out nothing like you planned. This is one of those.


The Sword Maker of al-Shams

February 14, 2018

Here’s a new tune from Secret Archives of the Vatican.  It’s a little unusual for us in that is is quite dance floor orientated.

Let us know if you would like us to do more dancey tunes.

Forgive and Love Again

February 10, 2018

Forgive and Love Again is a new tune from Thousand Yard Prayer.

This tune uses a Turkish 11/8 rhythm called Nim Oyun Havesi. The scale used is an Arabian/Turkish scale called Maqam (or Makam) Hijaz, although I know we don’t use it properly. The tempo is 140 bpm. The lead instrument is a ney, a middle eastern flute. There is also a little bit of guitar synth.

There is some very low bass so this will sound best on a decent hi-fi but should sound great through earphones anyway.

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In the Time of Sorrow

February 5, 2018

The Broken Drum Records studio is slowly being resurrected…

Here’s the first tune from Thousand Yard Prayer in quite a while. It’s not a album track – it’s a single tune just to get TYP back in the zone.

This tune uses a 7/4 time Arabian rhythm called Nawakht.

It is based around a Persian musical mode called Bayat-e Turk (بیات ترک). This uses the notes: F, G, A(half flat), Bb, C, D, Eb.

It is at 140bpm, a tempo commonly associated with dubstep.

We hope you like it.

Two new tunes from Secret Archives of the Vatican

January 31, 2018

After a long period of unintentional musical inactivity, we’re partly back up and running. Hoorah!

Here are two tunes that we’ve recorded just to get us back in the zone.

The Fall of New Babylon
For the musicians among you, it’s at a dubsteppy 140bpm, it is a 7/8 rhythm called Dawr Hindi and the scale used is Maqam Shehnaz. It sounds great with headphones or through a hifi that can reproduce bass.


The Exile
This is at a drum’n’bassy 172bpm and it’s a 7/4 rhythm. Once again, it sounds great with headphones or through a hifi that can reproduce bass.


These two tracks are not part of an album release as such and aren’t necessarily where we’ll be going musically for our next recordings.

We will shortly be rebooting our plan for an album of collaborations. We have one or two things already in preparation from a good while back and we’ll be re-contacting some people who previously said they’d be up for collaborating.

In the meantime, we’ll probably release a short album of Secret Archives tunes. Do you have any suggestions for a theme or a title?

Best albums, my arse!

December 22, 2016

The BBC has come up with its list of the best albums of 2016 HERE. It’s compiled from surveys in various print media, where responders have mostly been given lists of albums to choose between.

What that really means, of course, is those albums deemed to be the hippest to like from the big three record labels who run the mainstream industry and their so-called independent feeder labels.

Being recently deceased or being “rebellious” in the most politically correct direction are always good attributes to have if you wish to acquire a place is such a prestigious list.

Best, my arse.

To be fair, though, the mainstream industry does sometimes deal with some genuinely great music amid their sea of pop-by-numbers dross and tame, manufactured, fake rebellion. Some of these releases are actually good.

We are still believers in the great album, even in this brave new world of individual tracks. We also believe there is a lot of truly awesome music out there that gets no attention at all.
We try to feature some of it in our podcast and we know other podcasters, radio people and bloggers who do so too.

In 2017, we’d suggest making an effort to listen to some podcasts and community radio, read some good blogs and then spread the word about any great music you find.
This is a quiet, cheap, way to undermine the pernicious culture-destroying influence of those big multinational capitalist companies that actually don’t give a flying one about the nature of music as long as it sells.

Please comment with any great albums, any top podcasts, any excellent radio or any well crafted blogs that we should know about.


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