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Sands of Time – Secret Archives of the Vatican Podcast 71

November 18, 2011

Hollywood, and more recently the games industry, have created an orient that never existed, one that is gloriously romantic but which has roots in the imagination rather than the real world. We love it.

Podcast 71

We regularly play you real music from the real Middle East but here we’ve raided the soundtracks of games and films for pieces of music that complement our usual selection of excellent tunes by lesser known artists. They use all the Hollywood musical cliches, harmonic minor scales with semitone shifts to fake Arabian scales (maqam hijaz as default Eastern scale), plenty of hand percussion by musicians who mostly don’t really understand Arabic rhythms and copious interjections of wailing female vocals. As I said, we love it.

Nearly all the non-soundtrack tunes this time were found on SoundCloud. There is something of a (non-specific) religious theme to the titles but they are predominantly instrumental.

You can find Sands of Time – Secret Archives of the Vatican Podcast 71 here:

Podcast 71


  1. Welcome to Persia
    Prince of Persia Soundtrack
  2. Temple
  3. Floating Temple
  4. Jerusalem
    Assassin’s Creed Soundtrack
  5. Our God is an Awesome God
  6. God Loves Ugly
  7. Giza 1928
    Stargate Soundtrack
  8. God Complex
  9. God Mode
  10. A Princess is Stolen
    Prince of Persia Soundtrack
  11. Half God, Half Beast
  12. Damascus
    Assassin’s Creed Soundtrack
  13. Playing God
  14. The Tower of Dawn
    Prince of Persia Soundtrack
  15. Farewell Princess
    Prince of Persia Soundtrack

Secret Archives of the Vatican Podcast

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  1. July 14, 2012 9:56 pm

    Billuf here, cheers for using my track 🙂

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