Music production: seven beat Middle Eastern drum and bass
Here’s another tune, The Vale of the Seven Dances, using the seven beat Arabian rhythm Dawr Hindi that we wrote about recently. Here we’re playing it at 180 beats per minute which puts it in drum and bass territory.
This one uses a variation on a Turkish/Arabic mode/scale/maqam/makam called Hijaz that we also wrote about recently. This variation starts on a different note and is called makam Hicazkar (this is the Turkish name).
The sequence of notes is: G A B C D E F# G
We have detuned some of the notes to approximately what a Turkish traditional musician would play.
- The A is tuned four commas flat or about 94 cents, almost a semitone.
- The B is tuned five commas flat or about 117 cents. Which actually makes it 17 cents flat of A# but, of course, most trained musicians would not use the same note letter twice in a row when describing a scale.
- The E is tuned four commas flat or about 94 cents, almost a semitone.
The opening percussion is played on a darabuka/dumbek/tonbak goblet drum. When I say played, I mean sampled. From someone who actually played it.