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Arabocalypse – Secret Archives of the Vatican Podcast 133

August 19, 2016

It’s been a little while…but here’s a new podcast episode. Two tracks from our own label, Broken Drum Records, and seven more awesome tunes for your delight and delectation. We’ve provided links below so you can buy or download the music for yourself – all of these artists have much more music available.


  1. The Seventeenth Philosopher
    Thousand Yard Prayer
  2. Arabocalypse
  3. Casablanca Art
  4. Sa’alouny-el-Nas – Spy From Cairo Remix
  5. Adventure in Istanbul
    Byzantine Time Machine
  6. Marduk
  7. Dub in Casablanca
  8. Echoes from Marrakech
  9. Conscience



Conan Never Went to Khitai

July 31, 2016

Conan Never Went to Khitai is one of the tracks on Thousand Yard Prayer‘s July 2016 release, Golden Section.

Here’s a  video. It started out as some 15 or 20 second long video clips taken on a DSLR camera of various Conan related books and comics (including issue 1 of Savage Sword of Conan from 1974!).

These were loaded into iSkysoft video editing software and made into a few minute-long clips with almost random transitions between the shorter elements.

These clips were then uploaded to along with the tune and a “style” chosen which did all the messing with colour, chopping to the beat and all the other fancy stuff you see in the video. Once rendered and downloaded, we used iSkysoft again to add all the text overlays.

We hope you like it!

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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.

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