So, I was trolling around on the stats page of Bassdelic… Well, actually, I suppose trolling is the wrong word, since it’s my own page, eh? Uh.. Ok, I was… “performing valuable maintenance work, ya know, the fancy little fuck that I am,” and I noticed something.. Perhaps you will notice it, too… Here’s a map that started on February 12th, 2012 – the day Bassadelic was born, officially… though, in fairness, it wasn’t really set up nice and proper for a few months. It seems like that’s how internet projects go, you get an idea, then you buy the domain as quickly as fucking possible before someone else snatches on it, all the while preparing for what will eventually become THE BEST WEBSITE IN THE HISTORY OF THE WEBSITE UNIVERSE! Or, at least, that was the idea, I guess. It’s not exactly the biggest site ever, but I like it. I sure like it, a lot! :) Anyway, the point is, here’s that map:
Anyway, notice anything strange? ..Do you see that big ol’ white island the size of ten Indias?? Yea, Greenland! And, I know, it’s snowy, and everyone there has pale skin, but this isn’t a LITERAL heat map, or a pigment map, it’s a population density map, of sorts. It tells you how many folks from all over the world have been visiting this very website. So, what the fuck? There have been hundreds of thousands of clicks and views, and yet, not ONE of them is from Greenland?? I mean… WHAT? Where, are they on some island, in the middle of the ocean, not quite connected to Europe OR North America, kinda’ floating around in their own little world?
… Well, it certainly appears as such.
Ok, now for some perspective.. Here’s a map of the world, with all the countries labelled:
And what about Chad, Niger, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Iran? What about Iran? Obviously, the question of missing populations is more dire than ten Malaysian plane crashes, so I have to do something about this.
I want clicks from Greenland, as well as Iran, and all the countries in the middle of Africa! I will not rest until this is done! So, to that aim, I thought perhaps I should talk more about these countries, as a blatant attempt to get those few clicks I so desire!
So there’s this neurotrance project based out of Greenland called Silly Twit! Yes, Silly Twit is from Spitzbergen, Greenland. They made darkpsy / forest type of album, which blew me away, because it’s that freestyle trance (mentioned in another article on the site) but also because it’s style is called, ‘forest,’ which, after listening for a bit, makes sense. I want to hear more Greenland forest music. Now!
When I went to http://neurotrance.org/silly-twit-expedition-greenland, I found this explanation of their album, Expedition Greenland:
Expedition Greenland is the first solo release by Silly Twit, a darkpsy/forest project founded by Matakana and Sequin. This collection of five songs brings deep and mystic psychedelic sounds combined with heavy grooves and intelligent arrangements. These brain-twisting tracks are telling silly stories about two shepherds searching for their wayward sheep Mariedl, who has wandered far from the deep forests of Austria. Mastered by Erofex with artwork by Moosgruen.
You can also check em out on their soundcloud. Yes, they’re from Greenland, and yes, their music is dope, and yes, I’m glad I found out about it.
But what else? I’ll tell you what else – fuckin Iran! I can mention Greenland all I want to on this page, and maybe I’ll get some hits from there… (greenland) but what (greenland) about Iran??? (greenland)
I’ll tell you what about Iran…
Wow.. Anyone hear interested in Stockhausen-esque experimental electronic music from Iran??
PERSIAN ELECTRONIC MUSIC
Yesterday and today 1966-2006
ALIREZA MASHAYEKHI – ATA EBTEKAR
From the site:
From Alireza Mashayekhi to Ata Ebtekar/Sote, the quantum leap of the very unknown electronic music composed in Iran from the Sixties till today. Two Iranian music masters who work (mainly) on ancestral structures to create something radically new, who travel around the world to finally live and work in their country – two vivid creators through the hazards of History.
Alireza Mashayekhi was born in 1940 in Tehran, Iran. He is one of the pioneers of modern music in Iran. Mashayekhi’s works have been performed in Iran and abroad for more than 35 years. Mashayekhi believes that contemporary composers should create music in wide range of styles. His own compositions have tended towards three major direction: pieces that are directly inspired by Iranian music (e.g. Symphony No. 5, Persian Suite and Shahrzad) and compositions that are not directly related to Iranian music (e.g. Symphony No. 6, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra,Sonata for Piano) and multicultural compositions (e.g. Symphony No. 8 and the electronic composition East-West). At the time of Stalin in the USSR, many pieces were composed with predetermined identities in honor of Marxism and Leninism by the request of the governmental authorities or by the artist’s own whishes. Among these pieces those with artistic rightfulness remained and they were honored in both East and West, but the political weight of the other ones did not succeed to help them survive. Alireza Mashayekhi
Alireza Mashayekhi is regarded as a pioneer Iranian avant-garde composer whose ideas and works, which have been performed in Iran and abroad for more than 35 years, have greatly influenced the contemporary music in Iran. Hooman Asadi of the University of Tehran, Iran
Ata Ebtekar aka Sote is an electronic composer, sound artist and recording engineer who was born on September 2nd, 1972. His goal is to create unique and timeless pieces of music that are not available anywhere except in his mind. Sote is interested in keeping the tuning of Persian classical scales (Radif) and melodies from old Persian folk songs within a new electronic framework. Since he has a firm conviction that rules and formulas have to be deconstructed and rethought, he alters some of these modal systems from their original tonality and rhythm (tradition). He has released several cds and vinyls on Dielectric/RLR, Spundae and especially on Warp.
Want to hear an example??
Here’s a Alireza Mashayakhi trak from 1966, which is also available on the compilation mentioned above (OMG the 3d-panning on this destroys my brain :) Yea, it seriously sounds fucking 3d, and right now I’m only on my LAPTOP. I’m sure under the right right circumstances, this type of music could elicit a real psychedelic voyage…
And here’s another one:
So what about Africa?
Well, it’s true, there are a handful of countries in the middle of Africa that haven’t clicked here. And, to be honest, I don’t know a whole lot about Chad. Is it one of those countries without much internet? If not, I’d love for someone from the African nation of Chad to come on and correct me. Eh? Eh? OOOhh yes, and, btw, (greenland) … Yes, yes, (greenland) . Ah, that’s good, for now.
But anywho, yea, I should look into those African countries some more, but, to be honest, I’ve been working on this site for so many hours today, and most folks aren’t going to keep reading this far into an article, especially one that could suddenly switch directions and start going into Africa right now after talking about so much other stuff already… Copouts, I know; excuses, yes. I will get to these countries in another post, but for right now, I’m going to leave this article as a, “to be continued…”
So, without furder ado… (greenland)