Friday, 14 September 2012

Makam Rast

A new CD arrived from Amazon this morning, Orient-Occident from Hesperion XXI. It was recommended to me on my Amazon page on the basis of my love of eastern minor modes and general insouciance with money, so I had no choice but to order it. Here is the first track, Makam Rast 'Murassa'a' usul Düyek, which I think is marvelous stuff, and played three times before letting the CD run on. Makamlar are melody types from classical Turkish music, he said, as if he had a clue. If you want to know more, go here. Otherwise just play the piece and sway lithely about the living room like smoke rising from a joss stick.

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