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ARTIST
TITLE
Ornamentalism
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
SR 284CD SR 284CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
5/12/2009

Subtitled: Ata Ebtekar and the Iranian Orchestra for New Music Performing Works of Alireza Mashayekhi. The follow-up to the highly-acclaimed Persian Electronic Music: Yesterday and Today 1966-2006 (SR 277CD), Ornamentalism features Ata Ebtekar and The Iranian Orchestra for New Music performing works written by legendary Iranian composer Alireza Mashayekhi. Iranian electronic composer Ata Ebtekar (aka Sote) was granted complete creative freedom by Mashayekhi himself to transform these older compositions into fully-realized pieces using his techniques of synthesis and electronic manipulation. It's an organic electrocution without sacrificing the beauty of the performance. These sound sources and compositions were metamorphosed via electronic processing, rearranged and decomposed using sound generators, effects boxes, modular synthesizers and samplers. Finally, Ebtekar programs synthetic sounds and adds new electronic harmonies, melodies and soundscapes to the sonic palette of Western classical music and Persian instrumentation for a unique musical experience. He unites the grace and symmetry of noise and silence inside the magic circle of electronic music composition. His pieces are sonic tales synchronously decoding and regenerating customary patterns of thought in nature; aural designs of crisis and harmony where contemporary life meets folklore, orchestrating an artificial saga with a variety of illuminations and analysis. He believes that music is a cultural habit of sound and anti-sound (silence). Therefore, he generates music without a specific culture, which he believes to be "The Other Sound."