Saturday, May 5, 2012

Evolution of the Ifritah

New piece of music I released this week (Creative Commons By-SA). It's titled Evolution of the Ifritah.  The heavy 14-beat pulse that pervades the entire piece is based on a Persian Sufi rhythm called Garyan. The music is also played in a Persian dhagsta called homayun (like a major scale, except with a flatted 6th and a flatted 7th). I picked this mode because it doesn't require microtones and can be played on a guitar easily.

Ifritah refers to a female member of a race of infernal spirits called "ifrits", they are similar to the djinn but of lesser stature and power. You can kind of think of them as similar to the Balrogs from Tolkien's works.

This piece uses live guitar (played by me) and wood flute, played by a flautist who wishes to remain anonymous. Sequenced in Rosegarden, with samples from Kontakt and EWQL Silk, and recorded, mixed and mastered with Harrison MixBus.

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Evolution of the Ifritah by Brett W. McCoy is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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