Tags : | Dub | 6.26 MB

Description : [Final Draft 2.1]]
Inspired by both the ambient logbook thread and the dub logbook, this is an attempt to get several traditions together and make them dance and roll around in a new and interesting way. The accordion loop and live jam is inspired by the rhythmic accordion playing in Congo. The Punjabi Qawalli `pella comes from the Deep India sounds sample pack which I have purchased to make it official. The Egyptian bass drums and accordion(s) are from free SoundFonts, and turned into loops via MIDI. Also a live accordion MIDI track. Additional loops from DJ4Real, psychotropic circle, and sterixx - thanks gang!

Final draft went for bass enhancement, further dubbification of the mix and specific attention to the vocals. Changed the final accordion live composition as well.

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  1. theHumps
    theHumps on Fri 25th Apr 2014 - 5 years ago

    I had to give this another listen. It still has the same effect on me when I first heard this a few years ago. I still dig that accordion. The spacial feel to the drums is great, you really filled up the entire stereo field.

    It's good to go back and listen to some older tracks and be amazed at how great they still sound. Hope all is well!


  2. RealProblemShuckers
    RealProblemShuckers on Fri 21st Feb 2014 - 5 years ago

    Great tune !

    Reply by n0mad23


  3. Music4Life
    Music4Life on Mon 31st Jan 2011 - 8 years ago

    Very echoey on some parts and very interesting. The track is a little bit worried for me on the singing, but the beat... nice.

    Reply by n0mad23

    It's definitely one of my experimental pieces - an attempt to marry Punjabi Sufi music with Dub. The `pella comes from a singing tradition that Europeans and Americans into ethnic stuff might recognize through the work of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. I suspect it's one of those musical forms you have to develop a taste for. Cheers.

  4. JohnBoutilier
    JohnBoutilier on Thu 30th Dec 2010 - 8 years ago

    LSD in musical form, you devious little nomad you ;-)

    Seriously, this track is a trip, and a nice one at that. The ethnic athmosphere you have created would bring smiles to both Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert (aka, Baba Ram Das) as it does to me.

    In the words of the trailer park boys, this track is F@$k&^g awesome.

    Faved (send to me if you can)

    All The Best to You and Yours in the New Year
    May it be Your Best Year Ever


    Reply by n0mad23

    Same to you mon neighbor du nord.

    Back in the early `90's I was in a band in Seattle called Spirit House. Think world chamber music combined with the avant-garde scene titled, "Acoustic Trance" and you'll get an idea of what kind of music we played. Later I was in a recording project with the men from Spirit House in the band called "Anak Pisang" (Indonesian translated means 'banana child' and is a euphemism for not having a dad). The first 4-track recording session we did resulted in the other 2 guys deciding that I was inherently a Psychedelic musician. Not psychedelic rock, just psychedelic. To drive the point home, the guitarist said, "Pink Floyd - those guys tried. Hard. You just do it."

    Guess psychonautic adventures can lead to positive outcomes - but this guy can never be president. Can't find your email, but when I do this one's coming your way 320kps style! Cheers.

  5. arceesmith
    arceesmith on Sat 9th Oct 2010 - 9 years ago

    Just gave the Dub logbook a quick scan at BlackRyan's suggestion. So many links to check out, but since this was near the end of the thread, I thought it would be fun to see how things progressed. Fun stuff here - oozing ethnicity. Not the traditional Dub, something else. Something very cool.

    Reply by n0mad23

    Sorry for the delay in response here. I had to take 3 months away from the site, and didn't see your review until right now.

    jahknow back when I started kept telling me I was doing Dub, and I didn't get what he was trying to say. After starting the Logbook and really diving into the history and implications, I get it (I think - lol). Dub's really got more to do with sensibility than Reggae, but most don't know this. Check out some of The Orb sometime and it makes more sense. Fusion is also part of this, as Reggae itself has its roots in older forms. I've almost put this up as Fusion a bunch of times, but figure I want to further the discussion and thinking behind the form. Glad you like it.

  6. tollinchiprofectz
    tollinchiprofectz on Fri 3rd Sep 2010 - 9 years ago


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  7. Mosaic
    Mosaic on Thu 5th Aug 2010 - 9 years ago

    Hey my friend

    This is so totally amazing, wicked, taking you on a journey right from the very first note, lots going on but everything working so well, blown away matey, dont know what else to say, like I am transfixed to what is coming out of the speakers, mate I am in AWE of your amazing talent, clarity and arrangement are stunning, everything about this track is so first class...Fav'd...Peace and total respect man...Estefano...

    Reply by n0mad23

    So cool monitoring each other's evolution, isn't it? I keep thinking about your tracks from a year ago, and about mine - we're both still in the same stream as we were, but the improvement is amazing!

    A few years ago, my spouse and I were in a band called The Hybrid Association (check my links to get to the old site and music in real player format), and we really were improvisational artists. Often when we began, we'd all kind of flail along on drums, etc. until something clicked, and then it was glorious! I tried to replicate this with the beginning of the song. So the title really is a nod both to this former band, and the concept of how music constantly evolves through hybridity, and the encounters of musicians from different traditions. I'm still really pleased with this one, as it surprised me on several levels. Glad it gets your approval as well!

  8. DeadPixel
    DeadPixel on Sun 1st Aug 2010 - 9 years ago

    you totally need to get yourself some kind of gig where you do music for tv shows and movie...your music has that much depth!

    Reply by n0mad23

    That's a mighty faltering thing to write! Careful, flattery will get you everything around here - lol. Honestly, this was one of those tracks that kicked my butt for the longest time, and the only reason it ended up working was my own stubbornness. Kind of makes me nervous though - can I do it again? Thanks kindly for the encouragement and kind words!

  9. rfalkenburg
    rfalkenburg on Fri 11th Jun 2010 - 9 years ago

    I like anything with an ethnic twist...that's all I can say. Dig the drum beat trance mood. The accordion goes well with the vocals. the fade in and out feel is hypnotic...the way us deep thinkers like it. Music is the new world order, not oppression. This made me feel the opposite of oppression.

    Reply by n0mad23

    Hence the subversive nature of the song - it's in the interest of the oppressors to keep the oppressed squabbling and suspicious of each other. I like how music breaks down those barriers and allows humans access to unmediated human experience. Glad you like this one. Cheers!

  10. ALXSIX
    ALXSIX on Sat 5th Jun 2010 - 9 years ago

    wow... feels like I'm wandering in some hot district of a big cosmopolitan city!! Enjoyed it a lot! So many loops and sounds gathered here in a whole coherent awesome track. I like the intro when the accordion comes in, I like the vocals too, really well mixed up with the other instruments, I like the arrangement on the drums too... Actually I like everything in this track! Huge work thank you lots for sharing!

    Reply by n0mad23

    You're on my short-list to review, so thanks so much for alerting my to your presence on this site! This one does carry a sort of internal heat, doesn't it? Urban centers not too far from the equator. Glad you enjoy this one, as it really does some interesting things. Thanks much for the favorite, that is a huge compliment! Cheers.

  11. zappo
    zappo on Sat 5th Jun 2010 - 9 years ago

    very very interesting sounds you play
    strong arrangement....music like SOUNDS
    yea amazing ! ! !

    Reply by n0mad23

    It's good to do something different, as long as it's not so unusual so that people don't enjoy it. Much work and even more inspiration here from musicians around the world playing music. Isn't it grand that we're some of those people? Glad you approve. Cheers!

  12. ParkerMusic
    ParkerMusic on Sat 5th Jun 2010 - 9 years ago

    This piece is simply amazing. Lawrence Welk never played the accordion like that!
    The use of percussion is brilliant. I was completely immersed in the music. It felt as if I were witnessing the live performance of a tribal nation in the midst of a grand celebration.

    Reply by n0mad23

    This is definitely one of those inspired moments coupled with tons of sweat for execution. As indicated in a previous reply, this really had a lot to do with my getting over my own prejudice toward the accordion. I'm guessing Mr. Welk probably would not approve. Thanks for the listen and review!

  13. Planetjazzbass
    Planetjazzbass on Sat 5th Jun 2010 - 9 years ago

    Great sound Sean!...It's interesting to note that "subversive" can only be perceived from a perceived position of morality,no doubt the missionary cadres of contemporary music will shake their heads in disbelief at this tune.......I can't escape the immediate Cajun like quality that the swirling accordion brings to this piece and nearly meta-morphs into a Hurdy Gurdy like phrase or what sounds like an amplified Clay stomach drum which powers the rhythm section..it's also interesting to note how well the vocals float on this groove(more about that later)...I'm always delighted to listen to the obvious and subtle nuances that your geographical youth has impressed upon you..it's like these experiences have gestated and are finally ruminated here in splendid examples of international musical cooperation......it's just plain funky to!....excellent work!..I need to get a real set of tablas(but am aware of how long it would take to master them,if ever)!..cheers Dave :)

    Reply by n0mad23

    You called the subversive nod spot on. I can't help but imagine lots of people shaking their head at this one. Hopefully I can be like that Zen teacher who occasionally smacks someone up alongside the head with a bamboo cane. For me personally, there are moments of unbridled sonic ecstasy that are truly amazing. I hadn't identified that hurdy gurdy phrase, but again you've called it - it does sound very reminiscent, doesn't it? I'm glad you find it funky, as I think it would fail without it. Thanks my friend.

  14. Salook
    Salook on Wed 2nd Jun 2010 - 9 years ago

    Just can't get enough of this track at the moment.
    Seems that diversity in design really is the key to unity.

    A fusion of all sorts esoteric but inviting this track is really pulling, and speaks to you in a way that is saying, "come join us, come dance with us, join hands and take flight."

    Man i just love this track and will be dancing to this one for days, i got to agree with Minette you are a genius and a visionary also

    Brilliant work Sean, a serious piece of music you have created.

    Reply by n0mad23

    Stephen, you are indeed one of my intended audience, so praise here carries more value than you probably realize. It was a good day indeed when we discovered each other's profiles and music. If you ever get a chance, check out the book "A Pattern Language" published in the early 1970's. It's really a blueprint for making a functional society, and one of the biggest aha's I had in it was seeing that diversity works as long as there are clear boundaries. For example, in San Fransisco China Town continues to thrive because of the natural boundaries around it. The hippies in Haight Ashbury didn't succeed because there weren't these boundaries. Neighbors worried about infiltration and declining property values helped bring it all down. Diversity when coupled with a sense of security or safety can and does work. With this track, I'm overjoyed that you feel the subversive pull and want to dance. I'm really thrilled you dig this one! Best regards my friend.

  15. minette
    minette on Wed 2nd Jun 2010 - 9 years ago

    the build on the vocals.. with the edgy/staccato accordion. such a juxtaposition of organic and metallic. love the track - thanks so much for sharing. i have to agree with koukotsu on the melodic use of percussion - it really is such a stand-out feature of your music. you're a genius! i love the way you fuse so many different worlds together.

    rock (fuse) on!

    Reply by n0mad23

    My childhood - both blessing and curse - lol! The melodic percussion really is from my childhood in West Africa and Southeast Asia, and something I've come to fully embrace. When I straddle 5 or 8 hand drums, I always play melodic rhythms because they're interesting and easy to keep track of. Musically, I feel like a lot of my stuff is played with feet in two worlds simultaneously and the real surprise to me is that people actually seem to like it. Thank you so much for the listen and review. I'll be by presently to see if you've posted anything since my last visit!

  16. theHumps
    theHumps on Wed 2nd Jun 2010 - 9 years ago

    The first thing I noticed was the nice bass tones, sounds great. I am pleasently surprised at how nicely the accordian fits in. I had a predjudice in my head thinking of your great earthy beats with a cajon accordian. After the listen, boy was I off, lol, it was used creatively here, nice effects on it. I liked the vocal track too. Another keeper, thanks for sharing!


    Reply by n0mad23

    lol - you and me both Wayne. I largely hate the accordion, because of Polka and Lawrence Welk. Bad sounds. But I've heard them played well on a few occasions so I kind of know better. This in a way was my own facing my resistance to the instrument and doing something sonically redemptive with it. Sweat and much discomfort over the course of about 3 weeks of heavy obsession, but worth it in the end. It works. Thanks for the review and fave. Big compliment to be sure!

  17. rei4real
    rei4real on Wed 2nd Jun 2010 - 9 years ago

    and the journey through your mind continuous ....
    and while I follow you, I write some of the keywords that belong to your music:
    perfect, fantastic, great, awesome ... well you know ... ;-)

    peace, rei

    Reply by n0mad23

    Honestly this was one of the hardest tracks I've ever made. But thankfully I out stubborned myself and got it pretty much right in the end. I'm really pleased that it does musically (noisily) what I was trying to do - create a sense of joy and invitation to dance. Music's the language where people with different mother tongues can communicate successfully. And it reminds us that we are really One, and there is no Us and Them. Glad you like it. Oh, a fave! A high compliment, indeed. Thank you.

  18. ChaseManhattan
    ChaseManhattan on Tue 25th May 2010 - 9 years ago

    [This and previous reviews refer to an earlier draft]

    hey bud. havent checked in in awhile. just thought i would. nice track. always got that atmosphere you can't describe in your music man. but its always well done. great production!

    Reply by n0mad23

    Hi man,

    Sorry it's taken me so long to respond, but it's been so hard to get to this stuff lately. Busy times. Got a final version of this one up now, and it's quite a bit dubbier than the one you reviewed. I'll be by soon to check out your offerings. Thanks for the listen and review!

  19. AnomalyJ
    AnomalyJ on Sun 23rd May 2010 - 9 years ago

    It makes me think of this high energy, carnivalistic scene, with flam throwers manipulating fire, veiled women dancing with bells and the smell of spices in warm night air, sort of when you been drinking and all the lights start to run together and the intensity of the music beckons, though you are unsure of all that is taking place, the energy translates and transforms.
    very good fusion of sounds and senses.

    Reply by n0mad23

    Hi AJ! I think this one can sound 'exotic' and your visuals really tie into that. I love how you feel the pull of the ecstatic dance - to me that's the Spirit of the track - people coming together and dancing because they're compelled to. Some of my favorite performances I've done were with Africatamtam where only 2 of us were the constants. On one occasion I ended up playing with a couple of drummers from Cameroon, one from South Africa, one from Senegal, and another from Ghana and none of us had played together before. What we ended up doing was a kind of traditional West African "street jam" where everyone found something from their music that worked with the others. The best part was that our audience "had" to dance before we were done - the jam and rhythm was so compelling, that retired White people with looks of surprise in their eyes found themselves up and dancing before us. Despite themselves. The subversive thing is that it dissolves the "us/them' boundary including the racial and cultural thing. I do love music!

  20. jfw
    jfw on Sat 22nd May 2010 - 9 years ago

    Nice track! The different cultural elements dont clash at all but sound completely natural together. This is a little reminiscent of the Zawinul syndicate who also blended ethnicities in an unassuming way. Good stuff!

    Reply by n0mad23

    Another band I hadn't heard of! Fantastic! Thanks for pointing me that direction. Early into the conceptual phase of this track, I decided on the hybridity element and wanted different traditions truly dancing together. In my experience, it's the musicians and the actors that are most willing to mix things up in non-confrontational ways. I think from your review I've done it successfully so far. Sweet. Thanks much for this review.

  21. arkeyetexture
    arkeyetexture on Sat 22nd May 2010 - 9 years ago

    this is really good! i like how at first the tune just kinda wanders like its looking for something. then the vocal comes and snap everythings all dancing toghteher. love it! great job!

    Reply by n0mad23

    Yeah man, I'm glad you caught the wandering factor. I did that to emphasize the "dance" concept and how cooperation can lead to unity. Wasn't sure it'd work musically, but I'm encouraged that you hear it. This one definitely has taken on a life of its own, and I can't wait to see where it arrives in final drafts. Thanks for the encouragement and review here!

  22. BigReeg
    BigReeg on Sat 22nd May 2010 - 9 years ago

    damn nomad. your so amazing when it comes to the fusion genre. everything you make is definently a banger, keep up the good work my friend. have a good day bro. PEACE.

    those vocals fit perfect my dude

    Reply by n0mad23

    I'm still thinking its riding the edge of Dub Fusion, but yeah it's banging at this point. I'm really digging using less outside loops and finding that what I need I can generally make now. Still like to hear others' presence with their loops, but it's liberating knowing that I can create what I can't find. I'll be by to check out your latest soon! Cheers and thanks.

  23. SGN
    SGN on Fri 21st May 2010 - 9 years ago

    I love the chimes/bells work playing throughout. It reminds me a lot of Pantha Du Prince's tunes (if you haven't heard him, you should check some of his songs out. He makes really soothing techno/house often using chimes and bells to move his song forward or as a main component]. The melody with the accordian is great as well. The only slight problem for me was that the drums sound pretty muddy. Was that your intention with this? If not, I'd maybe space out the beats, or perhaps increase the volume just a bit. Oh, also love the use of the vocal. Anyway, in short, I like this. This is fusion you can chill to as well as dance to. Good job.

    Reply by n0mad23

    Good call on the drums - I was feeling that way, too. It's been partially fixed with the next draft, as has been the arrangement somewhat. Never heard Pantha Du Prince, so thanks for that! Thanks for the listen and review/suggestions. Cheers.

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