Ouroboros is the first instalment in a series of tape and online releases that explore variations on melodic themes based on indian ragas, turkish makams, arabic maqams and persian dastgahs the entire piece is improvised around a few main melodic phrases or riffs.
I put together Black Priest in response to a personal need to expand on the Jekks and The Priests of Heka "thing"... this "thing" is the combination of both ancient eastern musical traditions and contemporary music. Up until now I have explored these traditions with group Jekks and The Priests of Heka. These expressions were mostly in the format of electronic music focusing on psychedelic trance and downtempo bass music. After branching out to performing this music with a live band and incorporating more guitar work into the picture something started to fester inside my compositional mind... Black Priest is the direct result of this.
Ouroboros is based loosely on the melodic frameworks of Raga Bhairav. Once I had written the main melodic ideas for this piece I gathered up two friends (a drummer and a bassist) and I told them to come over for a jam for half an hour or so. They had each played 1 gig with me before where we explored earlier, less refined, versions of the riffs. We got together, did a quick once through of each riff to make sure we were in sync, then I hit record. The result of this is the 30-something minute Grand Sorcery, later I re-sampled some of the recordings and some hindu chants that I had laying around, then composed the first piece, Invocation, live in ableton.
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Tapes will be available for online purchase soon, details are below.
Tape release details
all white cassette (donated to the band by a generous ex-student, these are old lecture tapes and some copies even have snippets of the lectures left on them!)
Clear plastic case
Home printed J Card
Individually hand drawn and numbered cassette artwork, see picture for more details.
These cassettes are available for a minimum $10 but you can donate as much as you want for them, the money is to cover postage and all that nonsense really!