DOSSIER: New Media
Music Wednesdays — I’m always on the lookout for something fresh. Luckily, the internet is full of people sharing—rather, a lot of talented people use the internet who share—their own music or act as archivists. Through the patient uploading of people on sites like SoundCloud, I’ve been exposed to a lot of fantastic or thought-provoking music, whether its recordings of virtuosic sheikhs singing breathtaking layalis from the 1920s to groundbreaking avant garde electronic samplers and sound-mashers today.
While going through my usual weekly rounds, I encountered the trumpet player Ibrahim Maalouf, currently based in Paris, whose production and playing style caught my ear.
This track, off his album “Diasporas” is full of interestingly designed sounds and production, dynamic rhythmic shifts that grows in scope and size, and soaring, emotive use of the trumpet in a way that evokes a sharqi aesthetic, but not in that clichéd way (thankfully).
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