After having seen him play live at The Egg, building the set sound by sound in Ableton and carrying his own mixer with him, we asked Iranian house tech producer and DJ Bitmarx to make us an hour of electronic dance while he was back in Iran. He used his contacts and experience as a DJ to pull in the best tracks by both obscure and very well known producers, most of whom like himself, are also DJs. The mix features production and remixes by Iranian artists – some of them based solely in Iran while others travel globally.
Very laid back tonight, we sample new releases, new bands (new to us) anything from contemporary classical to Gaza rap. Abjure, Trushkadelic, Dai Dream, Crash Ensemble, Nullsleep, Kratos Himself… Fains. Tracklist above. It’s very hot. We’re travelling up and down the country. We’re taking a break in August do to some live producing and record an album. Follow the show on Facebook for more regular news https://www.facebook.com/FreeLabRadio
- This Six Pillars radio programme is co-produced with musician Moslem Rasouli. We hear mainly from Iranians voicing their thoughts, not restricted to any topic, as audio postcards to the UK collated by Rasouli. We also hear Moslem’s own music (image left), as well as Six Pillars previous guest Hassan K’s latest track and an exploratory saxophone piece by SoSoLa. Moslem’s parents are originally from Gilan which is a beautiful and verdant area of Iran which produces some of the most gorgeous folk music you ever heard. This is reflected in his electronic production which is as unique as it is organic, drawing on Iran’s rich tradition and musical lineage of instruments and musical system.
Cornershop are still releasing while supporting artists such as Sexton Ming and others from afar afield as Nashville, Tennessee.
Lastly the latest Cornershop video, lyrics: “Milking it. Jiggy, jiggy, jiggy is all I hear, no rhymes, no style, no original beats.”
Leaping across the pond on lily pads buoyed up by sound. Amongst others, Canadian avant garde, African-Brazilian-Indian tribal gabba, remixed Irish boy bands and various electronica of Persian descent.
11pm Saturday – a special one hour mix for Resonance104.4fm: “After This” by Mutamassik, made on 2 turntables, a CD walkman for original tracks, and a broken mixer. Featuring tracks from the upcoming 2012, vinyl-only release “Rekkez” on ini.itu records.
“After revolutions, what do you put in place?I completely lost the illusion that metropolis like New York, London and Tokyo are the ultimate hubs of activity, power points on maps, the epicenters of life. The irony and truth is that their very breath depends on an enormous, rhizomatic, artificial life-support system that trucks,ships, flies in provisions from all kinds of unfashionable places to sustain it’s millions. A city cannot produce enough food for even a fraction of its population. If people do not eat, they die…
“How dare you come and live in our street
You are occupying us and you’re cramping our style
We don’t have any more comfort.
Find a solution for our situation,
Otherwise leave this place
And go somewhere else.”
Back from the Brink – An Audio Portrait
Kouroush Yaghmaie brought psyche music to Iran. He lived his music from his teens to adulthood until banned from singing, he was forced to produce children’s songs under a pseudonym for 19 years. His new album ‘Back from the Brink’ comes as a double CD and book, the extensive and detailed text by Kouroush Yaghmaie himself. In it Yaghmaie describes how he used his guitar to sound like a sitar, how his fellow musicians fell out of performing and heartbreakingly, lost the gift of music. Six Pillars has created a bespoke audio piece with a voice narrating over the songs the words of the man who for so long could not speak out. First broadcast in May 2012.