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Around the world in 90 songs

Post by Mrs Figg on Mon Aug 31, 2015 11:17 pm

I thought it would be nice to travel round the world in beautiful music. I would like to start my journey of the imagination and dreams in Marrakesh. Who knows where we will find ourselves next.


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Re: Around the world in 90 songs

Post by Mrs Figg on Mon Aug 31, 2015 11:22 pm

Perhaps ancient Istanbul?


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Post by Mrs Figg on Mon Aug 31, 2015 11:25 pm

maybe deepest darkest Egypt

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Post by Mrs Figg on Tue Sep 01, 2015 12:16 am

perhaps the beginning of time


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Post by bungobaggins on Tue Sep 01, 2015 12:37 am

Neat idea for a thread. Keep them coming. Really digging that Egyptian music.

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Post by halfwise on Tue Sep 01, 2015 2:35 am

A lot of those 'Marrakesh' sites look Mayan. scratch

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Post by Mrs Figg on Tue Sep 01, 2015 2:49 pm

we now travel by magic carpet to a midnight garden in the ancient Alhambra palace, be careful not to awaken the harem guards.


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Post by Mrs Figg on Tue Sep 01, 2015 3:05 pm

stumbling down a warm Spanish street one night we come across gypsy flamenco singers, they invite us to join them, the night is full of haunting voices....




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Post by halfwise on Tue Sep 01, 2015 3:38 pm

Some of my favorite moments in Spain were listening to Flamenco music, always accompanied by dancers. It's hard to believe it's a 20th century development, but was very soothing to see how many young people embraced it. I seek out Flamenco whenever I can find it.

The Alhambra is a strangely disjointed building: every room different, with abrupt transitions between them. Beautiful but jarringly incoherent. To me the walk up the wooded mountain was half the magic. Another magical moment was having dinner in an outdoor cafe at the base of the mountain with the Alhambra lit up above, while a classical spanish guitar played from a stool on the grass. Spain is amazing.

I like the ethnic music trip, Figgy. Back when LPs gave way to CDs I collected tons of ethnic LPs at a dollar a pop. There's some fascinating stuff out there: Korean court music sounds like it's from another planet, as does Javanese gamelan.

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Post by Mrs Figg on Tue Sep 01, 2015 5:01 pm

thanks Halfy. I am trying to find some west African music I heard on a street one time, but I cant find the right instrument. its like an ancient cello-y guitar-y mix up but its not either of those, its actually nothing like western instruments but its instrumental, its got a particular haunting sound, its frustrating me. maybe its from Mali or somewhere like that...

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Post by Mrs Figg on Tue Sep 01, 2015 5:01 pm

still looking...


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Post by Mrs Figg on Tue Sep 01, 2015 5:28 pm

aaah Kora music!


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Post by halfwise on Tue Sep 01, 2015 5:51 pm

Ah yes. More hypnotic than what's often called the thumb harp, made of umbrella spokes.


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Post by Eldorion on Tue Sep 01, 2015 5:57 pm

I don't have any insight to add or anything but I'm really enjoying listening to these. Great thread idea, Mrs Figg! Thumbs Up
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Post by halfwise on Tue Sep 01, 2015 6:07 pm

I had mentioned the elusive Balinese Bamboo Gamelan, I'm happy to find it on video:



And of course it must be compared to the more familiar (yet still transcendently hypnotic) traditional brass gamelan.


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Post by Mrs Figg on Tue Sep 01, 2015 9:48 pm

Thumbs Up cool

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Post by Bluebottle on Tue Sep 01, 2015 10:07 pm

Italy. Shrugging


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Re: Around the world in 90 songs

Post by halfwise on Tue Sep 01, 2015 10:18 pm

Points for Monteverdi. But going more folksy we may have to go medieval. I'm not finding what I want right now, Bungo may have to jump in here.


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Post by Mrs Figg on Tue Sep 01, 2015 10:24 pm

we now travel through the Paris banlieue by metro, its not the best neighbourhood, it flashes by...

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Post by Mrs Figg on Tue Sep 01, 2015 10:43 pm

ah oui! Paris! l'amour Paris!


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Post by Eldorion on Sat Sep 05, 2015 4:31 am

Jumping ahead a bit here, but this thread has gotten quiet, so: Okinawa.

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Post by Bluebottle on Sun Sep 06, 2015 9:28 pm

Albuquerque. Shrugging



I like that this song is basically all about getting out of Albuquerque. It starts;

"People say that Santa Fe, is less than 90 miles away."

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