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Album: Angel of Thoughts (Freshteh-e Afkaar) (Persian Art Music)
Style/Genre: New Age /World /Ambient
Instrumentation: Voices, Electric Guitars, Keyboards, Dumbak.
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501-2 & CA 501-4
of Thoughts (Freshteh-e
Afkaar) - Paiman
is a synthesist who has created a Persian soundscape on his CD,
"Angel of Thoughts". This instrumental album is a powerful sonic
story that will take you to distant Persia. Paiman moved to the
U.S. in 1983 and started writing music on synthesizers and computers,
honing his personal musical vision. Here he paints a picture of
a land and culture torn between the ancient and the modern, and
shares with his listeners his gift of harmony and rhythm. This album is another "Persian Art Music"collection.
Continuum Parts I, II, III (10:15)
2. Pegah (2:22)
3. The Smiths (5:00)
4. The Agony (6:38)
5. Counting Sheep / Eastern Sun(6:35)
6. Just a Dream (7:44)
7. Over Dose (7:20)
8. The Thief (7:32)
9. Angel Of Thoughts / Pooneh (8:23)
Total Time: 62:22
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Paiman Abdali's music is richly romantic, a sonic story teller of
epic proportions who will haunt you with an emotionally charged journey
into distant Persian music via modern and traditional electric and
Sequential Circuits Prophet 5, Sequential Circuits Prophet 610,
Emulator II, Oberhim Matrix 1000, Oberhim DSP Sampler, Korg M1,
Korg 03/Wr, Korg Wave Station, Ensoniq EPS 16+ Turbo Sampler, Kawai
K4r, Roland S550 Sampler, Roland U220, Roland R8M, Roland GR1 Guitar
Synthesizer, Yamaha TG33
the ripe old age of seven, I was nearly blown away by gusty winds
born over The Gulf that sweep over the city of Khoram-shahr, in
the southern region of the Iranian plateau. I spent my early childhood
in this port city by the turquoise blue waters of the gulf, stretching
all the way to the horizon. My imaginations took flight; I soared
in "Ether," I felt free as a bird. I wanted to create a spaceship
to take me there, where my thoughts found no boundaries. On my
eighth birthday, my father gave me a chemistry set, that tantalized
me beyond description. My enthusiasm overflowed; now I was a scientist.
Really and truly I was immersed in the process of finding the
"Ether," the substance that had eluded discovery for ages. At
the age of eleven, I embarked upon learning mathematics and logarithm,
and their interrelationship with everyday life and its manifestations.
I was curious, driven to learn and relate the numbers to the many
fields and practices around me. My dreams were taking shape, I
was more methodical, music entered my life, or shall we say I
was given to music. My thoughts took flight, I conducted my first
orchestra in my dreams; to my own total astonishment and amazement.
Music had impacted my life with a bang that I would hear the reverberations
for many years to come. In
1978 the destiny took a U-turn; I was sent to England to pursue
my education. I had entered a time warp; I was propelled into
an unknown culture far away from my home and friends. I missed
those tropical winds that were born over the gulf and swept over
the city of my birth. The differences were incalculable, and I
was an impressionable young man in search of his future. Indeed
I had stepped into the domain of the Western World, all unprepared
and ready to learn. I never stopped dreaming, unswervingly and
without hesitation I proceeded with my new life and all its nuances.
Upon my return home, in times of turbulence and cultural revolution
I found solace in working with an old friend KEYVAN TAGHI-POUR,
and formed our first underground band, called "The Human Beast."
We dreamed and played, and played and dreamed endlessly. In
early 1983 I traveled to the United States to continue my education
and follow my dreams. That is precisely what went on, where I
bought my first synthesizer, a Sequential Sixtrack with on board
sequencer. I started sequencing in early 1985, where the dreams
became more pronounced, and the results were more tangible both
in dreams and reality. In late 1988 as fate crossed our paths,
one of the founders of X DOT 25 Music, and I met for the first
time, after a live concert in San Francisco. Our cooperative efforts
resulted in the birth of the Third Millennium Music production.
began composing in 1989, and dreams came to fruition through my
synthesizers. The album you are holding in your hand is the culmination
of a long journey through time and the realization of many dreams.
May this music harmonize with your dreams as it has with mine. Who
knows, maybe you and I have had the same dream sometime and may
have been the same person in the "Ether."
other night in a mood of tranquillity and utter exhaustion, I
was reflecting back on the days' events with a modicum of satisfaction
and inner peace. A jumble of thoughts began marching across my
mind in their usual inharmonious fashion. I was too tired to whip
them into shape, or to demand an organization or priority. Just
like any spectator, I was screening selected episodes of my life
in living color with no particular order. Perhaps I had been working
too hard to produce an album for an old friend and an admirable
musician. I have known him a long time, as his music has evolved
through these many years. Music is his dream, refuge, and companion,
without equivocation. I presume that if his life were to be divided
into its main constituents, music would take the bigger half.
He is dedicated, progressive, unique, talented, with a god given
gift for harmony and rhythm. In this album he bares his soul,
and shares with you listeners, the essence of his dreams as he
so aptly has called "The Dream Land."
is a journey through time, cultures, evolutions, revolutions,
fears, and joys that a young man with all his aspirations and
inspirations is reciting with no uncertain melody. ... X
BY ALDOUSH ALPANIAN
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: X DOT 25 Music
MUSIC COMPOSED AND ARRANGED BY PAIMAN ABDALI
Additional Arrangements by Aldoush Alpanian
and Computer Programming: Paiman Abdali
Guitars, Morteza and Vocals: Aldoush Alpanian
Children's Laughs: Nava and Nahal Noori
Voices in Thief recorded at Tehran Studios: Nasser Azizi
Tombak: Hooshmand Saki
Photography: Lida Dormishian
Pre-Production: X DOT 25 Studios in Tehran, Iran and Emeryville, California
Digitally Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at Digisonic Studios Berkeley,
Recording, Mixing and Mastering Engineer: Victor Owens
Cover Design: Koorosh
Computer Graphics Support: Jayce Farahmand
thanks to Saeed Emdadi.
LYRICS & INTERPERTATIONS:
one together as one forever. "
You plant a seed and you watch it grow. Some seeds were planted thousands
of years ago and the plant grows through centuries; through wars, through
invasions, happiness and sorrow. The superior plants continue without
a stop. Continuum!
Pegah means the dawn; clear your mind and breathe the morning breeze.
Smiths (Ahangar): According to ' Shah - Nameh ' ( The King of Books
), by Ferdosi ( the reviver of Parsi Language, 1000 years ago ), Zahaak,
a king of bad blood, ruled in darkness for one thousand years. Cursed
by the " Ahriman " (the Devil), snakes began to grow out of his shoulders.
They harassed the king until they were daily fed the brains of two young
Persian men. Gradually two cooks found their way to the king's kitchen
and freed one man a day, substituting a sheep's brain for his. When
the number of men thus freed reached two hundred, they escaped to the
mountains and became the Kurds. There was an Ahangar (swordsmith) named
Kaveh, who had lost eleven of his twelve sons to Zahak. He led a revolt
against the dark king, to bring in the true king of pure blood, Ferydoon
Agony: Zamaan (Time), Zendegi (Life), Bashariaat (Humanity), Sabre (Patience),
Taarikh (History), Tabiaat (Nature), Sher (Poetry), Khandeh (Laughter),
Erfan (Spirituality), Geryeh (Cry), Honaar (Art), Vafadari (Fidelity),
Mousighi (Music), Doshmani (Animosity), Khiyannat (Betrayal), Dosti
(Friendship), Khanevadeh (Family), Doshmani (Animosity), Hayvanaat (Animals),
Parvaaz (Flying), Mohabbat (Caring), Soghoot (Fall), Mohabbat (Caring
), Piroozi (Victory), Tavalod (Birth), Eshgh (Love), Marg (Death), Tanafour
(Hate), Kodam Zaman? (When?), Shekast! (Defeat!), Kodam Zaman? (When?),
Shekast? (Defeat?) , Bia baa man be shahre royaahaa va ba khodat ashena
show. (Come with me to the land of dreams and get to know yourself.),
Amma! (But!), Amma! (But!), Amma! (But!) ....... But the Dream Land
Sheep: Sheep-like minds metamorphose into free thinking humans. " All
one together as one forever. "
Sun: The sun is in the East, but the challenge is yet to be faced.
a Dream: All that I am. All that I feel. All that I have seen. All to
be faced. Life in the real train. History in the real train. Grace and
sorrow, yesterday and tomorrow. Pass by the train.
Witness the herd following the wolf. The Overdose Stage.
"Why don't you sleep? ..... I asked you why don't you sleep?'
Y :"I don't know. .... I cannot sleep."
X: "Can't you sleep?"
Y: "I don't know. I am thinking."
X: "About what?"
Y: "About the sheep."
X: "The sheep?!"
Y: "Yes. ..... You know better than that."
X: "What do you mean by that ?"
Y: "You know what I mean by that. And you know it well "
X: "I don't understand it clearly. Be clear."
Y: "The sheep that you associate with."
X: "I don't understand a thing."
Y: "Huh! You know it .... you know it really well."
X: "I associate with them?!"
Y: "Yes, you associate with them!"
Z: "HEY GUYS, GET BACK TO SLEEP. DO YOU KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS? "
Y: "Leave us alone. You don't know anything."
of Thoughts: The angel of thoughts is the lonely one in the deepest
valleys of the Motherland (Zagross Mountains in the Bakhtiari region).
In the swamps of the Motherland (Gilan).
The flower. Grows in the Alborz Range, after rain.