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Slow Descent Live (Knossos)



 Genre: Middle Eastern

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For all perfromances, knossos faithfully reinterprets selections from the debut cd, "dark light in the wake of silence", as well as presents a series of acoustic improvisations with special guests and dancers.

dann torres - oud, samples, ambient distress
art agunod - fretless bass
dave hall - frame drums, percussion,
pat flores - keyboards, samples
alberto campos - drums
jeremiah soto - doumbek, percussion
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Uploaded: Feb 14, 2007 - 07:45:47 PM
Last Updated: Feb 15, 2007 - 01:34:42 PM Last Played: Jul 10, 2019 - 11:37:31 PM
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chikoppi said 4599 days ago (February 14th, 2007)
The Minoan Bull is Loose!
First off, I am incredibly jealous that you have access to all these great instruments and musicians. Second, you achieve a very rich texture in your live performance, with many layers from what seems like too few hands to produce. Very well done!

The oud is terrific and I was a bit dismayed when the filter was applied to it. Its a classic and beautiful solo and while the filter instantly evokes Jimmy Hendrix, and foreshadows the distortion to come, it might be more subtle.

Very nice when the percussion first appears and again when the snare begins its cadence. The percussion has a wonderful blend of eastern, rock, and electronica. The kit and the doumbek merge seemlessly to create a cracking, undulating tempo. You remind me of Niyaz, but with a harder electronic edge.

The fretless has some very stylish phrases that create a woozy, trance-like pulse. The ambient textures are excellent. The pacing is spot on - you led me right through with relentless intent. When the song hits full stride all the cylinders fire at once in a terrific crescendo.

This is a great song and I'd really like to hear the studio version!
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legato said 4598 days ago (February 15th, 2007)
Thank You
yes it was... That night was very interesting with the monitors not being quite up to specs. it sounded very different from our perspective, but I'm glad the mix came out great and that was due to the excellence of our friend Nino whom recorded the whole performance. Playing with great musicians is always a pleasure, especially when there is wide array interesting instruments and styles.

Thanks chikoppi for the breakdown I'm sure the other members will enjoy the feedback.

Thanks again.

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drakonis said 4599 days ago (February 15th, 2007)
mysteriously rich journey
really nice mixing and recording, very well composed piece... I can imagine being transfixed listening to/watching this performance, never mind the belly dancer! The "Duo" instrument was very cool (backward "Oud" :-) I assume that was what it was, a backward sample? Intriguing to mix the forward & backward sounds in there live. Super drums, bass, and keyboard etherea too. Great slow build. One of those pieces that seems too short.
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legato said 4598 days ago (February 15th, 2007)
Drakonis you dont like the belly dancers-ha! They added alot to the show with no vocals being the center point. The backwards effect for the oud was just that an effect box which is very interesting combination of sampling in real-time I would imagine. Thanks as always for your comments they are greatly appreciated.

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drakonis said 4598 days ago (February 15th, 2007)
Me, not like belly dancers? No no no, what I said was this music was great, even though I could not watch belly dancers at the same time... it stood on its own.

I will be the first to go watch your video of this performance on Youtube... well, maybe not at work :)

OK, I will admit that I go to the local Marrakesh restaurant PARTLY because of the wonderful food there, not just because of the belly dancer. (smirk)


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Cameron said 4599 days ago (February 15th, 2007)
Your band is very tight and gets a good sound. Interesting instruments on this tune.

I didn't really care for the "reverse oud" but that's just my personal taste.

The percussion was excellent. Very nice groove in the second part of the piece.
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legato said 4598 days ago (February 15th, 2007)
As always...
Thanks Cameron for your comments.

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Reinholt56 said 4599 days ago (February 15th, 2007)
The atmosphere.....
I really enjoyed the atmosphere evoked when listening to this music.

First class.

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legato said 4598 days ago (February 15th, 2007)
Paul Thanks!
The performance was great with the dancers adding to the atmosphere. We had a great turnout. Thanks again for listening in, appreciate it as always.

Take Care

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Mystified said 4597 days ago (February 16th, 2007)
This would be awesome live....
You've taken so many great elements and combined them here.
What a talented collection of artists!

Thank you for sharing your talent here :)

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RedSahara said 4593 days ago (February 21st, 2007)
Great mix.
Great mix. I specially liked the intro with the Oud and Durbke.
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Moviz said 4462 days ago (July 2nd, 2007)
this is...
excellent and very hypnotic as a lot of Eastern music is, M
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composerclark said 4461 days ago (July 3rd, 2007)
Loto Fun
Very enjoyable; a long, slow build-up. Like Chikoppi, I'm not sure the processing (reverse envelope effect) to the oud towards the beginning added much, although it's an interesting effect, independent of anything else. And I guess you could argue that it is setting us up for the distortion the comes later... wait a minute, I just read the rest of Chikoppie's comment and I see I am saying the same as he did! Sorry about that.

Anyway, definitely a lot of fun, and I would love to have heard this live.
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