New York based guitarist/composer/sound artist Arian Shafiee dismantles components of technology and culture on Arabic Voice with the same sense of texture and reinvention he brings to guitar on other projects. Drawn from various sources, the album is more a slow moving digital landscape made of indistinguishable pieces than a collage.
“The primary source material for this album came from one of the bodegas I frequent in Queens. After regularly hearing what sounded like strange renditions of Arabic classical music over the sound system, I finally asked the guy behind the counter what he was listening to. He gave me a link to one of his favorite youtube playlists. There were lots of amazing A capella moments throughout these tracks and as an experiment, I began abstracting them beyond recognition. Eventually, I started constructing more cohesive pieces around them, blending in software, extreme digital timbres and non-musical sounds. The result is this album, which I feel is a representation of technology in dialogue with what locality and scope means in 2019.”
released June 21, 2019
Recorded/Mixed by Arian at Pioneer Works/Queens 2018-2019
Mastered by James Plotkin