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Egyptian electroacoustics: Halim El-Dabh

January 29, 2011

Though it’s of no obvious use to the thousands of people who are currently on Egypt’s streets, I don’t think it’s completely irrelevant to remind yourself at critical historical moments of the art that a culture produces. Courtesy of ubuweb, here’s Leiyla Visitations (1964), the enchanting “electronic drama” by the Cairo-born composer Halim El-Dabh. It’s an elaborate tapestry of chanted vocals and tape manipulations, filtering middle-eastern poetry through mid-century machinery — by the final parts, the music has risen to a madness.

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