Listen to Experimental Music from Iran -Siavash Amini’s haunting “Fading Shadows of Dusk.”


The piece comes from a new compilation Absence: Iranian Experimental Music on the Sydney/Belfast label Flaming Pines.

It was compiled by Arash Akbari, though Siavash Amini wrote an essay in the liner notes. This is what he has to say about it:

“It is helpful to listen to all of the pieces in this compilation in contrast to the established language of what is now an Iranian musical mainstream. This Iranian mainstream is not that disconnected from the global mainstream, and the philosophy, politics and the lifestyle this manifests. The mainstream in Iran is not only what the government endorses but it also consists of very shallow imitations of various musical genres, cleared of any signs of cultural or political resistance, backed and released by private labels and companies.

The artists presented here, including myself, are people who are constructing our musical language as part of our lives – a project which is no less of an experiment than the music itself. We are the voices who choose to be absent from the news and the musical mainstream (and in some cases from the city of our birth) in order to express the complex range of emotions and ideas which make up our lives, as honestly as we can.

What is the good of this absence? An endless world of exploration and experimentation, a life of vast possibilities and new forms of cultural and political resistance.”

The collection features works from Siavash Amini, Arash Akbari, Idlefon, Bescolour, Sole, Pouya Pou-Amin, Pouya Ehsaei, Tegh, Parsa Jamshidi, Shaahin Saba Dipole, and Umchunga. It’s refreshingly diverse and at times quite ambient.

You can find it here.


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