HAMSA
SCORE LIBRARY

Edited versions and alternate mixes from Carvin Knowles' middle-eastern influenced 2005 album HAMSA, featuring Turkish Ud, and lots of percussion.


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Keter Ehyar Part 1

Total Time: 02:33
Tempo: 85 bpm

Keywords: taqsim, ud, improvisation, maqam, groove, middle-eastern.

Part 1 of Keter Ehyar opens with a slow Ud improvisation or "taqsim," then breaks into a bulgar rhythm on the djarbuka, over a low bass drone.



Keter Ehyar Part 2

Total Time: 03:29
Tempo: 85 bpm

Keywords: taxim, ud, improvisation, maqam, groove, middle-eastern.

Part 2 of Keter Ehyar jumps straight to the groove, with more melodic ud.


Mme. Zorna (shortcut)

Total Time: 03:38
Tempo: 85 bpm

Keywords: ud, balady, maqam, groove, middle-eastern, oboe.

This shortened edit of Mme. Zorna begins with the ud melody, then leaps into a Turkish balady rhythm as the oboe takes up the melody. Virtuostic ud performances are highlighted in this remarkable piece.



Malkhut (shortcut)

Total Time: 03:14

Keywords: ud, maqam, groove, middle-eastern.

This needle-drop edit of Malkhut highlights the 7-beat metre.



Tifereth (alternate mix)

Total Time: 06:34
Tempo: 122 bpm

Keywords: ud, oboe, drums, djarbuka, dumbek, maqam, groove, middle-eastern.

An Oboe plays over a low electronic drone, to be joined by a Turkish Ud and sparse drums, to make this ambient version of Tifereth far more mysterious than the original HAMSA version.



Liberi Noctum (shortcut)

Total Time: 03:17
Tempo: 85 bpm

Keywords: ud, drums, djarbuka, dumbek, maqam, groove, middle-eastern.

A slow, sensuous drum beat begins, then a solitary voice begins to sing a haunting melody filled with eastern mystery. The lyrics to Liberi Noctum are a Latin translation of a line from Bram Stoker's classic Dracula: "Listen to them, the Children of the Night. What music they make!"



Liberi Noctum (industrial version)

Total Time: 03:31
Tempo: 85 bpm

Keywords: industrial, gothic, groove, latin, middle-eastern.

Crunchy guitars and rock drums separate this from the original HAMSA version.



Chai Bedu

Total Time: 03:09
Tempo: 134 bpm

Keywords: ud, strings, drums, djarbuka, tabla, maqam, groove, middle-eastern.

This alternate version of Chai Served Hot from HAMSA features an entirely different performance using a small middle-eastern string section and Egyptian-style percussion.



Ghita Old-Skool

Total Time: 05:00
Tempo: 134 bpm

Keywords: ud, flute, drums, djarbuka, tabla, maqam, groove, strings, kalthoum, middle-eastern.

Ghita is Egyptian-style dance music from the '60s, featuring "oriental style" string arrangements, turkish ud, flute and lots of percussion. This is the original version which was later remixed for HAMSA.



Shekheina Old-Skool

Total Time: 03:46
Tempo: 124 bpm

Keywords: ud, flute, drums, djarbuka, tabla, oboe, maqam, groove, strings, kalthoum, middle-eastern.

Shekheina is Egyptian-style dance music from the '60s, featuring "oriental style" string arrangements, purcussion and a virtuostic Turkish Ud. This is the original version which was later remixed for HAMSA.



Shekheina House Remix

Total Time: 05:23
Tempo: 124 bpm

Keywords: ud, flute, drums, djarbuka, tabla, oboe, maqam, groove, middle-eastern, house, dub, remix.

Dubby house remix of Shekheina. Dark, sexy and mediterranian.



Mme. Zorna Dub

Total Time: 05:20
Tempo: 85 bpm

Keywords: ud, middle-eastern, dub, remix, downtempo, moog.

Mme. Zorna remixed with a one-drop bass, digital delay, filter, moog synthesizers and a bongload.



Ghita Theme

Total Time: 0:44

Keywords: arabian, desert, grandiose, strings, horn.

The string section plays the slow, solemn Arabian melody that speaks of desert dunes and a sea of sands. On the melody's repeat, the french horns begin a soaring descant that resolves into the wind.





All tracks composed, arranged, produced and performed by Carvin Knowles at the Studio Near Fountain and Vine, Hollywood, CA.

Carvin Knowles: Turkish Ud, Oboe, Flutes, Djarbuka, Egyptian Tabla, Muzhar, Rebec, Roland Juno Synthesizers, Micromoog and Moog The Rogue Synthesizers, Groovebox, Synthesizer and Drum Machine Programming.




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Design, layout and text Carvin Knowles.
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