Oxx - Giana Sisters - Turkish Native Instruments

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The instruments playing along the synths are tambur (drum) and oud.


The short passage in the middle of the remix is a short part from a composition (Gamzedeyim) by Tatyos Efendi. (Biography: https://www.biyografya.com/biyografi/17810)


The original song Gamzedeyim was composed in 1911. Unfortunately, Tatyos Efendi passed away the next month, right after completing it.


Other parts are just synth stuff, so the name of the remix is misleading, sorry for that.


I would really love to hear your comments, whether you liked the sound of these instruments, or the melody (because it contains microtones). (The composition of Tatyos Efendi is in the Ussak Maqam.) (Info on arabic maqams: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arabic_maqam#Maqam_families)


A note on the name of the track: I can see now that the choice of the name for this remix was very unfortunate. The instruments playing in the remix along the synths are oud and tambur (google translates tambur as drum so I am using the original name). The name of the remix suggests that the remix is mainly done by native instruments, but it is not, so sorry, the name should have been Giana Sisters Title (feat Tatyos Efendi)



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Unique mix of synth sounds and Turkish instruments, giving it a folksy feel. I kinda like the idea! It doesn't feel quite polished, though, because the sampled parts and the SID parts alternate and don't really overlap. For example, if the Giana Sisters melody was played on the oud instead, that would get much higher marks from me.

The vocoded stuff: personally, I have nothing against vocoders, but here it feels rather gimmicky, like a radio DJ doing an unnecessary voiceover.

Despite all this, please, do keep experimenting! I really like it when the music of different cultures are mashed together, and this is a promising idea that's worth exploring further.