Drum Meditations EP

Drum Meditations EP

Drum Meditations EP is finally out !

I believe this EP demonstrates SplitBrain’s Drum Music aesthetics in it’s purest form.No melodies, no hooks, no lyrics, no vocals.Rhythm composition only.As the name implies all the pieces in this EP are meditative & repetitive by nature but unlike the typical meditation music out there which is usually relaxation music this EP is more about tension & relaxation & the relationship between the two. (more…)

Electronic Tribal Music – Downtempo\Chillout\Ambient – Splitbrain’s spotlight 4

Electronic Tribal Music – Downtempo\Chillout\Ambient – Splitbrain’s spotlight 4

 

In my previous electronic tribal ‘spotlight’ blog series I have covered alternative tribal, tribal trance, & the industrial tribal sub-genres.My goal is to introduce to you the many flavors that exist within the so called tribal music genre in addition to the painfully dominant tribal house genre which is basically house music with some emphasis on Latin percussion.No electronic tribal music review would be complete without mentioning a very important branch in the tribal tree & this is the downtempo tribal genre.Often also called chillout or just chill or ambient or psybient ( the ‘psy’ taken from another electronic genre – psytrance ) or psychill or even dub.All these musical terms & descriptions usually refer to one musical style with a few common characteristics : a rather slow tempo usually between 80-110 BPM , a significant emphasis on melodic & harmonic content & a general relaxing, pleasant & atmospheric musical vibe. (more…)

Electronic Tribal Music – Alternative Tribal Music – SplitBrain’s Spotlight 1

If you’ll search Google or YouTube for ‘electronic tribal music’ about 90% of your search results would be related to a musical genre called ‘Tribal-House’.This musical genre dominates the cyberspace.Quite heavily I dare say.It’s basically ‘house’ music ( or ‘deep’ house whatever that means… ) with an emphasis on percussion parts especially Latin percussion.YouTube is flooded with tracks\mixes\DJ sets etc. of Tribal-House music.Actually you can’t escape it even if you really wish to.

But…. some of you might be surprised to know that electronic tribal music has many other flavors.In this blog series I’ll try to spotlight some of my favorite electronic tribal artists whom I think have an interesting & original contribution to the ‘electronic tribal’ music world, broadening & enriching its definition & many times escaping any trivial definition.

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Ecstatic Frame Drums

Ecstatic Frame Drums

The frame drum is one of the most ancient musical instruments; it is reputed to be the first drum to be invented.

Basic, primal & extremely powerful musical instrument.

Early depictions of the instrument can already be found in ancient Mesopotamian art from the third millennium BCE.Its unique sound characteristics & intense rhythms have made it the perfect accompaniment for religious ceremonies & rituals in different cultures causing the participants to go under a trance and reach an ecstatic and spiritually-high state.

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