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September 1, 2015 12:41 AM

Scratching an itch for flamenco.

I happened to be lost in Granada many moons ago, having missed my Alhambra ticket, and happened to chance upon this live flamenco performance in one of them venues built into a cave.

I had been entranced by the genre ever since, so between applying for jobs and taking care of a baby, thought it'll be fun to sample some (Creative-Commons-shared) voice and guitar loops into a song-like arrangement.

Don't speak or sing Spanish - I don't even play a steel guitar well (although now I should) - just produced some sounds with a basic feel for chords and beats. Enjoy!

posted by the cydonian (7 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Really kickin'. Love the hot feel. Great mix and arrangement.
posted by BlackPebble at 9:32 AM on September 1, 2015 [1 favorite]

Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it. :)
posted by the cydonian at 2:13 AM on September 2, 2015

I really liked the sparse, open feel at the start of this. It always surprises me how entirely those little clicky clappy flamenco rhythms can carry a piece without the need for anything more substantial.
posted by greenish at 6:49 AM on September 2, 2015

Haha, yes! That sparse beat was indeed one of the musical itches I was trying to scratch. Was quite struck by how the live flamenco pieces I've heard invariably started with an unaccompanied vocal prelude, and how the dancers sort of went into a trance with the beat. Felt it was like the aalaap and taal in Hindustani (north Indian classical) music.

Wanted to explore particularly those aspects, musically speaking; thanks for noticing! :)
posted by the cydonian at 9:51 PM on September 2, 2015

This is awesome.... such harmony and overall excellent mood! Looking forward to hearing more.
posted by Brodyaga at 4:02 PM on September 9, 2015 [1 favorite]

I used this in this month's podcast!
posted by cortex at 4:21 PM on September 9, 2015 [1 favorite]

So hadn't been paying attention here for a bit, but, YAY more people who liked it, thanks Brodyaga, and OMG, I'm on the podcast! Yippeee!
posted by the cydonian at 10:03 PM on September 15, 2015

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