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V.A. (VARIOUS ARTISTS) (COMPILATIONS) - Visions of Darkness (in Iranian Contemporary Music)

Format: do-CD
Label & Cat.Number: Cold Spring CSR 242CD
Release Year: 2017
Note: a colllection of Iranian "majestic, heavy, dark ambient, ritual, drone and noise" underground material with 21 acts/tracks, curated by MOREGO DIMMER and RAFFAELE PEZZELLA (SONOLOGYST); names are completely unknown but the variety of creative approaches is stunning, illustrating the the boundlessness of non-meanstream music; our favourites incl. RHONCHUS, ALPHAXONE, POO YAR,.. two full CDs to discover !!
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A gathering of majestic, heavy, dark ambient, ritual, drone and noise music from Iran. Highly original and monolithic, with stunning production, Visions Of Darkness stands shoulder to shoulder with the giants of the Dark Ambient scene.

In a country where youth culture has been heavily restricted for so long, its significant when a cultural form such as this has an opportunity to reach a wider audience aided by the abstract nature of dark ambient, drone and noise. In comparison, the dance music scene has a harder time taking root in Iran due to the illegality of men and women dancing in public together. However, the growth of the experimental electronic scene is going to be about more than a mere novelty reaction to a political paradigm shift. The darkness here is a consequence of the mood of the artists darker after the country was put on a black list and more restrictions were applied to many things, including monetary transactions to and from Iran. As a consequence, Iranian artists have a great difficulty getting the resources to better develop their projects. Despite this, the enthusiasm and will for Iranian musicians to promote their music shines through.

Edited by Unexplained Sounds Group
Curated by Raffaele Pezzella (Sonologyst)
and Morego Dimmer (aka Mohamad Reza G.)
Graphic design by Abby Helasdottir