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Byzantine Time Machine
Influence: Mediterranean , Balkan
Genre: live music
Sala Sala    For the videos, click the link below   Sala Sala  is an old song from either Greece or Turkey depending on who you ask or which language you prefer.  I prefer the Greek version simply because I’m much more comfortable with the Greek language.   A sala is a salon or really nice living room that’s reserved for visiting. Like most folk songs I’ve encountered,  Sala, Sala  refers quite a bit to love and nature. Σάλα σάλα, μες στη σάλα τα μιλήσαμε Να με πάρεις, να σε πάρω συμφωνήσαμε Sala sala,  in the living room we talked it out You will marry me (lit. “take me”), I will marry you, we agreed to it Πότε μαύρα, πότε άσπρα, πότε κόκκινα Την καρδιά μου να ζητούσες, θα σ’ την έδινα Sometimes black, sometimes white, sometimes red Should you ask for my heart, I would give it to you Musicians love this song because of the  mode  or scale it’s written in.  It’s called  Saba  and it means morning or bright in Arabic and is also a popular baby name.  The scale is a normal minor scale but the 4th note is flatted making it sound very exotic to Western ears. Here’s a short video of Eve playing the Saba scale on her sandouri, followed by a short improv:   Here’s a very nice version from 1926:   more
Byzantine Time Machine is an Ethno-Dub music group.The group takes the ancestral sounds of Arabic drums, Greek dulcimer, Turkish clarinet and vocals, and dispatches them through an array of computer generated effects creating the mutated, sci-fi, sub-genre of ethno-dub music.BTM’s specially trained technicians utilize their time machine to simultaneously bring you closer to the past and t... more
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