Are you interested in Middle Eastern music? Do you play the Oud, Qanun, Ney, or Darrabukka? Ever wondered how Middle Eastern scales (Maqamat) and rhythms (Iqaat) are structured, and what they sound like? If you answered yes to any of these questions then the website ALSIADI.com will be an excellent resource for you!
ALSIADI aims to gather Middle Eastern music for musicians and music enthusiasts everywhere. The site provides sheet music in Sibelius Scorch format as well as tables showing the Maqamat and Iqaat. To top it all, ALSIADI also provides a vlog and mp3 jukebox of Middle Eastern recordings. This is particularly useful if you are learning a Middle Eastern instrument or just interested in hearing and viewing classic and traditional music from the region.
Are you curious about the unusual? Are you into Middle-Eastern music? Do you pluck for a living (strings, that is!)? If you have answered yes to at least one of these questions, tune into RTRFM’s Plucked Stringsprogram on Sunday 6 January 2008 at 8.00pm to hear the State Library of WA’s Peter Edwards talk about one of his passions – the oud. The oud is a fretless stringed instrument similar to a lute and used primarily in Middle Eastern music, and Pete will wax lyrically about the instrument, its history and repertoire and what the oud does for him. Check out the library’s Middle Eastern music gateway for more information.