Ribab Jam (extract)
With 11 musicians sampled for Ribab Jam, this track contains more instruments than any other in the whole Orchestra of Samples project!
Taking its name from the lead instrument, the ribab – a single stringed bowed instrument from Morocco that we recorded with Ahmed Bijdiguen in the southern desert outside the small city of Tiznit, the track seemed to take on a naturally laid back ska-like vibe. With the ribab at times almost sounding like a muted trumpet, it blended wonderfully with calypso-influenced guitar of Luis Camacho recorded in Colombia’s beautiful Caribbean port city of Cartagena and the two samples then worked perfectly with improvised vocals recorded in Panjim, India, with Deetshida Murali.
Further field-recordings we sampled include flute, drums, congas, west African kalimba and a Dominican güira percussion scraper adding the swishy idiosyncratic vibes, before finally the whole track moves to an atmospheric mellow ending with the glass pyramids, piano and a celtic harp.
If you wish to remix this track yourself, we’ve uploaded some samples here and a short tutorial on remixing with Garageband, the free Apple app, here.
RIBAB – Ahmed Bijdiguen
GUITAR – Luis Camacho
GÜIRA – Daniel Correa
VOCALS – Deetshida Murali
FLUTE – Peter Bosher
PYRAMIDS – Dame Evelyn Glennie
KALIMBA – Dia Gomis
DRUMS – Lucas Fox
CONGAS – Paul Gunter
PIANO – Victoria Oruwari
CELTIC HARP – Marie Wambergue
Project producers: Francoise Lamy & Graham Daniels
Composition: Graham Daniels & Michael Neo
Additional fretless guitar: Alejandro de Valera
Mixing: Jérôme Caron
Artwork: Anna Alcock
Kindly supported by Arts Council England.