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Date
04/09/2012
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4.49 / 5.00

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morocco
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Author Comments

EDIT: Thanks to Tomppaah for the mastering!

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Alright so... first off, this is for a school project. Basically, in this project, the whole lower year of my school (nearly 150 students in all) are split into 10 teams of 15. Each team is assigned a random Mediterranean or European country and before a deadline date, they must prepare three things. Firstly, each team must prepare a souvenir pertaining to the country's culture (like a picture frame showcasing the country's art, for example). Secondly, each team must build a stall, decorate it and showcase traditional food of the country. Lastly, each team has to prepare a show/performance which has to do with the country they're representing.

Yep, you guessed it. My team got Morocco. So, this is a track that will most likely be used somewhere in our show/performance. We're not even sure what we're going to do (we might do an animation since one of the team members knows how to use Flash but he never animated before so it's doubtful), but since making music takes a hell of a long time, while the others planned on what we'll be doing, I decided to make use of my Easter holidays to write this, and hopefully we'll try and integrate it into our project well later on. I've got much more Moroccan music to make, probably, but here's a starting point.

As for resources, this song uses a lot of traditional/ethnic instruments as you can imagine. We've got an oud, a santoor, a zourna, a duduk, a didgeridoo, a gadulka, a mid-eastern string section and a Qandahar dumbek all from East/West Ra. The hard-hitting percussion, Indonesian bongos, Vietnamese shakers, gong and cymbal are all from Stormdrum 2. The cello, double bass, choir, woodblock and tambourine are from Symphonic Orchestra Silver. Then there are a few random samples like the echoing bongo hit at 0:28 which is a free drum sample and the pan flute lick at 1:01 which is from Ethnoworld. I was planning on using an oboe from Symphonic Orchestra Silver and a drum kit from EZdrummer too but I didn't manage to fit them in.

Now, please note that I know that some of the instruments aren't truly Moroccan. The santoor is Indian, the zourna's Arabic, the gadulka's Bulgarian, the Indonesian bongos are, well, Indonesian, etc... but Morocco doesn't really have many purely traditional instruments and the ones it does have aren't in my library, so I had to make do with a tonne of Mid-Eastern instruments. Also, first time I'm composing something like this so sorry if it sounds kinda amateur! Lastly, the point of this track is to build up and build back down again in a short amount of time so don't expect some massive structure like what I usually make use of.

Anyways, in conclusion I hope you enjoy it. It took me over ten hours of work spread over the course of about one week. Thanks a lot to Echo, Darrenkerwin, Zero Flare, and especially camoshark for all the feedback they've given me. Thanks for listening, I'd love a review, blah blah blah :3.

Reviews


DroplifterDroplifter

Rated 5 / 5 stars April 28, 2012

Fantastic piece of music. There's an incredible amount of instruments and ideas going on here. I literally cannot begin to explain how good I think this is. Within 20 seconds it reminded me of a lot of games (assassin's creed, civilization, etc) but done to a whole new level.

This is a seriously good piece of music. And considering it's only 1:50 long, it covers a lot of ground in a short time.

Fantastic, 10/10.


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Step responds:

Wow man, you came out of nowhere and reviewed two of my tracks with really supportive reviews. I honestly can't thank you enough!

I'm really glad you like it; this is going to be used for the cinematic introduction in our play so I did try to fit in a lot of elements to give it a 'big epic' feel.

Thanks again!


G2iMoCoG2iMoCo

Rated 4 / 5 stars April 22, 2012

Hi Supersteph45,

What a great project you have.

I really enjoyed the music track that you made.

Your assessment of the Moroccan music culture is quite correct.
In fact, indian music is well loved by most Moroccans and is quite an influence in the music produced by Moroccans.
Additionally, they grasp bollywood into their culture and are big fans of bollywood music, especially Shah Ru Khan.

The Moroccan music culture is wide and varied and they take inspiration too from a lot of other arabic speaking countries, such as Egypt, Lebanon and Syria (being the top 3 influences).

There is also a section of the music culture that follows Rai Music.
Rai music is actually from Algeria, but also has a huge culture in Morocco.

One of the biggest Rai artists in Morocco is Cheb Bilal.
He produces some great tracks, often quite "disco" type music, upbeat. Rai is essentially alligned with western pop.

There are also some great Moroccan Rappers that you might like to check out.
One of the biggest rap groups in Morocco is Fnaire.
Fnaire are based in Marrakech. Their songs are very listenable to and enjoyable, even if you don't speak Arabic or French.
Check out Matkich Bladi, which is one of their top songs.
Fnaire are very responsible, and they sing about good, allah and family, so you can be sure that there are no bad words.

Other groups are Hkane and Bigg.
However, Hkane and Bigg tend to sing bad words, so i would not include them in your project.

It is important to note that you have Arabic and Berber cultures in Morocco.
The two are completely different.
The wailing women are typically berber, rather than Arabic.
The Berbers come from the South of Morocco.

One point, in case you are tempted in your show....bellydancing is not Moroccan.
It is commonly thought of as Moroccan, but the Moroccan culture does not allow a woman to show her body in the way that belly dancing portrays women.
Belly dancers in Morocco are seen as, let's say "ladies of the night".

Oh, one other point, Spanish music has a big influence in Morocco too, so Spanish guitar playing will be a valid and interesting addition to your project.

Umm, one other point to watch too....Casablanca, the movie, has nothing to do with and no connection to Morocco.
It's just a dream that people have!

Mint tea is a very popular drink, and is known as "Whiskey Maroc".

Tagine and Couscous are very popular foods and staple diets.

Bread, is a holy food and should be treated with respect in Morocco.

Check out some of the Hollywood movies that were made in Ouarzazate, Morocco at the Atlas Film studios.

Also "Fantasia" are big cultural shows in Morocco, so check that out too, might give you some ideas.

Well, i hope that this helps you.

Let me know if you have any question that you cannot find an answer to.

Keep up the great work.


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Step responds:

Oh my God, thanks so much. You just came out of nowhere and wrote this whole guide to help us; I'm very grateful!

"I really enjoyed the music track that you made.

Your assessment of the Moroccan music culture is quite correct. "

Thanks! As I said in the Author's comments, this is the first time I've ever tried something like this. I'm happy I got something right :P.

"The Moroccan music culture is wide and varied and they take inspiration too from a lot of other arabic speaking countries, such as Egypt, Lebanon and Syria (being the top 3 influences)."

Ah, I see! So I guess some of the instruments I added to the track may have not been bad additions after all; I was with the mentality that if the instruments I'm using are not uniquely Moroccan, then the track isn't properly-styled Moroccan music, but if it draws inspiration from India and those three countries, then maybe some of my instrument choices like the Santoor (which is Indian) weren't a bad idea!

"There is also a section of the music culture that follows Rai Music.
Rai music is actually from Algeria, but also has a huge culture in Morocco.
One of the biggest Rai artists in Morocco is Cheb Bilal.
He produces some great tracks, often quite "disco" type music, upbeat. Rai is essentially alligned with western pop."

I'll look into that when I get back from school. All I can say though is that coincidentally I'm making a disco-type track for the dance we'll be doing in our performance. You can hear how it's coming out so far if you're curious!
http://goo.gl/Bbdaa
My friend told me it sounds like ethnic disco :P.

"There are also some great Moroccan Rappers that you might like to check out. "

Ah, I can't really make rap music; I'm terrible at it. I'll check them out though!

"It is important to note that you have Arabic and Berber cultures in Morocco. "

I see! I'll mention that to the team.

"One point, in case you are tempted in your show....bellydancing is not Moroccan."

Oh man, thank goodness you told me. The other guys on the team were actually planning on doing that. I'll warn them not to!

"Oh, one other point, Spanish music has a big influence in Morocco too, so Spanish guitar playing will be a valid and interesting addition to your project."

I'll keep that in mind!

"Mint tea is a very popular drink, and is known as "Whiskey Maroc"."

We might try putting that in the stall we'll be preparing for the project.

"Check out some of the Hollywood movies that were made in Ouarzazate, Morocco at the Atlas Film studios.
Also "Fantasia" are big cultural shows in Morocco, so check that out too, might give you some ideas."

Will do!

"Well, i hope that this helps you.
Let me know if you have any question that you cannot find an answer to.
Keep up the great work."

Man, this helped so much. I really can't thank you enough! I very much appreciate the review and the tips. Thanks again!


HaggardHaggard

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars April 17, 2012

Well, since I don't really know anything about Morocco or the culture I'm just going to assume you did some research first before creating this. This sounds like I -with no knowledge of the culture- would expect a Morocco themed song to sound like. Maybe you created a song here that is too cliché, but maybe this is what music from Morocco does sound like.

Anyway, the first paragraph does sound way too negative. I really enjoyed this song. The instruments are mixed in a very nice way and I like the flow of the song. Also, the atmosphere -cliché or not- created here is very nice. I also like that this song is very diversified as well. Not just the same melody over and over again, but with a lot of changes in the instruments you used.

Just an idea: Maybe you can use the national antheme of Morocco as well in your presentation?

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Step responds:

Wow, been a while since I got an RRC review. Thanks a lot Haggard!

"Well, since I don't really know anything about Morocco or the culture I'm just going to assume you did some research first before creating this."

Yeah I did a little research. I first looked for a list of Moroccan instruments to see if I have any in my library, and I found some instruments but none were in my library of samples. I then found this song:
http://goo.gl/Eq8r5

And thought... hey that's not half bad! So then I did more research and found the instrument that the lead singer was using in the track (the oval-shaped guitar). Apparently it's called an Oud, and I just so happened to have an Oud in my library, so I used that. I also used a tonne of middle-eastern instruments hoping they'd sound somewhat reminiscent of Morocco.

"This sounds like I -with no knowledge of the culture- would expect a Morocco themed song to sound like. Maybe you created a song here that is too clichÃffÃ'©, but maybe this is what music from Morocco does sound like."

Well a lot of Moroccan music I heard had chanting and a lot of bongos and stuff. I guess my version is a bit more westernised, I dunno...

"Anyway, the first paragraph does sound way too negative. I really enjoyed this song. The instruments are mixed in a very nice way and I like the flow of the song. Also, the atmosphere -clichÃffÃ'© or not- created here is very nice."

That's nice to hear :3.

"I also like that this song is very diversified as well. Not just the same melody over and over again, but with a lot of changes in the instruments you used."

Yeah I love doing that. Variety is one of the things I constantly strive for when making music.

"Just an idea: Maybe you can use the national antheme of Morocco as well in your presentation?"

You know, I actually had that idea before and thought instead of using the actual anthem I could remix it. My only issue is that I don't know how I could fit it in. This isn't just a normal slideshow presentation or something. It's most likely going to be an animation supported by some sort of performance, and fitting the national anthem in there might be hard.

This track will probably used for a more cinematic cue, and I've also got to make a track for the team members to dance to and another one playing in the background of the stall we have to prepare. I don't think it's physically possible to dance to a national anthem and I want the stall's background music to be a sort of low intensity loop, so the anthem won't fit there either! Still, it would be a cool idea :P.

Thanks again for the review man, much appreciated.


AebeatiaSookiesAebeatiaSookies

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars April 9, 2012

This makes me want to double the size of my private harem!


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Step responds:

Because that's what I wanted my track to do. Inspire people to double the size of their harems. Totally not to represent Morocco's unique culture in an audible, creative fashion. No way :3.

Thanks for reviewing, haha.


BuoyBuoy

Rated 5 / 5 stars April 9, 2012

Lol you could have just gotten some stock "ethnic"/middle-eastern music and used that. Love the song though, especially that whiny obo whatever thing that ends at 1:00. Cool soundstage with all the hifi and detailed percussion and brooding background stuff. And thankfully this is not anything like the awful annoying shit with howling women that I associate with the region. :D

Also how can anybody work together in a team of 15? Hopefully there is a clear leader of each team or you are 100% certain to end up in a state of utter anarchy


Step responds:

Hey thanks for reviewing!

"Lol you could have just gotten some stock "ethnic"/middle-eastern music and used that."

Yeah but then I'll have nothing to do. I mean I can write a script but they probably want it in Maltese and I'm crap at Maltese. I can program but I don't see how we'll be needing programming for the project. I can research stuff but that's insanely boring. So making music saves the day :3.

"Love the song though, especially that whiny obo whatever thing that ends at 1:00."

I think that's a zourna you're talking about. Yeah it's pretty cool!

"Cool soundstage with all the hifi and detailed percussion and brooding background stuff."

That's good to hear!

"And thankfully this is not anything like the awful annoying shit with howling women that I associate with the region. :D"

Yeah haha, when I searched for Moroccan music to get inspiration from, I found this...
http://goo.gl/msnVK

And I thought "oh no, not this howling crap". Then I found this...
http://goo.gl/Eq8r5

And I thought "that's more like it" :D.

"Also how can anybody work together in a team of 15? Hopefully there is a clear leader of each team or you are 100% certain to end up in a state of utter anarchy"

Yeah there's a leader or as you said, chaos would ensue. Also our team's 10 not 15, since there aren't exactly 150 students in our lower year school and it didn't dawn on the school staff that making each team full of 15 students will most likely cause one team to have a lesser amount of students.

Still, I would've totally preferred a solo project. I hate teamwork :(.

Thanks a lot for the review though!