Amir Baghiri

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Amir Baghiri
Amir Baghiri is one of the top Electro-Tribal sound designers of the contemporary electronic music community with 28 solo cds , many collaborative works and several film scores.
Amir Baghiri has composed music since 1980. During his education Amir founded and played keyboard for a band called Red Fly. Later he played as keyboards and Percussion in an award winning CBS recordings Free Jazz band The Pygmies. This band performed at several well-known places and festivals in Asia.

Amir Baghiri also composes for many different mediums. His work includes beautiful orchestral soundtracks and sonic transformations for feature films, commercials and documentaries. He generally augments his highly energetic electronic compositions with ancient fractal grooves and magically created soundworlds.
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Y05 Amir Baghiri - Arcanum album art Mathias Grassow / Rüdiger Gleisberg / Amir Baghiri Mathias Grassow / Rüdiger Gleisberg / Amir Baghiri - Arcanum (Album) Arya Y05 Italy 1997 Sell This Version
CDNO 17 Amir Baghiri - Cages album art Amir Baghiri Cages(CD, Album) NO-CD Rekords CDNO 17 Spain 1997 Sell This Version
Y06 Amir Baghiri - Time album art Amir Baghiri Time (Album) Arya Y06 Italy 1998 Sell This Version
Y07 Amir Baghiri - True North album art Amir Baghiri & Mathias Grassow Amir Baghiri & Mathias Grassow - True North(CD, Album, Ltd) Arya Y07 Italy 1998 Sell This Version
Y08 Amir Baghiri - Autumn album art Amir Baghiri Autumn(CD, Album, Ltd) Arya Y08 Italy 1998 Sell This Version
none Amir Baghiri - Upuaut album art Oöphoi, Mathias Grassow, Amir Baghiri Oöphoi, Mathias Grassow, Amir Baghiri - Upuaut Due Acque none Italy 1999 Sell This Version
CDNO 23 Amir Baghiri - Winterscape album art Amir Baghiri Winterscape(CD, Album) NO-CD Rekords CDNO 23 Spain 1999 Sell This Version
Y10 Amir Baghiri - Bluebox Collection album art Amir Baghiri Bluebox Collection(4xCD, Album, Ltd) Arya Y10 Italy 2000 Sell This Version
Y13 Amir Baghiri - Rooms album art Amir Baghiri Rooms(3xCD, Album, Ltd) Arya Y13 Italy 2001 Sell This Version
NRCD 011 (CS) Amir Baghiri - Dreamresources album art Amir Baghiri Dreamresources (Album) Neuronium Records NRCD 011 (CS) Spain 2002 Sell This Version
BLCMUS508CD Amir Baghiri - Lucid Circles album art Amir Baghiri & Brannan Lane Amir Baghiri & Brannan Lane - Lucid Circles (Album) Music BLCMUS508CD US 2003 Sell This Version
vivo2003007CD Amir Baghiri - Yalda album art Amir Baghiri Yalda Vivo vivo2003007CD Poland 2003 Sell This Version
vivo2004013CD Amir Baghiri - Ghazal album art Amir Baghiri Ghazal(CD, Album) Vivo vivo2004013CD Poland 2004 Sell This Version
none Amir Baghiri - Ambient Live album art Amir Baghiri Ambient Live(CDr, Promo) Coffee Artists none UK 2004 Sell This Version
BB001 Amir Baghiri - Exosphere album art Amir Baghiri Exosphere (Album) Bluebox (2) BB001 Netherlands 2005 Sell This Version
BB002 Amir Baghiri - Planet X album art Amir Baghiri Planet X (Album) Bluebox (2) BB002 Netherlands 2006 Sell This Version
BB003 Amir Baghiri - Orbital Repose album art Amir Baghiri Orbital Repose (Album) Bluebox (2) BB003 Netherlands 2006 Sell This Version
20060609 Amir Baghiri - Entities album art Baghiri* & Nimh Baghiri* & Nimh - Entities(CDr, Album, Ltd) Silentes 20060609 Italy 2006 Sell This Version
BB0706 Amir Baghiri - A Brief History Of Light album art Amir Baghiri & Wee Bandits Amir Baghiri & Wee Bandits - A Brief History Of Light (Album) Bluebox (2) BB0706 Germany 2007 Sell This Version
BB1107 Amir Baghiri - Live Long And Prosper album art Amir Baghiri Live Long And Prosper(CD, Album) Bluebox (2) BB1107 Netherlands 2011 Sell This Version
DB045-2012 Amir Baghiri - The Serenity album art Amir Baghiri The Serenity(CD, Album) Databloem DB045-2012 Netherlands 2013 Sell This Version
ACLE 1001 Amir Baghiri - Prayers For The Earth album art Amir Baghiri Prayers For The Earth(CDr, Album, Ltd) Attenuation Circuit ACLE 1001 Germany 2013 Sell This Version
ACLE 1002 Amir Baghiri - Light Textures album art Amir Baghiri Light Textures(CDr, Album, Ltd) Attenuation Circuit ACLE 1002 Germany 2013 Sell This Version


ACL 1009b Amir Baghiri - Private Archive album art Amir Baghiri Private Archive Attenuation Circuit ACL 1009b Germany 2014 Sell This Version
ACP 1083 Amir Baghiri - Remixes album art Amir Baghiri Remixes(30xFile, MP3, Album, Comp, 320) Attenuation Circuit ACP 1083 Germany 2017

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November 7, 2010
Amir Baghiri is an Iranian artist who explores the boundries between world music, electronic music and field recordings in a matter that results very similar to the style of Muslimgauze. After his 2003 "Yalda", Vivo puts out his new album, which turn out to be very percussion-focused overall. Some instruments used are: khaliji drums, persian tumbak, egyptian dumbak, liquid drums, bendirs, azerbaijan frame drum, surdo, mahogany pro djembes, tamborin and persian zarb & dohol drums. rababa, ouds, saz, kamancheh, panjab clay flute, native iranian ney and sipsi stone flute and various chimes, shakers, rainstick and some other forgotten objects. To that you'll have to add additive fm and analog synthesizers, processors & subliminal nature sound programming, groove programming & multidimensional ambient creations. The use of electronics in this album is remarkable becase it is mixed in subtly and yet makes for a fundamental element of the mixture. The balance between the percussive grooves and the digital rhythmical structures is so skillfully achieved that sometimes it's actually hard to tell whether or not it is in and in what percentage. The field recordings come from near eastern desert ambience and nature atmos, all recorded by amir baghiri on a sony DAT recorder in different places around asia & north africa. More technical info (such as software, hardware etc) can be found in the beautifully packaged trifold digipack. Vocals are to be found as well, but mostly as added ear candies or quasi-sampled recursive patterns, rather than lead parts. The middle eastern flavours are strong and intense in this record, you can almost smell it. Overall its grooves are pretty uptempo, which makes it easy to listen to and enjoyable.
Finally the album features some guests, including: Reza Ardalani (addtional zarb and ney), Malek Halime (distant azan, nohe khani and spoken words) and zhale mikhaili (tar, setar, additional spoken vocals as sample foods).


November 7, 2010
This new CD by Amir Baghiri, called 'Ghazal', came to me as quite a surprise. I expected to hear more of the ethnic ambient that I associated with Baghiri (like the amplexus stuff). On this CD, however, Baghiri presents some very rhythmic and danceable tracks.
The tracks sound like some sort of 'pop' music from Iran, Irak, or perhaps Syria. Uptempo drum rhythms and Iranian singing form a moody and exciting atmosphere that can perhaps best be compared to the danceable releases by Muslimgauze. 'Ghazal' certainly has the same kind of 'in your face' attitude that the Muslimgauze works are so well known for. But, admittedly, the tracks are also less industrial, and far more energetic. While real 'pop' music from the middle east tends to be way too poppy (and often downright annoying), Baghiri manages to fuse 'pop' and 'classical' elements into a perfect mix.
Surprises can be very nice, and I have to say that I'm quite stunned by this album. The overall quality and atmosphere are very impressive and the beats are simply very addictive. This album reminded me of trips in North Africa and the Middle East, and is certainly one of the best soundtracks for desert travellers.


November 7, 2010
I've been listening to a lot of field recordings from the Middle East recently (a number of the releases on Sublime Frequencies) and have been getting lost in the way music is so readily accessible from the street in these regions. Amir Baghiri's Ghazal opens in the same way: by submerging you in a street somewhere in the Middle East. Voices float in the background, nearly drowned out by the music and the singer's voice. "Nasime Saba" is a pop song of the street, replete with hand drums, finger cymbals, flute and the undulating siren song of a itinerant musician. You are submerged in a culture thick with a constant flood of music from hidden speakers, street musicians, distant prayer calls, and the rhythmic patter of the language. The trick with Ghazal is that everything is composed, recorded, played and mixed by Baghiri himself. Baghiri is recreating the vibrant energy of the Middle East in the studio, mixing the spontaneous rhythms of the marketplace and the city streets with carefully edited loops and field recordings. An ocean wave draws us in to "Shure Baran," a liquid wash of sound that transports us to a seaside community where a five piece percussion ensemble is banging out a rhythmic piece. It almost feels live until studio effects warp the sound, altering the rhythm and distorting the clarity of the drums. It is a Muslimgauze-like effect (a comparison which you really can't avoid when talking about Middle Eastern rhythms being distorted by authorial manipulation), but with more subtlety and less abrasiveness. The subtle field recordings wash across track divisions, lending a cohesive flow to the music as if we were sampling the ethnic music styles of the region. The ocean tide of "Shure Baran" gives way to a field of buzzing and chirping insects in "Daryaie Golfeshan," a lengthy piece that gradually winds up to a tumultuous explosion of sound before fading again into the distant burr of insect noise. "Eshragh" returns us to the street corner again and Baghiri works in cut-up loops and a persistent background crackle of insect life and whispering noise. "Sukhte Balha" builds as a duet between a water faucet and a field recording of street vendors and sing-song conversations.
And everywhere there are drums: Khaliji drums, the Persian tumbak, the Egyptian dumbak, liquid drums, bendirs, the Azerbaijan frame drum, surdo, djembes, tamborin, the Persian zarb and Dohol drums. Ghazal is a sea of drums, beats, rhythms and percussive threads which run run run throughout the tracks. Baghiri's fingers and hands are never still on Ghazal. The more I listen to Ghazal, the more I get lost in the vibrant texture and hypnotic complexity of Baghiri's compositions. Highly recommended.


November 7, 2010
Like so many electronic ambient artists, Amir Baghiri keeps churning out the releases one after another. His latest work tackles one of the least understood phenomenon in our world, the world of dreams and sleep. And on top of that, trying to portray the whole feeling just in music is a feat in itself. However, succeeding where so many others have failed, in my opinion, he manages to tap into the sound that maybe our unconscious mind can listen to while we're asleep.
I want to go beyond or maybe not try to approach the whole underlying concept of this work, and just speak from one listening to it as nice ambient music. In my opinion, ambient music should create a relaxing ambience, one in which you can meditate, drift away or fall asleep to. This album is great in this way. After the first track that includes some hypnotic tribal rhythms, the music then ebbs and sways in and out through different sounds that gradually become less and less obtrusive.
Because of the nature of this work, no single track really stands out from the others, but each long mystical track blends well with the other. Finally, it all comes to a close as it slowly fades to silence.


November 7, 2010
Amir Baghiri - Dreamresources

If your own resources are lacking, Amir Baghiri is here to provide potent fodder for dreams of any type... day or night, Dreamresources emits lustrous ambiance of the highest calib
The Dreamgate swings open into a primitive, beat-pummeled land where encroaching mists set the sky alight and... dogs bark? That particularly beaty realm is abandoned in favor of steamier abstractions, like the boiling gleams and shadows of A secret place; stunningly vague atmospheres swirl in varying viscocities. Equally as lovely (and intriguingly formless) are the vaporous currents of Lucid phantom ... and pretty much each of the remaining pieces!
As its title implies, Any colour you wish gives your imagination plenty of options; go wherever you want on these silken streams... is it like slow-motion cloudsurfing? Swimming through luminous jello? Uphill skiing on some otherworldly slope? Going fetal in warm embryonic fluids? Compelling Distant darkland hints at roughness, as faint rumbles scrape the otherwise-preternaturally-serene environments.
See the above descriptions and stretch them into a longer piece; the eighth track, The fifth key (16:14), unlocks even more-expansive soundscenes where barely-tangible drones whisper in longform sky-tidal passages, occasionally accented with starshine sparkles. The final flows (and ebbs) of Horama (3:57) are awash with luxurious pacing and incomprehensible beauty... so fine!
With synthesizers and restrained usage of a host of other (hardly recognizable) instruments, Amir Baghiri (with help from family and friends) spins near-nothingess into amazing amounts of wondrously oblique ephemera. Clocking in at over 77 minutes, Dreamresources makes for must-experience listening, and has graced many of my midnights... A+

A wonderful release.

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