Amir Baghiri | Live Long and Prosper

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Live Long and Prosper

by Amir Baghiri

Transforming space and time into ambient drones and subtle tribal rhythms, pushing space music to its highest level.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Shore Leave
8:17 album only
2. Forbidden Planet
5:13 album only
3. Romulus
16:12 album only
4. Mudd
9:05 album only
5. Where No Man Has Gone Before
10:26 album only
6. Blood Fever
6:30 album only
7. The Mind Eye
8:02 album only
8. The City on the Edge of Forever
5:16 album only
9. Lost in Space
7:31 album only
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Album Notes
Amir Baghiri is back after 5 years with a spacious ambient release, dedicated to Star Trek fans from all over the world.
Transforming space and time into ambient drones and subtle tribal rhythms, pushing space music to its highest level.
Welcome back to the deep, emotional and mystical soundworlds by one of the ambient music world's premier tribal ambient sound designers.
After an absence of five years, German/Iran ambient composer Amir Baghiri
fortunately re-enters the electronic space music scene with "Live Long and
Proper". The 76-minute release, dedicated to Trekkies from all over the
world, continues in the tradition of the comfortable, highly textural cosmic
ambient as known from his previous albums "Planet X" or "Orbital Repose", at
times even expanding trademark sound. Beside the overall sound design being
fluid, warm, spacious and overall transparent, Amir’s smooth wandering
cinematic compositions also contain gentle sequencer patterns along a wide
range of occasional tribal sounds and percussive elements, all enhancing the
hypnotizing and dreamy experience of being taken into the wonderful spaces
of the great beyond. All who like to immerse in sophisticated, quiet, long
form and in-depth soundscape/drone music such as made by Max Corbacho or
Steve Roach should make sure to grab a copy of this factory-pressed cd or
download. "Live Long and Proper" is a fine work of quality ambient space.
( SonicImmersion )



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Richard Gurtler

Welcome back and keep on soundscaping, Amir!!!
Iranian ambient designer, based in Germany, Amir Baghiri celebrates here his comeback to the scene. Almost 5 years passed since his last co-work with Wee Bandits entitled "A Brief History Of Light" and released back in 2007. December 1st, 2011 marks his return on Databloem's sublabel Bluebox with "Live Long And Prosper" CD. "Shore Leave" opens the show with peacefully swirling organic ambience infused with various environmental recordings that smoothly shifts into more active terrains emphasised with gentle and crystalline tribal beats. This heavily textured composition moves through various passages where deeper primordial atmospheres are attractively interplaying with rhythmed high-tech elements. "Forbidden Planet" carefully explores immense realms painted by darker, but warmly inviting washes, again enriched by natural sounds of birds' chirpings. "Romulus" is a 16-minute opus with evolving and ever-changing, strongly organic texture floating from tranquilly desert washes towards highly mesmerizing trancey grooves. "Romulus" creates a very intimate, warmly nocturnal atmosphere and captures a pure moment of natural magic. I know that Amir has dedicated this album to all fans of Star Trek series and thus I should be journeying through sky high realms, but so far the images painted by his soundscapes rather evoke hot and dry nightly desert vistas. But no problem for me, I love these pictures so much!!! And they keep on appearing also through the next composition "Mudd" that features slow-motion spiraling washes, tranquilly sonorous and magnificent! Sort of native voice samples unfold "Where No Man Has Gone Before" and add mysterious guidance to this composition, where deeper drones are later merged with more frenetic tribals. Towards the end the texture swiftly sneakes into calmly hypnotic outro. A quite shamanistic performance!!! "Blood Fever" invades with deeper, droning passages, more colossal and intense, now it's the time when I am transported into fascinating interstellar territories. The heavy drone overlaps to the next piece, "The Minds Eye", enriched by some occasional outer space sonic outbursts, but also spiced by assorted ancient percussions and sounds. Amazingly intense and immersing!!! "The City On The Edge Of Forever" keeps its grandiose, aerial structure with hints of various industrial effects that swifly transfers into monstrously beautiful drones, deep space odyssey has just begun again and my deserted landscape imaging is forgotten. Amir at his most droning!!! "Lost In Space", with its intense organic feel, uniting watery percussive sounds with celestial washes, brings this fantastic voyage into a truly mesmerizing and evocative ending! Even if several of the tracks hold strong influence by the Master, "Live Long And Prosper" is undoubtedly done with big passion and accomplishment, paying attention to all details, including the sound quality. Welcome back and keep on soundscaping, Amir!!!

Richard Gürtler (Jan 06, 2012, Bratislava, Slovakia)


Amir Baghiri’s ‘Live Long And Prosper’ work of a master!!
During the last month of 2011 the album was released on the excellent Dutch Databloem label and Amir’s own (sublabel) Bluebox. The Iranian musician, painter, film-composer born near the Caspian Sea has developed a tru masterwork at this point...! Through all of his work a constant comparison is made with Steve Roach’s style, but I truly feel we have to expound on this point of view. Baghiri’s work contains much more colours from the ambient en drone-music palette than being a Steve Roach-copycat! absolutely!! And also being influenced by one of the groundbreaking ambient-masters, and therefore using that influence (which is a natural en logical process!!), well, let’s just say that you’ve got to have a huge amount of talent to deliver a work that lives up to that kind of standards... This is exactly what ‘Live Long And Prosper’ does!!! “Shore Leave” starts with beautiful synths, some jungle-sounds, and space-ships grazing by! (the album is dedicated to ‘Trekkies’, as in Star trek-fans of course). This first ‘trek’ is a wonder of beauty...with also some udu-drum-sounds, light spacy-drones, rainmaker-sounds, shakers and flutes. Then a very catchy rhythmic sequence-pattern evolves. We leave this openingtrack with the synths and grazing space-ships... Next up is “Forbidden Planet”, ominous dark synths appear, dark ambient at it’s best! On the longest track of the album (over 16 minutes) “Romulus” we go back to the lighter, spacy ambientsound, although with a lovely drone-feel. It’s an excellent combination of drones, dark-swells, some loose percussionsounds (shakers, rainmakers, drifting by), with environmental sounds. And then this track opens up with (excellent!!) some sequence-beats that fit this track perfectly. If you dare to go with it’s flow, you’ll experience a huge deep trip on this spaceship...! On “Mudd” it feels as if we’re about to land on this dark, mysterious planet. The synth-flows with deep dark bass-swells are contagious to my ears, and I love this ‘rainy’ sound in the back also.. “Where No Man Has Gone Before” starts with some words from Amir (can’t translate them I’m sorry..), combined with what seems like guitar-effected sounds, and it reminds me a bit of David Sylvian’s collaboration with Holger Czukay (where my ambient-addition started with actually..). But soon on this beautiful track, vocal effects come in, and some lovely tribal rhythmsounds as well. Things just seem to be lifted up, and start bringing us in a trancelike state... The sounds on this one are stunning! Awesome track!!! “Blood Fever” is up next: darkness descends... You can feel the desolation on this one, although it feels as if something is lurking in the shadows... “The Mind Eye” is also very ‘drony’ but to me there is a little more movement, ‘action’ in a musical sense.. Spacy drones and high pulses, environmental sounds, and lovely synth-swells, beautiful track!! “The City On The Edge Of Forever” to me is a logical successor to the previous track. Although this one feels lighter, more synth-oriented (don’t know exactly how to say it but more a Phillip Wilkerson-feel to me), I really love it! The last track is “Lost In Space”. Absolutely stunning track to me!! Rainsounds at the beginning, combined with light synths, soon a great ‘water-percussion’-groove comes in (wow!). A combination of (tribal) percussion, space-sounds, synth-swells, and environmental sounds lift this track up and make it the perfect ending of this absolute masterpiece! I really think as an ambient-lover/collector this album has to be part of your collection!