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Conference of the Birds – A Spring Mix

Fourtet, now supremely popular, has long been considered mainstream to us at ResonanceFM, yet he’s still producing work and picking sounds we love, as in this spring dance mix below. Kieran Hebden, a Londoner from Putney with Indian South African roots has named this mix Conference of the Birds, after a 12th century text by Farid Attar. Attar was hung, drawn and quartered for his work depicting a group of 30 birds crossing seven valleys in search of the great one, The Simorgh (which, as a massive hint to the meaning of the allegory, translates as 30 birds from Persian). The story is an allegory of the human journey towards self knowledge, an aspect of their belief that Sufis were persecuted for. It seems fitting that music and dance make a link with the book, as Sufi’s traditionally seek a divinity through dance. The features elements of African rhythm, break-beat and contemporary electronica. As cutting edge then, as Attar was in his own time.  Attar’s work was also a big influence on Rumi, arguably Persia’s most famous Sufi poet. What’s a Sufi you ask? Where have you been all this time? A Sufi is the mystical Muslim who takes ownership of Islam and makes it a very personal journey. We have not one, not two, but three podcasts on the subject…

Come you lost Atoms to your Centre draw,
And be the Eternal Mirror that you saw:
Rays that have wander’d into Darkness wide
Return and back into your Sun subside
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