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‘Evolution’

A 42 minute and 24 seconds original Music and sound design score written and composed by Roxana Vilk and Peter Vilk (GOL) for the ‘Evolution’ Exhibition

The starting point of our creative process was the natural power of the wind and how it has been used in the vernacular architecture of Iran.

For our composition we imagined taking a sonic journey by being the wind itself as it travelled across different landscapes and architectural spaces across Iran reflecting the images and themes of the Evolution exhibition.

The sound design and music experiments with actually being the wind; being the particles of the architectural structures as they interact with the wind and ultimately our interpretation of being on a journey deep inside the sounds of Iran.

We take a journey from the hustle and bustle of a market in Minab to the mesmerising reverberations inside the famous Jameh mosque of Isfahan.

From the disorientating quiet of the sea mangroves on Qeshm Island in the Persian Gulf, to the busy downtown traffic of Tehran.

From the trance inducing drum beats of the ancient healing “Zar” ceremony of Southern Iran, that celebrates and honours the spirits carried and affected by the wind, to children singing on the beach in Bander Abbas. From the morning birdsong in Shiraz gardens, to the polyrhythmic metallic hammering of busy blacksmiths of Isfahan market...

All of these audio samples are draw from our own archive of field recordings in Iran, over the last 15 years. We layer and weave this with our own sonic and musical interpretations, including Pete on percussion and piano and Roxana on vocals.

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from Evolution, released April 14, 2015
Roxana Vilk and Peter Vilk

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“GOL are an utterly unique proposition, theres musical elements of Persia, dub, jazz, funk and North Africa that combine so well its testament to the skill of the bands members and the music itself. Most importantly though, GOL have a groove that anyone can lock into.”
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GOL are a Jazz World Electronica band formed in Edinburgh based in Bristol
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