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  • blog post Report Persian santur

    Ali Sadeghian
    Posted on Apr 28, 2010 - 21:30 by Ali Sadeghian
    Santur is a trapezoid-shaped hammered zither, which is struck with light wooden hammers. Originating in Persia, it has traveled the world from North Africa to Spain, throughout Eastern Europe, and to China, Korea and Japan.

    Santur has seventy-two strings which are arranged on adjustable tuning pegs in eighteen sets of four. The strings are made of bronze (9 in the low register) and steel (9 in the middle register). Each set of four strings creates one single tone. There are a total of 27 tones available covering approximately three octaves. The body of the santur is usually made of walnut but can be made of various types of wood depending on the desired sound.
    Santur is played with two very fine wooden hammers, sometimes covered with felt, and held with 3-4 fingers. In contrast to the playing technique of the similar Turkish or Indian instruments, where heavy hammers create tremolo by "falling" on the strings, with the Persian santur, tremolo is created and directed by the musicians wrist.
    Santur can be made from various kinds of wood (walnut, rosewood, betel palm, etc.) depending on the desired sound quality.
    The front and the back of the instrument are connected by soundposts whose positions play an important role in the sound quality of the instrument. Although the santur is very old, it was neither depicted in miniatures, nor presented in any other medium until the nineteenth century. The secret of making the trapezoid-shape sound box lies in the quality and age of the wood, as well as in the arrangement of the soundposts which connect the table of the instrument to its back
  • blog post Report Artist and musician of Iranian culture

    Ali Sadeghian
    Posted on Apr 28, 2010 - 21:30 by Ali Sadeghian
    In the Iranian culture has never been easy being an artist in the industry. Music industry is no exception. Music is originally from the people. From the beginning, when music was not a science, it came from within the people's soul as a means of relaxation, pleasure, sorrow and joy.

    Unfortunately, the music is not supported by some cultures as it really should, particularly in the Iranian culture. Many Iranian parents dream for their children is that they are either going to be doctors or engineers. To become a musician or an artist is like having to waste his life or until it is shameful.

    A musician is like an uneducated wanderer who makes himself a laughing stock in order to amuse others. The common and general term for a musician is "Motreb", which refers to the circular migratory BUSKER. Given that the music came from people to people, but over time it became a science of great battle. Despite the almost no parents want their children to train to become an artist and musician.

    It all meant that musicians began to classify themselves in different levels. It is BUSKER called "Motreb". He may play at folk festivals, restaurants, weddings and other event. On the other hand, he who wants higher status staying away from events and play only at concerts, festivals, galas, radio and television just to avoid the title Motreb.

    For those who have trained at a high level for it to publish books on music, trying to participate in more official events and present their music with more cultural and scientific nuance. Big men in the Iranian art world have tried in different ways for all distinguish the difference between musicians and BUSKER.
    One time long ago when the court invited the school's music ensemble to play at dinner before the king and his guests, thanked the school's controller no. He expressed his dissatisfaction with the invitation is an insult to the school's musicians. He emphasized the importance of the court is interested in music and music school work, they should take the time to get to school concert.

    The word Motreb (= that which brings joy) comes from Tarab (= joy). However, this word had a negative condition. (Worth mentioning that religion has always played a significant role in not letting art and music industries are exercised and developed free). Many Iranian well-known masters, male and female singers were not trained musicians. Either they were talented self-taught or they were gifted with good voice. Some of them came even from a poor family. But thanks to the band formed, flourished their works in the sense that ordinary citizens became famous music master and artist. Even the masterpieces, which they only learned by heart, could now be inscribed in the notes and text books as a legacy for future generations.

    Despite all efforts to erase the negative image from art and music world, it still can be seen clearly that it is far from the point where.
  • blog post Report Different point of views

    Ali Sadeghian
    Posted on Apr 28, 2010 - 21:15 by Ali Sadeghian
    It is interesting to hear people's views on art and even music. Anyone who is a pro will ensure producing less amateur-like work since his/her expectations are high. However, for the average person, that may be more than satisfactory.
    Thus, the novice might pay careful attention to the criticism or suggestions made by professionals while some might indulge in praises received from the laity.
    In the world of arts, there are no wrong beats. Art-work creates both fans and critics. An artist will evolve to become better and to produce greater works throughout his/her artistic career.

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