Premiere: In new kāve LP, pre-classical Persian verse meets the machine

Machine Learning Poetry, the new LP from Tehran’s kāve, is not pastoral or pretty. It’s 10th-12 century poetry made into a brutal digital assault – machine learning sound that cuts like a full-force buzz saw. And it’s fantastic.

Moments fragile, brutal, and sublime, in three new releases from Iran’s Zabte Sote label

Zabte Sote is a wellspring of inspiration, not because of some fetishization of Iran or least of all its pain, but as a reservoir of adventurous curation and expressive sound design. It’s a label that consistently has something to say. This year Ate ‘Sote’ Ebtekar has already put out three more gems, and it’s worth visiting all three.

Peter Kirn - June 12, 2023

When Tehran lights up Köln, pull up your experimental electronic caravan and celebrate

Here comes the twist – in a year in which so much of the adventurous end of the electronic music scene was stalled, that dynamism was alive in Köln by way of Iranian diaspora. Timcheh was a window into where electronic musical inventors can go next, together.

Peter Kirn - January 28, 2022

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