Video and Music by Salar Niknafs
Single Channel HD Video, Stereo Sound
Edition 1, Duration: 3:30
Aug 2016, Tehran / Melbourne

"We came whirling
out of nothingness
scattering stars
like dust
the stars made a circle
and in the middle
we dance" - Rumi

The music of “Adrift” is a simple generative system, built around unsynchronized melodic passages to create a constantly changing wash in B minor. Electric guitar recordings are accompanied with field recordings and undercurrent drones to create a non-linear immersive listening that slowly drifts in and out of phase.

Video footages are of a ceremonial parade in Ubud, and a Pahlevani ritual at a Zurkhaneh (or Zoorkhaneh; English: “House of Strength”) in the historical city of Yazd, in Iran. Pahlevans are performing the whirling exercise (Persian: Charkh), which is believed to be derived from the Sama dance of whirling dervishes.

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