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Iconophobic: Satire, bizarre phobias and embryonic love

Iran, Tehran – Rock music is of course not rooted in Iran, but the enticement within the genre has strikingly pierced Salim Ghazi Saeedi’s heart in his hometown. Living in a country with total domination of traditional culture, Salim has globally released his 4th album, Iconophobic. An album as a “strong statement from Saeedi on life in his home city of Tehran” (Steven Reid, Sea of Tranquility webzine, Sep 2010) or let’s say “a stream of conscious story without words.” (Christy Claxton, Stave Magazine, Sep 2010 )

Iconophobic is an instrumental concept album on “fear of the world of imagery”, composed and performed for electric guitar, bass and synthesizers by Salim, hiring various elements of classical, electronic and progressive rock music to communicate artist’s extreme feelings: Satire, bizarre phobias, ecstatic joy and embryonic love are themes of this daydream…

“Pictorial rock”, Salim says “is a term I use for my music that is usually based on series of mental images, a nightmare or maybe dreams of a sound sleep…” In this regard the album is accompanied by visualizations. “… However that as a listener, you have to wait for the pictures to materialize in your mind!” Salim adds. The album is available for purchase at www.salimworld.com . Salim is currently preparing this album for performance with a medium-sized band.

Track Listing
1. Composer’s Laughter
2. A Satire on Hell
3. And My Heart Aches Like 100 Aching Hearts
4. Asiyeh
5. The Songful Song of Songbirds
6. Transcend Ecstasy with Ecstasy
7. Don’t You See the Cheerful Rainbow
8. Music is Haram
9. Dance in Solitude
10. Eternal Melancholy Of Loving Women
11. Give my Childhood Back
12. Breast-Milk
13. I am Beautiful, Are You Beautiful?

Published: December 20, 2010 | Comments: 0

I make music, do you know the words?

SalimWorld's Babel Project

SalimWorld's Babel Project

Progressive rock is about innovation and transcending borders… As a musician, I naturally take the burden of the music part; but when it comes to communicating about the music there comes language barriers.

In a non-organic solution, I could hire a multi-lingual localization company to translate all of my website contents to different languages. But boy! I noticed that ideally it is impractical, since for “progressive rock” subject there exist at least 20 rather active languages on the web.

I made “progressive rock” Wikipedia article my reference for finding those 20 languages. Since Wikipedia is itself based on voluntarily collaboration, I think it is a good measure for determining in which languages people speak about a subject on the web.

With this perspective in mind, I decided to start to expand my website’s contents to non-English languages on a collaborative basis. I started a localization wiki project on my website named “SalimWorld’s Babel” at cost of rewarding collaborators with a free CD of Iconophobic album (including free shipping) and a free copy of my upcoming album in 2011!

Yea! I’m trying to climb up the Tower of Babel! Do you know the story of ancient Tower of Babel?

I say a “progressive” musician knows no border… Nor geographically, nor earth-wise… Since the rapture within music cannot be confined by anything concerning “reality”.

Published: December 14, 2010 | Comments: 0

Pictorial Rock

I dream… and dream… and dream…
I live in my world of fantasy.
Walking in this world, I compose as I hear, and rest as I quiet.

Pictorial rock is a term I use for my music that is usually based on series of mental images, a nightmare or maybe dreams of a sound sleep… As a listener, you have to wait for the pictures to materialize in your mind!

Some critiques have compared my sound to Univers Zero, Art Zoyd, John Zorn, Patrick O’Hearn, Mike Oldfield, Sufjan Stevens and The Enid. Harmonie Magazine #70 compares my guitar playing with Robert Fripp’s. (View full review list here)

I have composed five albums and critiques call them titles ranging from progressive metal and fusion to avant-garde classical chamber and progressive electronic rock. I prefer to use “Pictorial Rock”.

I was born on Earth, Saturday, July 18, 1981 at UTC 20:50:00 at 35°42’40.08″N 51°24’10.61″E.

This blog is under a subsidiary of my official website, www.salimworld.com

- Salim Ghazi Saeedi

Published: December 14, 2010 | Comments: 0