The weather hasn’t been highly cooperative with us while we were in Brittany, we wtill manage to shot a couple of scenes around our home village Plougras and used them for O Soñjal (a young conscript having to leave his village, familly and relatives to serve the army, full translation >here<)
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Most breton tunes cannot be played on a piano. Why ? Because they have “commas” (as it is often the case in oriental musiv for example). See the fret setup of a guitar below :
Fret spacing is regular, whereas if you take a look at a turkish saz :
Fret spacing is not regular, which enables to play notes with the so-called “commas”, and that cannot be played on a piano for instance (see this older issue for further details : Bağlama’s pitch). In other words, a third can be slightly higher than the minor, but much lower than the major, which means its pitch is somewhere inbetween…
Ok, now what happens if you play a tune on the turkish saz with a high third degree as we commonly have in breton music, together with a guitar ?? If you play a grid with a usual minor third, it may sound like this :
Well, I think it sounds a little bit weird, or even out of tune since a third with two different pitches gets played simultaneously… And especially, Simone doesn’t like to sing when I play this kind of chords !
So, I made a grid, trying to find “3rdless” chords, in order to avoid this “forbidden third”, this is what it sounds like :
I do think it sounds better, but you may find it’s even worse than in the first attempt ! If so, please let me know ! :))
Physically we are lucky enough to spend a lot of time now both in Greece and in Brittany, but on the web, here are a couple of places you may find us – and on which you may also connect with us on a regular basis. But first… just tell us which are your favourite ways to stay in touch with music you like?
And in any case, here are the links to the ones we’re using regularly + some insight on what you may find on each of them …
YouTube Channel : the main & most important place (beside our web-site of course)! We post regular music videos from album tracks, also from rehearsals, alternative acoustic versions, work in progress, promo-videos, teasers and also Vlogs with up-dates about our plans and projects (well… bla-bla-bla videos from Simone!). If you’re a regular user and do have an account, then yeah to you: you can subscribe to our channel!
Link to our channel: http://youtube.com/astrakanproject
Bandcamp: with all our albums to listen to (you may download even some EPs for free ) & you may share from there very easily our songs & albums
Link to Fan Page: http://facebook.com/astrakanproject
Link to Yann’s profile : http://facebook.com/yanngourvil9
Link to Simone’s profile : http://facebook.com/simonealvesg
Instagram, we both share some pictures from rehearsals and behind the scenes, from travels also, Yann will also share many Coffee pictures (user name @gwadmoch) & Simone some Art-Work ones (user name @rosaborboniana)
Soundcloud. This is what we like to use it more specifically to share work in progress, we’ll share it here also, but if you have a soundcloud account, feel free to follow us:
Twitter: you’ll find most of our updates (new blog posts, new videos, new sounds) and sometimes some thoughts about being a “self-made-musician”!
Link: http://twitter.com/AstrakanProject & use #astrakanproject !
We had ideas for this particular video for a while, since we came back to Brittany, non-stop storms have given us the opportunity to stay home and finish it off!
The song was on our 1st album, and you may find the lyrics translations >here<. Images are from various locations across Europe (Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia, Ukraine, Poland & France) as well as some from the demonstrations in Istanbul while we were living there in June 2013.
As always, every time you share is one more opportunity for us to get heard a bit more!
The podcast from our interview at RTBF in Belgium… but it’s in French!
Enfin quelque chose à me mettre dans l’oreille pour les francophones, le podcast de l’interview de Simone sur la première de la RTBF lors de notre passage en Belgique