Within the Circle

Musicians' Diary

What is left behind during the creative process

When we released last month our “Within The Circle” tracks, I had done a front cover (>here<) with original art work, but didn’t get into editing something more visual with short descriptions from the songs – but it is done now!

I would never pretend to compete with any professional designer, but the more I get to work on the visual I want to add to our music, the more I enjoy the process. It is still a challenge for me to try to find something clear and easy to read, but also different from what I have already done. Here it is, it will now automatically download with the songs:

Within the Circle - astrakan project


The little philosophical story relates to the colour circle-like that are from a picture I took from the process of painting the full cover, which means… it no longer exists. It is somewhere, somewhere under this painting. It is part of it, it was necessary to make the face emerge from a flow of colour. But it only exists as part of Her now.

Tethys - Within the Circle
What is left behind the creative process…

Maybe every creative process is about this sacrifice, about choosing one version over another one. When we choose to play a formally a-capella version of a song on stage using loops and oriental instruments, we also kind of leave the old version we heard and learned from the elders behind. But it is still there, part of something new that would have never existed without it.

We so far don’t know if we’ll ever release it as “physical” edition, or maybe as a bonus? In the meantime anyway you can enjoy the music here (and download it for free by just entering your e-mail address) : 

§ Simone

Sound & Video

Hathor Video for Ar Sorserez Houarned


You knew the video already, and specially the painting featured, and indeed, at the beginning, I asked Yann to compose something simple that would have the correct length (loooong!) so that I could share it in my on-line Art classes. Then it became a project in itself, that took much longer, but we’re really happy how such a long piece turned out…

Enjoy + positive feedback highly welcomed!

§ Simone

PS: if you don’t know the painting, >head over here<

Music, Sound & Video

Within the Circle – our new EP is out !

Here are 4 new studio tracks you may download for free! (but you can donate bellow 🙂  

Just one click on the cover… 

within the circle astrakan project world music celtic EP cover artwork

>Within the Circle – Astrakan Project<

If you want other formats than mp3, FLAC , ALAC & so, you can go to our >Bandcamp page< and download it from there.

What are those new songs about? Hear them first, tell us what they inspire you, in the meantime we’ll make a small video with a lot of insights about this new recording.

And, once you’ve enjoyed them, shared them, heard them many times, you may support us in many ways…

  • Send us love messages >here<
  • Sign in to our newsletter (generally we send … maybe 6 to 7 a year?) >mailing-list<
  • Become fan on >facebook< 
  • And if you really think our music deserves it, make a little donation using PayPal.
    • How much ? Any little amount will help.
    • What will we use it for ? Pay for our music & video equipments and software, for Internet hosting fees, put money asside to release our next album…
    • How with Paypal? Just one click on the button and you enter the amount you wish…


Musicians' Diary

EP’s expected release date? Friday, November the 8th!

We are done with recording our 4 tracks short album, Yann is doing some fine-tuning work on the mixing/mastering part, but… we are done. And we are happy! We really like what we came up with, and we’re totally excited about sharing it around!

What are we waiting for? Well…

Painting while listening to the final record
Painting while listening to the final record

I had in mind something more simple, but I can’t help, at the very last minute when I heard the final recording, something simple and soft just didn’t fit. I guess I like when it’s super-over-colourful. Maybe that’s also the way I feel about our music.

What else? We need to transfer all the tracks there and there so that anyone can access with one simple easy click. We decided it will be a release on “pay-what-you-want” system, like for our >Live in Lebanon<. But the great new we are totally excited about is also that it will be available on OUR Android App! 

If you haven’t heard the short sample we shared, here it is again:

One more pic from the cover?

Painting while listening to the final record
Green Shades

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