When I finished making this music I realized that I had been influenced by the events in Northern Africa and the Middle East during the time I was recording. That time would be the "Arab Spring" as it's known in the west. I wanted to know what the people directly involved were calling it rather than use the term pasted on by the western press --particularly since there seemed to be an implied analogy to the "Prague Spring" of 1968, of which the eventual upshot was 22 years of Soviet occupation. A friend transliterated the Arabic as al thoorat al arabea (the revolutions of Arabia) so I used that for the title.
There is nothing programmatic in the music, no intention to depict anything specific. Only the daily reports on the radio (Kill your TV!!!!) seeping into my subconscious.
Whenever people rise up to resist oppression I feel like a part of me is there with them. I think of Tom Joad saying goodbye to his mother near the end of "The grapes of Wrath". If you haven't read it, give it a shot, or at least watch the movie.
O Yeah, most of the instruments featured on this cd were built during the last six months. This is the first music music I've made using drones as a major ingredient. As always, aside from amplification, no electronics were used in the generation of these sounds.