Miraz and Sara | Hidden Soundtracks of the Found Mind

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Hidden Soundtracks of the Found Mind

by Miraz and Sara

An avant-garde electronic album with overtones of world music. It includes haunting vocals, Persian Setar and double headed flute from painter/musician Sara who also doubles on Synthesisers with electronic musician Miraz
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1. belief
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2. mountain flute song
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5:11 album only
3. you should play (version 1)
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4:28 album only
4. setar dream
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12:10 album only
5. so what
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4:24 album only
6. you should play (version 2)
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7. sara s strings
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8. i want to know
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An avant-garde electronic album with overtones of world music. It includes haunting vocals, Persian Setar and double headed flute from painter /musician Sara who also doubles on Synthesisers with electronic musician/graphic designer Miraz.

“Hidden Soundtracks of the Found Mind” is about
an unnamed character’s awakened thoughts regarding
self, authority, peace, and war through our mind-bending
society. From the world music infused “belief” to the
closing techno tinged “i want to know”. Miraz and Sara
have crafted a work that reflects on first-hand personal
experience in a world that has gone extremely impersonal.

When he returned from Berlin, Miraz Re-Collaberated with Sara (they played in another electronic Outfit "Blast Away" in the late 90's) and came up with this release. Tracks such as "belief" and "so what" are sonic soundscapes that send the listener to the outer limits of their mental scope without force. "setar dream" is a combination of Persian setar played by sara and a physically modeled setar by Miraz and done live in studio together. Both tracks "you should play version 1 and 2" are from a ghost story written by Miraz and is being included in a short film production. "sara s strings" is an electronic piece culled from an improv of some symphonic audio sketches by Sara, futher enhanced by Miraz with a live drum loop and MINI-MOOG-Bass sound. "i want to know" is a piece that dives into the techno arena without the usual fanfare. Sara's voice soaring while Miraz keeps it at bay with his synthesisers and mesmerizing beat.

Sara has released two solo efforts 2005's "beyond infinity" and 2010's "Moments of Infinity" ambient excursions much in the vein of Brian Eno. please check it out in the Miraz gallery.

As for Miraz he has released " 2010's "ONWARD" .

As of 2011 they are finsihing a new album as "Miraz Ensemble"

Instruments Used: 2 headed flute, Persian Setar, Reason Rack, Storm Rack, Emagic Rhodes, E-Phonic Solo String, PPG Wave 2.3, ARP String Ensemble, MOOG Mini-Mioog and Source, Oberhiem OB8 and Two Voice SEM w/Mini Sequencer, Korg Vocoder, DSS-1, MS2000R, Roland JV880,Technosaurus Microcon CV, Yamaha CS01 w/BC and various percussion with a slew of Soft and hardware FX/Synthesiser units.

Recorded in Los Angeles/San Jose,CA and Berlin,Germany


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Randy Alexander

Hidden Soundtracks is so mellow, soothing and unobtrusive that the day's stresse
Hidden Soundtracks is like a full body massage of the soul.

Bijan Tehrani

I recommend this CD to all the world music lovers.
Hidden Soundtracks of the Found Mind gives world music a new dimension. Artists in this album have not limited their experiences in using exotic ancient Persia musical instruments, but they have tries to get to new realm in world music and have succeeded. The Miraz and Sara musical creations have the poetry of the eastern philosophy inside every song.
I recommend the Hidden Soundtracks of the Found Mind to all the world music lovers.

Marie Albenie

Herr Miraz! WOW. Sehr cool!
Checked this out (Name search on Google) as I met Miraz during his days in Berlin back in early 2004. Cute Guy! Miss him. He did some gigs at an art opening/performance) which I attended. Great CD from the MP3's. LOVE "yes you play" version 1 and 2. He was working on his girlfreinds Cello CD at the time (sigh). But I do not believe her name was Sarah!? Gets around I guess. Like I said he was cute.

The songs are cool and original. Very laidback as they would say in the states(?). I like Sarah's voice. Sticks in your head. I hear her for the last few days now. Which is a good thing.

Really love "Setar Dream" Like to hear what the rest sounds like. From just the previews I give it a 5 out of 5. Never have heard anything quite like it!

I hope you are well Miraz. my regards to Sarah. PLEASE ( BITTE) come back to Berlin! I LOVE YOU and WHAT YOU DO! Will contact you! Somehow!

Rebeca Moore

Very Original! Unlike any other.
I had the pleasure of seeing Miraz perform late last year and it was enthralling. He told me later he was working on some other projects that were different from what I heard that evening. He keeps his promises. This CD is very original. I have many world/electronic CDs but none such as this. It is electronic based but it always feels live and on the ground, deep in the earth. It has no real gimmicks and is very sparse in it's arrangments without being boring. "Setar Dream" makes me feel like I'm listening to some some old "ethnic out in the field" recording. You can actually hear the room, maybe somewhere in some adobe hut in a desert on a full moon.
Miraz's partner in this venture, Sara is credited with the vocals, setar, 2 headed flute!? and synthesizer. She has a very original voice that can be somewhat childlike in a adult fashion. It's off kilterd but in a very haunting,unforgettable way. The introduction of her setar is also great. "Mountain Flute Song" Really does sound like a procession on some mountain in Tibet,Africa or India. Both versions of "you should play" I always play over and over again. In fact this CD has not left my carousel for the last few weeks and plays on a regular basis. It will chill you out without knocking you, because you would want to hear every detail that is coming up next. Miraz's production's always seem as I said beforehand live and fill your listening space. It sounds good low,Loud or with headphones,specially headphones.

Pick it up and keep your ear to the ground. Miraz Should have more up his sleeves.