Omid Walizadeh is an independent electronic music producer/composer from Los Angeles. He is best known for producing the highly acclaimed “Beneath the Surface” compilation, which was the New York Times independent album of the year in 1999. Omid has performed live in Japan, Italy and many other European countries. His music has been placed on television shows on ESPN, Showtime and MTV.
Modern Persian Speech Sounds is Omid’s newest album, which draws heavily from his Iranian background. It is a passion project and is available as a free download. It is a sound experiment collage, mixing Omid’s original drum beats and synthesizer melodies with intricate samples of hard to find vocal and musical material from Pre-Revolution Iranian cassettes and vinyl records, which took him a decade to acquire. By begging visiting family members to sneak cassettes in their luggage, or tracking down Iranians in Southern California who still kept tape and vinyl memorabilia, a massive collection was formed and used on this project.
“His first album in six years, Modern Persian Speech Sounds might be the most complete amalgamation of Walizadeh’s cultural heritage… it blends his experimental roots with exotic sounds exclusive to him….” – LA Weekly
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