I don’t know much about sufi music, DJs or even what Ableton Live is. But even to me this Sufi Plug Ins project is fascinating. The project is dedicated to exploring non – western and poetic notions of sound in interaction with alternative interfaces. To create a space where software design, music tools, encoded spirituality, digital art and indigenous knowledge systems overlap.
The first plugin was released on the 8th May and is a free suite of seven audio software tools for Ableton Live. They include four software synthesizers hardwired to North African maqam scales with quartertone tuning built-in, a device called DEVOTION which lowers your computer’s volume five times a day during call to prayer (presets include Agnostic, Fervent, Devout) and a drone machine.
This interdisciplinary project was kicked off by experimental turntablist and producer DJ Rapture who decided to research the music of North Africa while travelling through Morocco. What he came back with are Sufi Plugins that open the Ableton Live software’s versatility up to North African melodies. The virtual module is a colourful device with minimal design and the parameters are all written in Berber.
If you’re interested; a DJ, electronic musician, etc then hear examples of what is possible in the video above. Then download the software and start experimenting.