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Published on Oct 11, 2018
Language Of The Free" A Dr Das Dub Video For IR:: Indigenous Resistance Dr Das created this video using among other sources the photography of Gregg Young Ing found in the inspirational book "The Native Creative Process" by Douglas Cardinal &Jeanette Armstrong.One also sees images from the IR book "IR 30 Indigenous Visions In Dub " designed by Dubdem and the book "Ethiopia Dub Journey II " by Amastara &Dubdem. In fact it was after reading the IR book "Ethiopia Dub Journey II" Tracia wrote her vocals for 'Language Of The Free". She describes her lyrics "as a conversation with nature and the subsequent journey." The creation of the musical track itself went through many treks in many lands.
Starting in Toronto, Canada where Colombian musician Caballo created the flute breakbeat and set the musical tone for the track. Afterwards it travelled across the Atlantic to Dr Das to his Red Reception studio in Harrow, England, where he first performed precision audio editing with the flute and Tracia`s vocals (which had been recorded in Kingston, Jamaica). Dr Das then relayed those tracks to Dj Soundar and Jerome Klur in Paris France who then created the dub influenced jungle programming.In the midst of this process Dr Das did alot of very intricate work and audio surgery to make the timing of vocals match up the drum programming being created.All throughout the journey, Ramjac was our guide, using his vast experience as a sound engineer and percussionist to give suggestions and keen audio advice.Dj Soundar in Paris,France produced the final mix.
The track finishes with the quote "We need to transcend this material world, liberate yourself following your heart." These words by Nada Ashkar that are found in the Ethiopia Dub book were translated into the Dene language and sung by Simon Paul Dene, an indigenous Dene artist from Canada. And full circle, Caballo recorded the vocals back in Toronto.