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Helm

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(1) Helm is the solo project of Luke Younger, one half of the London/Berlin noise duo Birds Of Delay and guitarist for avant-weirdos Spin Spin The Dogs. Drawing equally upon noise and ambient elements, the music on Impasse illustrates Younger’s continuing development within the field of experimental electronics and drone composition. Utilising synths, feedback systems and effects, these two long-form tracks offer a dense mixture of blistering yet melodic walls of sound.

(2) Swedish band mixing classical electronica with trip-hop, industrial, big beat and indie rock. (www.myspace.com/helmnu)

(3) Based in Marin County (San Francisco, California), Helm is best known for their Tribal style accompaniment for, among others, FatChanceBellyDance and Hahbi Ru. In addition to presenting music true to the traditions of the Arab world through folk and original compositions, Helm includes pieces from the classical Arabic heritage in their repertoire. Mark Bell began playing Arabic percussion in 1972. He has performed at many of the top venues for Arabic and Persian music in San Francisco and Los Angeles area and has many television, video, and recording credits as well. Mark has also traveled extensively throughout the Middle East and has studied percussion in Egypt, Iran, and Turkey. Ling Shien Bell started playing Arabic music in 1980, first on nai and then mismar.

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