First Steps Into Inner Space

by Space Gambus Experiment

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"...It is rawer, more aggressive and yet is just as full of beauty and tranquil moments. ‘First Steps into Inner Space’ is a fascinating fusion of traditional Malaysian folk music and more contemporary, global, electronic sounds; this combination of aesthetics produces a seductively rhythmic body of work..."
- Ryan Hughes (independent artist and curator based in Birmingham, UK.)

" the journey of self-exploration and the mapping out of inner space that Sabran’s heady spirit quest is positioned towards. Spiritual seekers, record collectors, and space travelers alike may all find common ground upon which to plant a flag with this one."
- Reed Burnam

"All the familiar references are there, from Led Zepplin to the Beatles and a host of lesser known Prog Rock albums. SGE ultimately make those references their own, with a strain of gambus, a distant sitar and an electro beat sharp enough to tickle anyone’s fancy. Tracks with spiritual or quasi-mystical titles like What You Seek Is Seeking You fairly explode into your eardrums with a solid backbeat and phased vocals. While Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed recalls the Beatles psychedelic hit Strawberry fields Forever, SGE’s track bursts out of a jazz (expresso?) bongo and into gambus and fairly rocks its little socks off with a spaced-out Middle Eastern theme, some cute vocals and a welcome return to feedback - so beloved of the 1960s and 70s"
- Martin Bradley


released February 22, 2013

"First Steps Into Inner Space".
Music Inspired by Rumi Poem.
All music written by Kamal Sabran.
Performed by Space Gambus Experiment.
Recorded at:
Ipoh Experimental Art School Malaysia
Spilling Audio Portland USA.

Feat collaborators:
Eric Hausmann (USA), Katsuyuki Hattori (Japan), Fahmie Freakmie (Malaysia), Lorenzo Pancini (Italy,) Pilar Rocha (Brazil), Cathy Fern Lewis (Canada), Irawan Prayoga (Indonesia), Akane Kameyama (Japan), Adam James Davis (UK) & Putera Oud (Malaysia)

produced by Kamal Sabran 2013.
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Space Gambus Experiment Ipoh, Malaysia

"Space Gambus Experiment, an open-source musical project and performing group centring around the gambus (short-necked lute), with its unique sound frequency and its strong cultural and historical significance, as a catalyst for experimental sound-making."
-Suzy Sulaiman
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