Free Download: Who is Arthur Hamidi?

Free Download: Who is Arthur Hamidi?

About two years ago I was on my way to San Francisco when I found a broken cassette at a gas station. It had spooled out all over the place and was in bad shape, and the only thing it said on it was “6/12/76 demos” scrawled on one side and “arthur hamidi 82601 fr zo” on the other side. I was intrigued, so my friend Dan helped me spool back the tape into its original casing. Those four tracks that we did get to hear were… incredible.

Whether this is a true story or a nice marketing trick, it’s a pretty nice concept. We’re still not sure, so we’ll let you be the judge. Below you can read the entire press release related to this beat tape, followed by the free download and the remixes.

About two years ago I was on my way to San Francisco on I-80 when I found a broken cassette at a gas station near SLC. It had spooled out all over the place and was in bad shape, and the only thing it said on it was “6/12/76 demos” scrawled on one side and “arthur hamidi 82601 fr zo” on the other side.

I was intrigued, so when I got to San Francisco Dan helped me spool back the tape back into its original casing. We managed to get the thing working and got through about four tracks before his tape player ate the damn thing completely. Those four tracks that we did get to hear were…incredible. Forward thinking and fresh sounding, but gritty all the same.

We tried looking up Arthur Hamidi but couldn’t find any information about him. Dan and I immediately went to work trying to recreate those four tracks as best we could by ear, before we let the memory of the songs and sounds fade away.

What you hear now is our interpretation of those four songs we heard that day. While we used modern equipment to recreate these sounds, we’re guessing the real Arthur Hamidi probably did it with tape loops and analog synths. Maybe he didn’t think anybody would want to hear his music or maybe he just disappeared, but if anybody has any information about Arthur Hamidi please contact us.

01. Evict
02. Chippy
03. C.o.z.
04. Diamondhead

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Danny

Just an ordinary guy always on the hunt for extraordinary music. Not just as the founder of The Find Magazine & Rucksack Records, but also as a freelance music journalist and—above all—out of love for all kinds of good music.