This is music I composed for Michael Singh‘s yet to be released documentary film Valentino’s Ghost. Having gone to Hollywood High School, the image of Rudolph Valentino’s sheik is something close to my heart and very familiar to me because the sheik was the school’s mascot. In those days the image of the sheik and the romance of the arab world was a thing of beauty. In this film, director Michael Singh, examines the transformation of the image from mystic to terrorist.

It was a pleasure to work on the music, which I created from samples and found objects such as national anthems, world voice samples, and clay pots. I would like to dedicate the music to my brother Daoud al Ynda.