I’m labeling this track as “experimental” as I was trying a lot of different techniques and new tools on it. For complete technical details, see the production log. But to summarize, the composition centers around the use of the phrygian dominant scale, a scale often used in Middle Eastern, Israeli, and Indian traditions (as well as modern rock musicians like Led Zeppelin, Rush, and many others).
Susa was one of the most important cities in the ancient near east and the home of Esther of the Bible. I don’t know if they used this scale in 6th century B.C., but I can imagine Queen Esther and King Xerxes dining on the terrace of the palace in the early evening, the sounds of this melody wafting up from the city bazaar far below. Maybe that’s just me. 🙂