The starting point for Taraban is two early twentieth century Egyptian songs by Youssef el Manialawy. Khan has worked with classical Arabic musicians (oud, qanoun, violin and riqq) and singers to lay down melodic patterns developed from the modes and transitions used in the original songs to produce a new re-articulation of these pieces. The multi-tracked structure is mixed and treated live in relation to improve on a feed-backing mixer. Khan uses a battery of feedbacking mixers, filters, processors, laptop manipulation, virtual synthesizers and live mikes in tandem to pre-composed and recorded sections. All the music is original and live, no samples or loops are used.