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I asked some of my favorite musicians from Beirut and beyond, to tell me what their favorite records of 2011 were…

Charbel Haber: musician (Scrambled Eggs, Johnny Kafta’s Anti-Vegetarian Orchestra, XEFM)

1- Tim Hecker: Ravedeath, 1972
2- Mike Cooper: Radio Paradise
3- Gil Scott Heron & Jamie xx: We’re New Here
4- M83: Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
5- The Fall: Erstaz GB
6- Gang Gang Dance: Eye Contact
7- Wilco: The Whole Love
8- Jim O’Rourke: Old News # 5
9- Thurston Moore: Demolished Thoughts
10- PJ Harvey: Let England Shake

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Last June, my musician and writer friend Joseph Ghosn spent a few days in Beirut. We met on a couple of occasions, spoke about the abandoned grand piano in his neighbor’s house in the Lebanese mountains and the CD compilation I was planning to release later in August, with a track of his recorded in Radio Lebanon for Ruptures. He also gave me this tape. “You’re the one to get it,” he said. Joe has a fetish for tapes, and he knows I do too. “What is it,” I exclaimed, trying to refrain my enthusiasm. “Oh, just a little thing Charbel and I recorded in one week, a few years back. Listen to it.”

I have listened to it many times since then. Between Birthdays is Joe Ghosn’s first tape release for his Discipline musical persona; it consists of one elongated drone, a musical dialogue between Ghosn and guitar player-extraordinaire Charbel Haber, incorporating fuzzy swathes of guitar and discreet layers of glitchy synthesizers. It’s difficult to tell who’s doing what. The piece meanders wonderfully, veers from instrumental post-rock to ambient electronica, recalls Oneohtrix Point Never on some occasions, opts for pure noise on other occasions… A shadowy voice speaks a few detached words, a synth line recalls Discipline’s soundtrack for the film “Beyrouth”… And the drone fades into oblivion once, twice, before picking up again. The stuff that dreams are made of (for).

For more on Joseph Ghosn, click here. He’s also got a wonderful blog on WordPress.

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Charbel Haber (Scrambled Eggs) & Joseph Ghosn (Discipline) – recording session in Tunefork Studio, Beirut (June 2011) / photos by Ziad Nawfal

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The Imaginary Soundscapes (Frédéric Nogray & Stéphane Rives) – performing at Beirut Art Center, June 2011 / photos by Tanya Traboulsi

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Dj Spooky – performing at EM Chill, Beirut, August 2011 / photo by Tanya Traboulsi


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UNDER THE CARPET (Paed Conca, Stéphane Rives, Fadi Tabbal) + MUNMA (Jawad Nawfal) + OkyDoky + Tarek Atoui – performing at Beirut Art Center, for the launch of The Ruptured Sessions #4, August 2011 / photos by Tanya Traboulsi





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Richard Eigner is an Austrian composer, drummer, sound-artist and producer. He spent an eventful week in Beirut, during which he presented his ‘Denoising’ project at Beirut Art Center, in the company of our very own Osman Arabi and Charbel Haber, featured on electric guitar(s). He was also part of the live line-up for the Acousmatik event of May 28, entitled Chaos Reigns With Matta UK.

Eigner was the guest of Ruptures for an impromptu interview and live performance, during which he ‘Denoised’ the studio’s old and battered grand piano, and presented excerpts from his extensive discography.

Track listing: Ritornell / Otomo Yoshihide (original + Denoised version) / Fennesz (original + Denoised version) / Lou Reed (original + denoised version) / De-Noising of field recordings

Listen here: Richard Eigner part 1 + Richard Eigner part 2

[Photos courtesy of Tanya Traboulsi]


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Lebanese musicians Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (Jerusalem In My Heart) & Charbel Haber (Scrambled Eggs) were the guests of Ruptures on Monday 4 April, to present the 11th edition of the Irtijal Festival of Experimental Music, which took place in Beirut in various locations between April 5-8.

To listen: ruptures haber + moumneh #1 >> Track listing: The Ex / Joelle Khoury / MoHa!

To listen: ruptures haber + moumneh #2 >> Track listing: Harris Newman / LIVE PERFORMANCE / The Ex

[Photos by Tanya Traboulsi]

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Performances by:

– Part 1 / Tarek Atoui (live processing), Tony Elieh (electric bass) and Charbel Haber (electric guitar)

– Part 2 / Tarek Atoui (electronics) and Uriel Barthelemy (drums)

Photos by Tanya Traboulsi [www.tanyatraboulsi.com]

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Le trio de musique improvisee BAO — Sharif Sehnaoui et Mazen Kerbaj (fondateurs du label Al Maslakh et du Festival de Musique Improvisée Irtijal) et Charbel Haber (leader du groupe de punk rock Scrambled Eggs) en interview et en concert dans les studios de Radio Liban 96.2FM.

Liens audio: BAO 1 + BAO 2

Le disque de la soirée:

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