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I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014…
Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release

Joseph Ghosn (writer & musician, Discipline)

2014 a été une année un peu étrange durant laquelle j’ai tenté de désapprendre à acheter des disques (sans succès), à aimer la pop sans que ce soit un exercice théorique (sans grand succès), à trouver autre chose que de la musique abstraite pour me nourrir (avec plus ou moins de succès), à ne pas céder unilatéralement aux rééditions de toutes sortes (sans aucun succès). Cela dit, au bout de l’année, quelques disques m’ont vraiment captivé et capturé les oreilles. Parmi eux, il y a pas mal de maxis de techno que j’ai aimés sincèrement mais que je ne retiens pas parce qu’ils sont passés trop vite, il y a aussi les 3 albums de NeoTantrik, le groupe d’Andy Votel et Demdike Stare qui auraient fait un seul disque splendide, il y a toutes les cassettes, maxis, rééditions, projets de Demdike Stare qui ne me quittent pas, il y a aussi pas mal de trucs New Age eighties assez beaux – à commencer par la compilation I Am The Center trimballée partout ces 9 derniers mois… Bref, 2014 a été riche mais ne m’avait pas donné envie de faire une liste. Jusqu’à la demande de Ziad pour son blog. D’où ce qui suit, subjectif et sûrement déjà obsolète – à vous de voir :

Dirty Beaches – Stateless
Shinichi Atobe – The Butterfly Effect
Metronomy – Love Letters
Andy Stott – Faith In Strangers
Dean Blunt – Black Metal
Locust – After The Rain
Wolves In The Throne Room – Célestite
Oren Ambarchi – Quixotism
Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence
Kassel Jaeger – Toxic Cosmopolitanism
Bitchin Bajas – double album
Scott Walker + Sunn O))) – Soused
Trevor Jackson – Yesterday Today Tomorrow Forever
Grouper – Ruins
Aphex Twin – Syro
Forever Pavot – album
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Rééditions : Craig Leon / Phill Niblock / Ariel Kalma / Crime / Polyphonic Size / Louis de Meester / Jean-Claude Risset / François Bayle / Francis Bebey

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I asked some of my favorite musician and artist friends, from Beirut and beyond, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2012…
Alternately, they could also provide me with a list of the records they listened to the most in 2012, regardless of date of release.

Joseph Ghosn (writer & musician, Discipline)
http://josephghosn.wordpress.com/

10 disques de 2012 à réévaluer en 2022:

1. Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe: Timon Irnok Manta
2. Vindicatrix: Mengamuk
3. Mika Vaino, Kevin Drumm, Axel Dörner & Lucio Capece: Venexia
4. Carter Tutti Void: Transverse
5. Curt Crakrach: Happy Holidays
6. Dean Blunt: The Narcissist II
7. Pete Swanson / Rene Hell: Split
8. Four Tet: Pink
9. German Army: III
10. Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier: Venice Is Falling/An Age Of Wonder

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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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INFO

Volume 4 of celebrated CD series The Ruptured Sessions brings together a selection of some of the finest performers in the world of contemporary electronica, including artists Discipline, Radwan Moumneh, Munma and OkyDoky from Lebanon, as well as internationally celebrated musicians Tashweesh (Palestine), C-drík (Belgium), and Enduser (USA). The sessions were mastered in Germany by C-drík, in his Berlin studio.

About the compilations:

‘The Ruptured Sessions’ is a series of live recordings curated by producer/promoter Ziad Nawfal, and taking place during his weekly ‘Ruptures’ program on Radio Lebanon 96.2FM. These recordings focus on musicians from Lebanon’s alternative music scenes (alternative folk & rock, electronica, improvisation, etc.), as well as visiting international musicians.

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LISTEN

> Tashweesh: Untitled

> Discipline: Untitled sketch (for “Beyrouth”)

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READ

x Read Natalie Shooter’s review for NOW Lebanon (March 4, 2012):

“This week, local music mogul Ziad Nawfal, who hosts the Ruptures radio program, launched the fourth CD in a series of live session recordings. The Ruptured Sessions, Volume 4 is an experimental, electronic affair with seven different artists.

“Untitled Sketch,” by Discipline, is a gently contemplative minimalist piece. Tashweesh – an electronic multimedia project involving some former members of Palestinian hip hop crew Ramallah Underground – offers up a track of soulful hip hop […]. OkyDoky launches a synth-assault in the upbeat, electro-pop track “I am a robot.” Lebanese producer Ghazi Moumeh provides a glitchy slow-paced interlude with “Ya dam’ at al ‘ain.” C-Drik does high-pitched silence in “De vous je me détache,” a […] minimal track composed of occasional bell tolls and one long, drawn out cello note, that […] create a haunting atmosphere. Munma’s “Explorer + Soft integration” is dark brooding minimal tech. The final track from Enduser is the highlight of the album, incorporating a chaotic, bass-heavy jungle beat, samples of Tasmin Archer’s rather cheesy 90s hit “Sleeping Satellite,” and an oriental style dance-off with sweeping strings fighting against the grinding beat.”

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