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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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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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Le musicien, critique et écrivain d’origine libanaise Joseph Ghosn, en interview et en showcase dans Ruptures. Il présente entre autres sa performance audio/video, qui allait prendre lieu au restaurant Walimat Warde le lendemain, dans le cadre des sessions live “Greedy Ears“.

Liens audio: Joe Ghosn 1 + Joe Ghosn 2

Track listing: Discipline / Lee Hazlewood / My Bloody Valentine / Harmonia / Brian Eno / Alice Coltrane / Spacemen 3

Et aussi: http://www.josephghosn.com

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