Raed Yassin — Archeophony (Nov. 27, 2020)

LEBANON FLAG                                                                                   Raed Yassin — Archeophony (Nov. 27, 2020)  Raed Yassin — Archeophony (Nov. 27, 2020)Winner of the Abraaj Capital Art Prize (2012). Archeophony Raed Yassin nás zavede do časoprostoru, kde se tradiční nástroje a hlasy velmi jedinečným způsobem setkávají s experimentálními elektronickými zvuky. Vítejte ve zvukovém doprovodu psychedelického sci~fi filmu, který hraje ve vašem mozku jako stroj času, který se z budoucnosti dívá do minulosti. V téměř archeologickém duchu nás toto nové album Raeda Yassina zavede na cestu zvuky a hlasy, získanými ze zvukových archivů minulosti, přeskupených a reprodukovaných díky elektronice, zkreslení, vzorkování a shromáždění. Bicí automaty, syntezátory a elektronické zvuky splývají s tradičními hlasy a nástroji nahranými sólově v různých částech světa a spojují se, aby vytvořily kontrastní, přesto magický zvuk, na rozdíl od jiných. Nebo jak digitálně vymazat stopy kolonialismu a přepsat tak arabskou budoucnost na minulost (poděkování: Riad Satouff!).  Raed Yassin PhotoLocation: Beiruth, Lebanon
Album release: November 27, 2020
Record Label: Akuphone
Duration:     79:24
Tracks:
01. Imama of Dawn   12:20
02. The Cyber Oracle   7:21
03. The Rain Prophet   14:18
04. A Fistful of Stardust   5:54
05. The Two Banks of Time   8:46
06. Flying Revenge   11:33
07. Book of Psalms   8:04
08. Imama of Dusk   11:08
© 2021 Raed Yassin ℗ 2021 Akuphone
Personnel:
•  Raed Yassin: Turntables, Electronics, Synthesizers, Zither, Double Bass
•  Composed by Raed Yassin
•  Recorded by Raed Yassin at Morphine Studio, Berlin, Germany
•  Mixed by Radwan Ghazi Moumneh at Hotel2Tango Studio, Montréal, Canada.  
•  Mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Studio, Montréal, Canada
•  Inside photo by Tony Elieh
•  Designed by Hussein Nassereddine
•  Calligraphy by Jaafar Hijazi
•  This album was published with the support of the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture AFAC
Review
Archeophony takes us on a journey through time and space where traditional instruments and voices meet experimental electronic sounds in the most unique way. Raed Yassin has created the soundtrack to a psychedelic science~fiction movie that will unravel in your brain like a time travel machine from the future looking into the past.
In a similar vein to an archeologist, Raed Yassin’s new album Archeophony takes us on a journey through sounds and voices excavated from collected sonic archives from the past, rearranged and reproduced through electronics, distortion, sampling and assembly. Drum machines, synthesizers and electronic sounds merge with solo traditional voices and instruments recorded in different parts of the world, coming together to create a contrarian yet magical sound unlike any other. Based on so~called ‘ethnic’ music recordings conducted between the 1950s and 80s by Western ethnomusicologists in true colonial fashion, the album attempts to achieve an archeology of sound that reflects both the course history and its continuous distortion by the powers that be.
The result is a dizzying living archive of sonic history as well as the presentation of a unique experimental orchestration. By rereading musical history in this way, Raed Yassin strives to play the role of a conductor. The orchestra is history itself, and he selects, deconstructs, emphasizes, mutes and distorts it through this album.
As a musician, Raed Yassin has been a key member in the Lebanese underground music scene for many years. One of the organisers of the Irtijal Festival of Experimental Music from its early beginnings, he founded his concept music label Annihaya in 2009. He is a member of several bands and groups, including “A” Trio, PRAED among others. As a double bassist, he developed a personal and independent extended technique, by employing different preparations and objects on his instrument. His interest here relies heavily on textures, energies and vibrations, the density of volume and sound, rather than conventional melodic structures.
Also an electronic musician and experimental turntablist, his approach to vinyl ranges from deconstructing Arab pop music, to reexamining the traditional music archives of countries from the global south.
With his duo band PRAED (along with Paed Conca), he acts as the lead singer and synth player, merging free jazz with psychedelic rock and Egyptian Shaabi music 
Bandcamp: https://akuphone.bandcamp.com/album/archeophony
L’autre Quotidien:
https://www.lautrequotidien.fr/new-blog/2020/12/1/le-dcolonialisme-rtro-futuriste-exemplaire-de-raed-yassin-sur-archeophony
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/raedyassin
Website: https://raedyassin.info/