Teddy Tawil spent the early months of the Lebanese revolution of October 2019 documenting the anger and frustration of his friends and fellow citizens, through a series of videos posted on his social platforms under the title "Diary of a Revolution". Towards the end of 2019, he decided to take short breather from the ongoing collapse of his home country, and travelled to Belgium to visit some friends.
When this brief respite spiraled into a six-months quarantine away from home, Teddy turned to his favorite pastime: music. He became familiar with the "Electron Octatrack" performance sampler, the only machine available to him during his time in forced exile. Although it was an arduous process at first, this resolute autodidact eventually became well-acquainted with the sampler's complexity, and was able to develop an intuitive relationship with it. And thus, far away from home, Teddy had succeeded in writing his first "official" album, CAMA.
Marked by a distinct drum n bass/jungle sensibility, CAMA depicts the instability and oddity of being a Lebanese citizen today, shouldering the weight of decades of criminal governance. It is a testament to an isolated musician's ability to create, in what he considers to be the most cataclysmic year of his young life so far. In his own words, "my personal journey with this album has given me a longing for more simplicity, for the exploration of less isolated, more communal methods of working and creating music."
released December 4, 2020
Written, performed and produced by Teddy Tawil between Antwerp, Belgium and Beirut, Lebanon, in 2020.
Mixed by Anthony Sahyoun at Tunefork Studios, Beirut.
Mastered by Ziad Moukarzel at Woodwork Studios Beirut.
Artwork by Nour Hifaoui Fakhoury.
Teddy wishes to thank Anthony Sahyoun, Fadi Tabbal, Jad Souaid, Aya Atoui, Pauline Maroun, Paul Gorra and Romy, Jiji and Yassine for their warm hospitality.
Based in Beirut, indie label Ruptured produces and releases music by Lebanese artists in a variety of formats - with a
strong focus on experimental rock and electronic music.
Ruptured was founded in 2008 by DJ and radio host Ziad Nawfal, and sound engineer and producer Fadi Tabbal from Tunefork Studios, as an outlet for their activities as music producers and promoters in Beirut....more
VV-VA was created by Lebanese electronic producer Jawad Nawfal (also known as Munma) in 2019 as a platform to showcase his far-reaching collection of unreleased tracks and experimental side projects. Ruptured Records
2nd release from the electronic duo of Lebanese musicians Fadi Tabbal and Anthony Sahyoun, captured here in superior form. The album was recorded during a residency at electronic studio EMS in Sweden. Ruptured Records
This collection from Belgian experimental label Syrphe includes 32 artists and bands from 24 African countries and the diaspora, showcasing a healthy segment of the African electronic music world. Ruptured Records
Cairo (and Egypt) scene is so rich, full, variegated, innovative, experimental, harsh, tough, forward thinking, no-frills and overall very difficult to describe.
Thanks to Rama and Zuli for trying to put together this sensation in this awesome comp.
It's a dirty job but someone had to do it :) claudiocraft