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Hometown [Original Score]

by Safa

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Prelude 02:48
Grounds 05:20
Hometown 03:44
Supersummer 02:24
Gazes 03:51
Simulations 05:12
Caterpillar 02:08


The music on Hometown was produced for the video installation of the same title by Dutch collective Metahaven, shot between Beirut and Kyiv in 2017.
The film conjures notions of land, technology, and fiction through an endlessly morphing reality of living conditions. Seen through the lens of two protagonists, Hometown depicts their uncertain and distorted relationship to geographic affinities, and the intimate memories embedded within the landscape.
The original score emerged out of a continuous exchange of images, scripts, and poetry between Safa and Metahaven, evolving into an overall sonic narrative. The composition highlights the protagonists’ struggle to access memory while situating it within their spatial and networked conditions. Evolving from processed soundscapes, stretched micro-samples and feedbacks, this assemblage weaves together a sense of forgetting with tacit spatial knowledge. Percussive and rhythmic structures drew from patterns inherent to computational systems and technologies of visibility, omnipresent in the film.

"The last album from Mhamad Safa was 2022's "Ibtihalat", a collection of crushed beats and sound design perfect for Lee Gamble's UIQ label. Now on the ever-reliable Lebanese label Ruptured Records comes Hometown (Original Score), created for a video installation by the Dutch collective Metahaven, which depicts a fictional, liminal city, filmed in both Kyiv and Beirut. So you'd expect the music to lean more on the sound-art side, which it does, but still with convulsing percussive electronics, noise and chopped samples. Highly effective even stripped of the visuals." – Peter Hollo, Utility Fog


released October 6, 2023

Music composed and produced by Mhamad Safa in Beirut in 2017-2018, for the soundtrack of Metahaven's film installation 'Hometown'.

Mixed by Mhamad Safa, except for tracks 5 and 8 mixed by Jad Atoui.

Mastered by Cedrik Fermont at Syrphe, Berlin.

Photography by Paul Gorra. Layout and design by Maya Chami.

Thanks to Metahaven, Jinane Chaaya and Jad Atoui.



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