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Beirut Adrift

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A compilation from the Norient City Sounds Special on Beirut, Lebanon, curated by writer and educator Rayya Badran. It gathers some of Badran’s favorite tracks from Beirut. A very personal selection that captures the shifts from sorrow to riotous urges, from surrender to escape, from remembrance to lapses of memory.

The second Norient City Sounds Online Special travels to Beirut, Lebanon, a city that continues to witness an aggravating financial and economic crisis in the midst of prolonged political and social turmoil. Plunged in darkness and reeling from traumatic events that have occurred since 2020, the city and its artists and musicians have resisted in various ways during this difficult time. The title of this edition, «Beirut Adrift», evokes a sense of loss and disorientation but also a drift in the city’s new sonic and musical terrains. The talented contributors of this edition have responded to these sounds through this generous collection of essays, sound pieces, mixtapes, photographic series, sound walks, and more. Curated by Rayya Badran.

Explore full special here: norient.com/beirut-adrift


released November 11, 2022

Tracks selected by Rayya Badran
Released November 11, 2022

1. Written, performed, and mixed by Yara Asmar; mastered by Marc Teare.
2. Composed and produced by Anthony Sahyoun; spoken word written and performed by Firas al Hallak; from the album Proof By Infinite Descent (2021), released by Beacon Sound and Ruptured (RPTD 038 / BNSND 061).
4. Composed and recorded by Elyse Tabet & Jawad Nawfal; mixed by Jawad Nawfal; mastered by C-drík Fermont; released by VV-VA February 24, 2020.
6. Original Release Date: March 31, 2022; record label: Thawra Records & Found Sound Nation ISRC : LBA0S2200011; written by Mayssa Jallad and Khaled Allaf; produced by Khaled Allaf and Samer Etienne El Chami; publisher: Tiny House Music; C Line: 2022 Tiny House Music; P Line: 2022 Thawra Records & Found Sound Nation.
7. Abed Kobeissy: buzug, vocals, effects; Ali Hout: daholla, kalimba, effects; recorded, mixed and mastered by Khyam Allami at One Hertz studios, Beirut, November 2016; released June 2, 2017, on Nawa Recordings.
8. Written and produced by Sary Moussa; mixed by Fadi Tabbal at Tunefork Studios; mastered by Rashad Becker.
9. Music by Fadi Tabbal; performed on electric guitar, synthesizers and cassette tapes; voice samples by Julia Sabra; recorded and mixed between January and April 2020 at Tunefork Studios and at home, Beirut; mastered by Rafael Anton Irisarri at Black Knoll Studio, New York; from the album Subject To Potential Errors And Distortion (2020); released by Beacon Sound and Ruptured (RPTD 028 / BNSD055).


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