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Sonic Traces: From the Arab World – Release

This limited vinyl offers music, sounds and noises from the Arab World: Propaganda music by political groups and clans, psychedelic Arabic Rock from the late 1960s and 1970s, the noises of bombs and machine guns, synthesized Electro-Sha’bi from Cairo, old and rare shellac recordings, Death Metal, Rap, Electro-Acoustic Music, and Musique Concrète. Collected and mixed by the Norient collective. The release comes in two versions: limited mix edit (on vinyl via Bandcamp [1], Big-Cartel [2] or Traversion [3]) and radio edit (digital download via Bandcamp [1]). Or NEW via Discrepant [4] in London.

Limited Mix Edit (Vinyl)

Order the Limited Mix Edit (music, sound and noise only, without speakers and quotes from musicians and scholars) of «Sonic Traces: From the Arab World via Bandcamp [1], Big-Cartel [2] or Traversion [3].

Radio Edit (Digital)

Listen to musicians and scholars discussing identity, life visions and traumatic war experiences. This Radio Edit Version documents our audio-visual performance «Sonic Traces: From the Arab World [5]» 2008-2012. The German version of this radio edit won the critics award at the SonOhr-Festival [6] 2012.


Collected and mixed by the Norient collective – Thomas Burkhalter, Simon Grab and Michael Spahr.
Speakers (radio edit): Joumana Seikaly, Hisham Awad, Rayya Badran
Voices recorded by Ziad Nawfal in the studios in Radio Lebanon 96.2FM, Beirut, Lebanon on February 25, 2013

With sounds, music and quotes: Ahmed Basiony (R.I.P.), Asmahan, Bao, Charbel Haber, Cheik Imam, El General, Electro-Jurjina, Filastine, Hassan Khan, Hassan Taha, Ibrahim Qashoush, John Kamel Farah, Kamiliya Jubran +Werner Hasler, Kareem Lofty, Koji, Les Djinns, Leyla Murad, Luigi Russolo, Machine eat man (Mohamed Ragab), Mahmoud Refat, Mahmoud Turkmani, Mazen Kerbaj, Morocco, Mustafa Ismaiel, Praed, Raed Yassin, Ramsi Lehner, Rana Eid, Sharif Sehnaoui, Simon Grab, Skander Guetaria + Khaled Waghleni, Tahal Fasny, Tarek Atoui, The Devil’s Anvil, Thomas Burkhalter, Ulcerium feat. Cheb Lahbitry, Walid Gholmieh, Waslah in Dugah, Weeping Willow, Xardas, and others.