Tarek Atoui
Mort aux Vaches

[Staalplaat, www.staalplaat.com]

Based in France, Tarek Atoui is a young Lebanese musician who studied at the French National Conservatoire of Reims. Self-described as an electro-acoustic musician, he works mostly with digital means. His main tools are the MAX/MSP patches, which he uses to sculpt rich soundscapes. Best thing is that Atoui's structures are loose in their extremes. There is a sense of total and complete freedom that permeates his pieces. One gets a sense that this audio artist intended to release these sounds as soon as they were created on his laptop. In the words of the composer himself, "The recording of this release took place in Amsterdam a few days after Israel's war on Lebanon in summer 2006, and I had just left Lebanon. I had lived this war, seen the injustice of it, its savagery and how it tore away my people and country. I had lost persons I knew, and members of my family had lost their homes and shelters. I dedicate this disc to the courage, the perseverance and the resistance of the Lebanese people as well as to the ones of all Arab and worldwide populations who are suffering and enduring illegal and unjust repressions and occupations. I want this disc to be a violent message of hope, of denying all forms of repression and of believing in people's wills and right to freedom." Moving at break-neck speeds, and electrifying to its very core, Tarek Atoui's music is equal parts violent and exhilarating. I can't wait to hear some more.

- Tom Sekowski


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