Over the past 10 years, Nadim Mishlawi has worked as a composer and sound designer on a multitude of films from Lebanon and Middle East.
“Works” is the first release of music by Nadim Mishlawi. The production is a collaboration between Nadim’s media label “TOTEM Media” and “Annihaya Records” owned by Sharif Sehnaoui, Raed Yassin, and Hatem Imam. The compilation is a selection of Nadim’s personal compositions, and does not contain any film scores. The package was designed by Hatem Imam of the graphic design company Studio Safar.
The box-set is comprised of 3 albums:
1. Dreams of the Primitives: The basic intention behind the music of this first album in the compilation was to create a unique sonic experience by fusing together diverse musical genres within the individual tracks. This first CD of the compilation is therefore a synthesis of various genres of music, combining elements of post-rock, classical, jazz, and electronics. The title of the album was inspired by the documentary “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” by Werner Herzog.
2. Memories of Things to Come: This second album is a selection of tracks Nadim composed by mixing old tape cassette recordings with digital electronics textures. During the Civil War, Nadim’s parents made a multitude of tape cassette recordings. Some of these recordings were interviews, and others just basic ambient recordings of gatherings held in their house. Nadim frequently uses these recordings in his work, but this album his most prolific sample of musical experiments made mixing analog and digital textures. The tracks also include modulated piano samples, originally recorded by pianist Cynthia Zaven for various film scores written by Nadim over the past few years.
3. Sonotechture I & II: The final album in the compilation is a more abstract approach to electronic composition consisting of two tracks, each approximately 30 minutes long. The tracks are constantly evolving from ambient electronic drones to minimal percussive sections and again to harsh, noise driven textures. Nadim has always been intrigued by the sonic qualities of different urban environments and how these qualities change depending on the time and space of the listener. These two compositions are intended to be somewhat expressionistic interpretations of Beirut’s rich sonic environment.
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