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Bahraini musician in debut album deal with American record label

Bahrain News
Sat, 11 Nov 2017
By Stephanie Sutcliffe
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A BAHRAINI musician has released his first album in a deal with an American record label.

Hasan Hujairi signed up with indie music label Paxico Records, based in New York and Los Angeles, for his debut album Throat.

The 35-year-old, who is completing a PhD in music composition in Seoul, South Korea, described the release as an eclectic mix of electronic music.

“The obvious connection between all (the music) is the use of electronics, although my use of electronics varies for the most part from track to track,” said Mr Hujairi.

“The album is my debut album, although I have been making electronic music for around 10 years now.

“Before delving into electronics, I was mainly a classical guitar and oud player – and I still do that now whenever I have a chance.

“I suppose the album best represents me as a sound artist, composer and writer at this point in my life.”

All of the tracks were produced by Mr Hujairi except three, which were remixed by guest producers.

He also went to great lengths to ensure an original sound.

“I mainly worked on my computer, but also used sounds I collected while travelling that appear as very minor details within the album,” he said.

“I programmed algorithms for some of the pieces so I could get results and sounds that aren’t easy for others to emulate.

“For one of the tracks, I even hacked a wireless video game controller and used it to play a collection of digital synthesisers on my computer.

“At certain points in the album other instruments appear – such as oud, guitar, and ukulele – which were also played and recorded by me.

“This allowed me to be very comfortable in finding my own approach without needing to depend on others in the production of the music, but perhaps this approach will change in future projects.”

Meanwhile, he described the album’s unusual title Throat – despite the complete absence of vocals – as “appropriately curious”.

“The notion of a throat is something visceral and biological, while also being something that could hold a symbolic significance,” he said.

The album is available for digital download from the Bandcamp website and can be streamed through Apple Music and Spotify.

There is also a limited run of 100 cassette tapes, which can also be purchased through Bandcamp.

“Paxico Records is noted for being an active player in the comeback of tape culture and in celebrating the history of tape as an important medium for spreading music,” explained Mr Hujairi.

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