The Nablus Project compilation is a new and supremely unique body of work commissioned by Coco Zoabi and Luke Carrell (editors of Coco's OCD and International Tapes, respectively). The comp features exclusive tracks from Arc Light, Broken Boys, David Kanaga, Fiji Bijoux, Helado Negro, Lee Noble, Meadowlands, MEGAFORTRESS, Missions, and Ñaka Ñaka. Each composition is built around the same amazing field recording of a Muezzin's call to prayer in the Palestinian city of Nablus.
All proceeds from the compilation go to charity.
During a recent film shoot in Nablus, French sound recordist Pierre Gauthier stayed one night in a house in the Nablus mountains above the city, where he recorded the old city mosque's Muezzin (the chosen person at a mosque who leads the call to prayer). The shape of the valley in which Nablus rests creates a massive composite reverb effect that gives his recitation an otherworldly feel as it booms out from the mosque in the city's center.
We (Coco Zoabi, Editor of Coco's OCD, and Luke Carrell, Editor of International Tapes) were blown away by the recording, so we invited hand picked group of artists to create tracks using the field recording as a sample. What they came back with is a diverse and stunning array of tracks that's some of our favorite music we've heard all year.
Because of religious taboos, the adhan (call to prayer) has been largely kept away from reinterpretation by popular culture. Rather than aiming to be sacrilegious and demeaning, we hope this project will help spread awareness of an amazing piece of global culture that often goes unheard or is brutally caricatured. It is the only thing that's been left intact in a town scarred by bombings and occupation.
released 22 May 2012
Thanks to Pierre Gauthier for recording the original sample. Please support all the artists and bands who participated in this project. It wouldn't be possible without their talents: