Electrosteen: an electronic celebration of Palestinian heritage
This campaign has ended on 15-11-2018
Campaign by: Electrosteen
Electrosteen is an initiative to bring Palestinian traditional music, in its widest sense, into the contemporary international art/musical scene. We are producing original Palestinian Palestinian tracks.
For the last half-century and longer, Palestine has been viewed almost exclusively -both regionally and internationally- through the camera lens of war, occupation, in-fighting, and humanitarian strife. Through this innovative program of musical creation, ELECTROSTEEN aims to challenge that over-determined, over-politicized image, and to shed a spotlight on Palestine’s cultural vitality and relevance in the contemporary world.
At the international level, it is needless to say how much of the already long history of rave culture fascinates techno enthusiasts all around the world. Much has been written filmed and recorded about the birth of underground movements in all corners of the world, including Detroit, Berlin, and the UK. Through electronic music, those places saw the birth of artistic communities with many grievances and political messages, that left a deep and long-lasting cultural and social mark.
Over the course of a 2- week residency, a team of carefully selected Palestinian electronic musicians were asked to work on the production of original tracks, using Al-Fonun Cultural Center’s folkloric database as a starting point.
This audio material, either collected from existing archives or recorded from professional and nonprofessional urban, rural and Bedouin musicians, will represent an important database to produce new music. International electronic music producers will be also invited to join the team and collaborate with the local artists.
A local filmmaker will visually document the whole process and will continuously follow our researchers, technicians. All the produced tracks, along with a documentary film will be assembled in a unique CD/DVD box to be distributed in Palestine and all over the world.
ELECTROSTEEN is also planned to become a musical/video live show to take place in several major international cities, to share the experience of Palestine, the Palestine of colors, sounds, and creation!
ELECTROSTEEN is an initiative to bring Palestinian traditional music, in its widest sense, into the contemporary international art/musical scene.