This fall will also see the release of an eight-track compilation album created by seven Egyptian females working the sonic field of experimental and noise music. For years now, Asmaa Azzouz, Shorouk El Zomor, Hala Abu Shady, Jakqueline George, Nina El Gebarly, Ola Saad, and Yara Mekawi have been collectively and individually intertwined within the world of sound art, noise, and experimental music. In fact, these seven musicians are each direct musical decedents from the brilliant sound artists and curator, Ahmed Basiouny who tragically lost his life while protesting in Cairo during the January 2011 revolution. Basiouny is known for being one of the pioneers of sound art through his deconstruction and reconstruction of the traditional sonic sphere, in addition to his countless workshops and exhibitions.
In a way, Noise music is the refusal of conversation. It forces your imagination to run wild with sonic possibilities, at the same time the lack of lyrical content and cacophony of sounds evoke an entirely different series of emotions. With the use of tone generators, pitch and timbral deconstructions, jazz structures, field recordings and layers upon layers; the album is a true testament to free and creative expression. The compilation album is emblematic of Cairo’s soundscape; at the same time traces of melodies and rhythms can be found through this beautifully orchestrated and outrageous experiment in a radical Do-It-Yourself fashion.