Boomkat Product Review:
**Diverse, 3CD suite of sampledelic concrète and electronic composition from Lebanese musician and sound designer Nadim Mishlawi** "The box-set is comprised of three 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."