After a digital single on Optimo Music Digital Danceforce, Optimo Music welcomes Bergsonist to the main label with a full album. Ridiculously talented and prolific, Bergsonist is one of thee most interesting, thoughtful and important artists of our times. Bergsonist aka Selwa Abd is a New York–based artist and musician originally from Morocco. She is the founder of Bizaarbazaar, a music platform and publication that publishes podcasts and interviews by DJs and producers from around the world. Under the guise Bergsonist (derived from Deleuze’s Bergsonism), she uses a variety of media to investigate social resonance through divergent conceptual aesthetics (minimalism, techno, and music concrete, to name a few). Through her work, she explores notions of identity, memory, and social politics.
In 2017, she started Pick Up The Flow, a resource to promote congregation and exchange between peers. Currently, co-run with Stephen Decker.
In 2019, she co-founded 3afak with DJ Sanna, a collective that aims to empower Arab women’s creative vision in New York.
Words about the album:
Middle Ouest is an ode to my history, present and future self. Like a sonic autobiography, It’s the first body of work that realistically depicts my identity. It’s a statement towards all the people who tried to put me into a box. I’m not a box but a genre-less ocean. I don’t make genres, I just make music I feel making in the moment. It’s all about capturing the moment in a given time. If the aesthetic happens to be house or techno then it is. But I’m not a techno artist.. I’m just a free sonic ‘voyageur’. I make music as i feel the world; it can be dark, jovial, weird… I mirror the feelings into sonic compositions. However, the only variables that never change in this equation are the message and intention.
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Artist Bergsonist Label Optimo Music Music Format General Vinyl Music Format Specific 12" Genre Electronic, Experimental, House, Techno Release Date 17 Jan 2020 Track 1 Position 1 Track 1 Title Middle Ouest Track 1 Preview URL https://usolnaudiopreviews.s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/OMLP16/omlp16-middle_ouest-01-middle_ouest.mp3 Track 2 Position 2 Track 2 Title Amazon Snake Charming Track 2 Preview URL https://usolnaudiopreviews.s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/OMLP16/omlp16-middle_ouest-02-amazon_snake_charming.mp3 Track 3 Position 3 Track 3 Title Gaza Border Violence Track 3 Preview URL https://usolnaudiopreviews.s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/OMLP16/omlp16-middle_ouest-03-gaza_border_violence.mp3 Track 4 Position 4 Track 4 Title Magnesium Track 4 Preview URL https://usolnaudiopreviews.s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/OMLP16/omlp16-middle_ouest-04-magnesium.mp3 Track 5 Position 5 Track 5 Title Otology Track 5 Preview URL https://usolnaudiopreviews.s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/OMLP16/omlp16-middle_ouest-05-otology.mp3 Track 6 Position 6 Track 6 Title L'algorithme Track 6 Preview URL https://usolnaudiopreviews.s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/OMLP16/omlp16-middle_ouest-06-l_algorithme.mp3 Track 7 Position 7 Track 7 Title La Rave Track 7 Preview URL https://usolnaudiopreviews.s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/OMLP16/omlp16-middle_ouest-07-la_rave.mp3 Track 8 Position 8 Track 8 Title Ach Briti Track 8 Preview URL https://usolnaudiopreviews.s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/OMLP16/omlp16-middle_ouest-08-ach_briti.mp3 Track 9 Position 9 Track 9 Title Don't Have Babies Track 9 Preview URL https://usolnaudiopreviews.s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/OMLP16/omlp16-middle_ouest-09-don_t_have_babies.mp3 Track 10 Position 10 Track 10 Title Faith Game Track 10 Preview URL https://usolnaudiopreviews.s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/OMLP16/omlp16-middle_ouest-10-faith_game.mp3 Track 11 Position 11 Track 11 Title Poverty Track 11 Preview URL https://usolnaudiopreviews.s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/OMLP16/omlp16-middle_ouest-11-poverty.mp3 Track 12 Position No Track12 Title No Track 12 Preview URL No