UK label Touch has released a new album by Asheville-based synthesist Bana Haffar, Genera.
Genera captures a live modular performance by Haffar, recorded May 3rd, 2019 at AB Salon, Brussel.
A lifelong expatriate, Bana Haffar was born in Saudi Arabia in 1987 and spent much of her childhood in the GCC. Through her switch from 10 years of electric bass, preceded by classical violin, to modular synthesizers in 2014, Bana is attempting to dismantle years of institutional conditioning in traditional systems of music theory and performance. She is interested in exploring sonic disintegration and coalescence into new forms and synthesized experiences. Bana lives in Asheville, North Carolina.
Eurorack modular: Make Noise René 2, Make Noise Tempi, Make Noise WoggleBug, Make Noise Morphagene, Make Noise QMMG, Make Noise tELHARMONIC, Make Noise Maths, Serge Resonant EQ, Mutable Instruments Shades, Mutable Instrument Clouds
Non-modular: Field recordings made using a Zoom H6 and LOM mikroUsi microphones, GE 35383 Micro Cassette Recorder
Genera is available at Haffar’s Bandcamp page. You can preview it via the embed below.
We interviewed Haffar in 2018 at the Moog ‘House of Electronicus’, where she gave us an overview of her modular rig and a preview of her evening performance.