Morphosis aka Ra.H aka Rabih Beaini has been crafting away in the nether-regions of the techno underworld since the 90s. Initially as a DJ, it was a move to Italy in 1996 which proved the catalyst for him to start experimenting in the studio. And he really did experiment: few people craft the sort of emotional, imaginative techno as has Beaini for labels like Sistrum Recordings (Detroit), M>O>S (Amsterdam) and Styrax (Berlin). Whilst his productions join the dots between raw, elementary electronica and jazz, for the last six years his label Morphine Records has released an equally avant guard selection of techno from the likes of Madteo, Hieroglyphic Being and Anthony "Shake" Shakir.
Back in Venice, Italy, Beaini opened the Elefante Rosso Music Club which became renowned for its huge line-ups and events, workshops and recordings before it eventually closed to become an education centre. The club had an unwavering musical vision and pursued it, under Beanini’s guidance, with the help of international DJ appearances from the likes of Ame, Prosumer, Donato Dozzy, Patrice Scott and many more.
Of the club and live experimental cosmic jazz band, Upperground Orchestra, he founded, Beaini says… “It has been definitely a formative experience in my life. And also in the way I make music and play live. The latter has also been radically influenced by the Upperground Orchestra experience. As part of that, I worked with many pro musicians from the jazz scene on a wider stage and broader collective of work.”
Such genuine musical ability and a range of influences from Krautrock to New Wave naturally seep into Beaini’s inventive, dark and emotional productions (no matter the moniker he is using be it Morphosis, Ra.H or whatever) and into his similarly immersive DJ sets at the finest underground clubs around the world including, amongst many others, Panoramabar, Rote Sonne, Fuse, Recyclart, Tape, Flexbar, Culture Box and Today’s Art festival.
Now back in Lebanon to continue his various musical projects in his homeland, including a new Upperground Orchestra album, Rabih Beaini continues to do what he does best… make electronic music with depth and intrigue. As such, keen followers of techno will already have heard some of the offerings from his most recent project, a new Morphosis album ‘What Have We Learned’ (due April 2011 on M>O>S/Delsin/Morphine), as both ‘Android's Among Us’ and ‘Dirty Matter’ were remixed by T++ and Newworldaquarium for a limited edition white label late last year.
The excitement surrounding that release was palpable enough, but get lost in a full length Morphosis experience (be it live in a club or via one of his own records at home) and you enter a whole new world of techno excellence…
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