Dina El Wedidi har tatt et modig skritt som artist.Hun er kjent som en populær singer/songwriter i Egypt, en av de unge stemmene etter oppstanden i 2011.Hun har alltid bygget musikken sin på et band-basert uttrykk innenfor rammene av et pop/rock-format.Nå bryter hun helt med dette og har gjort en innspilling, stort sett med kun ett «bandmedlem», og det er et tog.

Hun har samplet lyden av jernbane, stasjonsmiljøer, togfløyter og skinnegang i Egypt, hun har bearbeidet lydene elektronisk og skapt et drømmeaktig og svært vakkert lydbilde rundt sin egen stemme, iblant nesten symfonisk, som tar oss med på en reise som passerer 7 stasjoner. Tittelen «Slumber» antyder at hun tenker seg denne lytteopplevelsen som en drøm. Her hennes egne ord om prosjektet:

Slumber is a half-an-hour long musical work. It is also a short dream I have between two worlds. Occurring between the conscious – the train – and the unconscious – the dream, Slumber includes topics about breaking free from time as a concept; about limitations, imagination, love, hallucinations, and mental prisons. That is why this dream is timeless, musically and thoughtfully unrestricted, and primarily consists of personal and experimental ideas.

The train is the album’s main and chosen musical instrument; I imagine it as a wholesome structure of sound, compensating for the role of the band. It allowed me to discover an utterly different experience about the definition of sound as one which can be transformed into various sounds that are not only electronic, but musically rich on their own. I drew sounds from the train station, the voices of people, and all that can be used within the train. The idea came after my friend Wael Abd Elfattah asked me to collect and record sounds within Egypt’s train stations for his online-based archive.

The beginning was from this one-day journey: I thought of developing these recorded sounds, as well as the idea in mind, and produce Slumber. Working on the album took me two years and a half. It is my first experimental experience not only in singing and composition, but also in music production. The train takes me to seven stations; seven compositions are produced within and without the trains and their stations.

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