Amina Hocine

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Amina Hocine EP 2 out now on 12″ vinyl. Order here. Prefer digital download? Get it from iTunes

Amina Hocine is an electronic musician and composer based in Gothenburg, Sweden.

It is in the boundary between dream and wakefulness that Amina Hocine builds her electronic mini-symphonies – or shall we say pop songs – sometimes wide awake, in lucid concentration, and sometimes in a sleep-like flow of spontaneous ideas. Amina Hocine’s music is both familiar and unpredictable. The songs emerge without respect for established ideas about structure: verse, chorus and hook are irrelevant concepts. The music flows ahead like a dream you can not control but still want to continue.

Inspiration for the songs also comes from nocturnal Youtube music marathons, Carl Sagan (“the feeling that we’re all made of stardust”), an eccentric lady talking loudly about the blood of Christ on the tram in Gothenburg … Amina feels that she “is a radio” more than a composer in control of her creation: when she’s tuned to the right frequency, the songs write them selves.

– Sometimes I try to work differently, as with the song Jar. I had an idea that it would consist only of body sounds. But after a while it a completely different turn and became the song you hear on the record.

Her second EP Amina Hocine 2 (Clandestino Institut 2015) is released digitally and in a limited edition of twelve inch vinyl, and is the result of a period of almost total isolation in a small cabin in northern Zealand, Denmark. In two months time, Amina Hocine wrote and recorded the songs here.

– It was more like a recreation room than a real house, eight square meters on Zealand Odde. Once there was a hurricane outside so the whole cottage shook. But mostly it was quiet and the best part was that I could stay in the music for long periods without interruption.

Amina Hocine 2 was mixed by Dan Lissvik from The Studio. It is the second EP by Amina Hocine released by Clandestino Institut. In 2014, Amina Hocine participated in a collaboration between Clandestino Agency and cultural center Makan in Egypt, where the musicians played together in a series of sessions both in Cairo and Gothenburg. Fragments from these recording will be issued by Clandestino Institut at a later date. In the spring of 2015, Amina Hocine is working as a composer at the Folkteatern in Gothenburg, where she writes music for two performances: Variation and Not Based on a True Story, both premiering March 7th. In the autumn, concerts in the US await.

She has collaborated with Andreas Tilliander, Dan Lissvik,  Gros and Scout Klas. Her debut EP was released April 29th: Check it out on Spotify.

Clandestino Agency and Amina Hocine were invited to Makan Center in Cairo for a week of musical collaborations in February 2014. Later, in June 2014, two of the groups from Makan Center – Mazaher and Nass Makan – came to Gothenburg, Sweden as a second part of this collaboration, and studio sessions with Amina Hocine and the Egyptian musicians took place.

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