German-Palestinian sound artist, composer, and interpreter Ghazi Barakat has worked in various music fields, from indie (as Boy from Brazil or with Stereo Total), to experimental electronics (as Pharaoh Chromium, where he releases with the label and collective Grautag).
Barakat’s work as Pharoah Chromium folds together music concréte from various sources, ranging from readings of Jean Genet (JEAN GENET QUATRE HEURES À CHATILA, 2019) to news reports of violent conflicts in the Middle-East (GAZA, 2015). Such material meets blistering guembri and rauschpfeife to create hypnotic and sci-fi collages. Previously Barakat went under the pseudonym Boy From Brazil, inspired by the anti-nazi film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner in 1978, which embraced a postmodernist and rock’n’roll leaning aesthetic.
In 2019 Barakat collaborated with guitarist Paul LaBrecque to produce Terminal Desert for Karlrecords. The album contains two longform improvisations influenced by psychedelia and krautrock, considering the dystopian symptoms in our current climate such as contamination, pollution, and desolation.
For CTM 2020, he works with Dani Gal on a new commission as part of CTM 2020’s Radio Lab.