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Middle Ouest

by bergsonist

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fangirl88 i like the entire atmosphere on here, trippy activism, the only way forward, but yea faith game has that longing for hope on a brighter future whilst being deeply felt, the track i wish to hear on a dance floor with too many emotions with tears running down, not sad per se, just connected, if that makes sense to anyone?! Favorite track: Faith Game.
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TwinTrash This was some weird stuff... I really like it! Started off with strong Muslimgauze (sorry there's prolly other references) vibes, then got into fun techno explorations. Strong Dimlite / Misel Quitno vibes, too! One of this years faves for me <3 Favorite track: Poverty.
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Northworks There's a boldness about these tracks that is captivating. Kind of like "I'm gonna do a track that is basically a slowed down edit of the previous track, and if you don't like it you can f*** off." Clearly there are loads of inspirations all being pulled together here, from techno, house, bass music, glitch/DSP etc, but Bergsonist has a unique sound and vibe that seems to flick two fingers up at current trends. Favorite track: La Rave.
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Marjorine Super hypnotic and a great mixture of samples and synthesis. Just the way we like it. Favorite track: Otology.
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Middle Ouest 04:02
Magnesium 05:22
Otology 03:26 video
L'algorithme 03:04
La Rave 04:26
Ach Briti 02:32
Faith Game 06:01
Poverty 05:17


After a digital single on Optimo Music Digital Danceforce, Optimo Music welcomes Bergsonist to the main label with a full album. Ridiculously talented and prolific, Bergsonist is one of thee most interesting, thoughtful and important artists of our times.

Bergsonist aka Selwa Abd is a New York–based artist and musician originally from Morocco.

She is the founder of Bizaarbazaar, a music platform and publication that publishes podcasts and interviews by DJs and producers from around the world. Under the guise Bergsonist (derived from Deleuze's Bergsonism), she uses a variety of media to investigate social resonance through divergent conceptual aesthetics (minimalism, techno, and music concrete, to name a few). Through her work, she explores notions of identity, memory, and social politics.

In 2017, she started Pick Up The Flow, a resource to promote congregation and exchange between peers. Currently, co-run with Stephen Decker.

In 2019, she co-founded 3afak with DJ Sanna, a collective that aims to empower Arab women’s creative vision in New York.

Words about the album:

Middle Ouest is an ode to my history, present and future self. Like a sonic autobiography, It's the first body of work that realistically depicts my identity. It's a statement towards all the people who tried to put me into a box. I'm not a box but a genre-less ocean. I don't make genres, I just make music I feel making in the moment. It's all about capturing the moment in a given time. If the aesthetic happens to be house or techno then it is. But I'm not a techno artist.. I'm just a free sonic 'voyageur'. I make music as i feel the world; it can be dark, jovial, weird... I mirror the feelings into sonic compositions. However, the only variables that never change in this equation are the message and intention.


released January 17, 2020

Artwork and arabic typeface by Selwa Abd.


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New York–based artist, composer and DJ originally from Morocco.

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