Paul Behnam – Hubris LP


Artist: Paul Behnam
Title: Hubris (LP)
Label: Rotary Phono Lab
Format: LP
Release Date: 11.12.2020

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HUBRIS original soundtrack will be released November 6th, 2020 on Rotary Phono Lab, in digital and limited edition vinyl, including a featuring with San Proper (Rush Hour), singing on “Dr Proper” single.

HUBRIS is a feature film written, directed and produced by Marie Polo. Shot during 4 years between Berlin and the

Fontainebleau Forest near Paris, the film is about the healing process of a young woman – Alice – who experienced a traumatic experience she does not have any visual memory of. The film is structured as a sophrology session during which the audience enters different layers of body memory of Alice, going back and forth between the present and the nightmarish visions of her past trauma.

The sound design and original score of the film is written and performed by Paul Behnam. Throughout the 22 tracks of the album, he navigates effortlessly between ambient, modern classical, rock, funk, house and techno, unveiling his versatility and his talent for translating emotions into music. Even without the images, the story of Alice unfolds inside your ears throughout an hour of eerie, exhilarating and relaxing pieces of music.

The soundtrack also features a collaboration with electronic music mad dog San Proper (Perlon, Rush Hour), playing his own role in the film and singing on ” Dr. Proper “. Italian pianist and lyricist Andrea Monticciolo delivers a moving performance on ” Oma Ooh Salem “, while Louis McGuire and pandeiro player Adriano Tikogo invites us to a gloomy dance on Pandeiro Show.

Self-taught guitarist, Paul Behnam draws his inspiration from Psychedelic Rock, Jazz and the ‘Musique Concrète’ of the 20th century. After many years performing in rock bands, he moved to Berlin where he explored the many ways of playing instruments together with analog machines live, attracted by the endless possibilities offered by electronic music. This is where he started to work on sound design for films, animated movies and delve into acousmatic music, inspired by artists such as Pierre Schaeffer or Brian Eno. Paul is currently working on his first solo LP, a conceptalbum blending French lyrics with electronic music, which will be released in 2021.