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Checkpoint 303

Palestine, Palestine

checkpoint 303 is an activist sound art project led by sound designer SC MoCha. the electronic experiment initially kicked off in 2004 when sound cutter SC MoCha teamed up with Bethlehem-based palestinian sound catcher SC Yosh. the idea is to cut, track, fragment and reconstruct the audio soundscape from daily lives in the middle east and across the arab world. new audio reporting on injustice. an ode to resistance in the face of oppression. several artists and friends from around the globe contribute to Checkpoint 303’s recordings. present and past contributers include SC Yosh, Miss K SuShi, Cheikh Julio, Visual Hacker Diddy, Mehdi Douss, Rado, VL MonaLisa, Melksi & Damski + many more.


Using site recordings predominantly from Palestine and the arab world, Checkpoint 303 constructs soundscapes that weave cinematic audio with experimental sound processing and complex rhythms. Through its compositions, collected sounds and noise, Checkpoint 303 spreads a message of peace and a call for the respect of human rights. Contrasting with the mainstream media’s exclusive depiction of violence and suffering in the middle-east, CP-303’s sound collages also report on the heroic hope that subsists in the region as well as the seemingly banal but ever so meaningful little things that embody a daily search for normality in a state of emergency.

:: BIO
Checkpoint 303 (Palestine/Tunisia/France) is an avant-garde activist sonic project that creates experimental electronic music that aims at raising international awareness about the ongoing injustice and suffering of the civilian populations throughout the Middle East and the arab world. Checkpoint 303 combines field recordings performed in Palestine, Tunisia and Egypt with electronic beats, …FX, oud and subtle oriental tunes.

:: Checkpoint 303 Live
One of the highlights of CHECKPOINT 303’s live performances includes being invited by Massive Attack in several shows in the UK in 2007 and in France in 2008 and 2009. Over the last couple of years, Checkpoint 303 has performed electronic and live electro-acoustic sets in several countries (France, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Danemark, Japan, Australia, USA, Canada, Palestine, Tunisia, Belgium, etc.) spreading the word for peace, freedom and human rights through a blend of twisted electronica, downtempo, breakbeats, oriental riffs and field recordings…

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