Raz Mesinai

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Raz Mesinai
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Mesinai in 2008
Background information
Also known as Badawi, Ghost Producer, X-On, Psy Co., LadyMan
Born 1973
Occupation(s) Producer, Musician, Composer, Educator
Associated acts Sub Dub

Raz Mesinai (born 1973)[1] is a producer, musician and composer born in Jerusalem and raised and based out of New York City. His mother is Susan Mesinai and his grandfather is Manuel Bromberg.


Mesinai began experimenting with cassettes and sampling at the age of 10, and at 14, was discovered by musician Juma Sultan while creating music for breakdancers on the streets of New York City. Juma gave him a Multi-Vox Tape Echo machine and a ribbon microphone to produce his early work.[3]

In the early 1990s, Mesinai formed the group Sub Dub with John Ward.[4] The group is credited as an integral part of the founding of the illbient genre.[5]

Following Sub Dub's demise, Mesinai began to record under the alias Badawi. After meeting John Zorn at a party, he recorded and released Before The Law (2001), an album inspired by Czech writer Franz Kafka for Zorn's Tzadik record label.[6]

His 2001 album, The Unspeakable, featured unreleased music that he composed for the Hellraiser 6 soundtrack.[1] The material was rejected after being considered "too scary for the movie".[2]

The Wire described Mesinai's Soldier of Midian (2001) as "explod[ing] with Middle Eastern percussion, Persian horn samples and dulcimer licks played by an ensemble of genuine Middle Eastern musicians, then cut up with a major dose of studio tricnology."[6]

Mesinai's album Badawi: The Heretic of Ether (1999), was used as the template for the score to the blockbuster film, Black Hawk Down. This experience led him to coin the term "Score Design" and led to work creating music for major motion pictures, including The Fountain, Black Swan, The Wrestler, and A Late Quartet.[3]

Mesinai has described Score Design as "conceptualiz[ing] scores that are not calling for the traditional musical score that composers and musicians are used to...It's similar to sound design, where you create the atmosphere and develop sounds, hopefully from scratch, to implement the overall atmosphere and concept of the film."[7]

In 2004, Mesinai was awarded the Sundance Composers Lab Fellowship, where he worked on scores for Sundance Directors.

In 2016, Mesinai released a collaborative film that he directed and soundtracked with Jonathan Uliel Saldanha, titled Tunnel Vision. The film and its music explores subterranean frequencies and was recorded in underground tunnels and caves, and mixed as a dub record.[8] Tunnel Vision explores a narrative format created by Mesinai called "Dub Fiction," or "a form of storytelling utilizing various mediums of modern technology to create elastic narratives which can be manipulated and, essentially, remixed by others."[9]

Mesinai has taught master classes in music production, sound design and film scoring at UCSD, The New School, Dub Spot, and NYU.[3] He founded the Underground Producers Alliance (UPA) and now teaches for the school exclusively.

Mesinai has received commissions from The Lincoln Center Festival, Carnegie Hall, Kronos Quartet, Ethel, and The Kitchen and has officially remixed artists such as Burning Spear, Shackleton, and Arto Lindsay.[3]

In addition to his musical output, Mesinai draws and writes comic books including issues for Marvel, as well as album artwork for artists such as Kode9 and The Spaceape.[10][11]

AllMusic critic Heather Phares considered Mesinai's music as among "the dreamiest and often eeriest that illbient the genre had to offer. His work under the alias Badawi featured elements of his Israeli and Middle Eastern heritage while his 1999 album, The Heretic of Ether moved away to a more orchestral and less dub-inspired sound.[1]


As Raz Mesinai
  • The Unspeakable (2001)
  • Before the Law (2001)
  • Resurrections for Goatskin (2003)
  • Cyborg Acoustics (2004)
As Badawi
  • Bedouin Sound Clash (1996)
  • Jerusalem Under Fire (1997)
  • The Heretic of Ether (1999)
  • Soldier of Midian (2001)
  • Clones & False Prophets (2003)
  • Safe (2006)
  • Unit of Resistance (2007)


  1. ^ a b c d Phares, Heather. "Raz Mesinai". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 March 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Quinlan, Thomas (1 February 2001). "Raz Mesinai - The Unspeakable". Exclaim!. Retrieved 26 March 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d "RAZ MESINAI | Underground Producers Alliance". Underground Producers Alliance. 2014-06-13. Retrieved 2017-08-30. 
  4. ^ Bush, John. "Sub Dub". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 March 2017. 
  5. ^ "Red Bull Music Academy". daily.redbullmusicacademy.com. Retrieved 2017-09-03. 
  6. ^ a b Boon, Marcus (January 2002). "Tomorrow's Warrior: Raz Mesinai". The Wire: 23. 
  7. ^ "Raz Mesinai on 'Score Design' and the Underground Producers Alliance | Pond5". blog.pond5.com. Retrieved 2017-08-30. 
  8. ^ "Jonathan Uliel Saldanha Tunnel Vision". Retrieved 2017-08-31. 
  9. ^ "Sounding the Depths". Souciant. Retrieved 2017-09-03. 
  10. ^ "Raz Mesinai | Comics | Marvel.com". marvel.com. Retrieved 2017-09-03. 
  11. ^ "Kode9 & Spaceape's Black Sun Released With Badawi Comic Strip - The Wire". The Wire Magazine - Adventures In Modern Music. Retrieved 2017-09-03. 

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