Review by disquiet
When Rifa, on Elevator Monkey (Prison Soup, a French netlabel), isn’t channeling Tom Waits (“Penetrate”), or ramming a disco chestnut through a carton of cigarettes disguised as a granular synthesizer (“Don’t Rush”), it makes for some bracing electronic music. “Timewarp” presents a uniquely staunch take on dub, with a beat that’s little more than a struck match and a compulsory echo that could be approximated with an old coffee can. Rifa humanizes the environs on “Timewarp” with a breathy trip-hop diva, and does the same on “M1,” but that track has a more elegantly rattled rhythm, slipping up on occasion in a manner too low key to be truly called glitch. “Tapemeserios” is of a piece with those tracks, but it also sounds like it was recorded on the Orient Express, with a contact microphone glued to the undercarriage; it’s both fuller and noisier. And then there’s “Bling1,” the album’s finest track, which blends in some hip-hop, but also messes with the rhythms as if the whole composition had been laid on a shifting bed of ball bearings.
Rifa is described by Prison Soup as an Austrian electro and indie/alternative musician, born on 27th May 1977 in Vienna/Austria. Producing tracks since 2000 he has scattered a vast number of free tracks over the internet. Because of the varying styles of music, he uses different pseudonyms to divide his work.
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B I O G R A P H Y
Born and raised in Vienna / Austria in 1977. Freestyling and writing lyrics since 1991. Production of beats and electronic music since 1993. In the following years several live performances in small places and collaboration with musicians of different genres. Composition of a variety of tracks in German and Viennese dialect with Miki Obradovic (guitar, lyrics, vocals).
1996 Matura graduation – Telecommunication Engineering. 2001 Owner of the Creative Agency Loop + Logo together with the partners Michael Pointner (graphic design) and Miki Obradovic (programming) and the Advertising Agency Mindwarp. Designer of image and audio material for the promotion of products (websites, logo design, corporate identity, sound design, content, online games, animation, etc.).
2004 Release of the Rifa album „Elevator Monkey – Lift off“ by the copyleft label Prisonsoup (France). In the following years a large number of online publications and advertising projects (audio engineering). 2004 Sound design for the animated film „Das Leben von Kurti O. – Wie Kurti zu seinem eigenen Namen kam“ by Christoph Schinko.
2007-2010 project manager marketing (customer acquisition, negotiations, project specifications, cost control, analysis, statistics, etc.)
Participation in the Producer Festival „Schmiede – playground of ideas) in Hallein 2012 and 2013 (collaboration with artists of different genres). 2013 Rifa at ResidenceSea Heraklion – sensing your environment through art. 2013 Final Cut Pro certified associate and collaboration with British rapper Curtiss Cobane (Brian Shank´s). Brian Shank´s live performances at Schmiede 2013 with Kike Perdoma (Saxophone), Jeroen Truyen (Drums), Matthias Leboucher (Keyboard) and Sarah Glenda (Voice) and at ResidenceSea Heraklion.
2013 move to Heraklion: Audio post-production, sound design, audio engineering, audio editing for short films, art events, animations and videos. Collaboration with filmmakers and experiences in the fields of cameraman, film editor and photography.
One of my poems in German that seems relevant to the current situation. English translation follows / Eines meiner deutschsprachigen Gedichte, passend zur derzeitigen Situation
Poetry has saved my life! How has it affected yours?
Dumpf drängt die Zeit uns rein in neue Dekaden
oft markerschütternd, wie der Klang von Zikaden
Kunst sprengt, bereit für Neues, Barrikaden
und baut sogleich sie wieder auf, mit neuen Farben
Strahlendes blendet uns, mit viel zuviel Lumen
alles nur Spiel und Anspielungen
wie Blumen in Masse ein Meer ergeben
Harmonie ist wie Pferde in Herden leben
werden eben noch gestillt und stehen schon auf eigenen Hufen
wir sind die Teil der Natur, doch auch die das Leugnen schufen
Forced to walk gloomy through the decades
often in a state of alertness, like the cicadas
art kills barricades, prepares for what’s new
and erects them again with new colors
sparkles blind our eyesight with too many lumens
all just acting-up and insinuations
like flowers en masse making up a sea
harmony is like herding horses
who were just breastfed and are already standing on their own hooves
we are part of nature, but also the ones who invented denial
rifa – end or fin x