Composer, dub producer and filmmaker Raz Mesinai has been a prominent figure in New York City’s underground electronic and contemporary music scenes since the early 90’s.
His recordings under the monikers Badawi and SubDub have earned him a worldwide cult following, with over a dozen albums and numerous remixes and 12″s on such iconic labels as ROIR, Tzadik, Asphodel, Island Records, Skull Disco and Instinct, among others. Mesinai has collaborated with such artists as John Zorn, Kode9 and The Kronos Quartet and has been commissioned and featured at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center Festival.
In 2001, Raz Mesinai was honored by the Ars Electronica Festival for his Badawi record “Soldier Of Midian” (ROIR) and was awarded a fellowship at the Sundance Composers Lab in 2004.
Raz Mesinai’s music compositions have been featured in the films of Ridley Scott (Black Hawk Down), Darren Aronofsky (The Fountain, The Wrestler, Black Swan) & Jonathan Demmie (The Truth About Charlie), and he has scored numerous feature films and documentaries as well.
As an educator, Raz Mesinai writes and teaches electronic music theory, composition, performance, film scoring and sound design at Dub Spot, UCSD, Dartmouth, Bard and the Southern Danish Conservatory Of Music.
Raz Mesinai’s long time interest in graphic novels, which spurred him to penn a short story that was published by Marvel Comics back in 1993, has re-emerged as an integral part of his current artistic practice, leading him to become an innovator in the joining of science fiction narrative and sound system culture i.e., Dub Fiction.
Barry Cole and his consultation company, SPOT music, stand at the threshold of where music meets media.
Based in New York City, Cole’s SPOT music is an independent music supervision and consulting firm with more than 80 film, tv and media credits including Sling Blade, American Psycho, Super Troopers, Talk To Me, Belly, Drumline, Roll Bounce, Notorious and the Amazon Produced Series Alpha House. In addition to Music Supervision and Music Clearance for film, Cole has a proven track record in Soundtrack A&R, Music Publishing, Music for Video Games and Sonic Branding. Cole Produced the soundtrack album for the documentary “Marley” which earned him a 2013 Grammy Nomination for “Best Compilation for Visual Media”.
In 2004, Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records, tapped Cole to manage his prestigious Blue Mountain Music Publishing for North America. In this position Cole has helped to establish and grow the catalog through increasing its exposure through licensing within the Film, TV, Digital Media and Video Game industries. Catalog highlights include the songs of Bob Marley, Free, Baaba Maal, The Human League, Bassnectar and Justice.