by Qasim Naqvi

  • Streaming + Download

    Pre-order of FILM. You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    releases September 29, 2017

      $8 USD


The Cast
Plane Tower


Qasim Naqvi, composer and drummer of Dawn of Midi, has a new album coming out on September 29th. It will be available as a digital release only.

Film is a body of analog electronic music created for the feature film Tripoli Cancelled and the three channel video installation Two Meetings and a Funeral. Both works were created by Naeem Mohaiemen and were commissioned by Documenta 14, one of Europe’s oldest exhibitions for contemporary art.

Tripoli Cancelled is a fiction feature about a week in the life of a man who is either prisoner of, or monarch over, a desolate home that is gradually revealed to be an airport. His companions are a weathered copy of Watership Down, a still-functioning 1977 disco mix tape, endless cigarette packs, and an indefatigable cream suit. Two Meetings and a Funeral is a three-channel video installation telling a history of the Nonaligned Movement, and the fateful pivot from a 1973 meeting in Algiers to a 1974 unraveling in Lahore.

According to Naqvi, “With both films, a lot of inspiration came from faded architectural spaces, from an abandoned international airport in Greece which served as the backdrop for Tripoli Cancelled, to La Coupole d’Alger Arena; a massive feat of modern architecture from 1975 that resembles a space bubble from another galaxy. These sites steered me in the path of psychological room tones; a music that is an abstraction of natural ambiences that you hear in large deserted spaces. On the other end of the spectrum, Naeem and I were examining some classic 80's synth-driven scores. There's a bit of a dialectic and this album hopefully falls squarely between these two poles.” Naqvi composed 18 compositions for both works, however this offering is a curated selection of 10 dynamic pieces. “As an album, I wanted to create a musical arc that could work across two totally different films and this selection seemed like the best path.”

Like Naqvi's last release Chronology (2016), Film is an homage to the Moog instrument legacy, but it goes further with the introduction of analog modular systems. “There's something slightly unpredictable and organic in how the voltages flow between these different modules,” Naqvi says, “depending on how you get them to talk to each other and how much indeterminacy you patch. There's an inhalation and exhalation of sound and it makes them almost human.”

This compact 29 minute album explores a multitude of shades from dense oscillations that morph and churn, to wispy resonances, to more idiomatic compositions that harken back to the John Carpenter era of synth-driven film music.

Many Many thanks to Naeem Mohaiemen, Documenta 14, Sarah Register, Aaron Roche, Grey Mcmurray, Ochion Jewell, Julie Blake, Lauren Clark, Emilie Baltz, Emily Keegin, Jill Strominger, Daniel Zimbler and Moog Music.


releases September 29, 2017

Film was composed and produced by Qasim Naqvi, mastered by Sarah Register and is published by Erased Tapes Music.

Finishing funds for FILM were provided by New York Foundation for the Arts and the Shelley Pinz Professional Development Grant.

Album Cover: Production still from Tripoli Cancelled (dir: Naeem Mohaiemen, 2017), still photography by Dimitris Parthimos.



all rights reserved


Qasim Naqvi New York

I'm a composer and drummer. I play drums in the group Dawn of Midi.


contact / help

Contact Qasim Naqvi

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code