Belgassem Bou Genna is how the person who sent me this music spelled it, although Google suggests that Belgacem Bouguenna is the more popular transliteration in online circles. Yesterday Cex referred to this sort of thing as “unwitting faith in algorithms.” We’re in deep, aren’t we?

Actually, Cex wasn’t necessarily referring to that at all, I’m taking him out of 140-character context. He wrote: “Bieberstretches combine modern music consumer’s unwitting faith in algorithms with his need for arbitrary communal reference point.” For all I know, Cex could be talking about granular synthesis algorithms or search algorithms or both or maybe even neither. Point is, we do believe in – rely on – embrace – algorithmic faith. And that’s an interesting thing to think about.

When Googley machine-filtration shapes facts’ factuality, the retreat into tunnels and bunkers of web 3.0 may bring about a Renaissance of rumor. (Which never goes away but can flourish…). Web 2.0 is so sincere — I don’t trust it at all.

Speaking of Belgassem Bou Genna, my friend in Cairo says: “a friend of mine who met him once said he is the most chill person in the world.” I believe this to be true. His voice is beautiful. Like, Actually Filled With Beauty. He’s a kind of Tunisian Mohammed Rouicha. Belgassem, the most chill person in the world. Let’s go to Tunisia and learn more about this man and his awe-if-not-faith-inspiring music. You get the plane tickets, I’ll bring cranberry almond trail mix for the flight over.


Belgassem Bou Genna – Khatr Takf

Your favorite sweaty Slovenian writer (after Vladimir Bartol) writes: “We believe not less but much more than we imagine we believe. Benjamin was thus indeed prescient in his remark that ‘everything depends on how one believes in one’s belief.'” Indeed!


  1. Who has “unwitting faith in algorithms”? To the extent that we rely on internet-mediated algorithms, we are neither faithful nor unwitting. We rely on Google algorithms to find a blog with a rapidshare link because it works for that. We don’t use Google translate (except for jokes) because it doesn’t work well. We listen to paulstretches because they sound cool. In all these cases the belief in the algorithm has supporting evidence from our experience. This is more like hypothesis-testing, a far cry from unwitting faith!

  2. Thanks for this Jace! Trusting algorithms or not, spelling it “Belga├žem Bouguenna” I can find stuff by the artist you played the other day…

  3. Hey rupture,

    Keep those North African choons comin! I grew up in Cadiz, right across the strait from Morocco. And on certain days (don’t know whether it was weather, atmospheric conditions, or what) we picked up radio from over there and just jammed out. Your posts take me back!

Leave a Reply