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The Essential List: MB Al-Rahim


One Thousand Birds sound designer and engineer on lunch time picks, culture classics and the kit they can't live without

The Essential List: MB Al-Rahim

MB Al-Rahim is a sound designer and engineer living in New York City. Outside of office hours, they enjoy taking on different sound centric projects like electronic music production, building speaker systems, and brushing up on their DJ chops. 


Place of birth: Washington DC

Hometown: Queens, NY

Staycation: Hudson Valley

Vacation: French Riviera

Pet: Cat

Place of work: One Thousand Birds

Place of workout: Grindhouse 

Side project: Electronic music production

Mode of transport: Subway 

Bonus travel essential: A good book


Artist: Ilya Repin

Musician: Burial

Commercials / music video director: Jonas Åkerlund

Film director: Adam Curtis

Photographer: Sam Youkilis

Film: Russian Ark

Series: The Sopranos

Commercial: Ram - God Made a Farmer

Music video: Poor Leno - Royksopp 

Video game: Life is Strange 

Board game: Wave Length

Book: Anna Karenina 

Graphic novel: Persepolis 

Podcast: Guardian Long Read 

Newspaper (off or online): NYT 

Magazine: Sound on Sound, Crack 

Bonus culture essential: Resident Advisor App

Food and Drink

Breakfast: Buvette, Cafe Cluny

Restaurant: Il Bucco Alimentari, Cipriani, Le Crocadile, Chez ma Tante 

Cheap bite: Deli turkey sandwich with mayo, lettuce, tomato, hold the cheese 

Working lunch: Ilili

Favourite dish: Escalope Milanese, fries, bitchy side salad

Signature dish: Kufta bi Sunniyeh 

Snack: Horseradish pickles, canned sardines in olive oil, a gorgeous cracker

Guilty pleasure: Lebanese Baklava 

Bar: Sundown bar 

Booze: Black Label, Chivas, Glenfiddich, Maker’s Mark 

Not booze: Diet Coke

Bonus food: Free office popcorn, dried mango

Bonus beverage: Water 


Phone: iPhone 13

Computer: Mac all the way, baby

TV: Sony 

Headphones: Beats Pro

Camera: iPhone 13

Soundsystem: Klipsch for the living room system, Rockit for the home stu

Pen / pencil: Moma Design Store

Where you document an idea: Notepad 

Casual clothing: Only NY

Smart clothing: Acne, Bode

Footwear: Vagabond 

Watch: watches irritate my wrist skin

Collection: Sunglasses

App: Google Maps 

Website: Amazon

Favourite social media feed: @hidden.ny

Work program: Pro Tools

Digital work tool: Pro Tools, Ableton

Analogue work tool: Kensington Mouse

Morning grooming / makeup essential: Sea salt hair spray, testogel

Bonus kit essential: Monocle, Comme de Garçon (Hinoki Scent)


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One Thousand Birds, Tue, 06 Dec 2022 12:20:15 GMT