"Checkpoint 303 is a collective of artists from Palestine, Tunisia and France that creates electronic experimental music that carries a strong message for peace and justice. Our musical but also visual compositions reflect (-and are a reflection upon-) both the reality of life in the Middle East and the aspirations and hope of the civilian populations throughout the region for a better future. In particular, Checkpoint 303 attempts to speak about Palestine in a radically novel way. The name of the project is inspired by the name of a real military checkpoint in the West Bank, called Checkpoint 300, which separates Bethlehem from East Jerusalem. In a way, Checkpoint 303 is a virtual artistic checkpoint. The project was launched at the end of 2004 by Palestinian SC Yosh and Tunisian SC MoCha. The principle was quite simple, the Sound Catcher (SC) Yosh records sounds from the streets and homes of various West Bank cities and then the Sound Cutter (SC) MoCha slices the sounds into short audio samples and uses mixes them with electronic beats and Oud melodies to recreate the soundtrack of life in Palestine. The interaction between the field recording and the electronic audio compositions aspects are strengthened by input from various other artists that have joined the collective. These include Sheikh Julio (visuals and audio field recordings), Miss K SuShi (keyboards) and Mehdi Douss (electric guitar). SC Yosh and SC MoCha that started off this project back in 2004 are long-time friends that met towards the end of the 90s in Tunis."