After a few months of silence and extensive travel in Asia, I'm publishing the newsletter again.
Our book (with CD) Not Your World Music: Noise In South East Asia is available in the following shops in Berlin (Germany) : Praxis (in Friedrichsain) and Staalplaat (in Neukölln) and in Hong Kong (ACO Book).
You still can order the book from us here but on our side, the companion CD is sold out ; if you absolutely want the CD as well, some of the artists included on the compilation could sell it to you, feel free to contact me if needed or you can also get the digital version on Bandcamp.
If you are in Hanoi, you can buy the CD's at Manzi or in Bangkok, you can get it via Moontone Records.
The book can also be read at C2O Library in Surabaya, Indonesia and by now, it also should be at Selasar Sunaryo Art Space in Bandung, also in Indonesia.
And you can download the free PDF version of our book here if you prefer.
Next week I will perform and do some presentations in Athens (Greece), Vienna (Austria), Bratislava (Slovakia) - if you wish to get a copy of the book, feel free to contact me before Tuesday 13th.

For those who recently registered, Not Your World Music: Noise In South East Asia (the CD) is the fifth compilation published on Syrphe, the other ones are still available on digital and / or physical format : Pangaea Noise (digital, free or pay as you wish, including artists from Iran, Indonesia, China, Malta, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Luxembourg, etc.), Beyond Ignorance and borders (digital, free or pay as you wish or CD still available, 20 artists from Asia and Africa), Art of the Muses - an experimental music compilation featuring ten female composers from Far East Asia (digital, CD soon to be sold out), 30.2 - Electronica, experimental and noise from Africa (digital, CD).

You also can find a new review of the book written by Angel S. on DIY Conspiracy.
(Photo : Annika Henderson)

Call For Applications : Border Movement Residency South Asia 2017
Deadline for applications is March 15, 2017 – midnight.

BMR is a program in partnership with Goethe-Institut, Wild City, Ableton and Musicboard Berlin offering unique tailor made residencies for South Asian and Berlin based artists. 2016 saw the launch of BMR with residencies for KʌLʌ, Dinelka and Ghazaleh E in Berlin and two Berlin based artists in Tehran and India.
2017 will again see BMR invite three more artists from South Asia to participate in three residencies. Also, two Berlin based artists can apply for residencies in Tehran and other South Asian cities.
Read more here and on the Musicboard Berlin website for more residencies.

Call For Applications : for residencies in Switzerland

Pro Helvetia Cairo is happy to announce the annual call for applications for residencies in Switzerland for artists and cultural practitioners from the MENA region. Promoting creative exchange between Switzerland and the Arab region: PHCO supports residencies for Swiss artists in Arab countries, as well as for artists and cultural practitioners from the Arab region in Switzerland. Two kinds of residencies are offered: Studio Residencies and Research Residencies.
Artists and cultural practitioners (e.g. curators, event organizers, mediators) in the areas of the visual arts, design and interactive media, music, literature, theatre and dance are eligible to apply.
Read more here.
Interviews & Articles
(Photo by Tengal Drilon)

The WSK festival in Manila opens a world of possibilities for unpopular music, article by Alyana Cabral.
“New” media takes on yet another meaning in the seventh edition of WSK, The Festival of the Recently Possible, a semi-annual gathering of local and international sound and visual artists mostly engaging in digital arts collaborations, analog workshops, and other electroacoustic festivities. Read more on CNN Philippines.

Music without Norms – Visiting Korhan Erel, interview by Julia Marx.
Musician and sound designer Korhan Erel loves the microcosm of sounds. As a free improvisation musician, he has always been interested in experimental music. “When a rhythm is set, I get lost,” he says. Even as a child, he refused piano lessons, preferring to eavesdrop on the sound of the toilet flushing in the bathroom. Later, his computer became his main instrument. As a member of the group Islak Köpek, he was a co-founder of the free improvisation scene in Turkey.
Read more on Renk Magazin. (Auch auf Deutsch hier)

Interview with Cedrik Fermont – Not your world music: Noise in South East Asia, by Alessandro Violante.
Cedrik visited the countries belonging to ASEAN, an acronym meaning Association of Nations of South-East Asia, collaborating with several projects belonging to the areas of noise, experimental music and sound art (that in those countries are considered part of the same thing), documenting all the things he saw. The result of his experiences, also thanks to the fundamental help of the sociologist – label manager Dimitri della Faille, is a very interesting book covering a music panorama unknown to the Western countries until now, as we used to think that noise music was mainly a Western affair, with the exception of Japan (Japanoise). Read more on Flux.

Less Familiar Underground Scenes In The World’ : ‘Why Am I One Of The Few Africans In This Scene? Interview of C-drík by Inferno Sound Diaries for Side-Line.
Inferno Sound Diaries recently made an interview about the Iranian industrial- & ambient scene (see here). It give him the idea to get in touch with Cedrik Fermont. You can read the full interview here.

Sadistic interview – Hardcore Techno in Thailand, by Tuomas Kinnunen.
Sadistic is a hardcore artist, dj and organizer originally from Scotland. His recent releases are an interesting crossover between the psychedelic and more experimental flashcore aesthetics as well as more dancefloor friendly, yet underground, hardcore techno styles. He now lives in Thailand and has started organizing Darkside Thailand hardcore events in Bangkok. Read more on The Hard Data.

DIY Osaka part 1: interview with Go Tsushima, a musician who lives in the Baika area of Osaka., interview by escdotdot on 不知道 i don't know.

Membombardir Bunyi di Kaki Gunung Merapi (Bombarding Sound at the Foot of Mount Merapi), an article by Dea Karina about Jogja Noise Bombing Festival and the noise scene in Indonesia on Vice magazine (in Indonesian).

25-26 Şubat Fill The Void Ankara ⎮ Atay İlgün.
Grafiker, yayımcı, müzisyen ve aynı zamanda akademisyen olan Atay İlgün, pek çok başarılı ve keyifli işlere imza atmış çok yönlü bir sanatçı.
Atay Ilgün, a graphic artist, publisher, musician and academics at the same time, is a multi-faceted artist who has accomplished many successful and enjoyable works, you can read the interview (in Turkish) on In The Void.

Some audio
Besides collaborating with Radio Staalplaat, since November 2016 I do a one hour per month radio show on Colaboradio, it's on FM in Berlin and Brandenburg, you can also hear it live on line and step by step I will upload the shows on Mixcloud. The second Syrphe / Colaboradio show (December 2016) contains some live extracts and interviews made at WSK 2016 in Manila, the Philippines and some Filipino music (experimental, improv, etc.). You can listen to it here.
The next Syrphe radio show will take place on the 28th of February with a special focus on Indonesia - I'm currently listening to tons of Indonesian music I brought back after my last tour : from contemporary gamelan to harsh noise to industrial metal to ambient and so on.
And while we are at it, in June, if you are in the Netherlands there will be A Night in Indonesia with workshops and concerts : Jogja Noise Bombing, Kande, Boi Akih & Guests, Senyawa, Filastine, Sekan (Jiwa Jiwa) - all info and ticket reservation here.

And a last news, if you missed it, Beirut and Berlin based duo Tasjiil Moujahed has published a second album (CD and digital) called The Death Of Permanence.
More release will be out in spring, among them Pekak! An Indonesian compilation that has been delayed for too long already ! Stay tuned !
Last additions to the database
  • Lop Loy Facebook [electronic, experimental music, exhibitions, etc. - art space]
  • Meta House Phnom Penh Site Facebook [German-Cambodian art centre]
  • Sa Sa Art Project Site Facebook [art in general, including sound art, field recordings, etc. - art space]

  • Zhao Cong (赵丛, Zhào Cóng) Bandcamp [sound art]




  • Goh Yen-Lin Youtube [contemporary classical, improv]


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