Out of the Absurdity of Life

Lecture @ My Sound of Music Festival, Salzburg (photo: Lorenz Migsch)

Audio-visual Stories around subcultural and experimental music in Africa, Asia, and Switzerland today. Thomas Burkhalter, founder of Norient.com – Network for Local and Global Sounds and Media Culture – mixes music, video-clips and quotes from his physical and virtual fieldtrips. – In two formats: Performance or Sound-Lecture.

Burkhalter discusses what he calls «World Music 2.0»: Musicians from Beijing to Tijuana, from Istanbul to Johannesburg, mix and manipulate local and global sounds and ideas within their music. They network with artists and multipliers (e.g., curators, producers, journalist, and scholars) worldwide and experiment with new ways of producing, distributing, and selling music. Style-wise, the sample is broad: commercially successful styles of pop music like reggaeton and kwaito, and electronic music styles like kuduro, tecno brega, baile funk, mahragan (electro sha’abi), shangaan electro, or cumbia electronica form the popular end of the spectrum. The experimental end offers African, Asian, and Latin American musique concrète, free improvisation, noise music, and sound art.


06.12.2014, Post Digital Cultures, Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne
16.07.2014, Eine Welt Haus, München
15.07.2014, Mediendesign, Ravensburg
26.06.2014, Noises Festival, Noises Festival, Koblenz
12.06.2014, Aga Khan University, Karachi (Pakistan)
28.01.2014, Palace, St. Gallen
03.12.2013, Völkerkundemuseum, Zurich
26.11.2013, Favorit Bar, Munich
13.09.2013, My Sound of Music Festival, Salzburg
06.09.2013, Berlin Music Week, Berlin
06.04.2013, Cully Jazz Off Festival, Cully
09.03.2013, 100Copies Space, Kairo


Performance or Sound-Lecture, 30 to 60 minutes, in English or German language.

Perfomance @ 100Copies Space, Cairo.