No Culture, no Money, no Time, but Music


The documentary «Bamseom Pirates, Seoul Inferno» shows how the band Bamseom Pirates uses punk music to resist the social and political absurdities of present-day South Korea.

Author: Michael Fuhr
Quote: Bamseom Pirates
Design: Safwan Subzwari
Sound: Aam Taateel

M.I.A.: One Popstar, Three Persons

Norient Snap by Juliana Adhikary

The documentary film «Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.» portrays the popstar M.I.A. as a multi-faceted person.

Author: Lisa Blanning
Quote: Lisa Blanning
Design: Juliana Adhikary
Photo: Steve Loveridge
Sound: Steve Loveridge, M.I.A.
Remix: Miss Auto

Learning From Feminism

Norient Snap by Basma Bader

The #MeToo movement also reveals other discriminations. In music, sexism often works in tandem with exotism. To resist both, the Egyptian musicians Dina El Wedidi and Youssra El Hawary resurrect an old claim: the personal is political.

Author: Maha ElNabawi
Design: Basma Bader
Sound: Basma Bader

Digitally Famous and Real Life Broke

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In Egypt, the high amount of digitalization has not translated into monetization for most musicians. This is not just because most families live at or below the poverty line. So what does this mean for the future of local artists?

Author: Angie Balata
Quote: Angie Balata
Design: Des Flor de Fuego
Photo: geralt/Pixabay
Sound: Des Flor de Fuego

Silence Is the Real Taboo

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In Beirut every gunshot has a different meaning. There are sounds of war and of celebration. The Lebanese musician Serge Yared explains how they are used in music and aestheticized.

Author: Serge Yared
Design: SPIME.IM

Living in Limbo


Reggae is rich with questions of belonging, but instead of domesticity it focuses on the state of limbo. After watching the film «Being Blacker», Derek Walmsley examines how the Brixton figurehead Blacker Dread struggles with what he once called home.

Author: Derek Walmsley
Quote: Derek Walmsley
Design: Safwan Subzwari
Sound: Aam Taateel

China – Made in Europe

Norient Snap by Ali Sayah

Does the movie «Sinofuturism (1839–2046 AD)» confront us with a future China, that is an inhuman dystopia? No, says Philipp Rhensius. It just depends on the perspective on our world.

Author: Philipp Rhensius
Design: Ali Sayah
Sound: Ali Sayah

Future Music Superhero

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Christophe Jaquet describes in his fan confession, that the radical musician, thinker, hacker, philanthrope, activist, and curious figure Goodiepal saved him from being depressed about the future of music.

Author: Christophe Jaquet
Quote: Christophe Jaquet
Design: Appolonia
Sound: Sami Sänpäkkilä/Goodiepal
Remix: Miss Auto

Music and Place


The relationship between music and place has a long history. This article discusses the academic discourses regarding the relationship between music and place.

Author: Andy Bennett
Quote: Andy Bennett
Design: Safwan Subzwari
Sound: Aam Taateel

The Impact of Africa in Europe

The Impact of Africa in Europe

Filmmaker Michè Calandra Achode sketches out the future of African music in Europe.

Author: Quote
Quote: Michè Calandra Achode
Design: Thomas Burkhalter
Photo: Thomas Burkhalter
Sound: Michè Calandra Achode + Thomas Burkhalter

Sculptor of Affect: Tim Hecker

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Sculptor of Affect: Tim Hecker

The electronic musician Tim Hecker is like an aesthetic engineer whose visceral live concerts deconstruct musical meanings.

Author: Deforrest Brown Jr.
Quote: Deforrest Brown Jr.
Design: fertig design
Photo: Thomas Burkhalter
Sound: Tim Hecker
Remix: Daniel Jakob