A Protest Song Without a Slogan

Norient Snap by Imtiaz Nasir

Often, the politics of a song are carried in its lyrics. However, can instrumental electronic music also create concrete criticism? An investigation of D. Glare's song «Gentrification Death Certificate».

Author: Philipp Rhensius
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Design: Imtiaz Nasir
Photo: Silke Bauer
Sound: D. Glare
Remix: The B Regiment

Risking Your Life for Youtube

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Karachi-based rapper and YouTube star Ali Gul Pir wants to be a man who matters. He attacks powerful warlords with satire and opposes the YouTube ban in Pakistan. For this he received death threats.

Author: Thomas Burkhalter
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Quote: Ali Gul Pir
Design: Safwan Subzwari
Sound: Aam Taateel

Copy and Past(e)

The Combination of found images with music tends to foreground emotional content

Recycling footage has long been a practice in music videos. By freeing images from their original temporality and intended pupose and setting them to music, artists transform their meaning and generate an emotional experience of the past.

Author: Jaimie Baron
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Design: Safwan Subzwari
Sound: Aam Taateel

About an Utopian World: Aïsha Devi

Norient Snap by Carla Sophie Tapparo

The music of of the electronic musician and singer Aïsha Devi creates a world of unheard sounds and utopian ideas. Read a sonic fiction in advance of her audiovisual live show at our new concert series.

Author: Philipp Rhensius
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Design: Carla Sophie Tapparo
Photo: Thomas Burkhalter
Sound: Aïsha Devi
Remix: Carla Sophie Tapparo

Sampling Stories Vol. 18: DJ Raph

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After being invited by the Iwalewahaus Bayreuth the Nairobi-based electronic musician and producer DJ Raph did an artist residency in Germany, rummaging through the institution’s extensive music archive of ethnographic field recordings from Africa.

Author: Hannes Liechti
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Design: Safwan Subzwari
Sound: Aam Taateel

Sehnsucht nach der Einsamkeit

Norient Snap by Carla Sophie Tapparo

Im Zeitalter der universellen Verfügbarkeit sind einzelne Menschen obsolet geworden. Dafür jedoch, sagt das Hamburger Künstlerkollektiv Kommando Himmelfahrt, sind sie weniger einsam, oder nicht? 

Author: Kommando Himmelfahrt
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Design: Carla Sophie Tapparo
Photo: Kommando Himmelfahrt
Sound: Carla Sophie Tapparo

From Democratic to Corporate

Norient Snap by Carla Sophie Tapparo

The ways in which music videos generate money have changed since the days of MTV. The rise of YouTube came along with the hope for democratization, but this as been diluted due to corporatization. Is this a threat to cultural diversity?

Author: Cande Sánchez Olmos
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Design: Carla Sophie Tapparo
Photo: YouTube
Sound: Carla Sophie Tapparo

On Native Aliens

Norient Snap by Ali Sayah

Sandeep Bhagwati works in various musical traditions and has roots in Asia, Europe and North America. He self-identifies as a Native Alien and claims: to feel unquestioned ties to one’s own place.

Author: Sandeep Bhagwati
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Design: Ali Sayah
Sound: Ali Sayah

Czech and Slovak Anti-Music

Norient Snap by Csenge Csato

Grown on the Czech music platform bandzone, anti-music is a trashy music wave that is about music that nobody wants to listen to: amateurish lo-fi recordings made by funny and nerdy «musicians» who play old and broken music instruments.

Author: Samčo Brat Dáždoviek
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Design: Csenge Csato
Photo: Bandzone
Sound: Zle

Jukka Pekka

Decomposing the Past

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In the digital era we perceive modular synthesizers as elusive chimeras of a pre-networked, authentic past. The legendary «Donaueschinger Musiktage» offer in its 2018 edition a different perspective. In the commissioned pieces, the composers Marcus Schmickler and Florian Hecker take the sounds from the past to the now.

Author: Ksenija Stevanovic
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Design: Des Flor de Fuego
Photo: SWR/Donaueschinger Musiktage
Sound: Des Flor de Fuego